Cats may be wonderful companions, but they can create quite a mess. The litter box and feeding area can also easily become spreading disaster areas until it feels like everything feline-related has overtaken your house. Cleaning up after your cat can seem like an endless task, but these tips and tricks will help make it a breeze.
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FIND A GOOD LITTER BOX LOCATION
The litter box can be annoying source of mess. Cat litter gets everywhere, and it constantly needs to be cleaned up. Make the task a bit easier by keeping the litter box off of any carpets in the house. Hardwood floors, linoleum or tile floors are all preferable for cleanup. Instead of litter being tread into the carpet and needing heavy-duty vacuuming, you can sweep it up easily from hard surfaces.
KEEP A MAT OUTSIDE OF THE LITTER BOX
Keeping a mat outside of the litter box essentially forces cats to wipe their paws. When they leave the litter box, they track litter stuck to their paws and between their toes. A mat helps to stop this stray litter from spreading throughout your house and creating a bigger mess. Instead, you can simply pick up the mat and shake it clean outside.
OFFER YOUR CAT A DESIGNATED CAT BLANKET
Designate a blanket for your cat. You can choose an old one, knit one or buy one. Use this blanket to cover your sofa, bed or any other favorite spot that your cat likes. Instead of getting cat hair all over your furniture or floor, it will be on the blanket. You can use a lint roller to get it clean, or you can throw it in the washer, saving yourself from a house covered in cat hair.
DRY BEFORE WASHING
Even if you try every possible way to stop it, cat hair still manages to end up on your clothing and linens. However, before throwing everything into the washer, try the dryer first. Put anything coated in cat hair in the dryer with a dryer sheet for 10 minutes. The loose fur gets trapped on the dryer sheet, making it easier for the washer to clean your clothes and linens.
GROOM YOUR CAT REGULARLY
This preventative step helps to lessen the amount of cat hair permeating your home. You should be brushing your cat daily or at least weekly to keep its coat healthy. Regular grooming removes excess hair and keeps both your cat and your home looking clean.
INVEST IN A HANDHELD VACUUM CLEANER
Instead of lugging out a large vacuum cleaner, do yourself a favor and buy a handheld version. This saves you time and makes it much easier to vacuum up stray litter or cat hair on the furniture. Cleaning up after your cat becomes a much quicker activity.
KEEP A MAT UNDER FOOD AND WATER BOWLS
Although cats are usually tidier than dogs when it comes to chowing down, they can still make a mess. Food and water flying out of the bowls can dirty up your floor quickly. A mat underneath the bowls would help to lessen that mess. Many mats are now machine washable, making it a snap to clean up after your cat.
REMOVE CAT HAIR FROM FURNITURE MORE EFFICENTLY
It's not necessary to pull out the vacuum cleaner every time you find cat hair on the furniture. Try using a lint roller to pick up the excess hair or dryer sheets. You can also dampen a pair of rubber gloves with a spritz of water, put them on and wipe your hands across the furniture to lift up the cat hair. Rinse the hair off the gloves and keep going until your furniture is fur-free.
STORE CAT FOOD IN AN AIRTIGHT CONTAINER
Dry cat food can end up spilling everywhere when it is kept in its original packaging. There is no good way to reseal the bags, and food can fall out easily. Moving the dry food into an airtight, resealable container not only makes it easier to feed your cat but keeps the food fresher as well.
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DUST AND VACUUM WEEKLY
Chores are always easy to put off, but to keep your house clean, they need to be done on a regular basis. Commit yourself to dusting and vacuuming once a week to keep the mess to a minimum. Cat hair and litter can end up on all surfaces, so be diligent about cleaning everywhere. The weekly task will keep your house nicer and make it easier for you to spot-clean when your cat leaves a mess.