When you adopted your “fur baby” into your home and family, your plumbing was likely the furthest thing from your mind. The truth is that these cuddly family members do bring a host of plumbing concerns and possible issues with them. But as they say, knowing is half the battle, so read on for the plumbing issues you need to know about.
Your pet’s fur is like your hair, and just like your hair it can be a problem for drains. Most pets shed pretty constantly, but much of it gets trapped in the other fur on their body. This means, when you give them a bath, there is a lot of fur that gets washed down the drain. Once it’s in there, it can contribute to clogs, slow draining, and smelly drains. If you’re washing your pet in the tub, put a strainer in the drain to catch all the hair before it becomes a problem.
Generally speaking, it is never a good idea to flush cat litter, even the stuff that’s marketed as “flushable”. This is because it doesn’t completely dissolve and it an cause a huge clog in your pipes. If you have a septic system, the issue will be even worse, and when it builds up enough you’ll have to have your septic tank pumped out. Instead, scoop the used litter into a trash bag and put it out with the rest of the trash.
Pets, especially puppies, are naturally curious, and they tend to chew on whatever they can get their jaw around. This can cause big issues if they chew on any exposed pipes or the electrical lines for plumbing appliances like the sump pump or water softener. Make sure that these things are out of their reach so they can’t get into trouble chewing on them. While you’re at it, make sure that all your drains are securely covered so their curiosity doesn’t lead them to investigate the drains and pipes.
Pets need consistent access to fresh water. This is what often drives them to drink from the toilet bowl, since that water is refreshed on a pretty consistent basis. Instead, you should check their water bowls a few times each day and clean it every few days to maintain a fresh supply. If you’re going to be away for an extended time, leaving a very slowly dripping faucet can ensure tour cat has access to fresh water uneven if the bowl goes dry.
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