Fur Your Information: static-shock prevention

Today we're joined by Steve Dale, certified pet-behavior consultant and author of "Good Dog: Practical Answers to Behavior Questions" and the upcoming companion volume "Good Cat." Steve's helping us manage the snap-crackle-pop of petting animals in cold, dry weather.

Q: Now that it's wintertime, I keep "sparking" my cats whenever I pet them. Do you have any tips for pet-static-shock prevention at this time of year?

"It's not so shocking – but the best thing you can do for your pets to decrease the odds of being shocked by static electricity in the house when you touch them, is the same as you can do for yourself so you don’t shock your spouse or kids. A humidifier can do the trick. It seems that’s the best solution.

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If you have radiator heat – and covers over the radiator – place aluminum trays filled with water inside. Every few days, fill with more water. The little things add up, so when you take a hot shower, leave the bathroom door open (allowing the stream to escape), and even misting your house plants adds some humidity.

If there’s still a static-electricity problem, wipe dryer sheets on your pets. For some dogs and long-haired cats, brushing the coat (which you should do anyway) also brushes out some of the static electricity build-up."

To hear more from Steve Dale, friend him on Facebook. Thanks, Steve!

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