Their Partner or Their Pet

The unconditional love that pets show their female owners seem to be paying off. In a recent survey done by the English animal charity group, The Brooke, more than 1/3 of the 2,000 women surveyed reported that they loved their pet as much as their significant other.

This overwhelming show of love may not be surprising, especially considering that our modern pets have become members of our human families. But it may be surprising to learn that one in ten women admitted that they loved their pet even more than their partner, and many didn’t even feel guilty about it.

The study highlights a pet’s most winning characteristic, unconditional love. The women surveyed admitted that their feelings for their pet increased when their partners showed less affection. They don’t argue with women about money, children, and housework, and their affection is almost always available.

Some respondents also said that if a boyfriend didn’t like their pet, it would be a reason to split up. Pets can be a center of contention in relationships more than some people think, especially when someone enters a relationship with the pet. They are so loved that this can often cause feelings of jealousy in a budding relationship, reports the matchmaking site, match.com

They can also become a source of tension as couples sort out the specifics of pet care, the “rights” of the pet, and exactly how much money should be spent on it. Perhaps one of the most common pet arguments is if it is allowed to sleep in the bed with its human counterparts.

While sorting out these details can be complicated, the happiness that a pet brings to a partner in the relationship is usually worth the sacrifice, and the other partner may come to view the pet with affection as well.

Of course, tensions can be less and even bring a new unity relationship when the adoption of a pet is a shared choice between two significant others, but the technicalities of owning a pet can still be difficult to work out if not thought out before the pet comes home.

If you and your significant pet are considering adopting a pet, think about the following first:

Make sure that you’ve talked about the time and financial commitments of the pet, and that you’re both ready. Do you have the funds to not only purchase the pet but also provide it with the proper vet visits and needs such as a pet collar, a dog bed, or a crate?
Decide ahead of time who will take care of which pet responsibilities, from early morning bathroom duty to vet visits.
Make sure you’re both comfortable with the type of pet you want to bring home. A dog breed that’s known to be difficult to train, for example, may not be a good match for a couple where one partner hasn’t ever trained a dog before.
Set the boundaries beforehand. Talk about what kind of training method you’ll both be using, where the pet will sleep, and how much reign of the house the pet will be allowed to have.

If anything, the Brooke survey highlights that, despite the sacrifices pets can require, pet relationships are true love, and if approached well, can bring you and your true love closer together instead of farther apart.

Removing Pet Dander and Odors

Pet dander and odors cause so many allergy, asthma, and respiratory issues. And most pet owners eventually do seek out a good air cleaner to remove these pollutants from the air. The issue, however, is that often these so-called ‘pet air purifiers’ simply don’t work as well at removing the dander, hair, and odors as they expected. Even running the air cleaner continuously, they still see the dust and hair, and smell the odors. As a result, a lot of these pet owners begin ask: Are pet air purifiers even worth buying?

The answer is yes, pet air cleaners are definitely worth buying, but for an air purifier to effectively remove dander, hair, dust, and odors produced by cats, dogs, birds or other animals, it must have 3 main features: 1) a true HEPA filter, 2) an activated carbon filter with at least 4-5 pounds of the best quality granular carbon (more is better), and a strong output of at least 200 CFM (again, more is better so look for 300 CFM and higher). A true HEPA Filter removes over 99% of dust, dander, and particles down to 0.3 microns, sometimes down to 0.1 microns, which is even better-anything less is going to allow particles to get through.

The carbon filter really has to have a good amount of high quality activated carbon or charcoal to effectively remove pet odors, which are essentially VOC’s, so look for carbon that can remove VOC’s-and the more carbon, the longer the filter will last, so a thin sheet of black foam isn’t going to cut it. And finally the output is very important-if the unit can’t move at least 200 cubic feet per minute of air, you’re going to breathe the pollutants before the air cleaner can remove them, plain and simple.

Higher CFM units such as Aller Air or Austin Air can move 400 CFM, which means they cycle all of the air in an average room in about 2 minutes, which is fast enough to prevent you from breathing the odors, dust, dander, and hair. And you’re right, most cheap air purifiers don’t have all three of these necessary features and that is why most cheap or inexpensive air cleaners don’t work very well, and are usually a waste of time and money.

So if you buy an air cleaner with a quality HEPA filter, a substantial activated carbon filter and strong output, the unit will do the job-just remember to replace the filters on time for best results. Also, keep in mind that if you have a large room, you may need a couple of these air purifiers to keep all of the air being cycled or cleaned every 2-3 minutes, which is about what you need to keep the air clean enough, fast enough, for you to notice it, keep allergies under control, etc.

For example, if you’re using the air purifier between a couple of connected rooms totaling about 200 square feet with 8 foot ceilings, that’s 1600 cubic feet of air space. And if the unit only moves 400 CFM, it’s going to take 4 minutes to clean all of the air so you might get a dose of the pollutants before the air cleaner gets to them. This is where two units would keep all of the air cleaned every 2 minutes, because of the two units creating a combined output of 800 CFM.

Hi, I’m Rex Murphy, owner of Air Purifiers and Cleaners.com and I wrote this article to hopefully help pet owners understand what an air purifier really needs to perform properly so they can enjoy cleaner air and fewer allergies or respiratory issues.

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