You love your pet, but fur on the couch and scratched floors… not so much. Pet grooming is not only essential for your sanity, it makes your pet more comfortable and happy. Whether you share your home with a dog, a cat or both, utilize the most effective tools to make grooming your pet as hassle-free as possible.
Brushes are the number-one tool for helping keep fur off the furniture. Brushing also keeps the fur from making your pet uncomfortable.
For dogs, bristle brushes are appropriate for any hair length. When shopping for a bristle brush, look for one with soft to medium bristles. JW Pet Company has their GripSoft bristle dog brush that works well for most breeds. It features soft bristles and an ergonomic handle for easy use.
For cats, short-bristled combs or brushes work well for short-haired breeds. Look for implements that are durable and do not have sharp teeth that might scratch the cat. The Petco bristle cat brush removes loose fur and dirt while distributing oils. Medium and long-haired cats require plastic bristles with beaded tips. Petco makes a cushioned version that is comfortable for the cat.
Trimming your pet’s nails is as necessary as it is stressful. To save your furniture and floors, it is essential to trim both dogs’ and cats’ nails. Yet their claws have a quick, nerve endings that attach to the toe.
One option is getting a mechanical trimmer that files the nail down. Oster’s Gentle Paws nail trimmer features two speeds and is suitable for both dogs and cats. Another option is shopping for safety nail clippers. The Quickfinder safetynail clipper actually utilizes a sensor to locate your pet’s quick.
Both dogs and cats need to be cleaned. Luckily, only dogs need actual baths. You can keep your cat clean using wipes.
For dogs, opt for tear-free shampoo to avoid irritating the eyes. If your dogs scratches himself, choose an oatmeal shampoo such as Burt’s Bees. This natural product is also environment-friendly. To freshen your dog up in between baths, try a waterless shampoo such as Kong Squeaky Clean. You just spray the shampoo onto his dry coat, and it works to deodorize and detangle your dog’s fur.
For cats, waterless shampoos work well if she’s not afraid of spray bottles. Pet wipes are the better way to go, though. With pet wipes, you hold the cloth in your hand and just pet your cat. The wipe removes dirt and odor. Petkin pet wipes even include conditioners to make brushing easier.