It’s Oliver here today.
We all know how obsessed our humans can get with the whole cleaning regime! But they do seem to forget that WE are the cleaning experts. 😀
Oliver: So why they wouldn’t ask us for advice before their ventures in household cleaning only they know!
Nubia: I’m much more efficient at cleaning than yourself Mr Oli. 😮
Oliver: Anyhow… Let’s move on to the cleaning tips and tricks for humans!
Tip 1: Prevention!
Make sure your home is cat friendly to begin with. To avoid us kitties using alternative locations as litter boxes it’s best to clean the litterbox regularly and to have 1 extra box per cat. Meaning 2 cats you should have at least wo but ideally three litter boxes.
Tip 2: Keeping that box smell free!
You know we’ve got a sensitive nose right? Make sure you wash out our litter box tray to remove that nasty urine smell will you? 😦 And of course remember… don’t use stuff that’s harmful for us in the cleaning process!
Disinfectants can be harmful to cats and so should be used sensibly and only when necessary. Many household disinfectants, such as antibacterial sprays and some patio cleaners, contain a compound called benzalkonium chloride which is a cationic detergent. Cationic detergents are irritant and can cause adverse effects in cats that have licked or walked over treated surfaces and then groomed or cleaned their paws and ingested the chemical. These effects are often delayed by several hours and typically include drooling, a red and inflamed tongue and a high temperature (figures 1 and 2). The mouth may be painful and cats can stop eating. There may also be redness and irritation of the skin. Source
Tip 3: So an accident happened and you need to get rid of pet smells?
We’ve all seen it happen someone like my sister Nubia vomited up a furball or worse after an overdose of kitten grass and now the carpet is stained and smells! 😮
It’s once again important to use a cleaner that is SAFE to be used with us cats and small children around. It may also be a good idea to put something above the spot on the carpet that you had to treat. Maybe an upside down carrier crate with holes to let it dry and to stop us from tipping it over just but something heavy on top ot the box D:
Tip 4: Keep it natural where possible!
Ever heard of vinegar? Yes? Good! Because it’s brilliant at cleaning things like the above mentioned litter box without the use of nasty chemicals. 😀
Tip 5: You clean your own bed so what about ours???
Did you know that most humans only change their bed about ever 14 days? It’s actually recommended to do this once a week… On the other hand many totally forget that our beds collect dust, dirt, skin and hair as well. 😦 Remind your humans to wash your blankets and beds just as regularly!
Tip 6: Don’t wash us but brush us!
Right by now you SHOULD already know how much we dislike water (with a few exceptions) otherwise you need to go back to cat companion school. 😉
You should brush us often though to remove loose hair and reduce the risk of hairballs. (They are worse for us than your carpet!!! Not a nice feeling!!!!)
Tip 7: The carpets and floor – too much hair.
Right so you want to clean the carpet of our hair? Make sure you get a QUIET animal vacuum cleaner. No not to suck us up… but these special animal cleaners usually come with more appropriate filters to not get blocked up by our hair. 😀
And of course as mentioned make sure it’s quiet… wouldn’t want to give us an heart attack would you!
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His Meowjesty King Oliver the Maker of Mischief
Her Meowjesty Queen Nubia the Disturber of Peace