Keeping your house clean with cats can sometimes be a challenge. Cats make great pets but can sometimes be less than helpful when trying to keep your house clean, follow these tips which look at some easy ways to share your home with cats and still keep a tidy house.
Cats are wonderful – beautiful, graceful, funny and loving companions. This is why many people prefer them as pets, especially those who live in smaller houses and apartments. Felines are quite clean animals and generally speaking, cleaning after them is easy, if you take in mind few simple facts.
All these things are deeply implied in cat’s nature and you better don’t try to change them. So what do do to keep your home nice and clean, when having one or more cats?
Keep your felines’ paws clean (if you let them go outside) and brush them regularly. This will reduce the amount of hair and dirt on your furniture and carpets. Moreover, regular brushing is good for your cat’s blood circulation. You can keep some old cloths or paper towels in your hallway to wipe your 4 legged friends’ paws before letting them inside.
If you don’t want to see hair in your bed you should purchase a bed for your companion while he or she is still a kitten and teach them to sleep there. This will not stop your cat taking a nap on your sofa, but it is good to give your pet its own place and will visibly reduce the amount of hair on your furniture. I don’t recommend you buying some of those big stuffed beds because they are hard to wash. You better use a soft blanket or a pillow. If you feel more creative, you can try to make your cat’s bed on your own.
As I mentioned before cats love climbing. They are natural hunters and like to get on the highest possible place and prowl. Unfortunately this may lead to knocked over vases and other collectibles. There are two solutions to this problem. First one is to make your cat special cat-tree-furniture so he or she wouldn’t need to go through you collectibles to climb somewhere high. The other way to stop breaking of precious items is to use so called “museum wax”. This is adhesive product, used in galleries and museums to prevent breaking of valuable exhibits. You simply apply it to you vase’s bottom and you can easily remove it when you want.
Cleaning after a cat is no different than any other cleaning. Regular vacuuming around the house – carpets, furniture and floor is your the best tactic to remove cat hair. If you want to remove easy and quick fur from your upholstered furniture take a damp cloth and wipe the surface – everything will stick on the cloth. Some breeds has shorter fur that seems to weave in your upholstery and the easiest way to take it out of your sofa is to get a squeegee and wipe it off the furniture.
Another thing that you should have in mind is that with well trained cat you won’t face problems like urine puddles on your carpet. Unfortunately accidents happen and this may be a sign to a medical problem. To deal easily with urine or vomit stains on your rugs you have to react as quick as possible. Always use pet-friendly cleaning detergents. If you are not sure that your cleaners are safe, try this recipe for simple nut effective homemade stain removal. Mix water and white vinegar (1:1) and spray the affected area. Soak as much as possible and sprinkle baking soda on the spot. Soda removes the unpleasant smells from fabrics and rugs. Let it stay like this for a while and vacuum the area.
Every cat has its specific odor, so regular washing of your bed coverings, curtains and upholstery is a must. Some cats’ smell is just stronger and there’s nothing to about it, but getting proper deodorizer will help you keep your home fresh smelling.
As you can see, cleaning after cat it’s not a big deal, with proper training and understanding your cat’s needs and habits keeping your house clean with cats is quite easy. 🙂
Author Bio : Irene D writes extensively about home improvement, green cleaning and DIY ideas.
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Ross is a UK Siamese & Oriental Cat Breeder breeding and showing his cats and kittens under the prefix Burnthwaites . He is the author of various cat related websites and blogs including 'Siamese Cat Breeder'. When not showing his cats he can often be found stewarding or judging at cat shows. He works as a Web Developer and specialises in small business websites and content marketing. He is also a blogger, amateur photographer and videographer and last but certainly not least husband and father.