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How to Keep Your Home Clean and Odor-Free When You Have Cats

April 9, 2018
Zara Lewis

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How to Keep Your Home Clean and Odor-Free When You Have Cats

Relationships between pets and their owners are always deep and complex. Pets quickly become family; they become close friends and confidants, brothers, sisters, and children. The love of a pet and love for a pet can’t be described easily. Still, pets are a lot of work, and keeping them indoors can mean that your home will be messier and, well, smellier than before. If you’re looking for ways to avoid that, read some of our useful tips and tricks.

The dreaded litter box

For those who have dogs, things are a bit easier because when you take your dog for a walk, they tend to do what else ‘needs to be done’ so your home is pretty much nice and clean. For people who have cats, on the other hand, there’s the dreaded litter box. It’s a convenient cat bathroom, but cats are very picky – if it’s dirty or smelly, they simply won’t use it. Thus, the litter box maintenance becomes the least pleasant aspect of having a cat (probably). Number one – you definitely shouldn’t put the litter box on carpets, but rather on hard flooring, seeing as how wood, linoleum and tile are way easier to clean. Number two – scoop the litter every day, especially if you notice the odor.

Throne for king and queen

You already know that cats tend to pick a spot and ‘claim’ it for themselves, a special place they particularly like. Their cat baskets are made for them, and they will thoroughly enjoy them, but that means that you should pay special attention to these places. Your pet’s bed should be easy to clean and disinfect, which means that baskets with quilted fabric are a bad choice. Such fabrics are likely to attract mites and fleas and the basket will be more of a torture chamber than a cozy place. Choose wicker as it’s easy to take outside and wash down, or vacuum clean. Still, don’t wash it too often as water can make the basket weaker, but use a spray cleaner instead.

Odor control

No matter how much you love them, you have to admit that pets can sometimes (if not often) stink. Odor control is one of the most important things in any household with a pet, and there are several ways to deal with this problem. Washing and brushing your pets is imperative, as is cleaning their baskets, blankets, and pillows. You could also get a quality mold air purifier by Oransi as you will ensure that your home smells nice, as well as that the air you breathe is safer and cleaner. Another useful trick: sprinkle some baking soda on your cat’s bed to get rid of the odor and make sure to bath your cat using the best cat shampoo available . Not only will it successfully control the bad odor, but it’s very affordable, and it won’t harm your cat in the slightest.

Additional chores

In addition to being cuddly, snugly, and a source of great joy and comfort for people, cats are also a lot of work. This means that your chores should include taking care of your cat as well: laundering their bedding approximately once a week with hypoallergenic fabric conditioner, using the upholstery tool on your vacuum cleaner to suction animal hairs off your sofas, rugs, and curtains, etc. A simple yet effective way to collect pet hair is to wrap your fingers with a circle of wide adhesive, keeping the sticky side out, and dash up and down your clothes. This is great for clothes, but if you need something similarly effective for furniture, try using a wet rubber glove instead.

Be careful with their food

Your cats probably get excited when it’s time for their meal, and they might even make a mess out of sheer joy. When picking out their food bowls, always opt for those made of metal or ceramic as these are heavy enough so they won’t be tipped over easily. This means there won’t be spilled food all over the floor, but if it still happens, you can try putting the bowls on a plastic tray to keep any stray pieces of food.

Any pet owner will be able to tell you that pets are a source of great joy, but that keeping them around also means that you’ll have to work more than before. Not everyone is thrilled with the idea of additional dusting and vacuuming, but it’s worth it because you will keep your pet close and your home will be nice and clean.

Zara Lewis

Zara Lewis is a regular contributor at highstylife.com and a full time animal lover. Passionate about creating a better world for the generations to come, she is a mum of two, raising them inseparably from their furry family members.
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