Pets enjoy road trips as much as people, but the problem is that they are not able to express their needs in the same way. It is inevitable that your pet may have an accident in the car or leave some type of stain or odor for one reason or another. Here are some ways to remove pet odors and stains from your car.
Clean the Stains Immediately
If the car has been soiled, then it is important that you clean the area right away to prevent the stain from damaging the interior. Remove the waste and use a cleaning solution to disinfect and eliminate the stains. There are many different types of cleaning solutions you can use, but refer to your car’s manual for guidelines about which solutions are appropriate for your interior.
Use a Neutralizer
An air freshener or odor neutralizer can remove pet odor from your car. Avoid spraying air fresheners while your pet is in the car because they are sensitive these smells. An odor neutralizer can also be helpful. A natural solution is to have a cup of baking soda sit on the floor of the vehicle overnight to absorb any remaining odors.
Allow the Car to Air Out
Open the car doors to allow fresh air to enter to reduce the odor and allow any sprays or products to dry. Since dogs are very sensitive to fumes, it is recommended that the car be exposed to open air for a while before being allowed back inside.
Have Your Pet Sit on a Place Mat
Pets can enjoy road trips, but they should be seated in a manner that will not interfere with driving and help the car stay clean at all times. Some people will use a towel or place mat to cover the seat dog’s seat in case of accidents and to protect the car from pet hair. A small cushion with a towel covering the seat can be very comfortable for your pet.
There are several companies (www.petco.com) that sell travel beds for pets and seat protectors.
Frequent stops will reduce the likelihood of an accident inside of the car, but some pet accidents are unavoidable, especially if you are driving for an extended period of time. When it comes to stains, timing is vital, because it is be easier to remove stains sooner rather than later. Be selective about cleaning solutions because some of them can be damaging to certain types of materials. Clean the area; let the car air out; and drive safely.
If your household includes both cats and computers, follow these steps to create a safe work and play environment.
1. Choose computer hardware and accessories that can bear a cat’s weight. Avoid cantilevered trays and components with fragile, unsupported attachments.
2. Place keyboards and other parts under shelves to reduce your cat’s “pounce potential.”
3. Use printers and scanners with internal paper trays and enclosed feed mechanisms, or cover the feed rollers. Turn your printer or scanner off when you leave the room.
4. Secure, hide or wrap excess lengths of electrical cords.
5. Whatever adjustments you make to your work station, don’t block cooling vents. Make sure outlet strips are placed in ventilated areas.
6. Use a mouse pad with a smooth surface that easily wipes clean. Or, use a flexible plastic keyboard cover to repel cat hair.
7. Protect your software from “kitty editing” by moving open documents or applications to the background when you’re not at the computer.
Got 2 Minutes?
Pet With Purpose Instead of zoning out watching SNL and absentmindedly patting your pup, focus on your dog while you pet him. Like people, your dog can tell when he has your attention. Feel free to spill about your day, even. Your BFF—best furry friend—will appreciate the extra effort and it will have a cathartic effect for both of you.
Got 3 Minutes?
Hide and Sniff Hide your dog’s favorite treat somewhere fairly easy to sniff out, then guide her along with the appropriate level of hints and praise: good girl, you’re very close! The positive vibes and subsequent reward will put the pep back in her paws.
Got 10 Minutes?
Mutt-ssage Connect with your dog by giving her a relaxing massage. Start with slow strokes from head to tail, then target specific areas by scratching behind the ears, cheeks, under the chin, bridge of the nose, and between the eyes. Gently rub in a circular motion with three fingers, going down the neck and around the shoulders; then keep the motion going from the buttocks down the thighs. Give gentle squeezes down each leg. Finish by walking your thumb and forefinger down each side of the spine to the base of the tail and come full circle with several slow full-body strokes. By giving a regular, thorough massage, you’ll be able to familiarize yourself with your dog’s normal lumps and bumps and will notice any changes that may warrant a check up. You’ll also be able to tell if there are sore or tender spots that needs attention. Remember to keep it light and gentle, though; leave the deep-tissue work to the professionals!