Spring has officially arrived. You may find yourself in the mood to spring clean around the house. If you do, don’t forget to include your pet’s area and belongings in the house. Think of all the shredded and dirty old toys laying around the house and how much dust that pet bed is collecting. Want to get started on cleaning and organizing but not sure where to start? Don’t fret, try out the following suggestions to get started:
Toy box- Start with your pets toy box. It’s most likely been some time since you’ve washed your pets toys right? Many toys are washable and can be placed in the washing machine on a delicate cycle. You can put them inside of a pillow case to prevent them from coming apart, especially if they’re your pet’s favorite toy that they destroyed but still love dearly! Toys made from rubber and harder materials could probably do with a good soaking in a disinfectant to get the layers of dirt, hair, and other stuff off of them (this is something can you can do year-round too).
However, toys that are broken, especially if they have stuffing and squeakers inside them, should be thrown away and replaced. If your pet is particularly fond of a particularly toy, it’s a good idea to stock up so that you can replace regularly and keep the fun and games going in full swing!
Bedding- Wash all pet bedding and throw blankets. If beds have lost their support or are looking a bit shredded, now is a perfect time to shop for something new and take advantage of new styles and designs that are ultimately aimed at pet comfort If your pet’s bed is still usable but you want to shop for a new one, consider donating your pet’s bed to an animal shelter/humane society.
Medications- This is also the time to check through your pet’s medications, supplements, flea and tick products and various toiletry items to ensure that they are still fresh, and haven’t passed their expiration date. It’s important to remember that supplements and products lose their effectiveness after a while and need to be thrown away and replaced.
Spring is the perfect time to have everything all fresh and clean for the summer, so start tidying and cleaning. It can be quite a daunting task, but don’t be overwhelmed, take the process slowly and patiently, it isn’t a race. Your pets, family members, and even yourself will thank you for all of your hard work!