Keeping a home clean as a cat owner is hardly a hassle, especially if you own the right devices. For instance, I use a Kenmore vac to clean after my cat, I make sure that I comb its coat daily to get rid of the excess hairs and I wipe down all counters before I start cooking.
Owning a cat is fun, however, making sure that your home is clean can prove a tad difficult, especially because cats tend to leave behind a lot of hair. If you are a new cat owner looking for tips on how to keep your home in pristine condition, we have a couple of ideas that you can try.
Find a good place where you can place the litter box
Handling the litter box of the pet is one of the least fun aspects of owning a cat. If your cat is litter trained, chances are that you won’t have to deal with a lot of accidents and you won’t have to pick up a lot of mess outside the actual box.
When looking for spaces where you can place the litter box, the best decision that you can make is to place it on flooring and not on a carpeted area. This way, you can avoid having to clean your carpets more often than usual.
Fellow cat owners say that tile, wood floors, and linoleum covered floors are the easiest to maintain from this point of view as you only have to sweep and sanitize them whenever litter gets on them.
If you have a bathroom that you rarely use, it is also a good idea to place the litter box there. To avoid having to deal with an unnecessary mess, you should install the box on a litter mat.
The litter box of a cat should be placed as far away to the kitchen as possible and it should be cleaned at least twice a day. Moreover, you should replace all the old litter from inside it every two weeks. Before you add new cat litter to it, you should take the time to clean the box with warm water and with a bleach-based solution. When you do so, you should scrub down any residual litter.
If the litter box that you use with your pet is made of plastic, the experts recommend that you replace it once a year.
Brush or comb the cat daily
Cats love the attention and most of them treasure the alone time that they get to spend with their owners. You can allocate between five to ten minutes of this time to brush the coat of your bundle of joy with a special comb.
By doing so, you can improve the condition of its coat and you can actively cut down on the amount of fur that your cat leaves around the house. Even more so, if you incorporate coming in your day to day routine, you will no longer find hairballs all over your home and the cleaning process will get easier and less stressful.
Dust and vacuum as often as you can
When you are sharing your home with a furry cat, dusting and vacuuming should become part of your weekly cleaning routine. As you probably know by now, cat hairs tend to stick to numerous surfaces and they are difficult to get rid of.
If you vacuum weekly, your house will stay clean at all times and you won’t have to put in a lot of work to tidy up when you have guests. Besides, you and your companion will most likely feel more comfortable in a home that is clean at all times.
Every time you notice that your pet has made a mess, it is best that you clean the debris as soon as possible to eliminate the risks of staining and to get rid of the foul odors.
Designate cat blankets
As the proud owner of a cat, you probably already know where your furry friend likes to sit and snooze during the day. If you do not like having cat hair collecting on your bedding and your furniture, you can designate some cat blankets that your cat can use. You can place them all over the areas where your pet likes to lounge.
Doing so will also prove a great idea whenever you will have to clean your home, as most blankets are made of natural fibers that clean up easily in the washing machine.
All houses need an annual deep clean. Also known as spring cleaning, this sort of cleaning means taking the regular cleaning to a new level by getting rid of all the debris and grime that accumulates in one’s house as a result of everyday traffic.
If you live alone, or if you have a minimum amount of traffic in your home, you should do a deep clean once every year or once every 18 months. However, if you also have kids and more than one pet, you might want to consider deep cleaning every three to six months.
When you start deep cleaning, you should pay close attention to those areas of your home that you normally ignore such as cleaning underneath cupboards and getting rid of the cobwebs in your garage. In other words, you should clean all the nooks and crannies of your home. The entire process is great as it allows you to sanitize all areas of your home where bacteria might grow.
If you own a rather sizable vacuum cleaner, and you hate the idea of taking it out whenever you want to tidy up after your pet, it might be a good idea to invest in a powerful handheld alternative. Most of these vacuums are budget-friendly and they are particularly easy to utilize.
If there are hairs that the vacuum itself cannot pick up, might want to consider getting a lint roller, as these products do wonders when it comes to cleaning car hairs.
Wipe down the counters
When left unsupervised, cats have no respect for rules. Because of their curious nature, they like to climb on furniture. This is the reason why, many times, they end up leaving paw marks all over the house.
Even more importantly, there is a high chance that your cat will decide to explore the kitchen counter just after it has used the litter box. Whenever your pet does so, microorganisms such as bacteria and toxoplasmosis can contaminate the food-cooking areas in your homes.
Toxoplasmosis, for instance, can result in you getting flu-like symptoms as a result of an infestation with gondii parasites. These infections are particularly dangerous to pregnant women and children as they weaken their immune systems.
A great way to prevent toxoplasmosis is to thoroughly wipe down your counters with a cleaning solution or with cleansing wipes before you start cooking. Plus, you might want to consider keeping all your cooking tools in closed drawers.
Chew free cables
If your cat loves to munch on cords, you are in big trouble. Because most of these electrical cords are connected to outlets, your pet is in great danger of electrocuting itself. And, let’s not talk of the costs of replacing the said cables. However, if this is a problem that you are dealing with right now, do not despair, there are solutions that you can try.
For instance, you can wrap the cords inside PVC tubing. You can purchase it from most retailers that sell home repair supplies. Or, you can cover them in citrus scent, as most cats hate the smell of it.
To distract your pet from this dangerous hobby, you might want to think about purchasing toys, specifically made to be chewed, that it can play with instead. Also, you should take into consideration the possibility that your beloved ball of fur is bored or that it feels alone when left unsupervised.
If this is the case, you might want to increase the alone time that you spend with it. If you have no idea how to play with it, keep in mind that studies have shown that teaching it tricks is a great way to bond with it. In the event that the behavior of your cat does not improve, experts recommend that you take it to a special trainer.