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Pets and a Clean House: Can They Coexist?

Of course you love Fido and Fifi, but is it possible to keep pets, and keep a house clean too?

General Cleanliness to Keep Your House Clean With Pets continued...

Of course, cats and dogs aren’t the only pets people keep. Reptiles and amphibians are also popular pets. While they don’t expel fur or climb on the counter unless you put them there, these animals can be carriers of viruses like salmonella and shigella. To avoid spreading them, wipe down cages and habitats daily and clean once a week, wearing gloves.  Don’t wash habitats in the kitchen sink, says Duberg. If you have a laundry sink, use that; if not, try the bathtub.

Finally, keep pet food supplies in covered containers -- left open, they can attract rodents and other pests.

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Reviewed on September 08, 2009

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