Any paw-rent knows that pets get an extra spring in their step as soon as the days get longer and Spring arrives.

There’s more time to get mucky and muddy, explore dusty corners, chase birds and generally get up to mischief! There are glorious days to be spent getting sandy and salty on the beach with your furry sidekick, and Spring rain puddles to splash around in the backyard.

When it comes down to it, pets are really just like big, clumsy kids. They love a good, muddy romp. Something stinky always gets their attention (why do they love rolling in poop so much?!). They play with complete, sweet abandon – what a beautiful life.

Those joyous moments with furry (or feathered) family members are the stuff of childhood memories. And some of the best memories are messy. If your fur baby is lucky enough to spend their days in and out of your home, you’ll know how quickly the muddy paw prints and fur tumble weeds multiply. And it’s incredible how whiffy a pet bed gets (what do they do in there?!)

It’s easy to get a handle on pet mess in your home this Spring with just a few easy tips to keep your home looking and smelling as fresh as a daisy.

1. Get the soft furnishings spick and span

There’s nothing like a furry snuggle on the couch at the end of the day. Whether its a kitty cuddle or a rollicking golden retriever all-in wrestle there’s no greater stress relief. Make quick work of the aftermath – otherwise known as couch fur-mageddon – by giving the couch a once-over with an Oates Electrostatic Pet Hair Brush. The rubber bristles also work brilliantly on car interiors, pet beds and clothing.

2. Banish pet bed stink

Pet beds tend to hang onto smells, and then transfer unpleasant odours back onto pets. So when fido gets a bath, time it with a pet bed wash. Just check the washing instructions on your pet’s bed, and even if it can’t be laundered, taking it outside into the sunshine and fresh air will help lift stubborn smells.

3. Scrub those grubby food bowls and plates

We wash our plates and bowls after every meal, but let’s be honest, most of us let the dog and cat bowls get pretty grubby between feeds. Don’t be grossed out – just a quick rinse and wipe over with a microfibre cloth will grab onto any crusty bits of food without too much elbow grease.

4. Go on a floor fur-busting mission

It’s honestly mind-blowing just how much fur some cats and dogs shed. It’s often lurking in corners, gathering into great balls of fur tumbleweed, ready to dash across the floor at any hint of a breeze. A good, old fashioned sweeping with a dense bristled broom easily gathers pet hair into manageable piles then just finish the job with a dustpan and brush.

5. Freshen the de-furred floors

Now that the floors have been banished of fur, it’s time to tackle the muddy paw prints and pet food overflow. Whether you have smooth tiled or polished timber floors the Oates Triple Action Flat Mop gets into every nook and cranny. As well as washing the floor, the mop pads will grab onto any stray hairs that have managed to evade the broom.

 6. Deep clean the litter trays

Not the most glamorous job in the world, but a must do as part of a pet Spring clean. Grab some good quality antibacterial cloths and scrub the tray inside and out. Toss the cloths in the wash, refresh the litter, reassemble and tick off another simple job that makes a big difference.

7. Refresh the pet toys

If you can manage to wrestle the toys away from the fur-babies, get them into some soapy water for a thorough scrub. They can actually hold lots of germs, because they’re always moist, so a good soak and time out in the sun and fresh air are a must do.

Have you got messy pets? Here are a few highlights from the #MessyPets #LaughAtTheMess competition …

Oates LaughAtTheMess Pets muddy dog

Oates LaughAtTheMess Pets

Oates LaughAtTheMess Pets Hope

Oates LaughAtTheMess Pets Cleo

Oates LaughAtTheMess Pets Oreo

Oates LaughAtTheMess Pets Boof and Bella

Oates LaughAtTheMess Pets husky

Oates LaughAtTheMess Pets Lucy

The sun is shining, the breeze is gentle, so there’s no better time to give the house a pet refresh. Set aside a morning of power cleaning, throw open the windows, throw on some tunes and get your fur-baby and the home ready for the beautiful weather ahead!

Do you have any tried and true ways to keep the house spick and span with pets in the home? We’d love to hear them in the comments below!

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  • great tips for our furry friends


  • A good daily brush helps keep the fur at bay inside the house, however with a toddler i have been lacking the time to actually get this done! So I vacuum once or twice a day otherwise there is fur tumble weeds throughout the house. I keep a cloth located near the cats food bowl and wipe down the bench each day so it stays fresh (also wash out the bowls while we are there), and we have a towel intop of the dogs bed and wash that weekly to help keep her bed fresh.


  • These are great tips – my house always seems like such a mess because of my pets!


  • Help! This is my life right now!


  • I give up. If you choose to have pets or kids, or a partner for that matter, don’t ever expect to have nice things :/


  • Oh wow, how do people think of these things. Love them.


  • I don’t have anything to add, but……those pictures are adorable !


  • I had never thought of refreshing or washing the dog bed at the same time as we wash our dog, but it makes complete sense. I will have to try and remember to do this next time.


  • Thanks for the link to the broom – I definitely need to get to Bunnings and grab one. Harry the black cat is shedding hair on the grey carpet and the vacuum just doesn’t quite do the job.


  • My dog sheds so much fur just before summer and if she comes inside the house she leaves a trail, we make sure we regularly use a de-sheading brush regularly.


  • From those pics, we’re clearly lucky. Our doggo gets groomed regularly, but he doesn’t shed, and the only mess he makes is dripping water from his bowl.


  • the mess is one reason why I don’t have pets.


  • My kids really want to have a dog. But it feels so much works to do if you have a pet.


  • I put a rubber mat inside the back door and it’s amazing the dirt that it stops being walked in from my dogs.


  • Wow pets sure can get messy haha!


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