You can keep your canine clipped and your kitty cropped, but errant pet hair is inevitable. And very few people get turned on by hairballs (of course, the internet probably has a fetish site for just that.) In my house, we have a couple ground rules that keep flurries of fur to a minimum.
- We wash all sheets, duvets, and pillow covers at least twice a month. This also keeps the bed clean, soft, and always inviting.
- Pets aren’t allowed under the covers. They have a special blanket at the foot of the bed where they sleep and aren’t ever invited beneath the comforter. This keeps our own sheets clean and sterile.
Even if you have good, clean cats and dogs, smells and messes just seem to happen. Use candles, oils, or scent diffusers to turn this mood-killer into amazing bedroom atmosphere. Opening a window can also draw in cool, fresh air and who knows? It may even appeal to your inner-exhibitionist.
Keep pets out of the room during passion playtime, even if you don’t mind them. Your partner may find it weird, and anyway, it’s best to pre-empt all possible distractions. If they howl or whine when locked out, set aside a chew toy or favorite snack to keep them busy while you get busy. This also conditions them to enjoy “private human time” as much as you do.
Toys, Toys, Toys
Keep your pleasure chest or “dirty drawer” sealed and separate from any pet products. Confusing a riding crop for a feather chaser sounds cartoonish and kooky, but might not be so funny in the moment.