Keeping a feline in your home also means caring for it such that it will be healthy and purrfectly happy. Cats need cleaning too just like humans do. There is nothing more lovely than seeing a beautiful house cat laze away the day. But, as every cat owner knows, one of the side effects of having a cat in your house is that it leaves dirt and stains everywhere. Be prepared to learn 8 cleaning tips that every cat owner should be aware of.
1. Deep clean your cat's toys
Fill your sink with hot water and a sprinkle of dish soap to keep the toys smelling fresh and away from bacteria and germs, don't forget to avoid harsh chemicals. Also, use a mild detergent if you plan on putting the toy in the dishwasher or washing machine. Then submerge the toys in the soapy water for about 15 minutes, rinse them off with clean water, then let them air dry on a towel or rack.
2. Cover up your furniture
The first thing you need to do is cover your furniture. Cats love to scratch and claw at furniture, so they can sharpen their claws. This can be a problem if you have valuable furniture that you want to keep in good condition. To prevent this from happening, it's a good idea to cover up your furniture with sheets or blankets. You can also buy cat scratching posts that come with covers, which are designed for cats to scratch on instead of your furniture. This helps keep your furniture in good condition and makes sure it doesn't get ruined by scratching.
3. Leave room for muddy paw prints to dry
Mud dries up and sets into rock after some time. If you come across particles of mud from your feline friends always let it dry before wiping it away, you can use a scrubbing brush to dislodge the filth once the mud has set.
4. Choose durable materials
When choosing fabrics, upholstery, and furniture for your home, choose materials that are easy to clean and remove stains, such as leather, microfibre, velvet, and canvas. Avoid carpets as they're hard to clean when there are spills or accidents. When it comes to upholstery, leather is a great choice because it cleans easily with water and soap — just wipe it down with water and a mild soap solution (no harsh chemicals). Microfiber material is also easy to clean because it doesn't attract dirt like fabric does.
5. Sprinkle baking soda to get rid of odors
Baking soda is a powerful odor remover. Cats fur may smell like urine or feces. Sprinkle some baking soda on a damp sponge and rub it over their fur to get rid of these smells! You can also use baking soda to clean your carpet if there are stains from your cat's litter box. Just sprinkle some on the stained area and let it sit for about 15 minutes before vacuuming up the excess.
6. Keep your clutter under control
Keep the mess to a minimum by storing toys in a separate pet toy basket if you frequently find a lot of toys lying around the house. You can also store your pet's toys in a bin on wheels that is easy to roll into another room when it's time for playtime. Hide their favorite toys by placing them under couches or beds so that only people can see them — not other pets or family members who might steal them away!
7. Use antibacterial products on the floors
Pets are great, but they can also carry germs and bacteria that can make you sick. You may be tempted to use a regular cleaner on your floors and furniture, but this is not a good idea. Antibacterial products are designed to kill these germs, so using them will help keep your home clean and safe for everyone.
The key to success is to keep clutter down and give your cats plenty of play and other activity areas around the house. You can also make it easier to clean by investing in a well-made self-cleaning litter box or even a robot vacuum. And, as always, don't forget to keep your cats indoors!