tips to reduce the impact of shedding
Research found that 27% of owners reported hair shedding as a common problem associated with keeping pets in high-density housing. This suggests that shedding may be a disincentive for living with pets in the city. The most common coping strategy was regular brushing, but there are plenty of ways to minimise the impact of hair shedding in a small living space. In the indoor pets – a hairy consideration section we provide more information on the dog and cat breeds that are likely to shed the least amount of hair.
• All dogs and cats shed hair – some more than others.
• Selecting a short-haired breed may reduce the overall volume of shedding.
• Brush and comb pets regularly to remove loose fur that will otherwise be shed.
• Have long-haired pets groomed regularly to keep their coats trim.
• Vacuum regularly to remove hair from your living space.
• Use a sticky lint roller to remove fur from clothing.
• Keep pets off furniture.
• Use washable covers or throw-rugs to prevent fur accumulation on favourite furniture.
• Wash pet bedding and towels separately and regularly.
• Restrict pets to areas in your property with hard-surface flooring, such as tiles and floorboards for ease of cleaning.
• Your pet should receive regular veterinary attention. Animals suffering from flea infestation and other skin disease may shed more and are more likely to experience secondary problems such as dandruff.