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According to research published in Frontiers in Psychology, simply stroking your pet can do wonders for your mental and physical health. Not only does it help alleviate depression, it can even lower high blood pressure! Yet when you’re jumping back in horror because your pet’s static-filled fur literally just shocked you, it’s kind of hard to reap any of those benefits. It’s even more challenging when these so-called “stress-relievers” are threatening to bite you or run away as you try to stop the static. Thankfully, however, there are some easy ways to remove static from your dog or cat’s fur without causing you a heart attack! From ditching synthetic fibers to adding moisture and using brushes with anti-static sheets, check out these three subtle ways to stop the static without your pet noticing a thing:
Avoid Certain Fabrics and Materials:
That outfit you’re wearing right now may actually be why your pet keeps shocking you. One study reveals synthetic fibers such as nylon and polyester actually increase static electricity! Thus it’s wise to trade these in for natural fabrics. Make sure that your pet is sleeping on a cotton blanket, for example, or donning wool instead. Maybe even consider investing in a natural fabric-based wardrobe for yourself as well. Walking on the carpet with certain socks and shocks creates the kind of friction that lends itself easily to static energy buildup, which is released when you pet your dog or cat.
Moisturize Your Pet:
From “how did my precious sweet ball of fur literally just shock me” to the more sophisticated Googler’s “how to solve dog static electricity problem”, concerned pet-owners are constantly looking up ways to stop the static. Yet that might be the problem. Instead, what they should be researching is how to get rid of the static electricity in their environment! Research shows static electricity flourishes in dry, low humidity areas, a particular problem when it’s cold outside and air heaters are constantly on. You can check the humidity levels in your home using a hygrometer. If relative humidity is below 30 percent, you may need to add moisture to prevent excessive static electricity.
Get a Humidifier:
A humidifier should do the trick while making sure you keep warm if you must. If you don’t have one, there are thankfully some other options. For example, you can add shallow bowls of water in your home or some large pet-safe houseplants to easily add moisture.
Wear Lotion or Spray Water:
You could also just wear lotion before petting your furbaby. Finally, you could also apply a very small mist of water or conditioner to your pet’s coat before bathing or brushing, which leads us to our next hack….
Try the Furbabs Pet Grooming Brush:
Armed with anti-static sheets, the Furbabs pet grooming brush easily removes static while cleaning out all of the dirt and dust particles in your dog or cat’s hair. Yet while grooming is an incredibly relaxing process, sometimes getting your pet to sit down for his or her’s “spa session” isn’t easy. How do you brush your dog without him running away? How can you remove static from cat fur and not get bitten? Thankfully, it’s actually a lot easier to do than you think! Just associate brushing with something positive, like treats. If you do this for the few times, they will get over their resistance and come to relax, eventually thoroughly enjoying the process!
There you have it! Now you know how to remove static from pets easily — and subtly.
By adding humidifiers and trading in synthetic fibers for the likes of cotton, your pet won’t even notice a thing. Even better, by using the Furbabs pet grooming brush and giving them the “ultimate spa experience”, they’ll probably end up loving you even more!
Has your dog or cat ever shocked you out-of-the-blue? Tell us your funny stories in the comments section below and let us know how you stopped the static! Bonus points if you add photos of your precious furbabies!
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