How To Love Living With Your Pets Even MORE Than You Already Do

How To Love Living With Your Pets Even MORE Than You Already Do

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Janel Laban
Mar 8, 2015
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During the month of March, we're gathering some of our best problem solvers together into master "Home Remedies" posts to help you make your home healthier, solving one problem at a time. Today, the first aid kit is both a celebration of how wonderful it is to share our homes with pets AND a chance to address some of the issues that can make it challenge. (Stinkiness, I'm looking at you).

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Pets — we love them like family, but let's face it: we could do without all of the smells that come along with them. From litter boxes to bad breath to just general pet odor, these animal funks can unfortunately become the one thing guests remember most about your home, no matter how well decorated it may be. Here are a few of my favorite tips, from the simple to the extreme, to minimize household pet odors.

→Big List of Tips for a Less-Stinky Home: How to Manage Pet Odors

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See this adorable face? She's lucky she's so cute, because this is the face of a waker-upper. Do you have a pet that wakes you constantly—and usually on the nights that you are the most exhausted? I'm a reluctant expert in how to handle an animal waking you at all hours of the night. I've got some great tips to try out on your night-crawling cats and dogs...

→How To Keep Pets from Waking You Up

An all-too-familiar dinner party scenario: at the home of friends, you're sipping a glass of wine while your hosts put the finishing touches on dinner. Then their beloved cat does its business in the litter box, licks itself a bit, and proceeds to hop up on the kitchen counters right where your dinner is being made...

→Tips for Keeping Cats Off Kitchen Counters

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Winter boredom is definitely a problem in my household, and I've found that our dogs get just as tired of being cooped up inside as my partner and I do. We take them for regular walks, play in the yard, and do all the normal things that owners do with their dogs, but there are just some days — I'm looking at you, polar vortex — that they don't get enough exercise.

→Stir-Crazy Dogs: Keeping Your Cooped-Up Canines Entertained During Winter

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Any of these attempts at making the litter box more discreet will go a long way towards endearing your darling cat to guests...

→10 Ideas for Disguising or Hiding a Litter Box

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On sharing your home with a cat...

→10 Reasons Living with a Cat is the Very Best

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...and with a dog:

→Top 10 Reasons Why Dogs Are Totally Worth It

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