We are a pet loving family. I have always had a few pets. It’s been like that my whole life. With all those years of experience, I thought I knew it all. I thought I was going to be the perfect pet parent. So when I moved out and bought my own home the first thing I did was adopt a cat. Well, I actually went to adopt a dog but I ended up adopting Sebastian, a long-hair, cinnamon tabby.
Sebastian was an awesome kitten. He was playful, loving and just a big snuggle bug. He stole my heart the first time I saw him and I couldn’t wait to bring him home. But after being Sebastian’s parent for a few months I started to notice something. Having a long haired pet is different than a short haired pet. So I thought I would share a few pieces of wisdom I have learned over the years. Here are my 4 go-to products to help with Sebastian’s crazy long hair.
Invest in a good clipper set designed for pets. From a very young age, Sebastian would get mats. At first, I would pay a groomer to clip them out or a visit to the vet but now I do it myself. I just do not have the time to be running around town to get his mats cut out. Having a good clipper with guards will help you remove those twisted balls of fur in seconds.
Start brushing your long haired pet early on. I have always brushed Sebastian since he was a baby and he loves it! His favorite is to be gently brushed on his head. He even loves his tummy brushed!
Hairball Control Food
Hairballs are going to happen. It’s inevitable. One way I help control this is by feeding Sebastian a dry food that is geared towards hairball control.
Yes, you need a steam mop or rug cleaner or both. With long fur comes (I know this is gross) stuck on poo. And your cat will drag their tush around the house trying to get that stuck on poo off leaving lovely skid marks, everywhere. I have a Shark Steam Mop that I use nearly every day to sanitize and clean our home. I highly suggest you invest in one if you have a pet.
There are several other items I could list but I really feel these are my biggest go-to items. I swear by these tips. I promise they will help you manage those furry situations.
If you are thinking of adopting a pet, please take the time to consider the time commitment as well as the financial commitment. Pets do cost money and need routine medical checkups and vaccinations like us.
If you have a long-haired pet, what are some of your tips and tricks to help with those hairy situations?