Practical Pet Cleaning Tips

First, a hilarious, short, but practical reminder from Mr. T:

Picking up the doggy doo is a very practical pet cleaning tip anywhere you might be with a dog (or kitty poo if you have a cat). If you’re out walking your dog, make sure to bring a baggy, as Mr. T advised. Most parks won’t take too kindly at a Hansel and Gretel trail of dog poop your beloved pooch could leave behind.

In short, I pity the foo’ who can’t pick up the dog doo!

But seriously, before getting a pet, you must remember to prepare your home for it, no matter what kind of pet you’re getting.You don’t want to end up pinching your nose all the time and side-stepping “booby traps” while muttering darkly under your breath, right? While your kitten or puppy are wee little things, it’s best to toilet-train them ASAP. This way, they can pick up the habit at an early age and you won’t have to deal with picking up their “leavings” on a daily basis and being known in the neighborhood as the deranged dog-owner with a baggy in one hand and a paper towel in the other.

But let’s assume you’re in that interesting in-between phase when the cute little ball of fluff is still learning where and how to go to the toilet properly. If you’re thinking of getting industrial-grade house cleansers, stop right now. Your pantry holds a lot of potential pet cleaning stuff which will cost you no additional expenses and will keep the environment safe from harsh chemicals.

For starters, always be ready with a bundle of rags (cut-up old clothes and towels would do nicely) or old newspapers. Your pet could have an overactive bladder and spray everywhere. This is especially true of un-neutered male cats and dogs as a way of marking territory. To get the urine smell out, make a mixture of one part vinegar with two parts water in a spray bottle, and spray the spot they urinated on. The smell will prevent them from using that spot as a toilet in the future.

But if the aroma of eau vinaigrette isn’t your thing, better be prepared to wipe up immediately after they’ve gone to the toilet. For less of the icky feeling, wrap your hand in plastic, and then “swipe” the mess with one fluid motion. Flush the paper in the toilet (not the plastic or rag, mind), or throw in a covered bin to avoid bad smells.

If it is a particularly pungent smell they leave behind, you can wet a rag, treat it with a few undiluted drops of bleach, and wipe the spot. Leave it on for a few seconds before wiping the spot again. You can opt to use some lemon juice to add a fresh scent, but make sure the surface is made of tile or stone, not wood, as bleach and citrus acid can ruin its looks.