by Doris Donnerman
(last updated February 17, 2009)
I am a huge fan of fur. I love pets that have soft fur, and love to pet it. However, I hate the pet hair that seems to spread all over the house, all over my clothes, and all over my furniture. Shedding is actually one of my number one things I hate about cats and dogs because there's almost no avoiding it. No matter where you go, there seems to be pet hair and it can definitely drive you up the wall. There are a couple of ways though that you can avoid such things and keep your mind sane!
One technique that's super easy and effective is to use sticky tape. To remove the pet hair from your furniture, carpet, and clothes, just take a long strip of tape and place it on the surfaces. When you pull the tape away, the hair should be stuck to the tape. The kind of tape you'll want to use is tape that's pretty sticky, so that it will pick up the maximum amount of hair possible. Also, you'll probably want a long and thick piece of tape so that it can maximize the amount of hair you pick up. The best way to use this piece of tape is to wrap it around your hand and then use your hand as the way to use the tape. When you're finished with the piece of tape just throw it away. This is definitely an effective technique (and can also be used to pick off lint from your clothes), but won't be 100 percent effective. No matter how many remedies you try, you will still always have some dog hair lying around the house.
As a pet owner though, you do need to accept the fact that even if you do take measures to minimize and clean up after shedding, if your pet is a shedding pet, that's something you'll have to deal with the entire time you have your pet. You may hate the shedding, but it is a part of having pets, and if that doesn't fly so well with you, then you should either look into buying a non-shedding pet (there are non-shedding dogs like poodles that make for great pets), or not having a pet at all. Shedding is just a part of pet ownership, and so you can't be upset when your dog or cat leaves hairs around the house.
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