By Paula Fitzsimmons
When was the last time you changed your cat’s litterbox or cleaned your dog’s food bowls with soap and water? Pets make our lives full, but they can also make them messy and dirty. Along with their unconditional love comes fur, dander, dirt, and grime.
Keeping your home clean when you have pets—not to mention the individual toys, dishes, and grooming tools that have to be sanitized—is a challenge for even the tidiest pet parents. And if we’re being honest, a chore or two may occasionally (ahem, or more often) fall to the wayside.
If keeping your space clean were just for the sake of appearances, then it would be easier to justify putting off these mundane tasks. But being diligent about pet-related hygiene chores is also about keeping our pets—and ourselves—healthy. The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 6 out of 10 infectious diseases are zoonotic, meaning that they pass from animals to humans.
Keeping these diseases from surfacing is often a matter of practicing good—and simple—hygiene. The following are essential pet-related housekeeping chores that you should be doing on a regular basis. Do them not only to keep your space looking and smelling great, but also to ensure the health of your loved ones—both furry and human.
By Monica Weymouth
Cats are notoriously mysterious creatures. While a dog aims to please, our feline friends have a more curious agenda.
We love that cats play by their own rules, but it would be nice to understand some of their less endearing behaviors. Why are they suddenly boycotting the litter box? Why is the new couch so irresistible? Why is your glass of water a gourmet delicacy? Here, the experts explain common kitty behavior problems—and how to fix (most of) them.
By Monica Weymouth
There’s a lot to think about when you have a baby on the way. From bassinets to bottles, cribs to car seats, the preparation can be intense. And while we hate to add to your to-do your list, it’s important to remember that other small family member who enjoys your undivided attention and isn’t shy about waking you up for breakfast: namely, the cat.
Your cat, you see, has ruled the roost up until now, and a new baby represents a major life change for her, too. The good news is that there’s plenty you can do to ease the transition and prepare kitty for a new sibling.
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