Pets give us companionship, entertainment and love. The only thing that could make them better is if they chipped in on household chores. But maybe they already do. We’re quick to point out all the messes pets make, but our furry friends have their own ways of helping keep things tidy. Read on to see how your cat or dog may be helping your home stay fresh and clean.
THE RIGHT STUFF
Don't expect your mutt to grab a mop, but it can help you with some cleaning. If you own a pet, it is important to consider what cleaning products you buy. Owners will need non-toxic supplies to clean floors and other surfaces. These prevent pets from accidentally ingesting chemicals from the surfaces they clean. Green products will give you the peace of mind that your children and friends aren't coming into contact with toxic residue either.
EXPLORING THE FURNITURE UNKNOWN
Animals have a knack for losing toys. When a new bone, catnip mouse or ball comes of out of the box, your pet is sure to make it disappear in minutes. The most common place for pet toys to disappear is furniture. While you may find it a tad irritating to hunt through cushions and under the couch for you pet's new toy, at least it helps you keep things clean. Use this routine shuffling of furniture as an opportunity to clean up those hard-to-reach spots. This way, your pet gets its toy back, and you get furniture that's free of dust and crumbs that can lure pests.
SNIFFING OUT TROUBLE
Dogs can sniff out a fresh pizza from five blocks away, so it's no surprise that their noses can be used for good. You've probably heard of pooches following their snouts to find bombs and illegal drugs, but what about more common household annoyances? Dogs can be trained to use their noses to find mold and bed bugs. Both of these infestations are not only pesky and unclean, but they also can attack your family's health. Specially trained dogs can ensure you find potential problems in your home and clear them out.
Cats have been called out for getting handsy with personal belongings, but this could just be their way of lending a helping paw. Every time your feline pushes something off your dresser or overturns yet another glass, think of it as a furry reminder to clean up. Start putting away the things your kitty usually likes to knock around, and you will find that not only will your cat make less of a mess, but your house will be less cluttered.
CORDLESS CANINE VACUUM
They may chase their own tails, but dogs aren't dumb. That's why they camp out under the table during supper time. They know that a few scraps of food are bound to drop. Your scrap-happy dog saves you the trouble of cleaning the floor after each meal, and helps to prevent ants from getting into your home to snag food residue. However, if your dog makes of habit of eating scraps, make sure to be careful with what food you let fall. There are numerous human foods that are toxic to canines.
DUSTING THOSE HARD-TO-REACH PLACES
Dust finds every empty space of your home and covers it with a layer of dirt. Unfortunately, dust has a larger reach then we do, covering ceiling fans, bookshelves, window frames and other hard-to-reach spots. For us to reach these dust-laden corners, we need to drag out chairs and cloths, but cats can reach them without a problem. Think of your longhaired cat as the world's cutest dust mop, designed to jump up and accidentally clean those places our arms can't stretch to.
PUSSYCAT PEST CONTROL
Dogs are masters of scent and cats are masters of the hunt. The domestication of cats was partially due to humans letting the animals into their homes to do away with disease-infested rats and mice. Cats are still come equipped with these mousing skills, and are happy to catch a rodent when they find one scurrying through your home. Think of felines as your own natural mouse traps. Just be prepared for you cat to show off its prize once it's caught.
A game of fetch easily can turn into a game of garden cleanup. Let your dog out into your yard and encourage him to pick up stray sticks that fall from trees due to storms and natural wear and tear. This is a great way for you and your pet to interact outdoors while also keeping the space neat. By picking up these sticks, your dog is preventing grass damage, and helping to clear the lawn for when it needs to be cut.
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OUTSIDE THE BOX
The most common complaint that comes with a pet cat is litter box duty. While litter boxes keep you from having to take late-night walks outside, they also can cause quite a mess. It's common for cats to track litter outside the box, and the smell is usually far from fresh. This extra mess can be eliminated by teaching your cat one simple trick: how to use the toilet. There are several kits on the market that can help you transition your cat from the litter box to the toilet.