Friday, 1 November 2019

The cat owner’s guide to keeping a clean home

There are many tell-tale signs of a home with a cat; cat toys strewn across the floor, cosy boxes and beds in every room and of course a sprinkling of cat fur on the soft furnishings.

ginger cat asleep

While they more than make up for this mess with their purrs and affection, it’s still up to the human residents of the household to clean up after them.

There are several ways you can make these chores easier for yourself, meaning you’ll have more time for head bumps and chin rubs with your feline housemate.

To help you keep your home clean and cat-friendly, here are some handy tips…


1. Pick the perfect litter tray location 


Providing your cat with their own indoor toilet is a must, but they do sometimes have a habit of making a mess outside the tray. This is because cats like to bury their poo, which involves flicking the litter around and occasionally onto the floor.

ginger and white long-haired cat

To make the clearing up easier, place the litter tray somewhere with hard flooring that is easy to sweep, or put the tray on a protective mat that can be easily wiped clean.

Of course it’s also important that the location suits your cat too, so choose somewhere quiet and private for them to do their business that’s away from where they eat, drink and sleep.

For more information about where to put all of your cat’s things, take a look at our blog.

2. Buy some cat blankets 


One of the main areas your cat will leave behind some furry evidence is where they snooze.

tabby cat lying upside down on blanket

To make the fluff easier to clean up, get your cat some cosy, washable blankets to sleep on. Try placing them in warm, quiet spots around the house or even inside cardboard boxes where they can snooze in peace.

Cats like to switch between sleeping spots regularly so give them a few options and then when they move on to a new bed, wash the blanket that’s not in use. This will ensure there’s always at least one blanket that they can recognise their own scent on, helping them to feel safe and happy.

For more facts about cats and sleep, read our blog.

3. Make brushing a daily ritual


To reduce the amount of hair your kitty leaves around the house, try getting into the habit of brushing them regularly.

ginger cat being brushed by woman

While most cats are pretty good at grooming themselves using their rough tongues, giving them a helping hand will give you the chance to catch the hair before it settles on the carpets and sofas.

Brushing your moggy can also be a great bonding experience and will help to keep their coat healthy and glossy.

For lots of tips on how to groom your cat, visit www.cats.org.uk/grooming

4. Get a powerful vacuum cleaner 


To make cleaning up any leftover cat hair quick and easy, get a vacuum cleaner purposefully designed for pet owners.

woman hoovering stairs with Shark vacuum cleaner

Shark’s TruePet vacuum cleaners feature innovative Lift-Away technology for removing embedded pet hair from floors and furnishings.

What’s more, buying one will also benefit unwanted cats and kittens across the UK. For every UK sale of a TruePet vacuum cleaner through Shark’s website, 25p per charity will be donated to Cats Protection and Dogs Trust*, with Shark committing to raising at least £33,500 for each charity during a one-year period!

To find out more about this exciting partnership, click here

*Dogs Trust Registered Charity Nos: 227523 & SC037843

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