Britain is firmly a nation of animal lover - there's around 16.5 million dogs and cats kept as pets. Carpet cleaning experts BISSELL has revealed that our love for our four-legged friends goes beyond just taking them for a walk.
It has been found that less than half (43 per cent) of pets will sleep in their own bed, with owners instead preferring to invite their four legged friend to join them on their bed.
When it comes to relaxing during the day, cats and dogs are most likely to curl up on the sofa (31 per cent), their own bed (20 per cent) or on the living room floor (20 per cent). As a result, it's not surprising that loose fur will tend to pop up in our food or stick to our clothes.
This, along with muddy footprints and spilt food and drinks, will be the most common mess UK pet owners have to clean up, with a further 25 per cent regularly facing urine, vomit and faeces.
79 per cent of pet owners are aware of the bacteria that pets can bring into their home, which perhaps makes it surprising that one in ten have never washed their sofa covers. A further 17 per cent admitted they had never washed their carpets. It was subsequently no surprise to find that 13 per cent of owners have had to move furniture to cover up a pet stain. One in ten 16-44 year olds have had to cancel their friends and family coming over because of a mess their pet has made.
When it comes to cleaning, it's not just our home we can be a little relaxed with, as nearly one in ten (nine per cent) of Brits admitted they only wash their pet's bedding twice a year, while 31 per cent never wash their pet.
Dr Pixie McKenna, teaming up with BISSELL, added: "Pets make a great addition to the home. However, we need to make sure that we clean up properly after them to keep our family safe. Dogs and cats enjoy the outdoors and during their little adventures, they can pick up dirt and germs which they then transfer indoors on their paws."
"By sleeping with your pet you’re increasing the risk of contracting an infection and so I’m really shocked to hear that almost a fifth of Brits wash their bedding less than once a month and almost half have never washed their mattress."
"Carpets are another area of the home where germs can lurk especially if pets tend to toilet on them as cats and dogs can transmit parasites, bacteria and fungal infections in their faecal matter. Escherichia coli for example is a bacteria found in animal faeces. Whilst severe infections tend to be most frequently seen in cows, sheep, goats and deer, domestic pets can also carry it. If your pet contaminates your carpet and your children are playing on the floor this can be a potential source of infection, something that can be very severe in children under 5 or the elderly. So cleaning up after your pet is about far more than odour and appearance, it needs to be thorough to reduce potential ill health."
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