Step By Step Care And Cleaning Tips For You're House Cats.
Saturday, March 9, 2013
We have nine house cats. We did not plan to have so many, but we did not want to split up the family of kittens. We always gave kittens to folks with good homes, but we grew attached to a family of kittens from our mama cat Peanut. We had five house cats before the kittens came. All our male cats , and our female cats are either neutered , or spayed.
Tip 1. Dry food for cats can be easily kept in large empty plastic storage ice cream containers that have lids , and plastic handles. When they are empty they can be easily washed with soap, and water. A large eighteen pound bag of our cats favorite dry food can be kept in about four, or five empty ice cream containers. Keep a scoop device handy nearby when you need to give them food. This helps to make feeding them convenient, and easy.
Tip 2. When cats barf up food, drop a paper towel on the barf so that no one will step on,and so that you can clean it up. Sometimes soap, and water will clean up residue, but if not, a spray cleaner may be necessary. If you use an ammonia cleaner remember to avoid dropping pet food where you used the ammonia.
Tip 3. Do not throw good edible cat food away ! It is expensive, and especially canned cat food. Serve you're cats their canned food in light easy to lift dishes. We do not use heavy dishes. We often use plastic dishes, however some folks prefer better dishes. When our cats leave food, I collect it, store it, and place it in a clear plastic container, and place a plastic lid on it, and refrigerate the food. You can tell the difference between human food, and the cat food in you're refrigerator so do not worry about spreading cat food on you're sandwich. Hours later when you're cats are hungry again, their food can still be fresh, and was not wasted. It made me feel a little cheap at first, but the cats benefit from you're wisdom.
Tip 4. Leaving dry cat food in bowls can attract roaches at night when you're sleeping. It is very easy , and convenient to leave the food out, and it can cause cats to become over weight. It is best to never leave cat food around at night. Roaches love laid out food in the dark. It takes a little time, but take the time to feed them when pests want have a field day . Roaches probably contribute to causing cat barfed up food if they have crawled on it , or have eaten on it. Roaches can cause their saliva to contaminate the cat food. This is , and age old problem trying to keep pet foods from being contaminated by pests. Science should help more.
Tip 5. If you have a roach problem remember that before you spray anywhere , you must be very careful to avoid spraying where animals can come in contact with spray toxins. Dump pet water bowls in the sink before spraying for roaches. Remove all food bowls, and plates from the floor if you spray cabinets.If you spray cabinets, then keep them closed to allow the spray to destroy roaches. Remove all food products from cabinets. After spraying has been done, and roaches are dead, then vacuum you're floor to pick up dead roaches, and remove roaches from you're vacuum cleaner. Mop you're floor. I like to use a little dish soap in a bucket of water. This may be less toxic if cats later drop food from their plates onto the floor. Also allow fresh air to circulate in you're home so that the smell of roach spray will not linger. If you must spray for pests, then make sure that you do not accidentally spray anything toxic on you're cats. It is easy to slip up, and make that mistake because cats are curious by nature. If you are going to spray you're home with deodorizers make sure the mist will not get into their eyes as it will irritate their eyes. I never spray anything toxic on our floors unless it involves only a spot I can spray to be followed up by soap, and water because cats often take food out of their bowls, and eat their food from floors on some occasions.
CLEANING CAT ROOMS :
Step 1. To clean our cat room the first thing I do is to dump four cat litter boxes, or containers that have been soiled by our cats. I keep a large garbage can in the room. In the garbage can is a secured garbage bag. I use a large plastic scraping device with a handle so that my hands will not come in contact with anything nasty. The garbage can makes the job easier. When all four of the containers have been dumped, I usually take them to our bath tub after they are free of nasty litter.
Step 2. I like to use a little laundry detergent, and a long handled toilet scrubbing device to clean the empty boxes in the bath tub. Sit comfortable so that you will not twist you're body doing the job. Clean the boxes well, and rinse them well until they are clean. Make sure the cat litter boxes were thoroughly scraped because you do not want any dirty litter stopping up you're drain pipe. Dry them with a small cloth towel. The boxes should be clean. You can also take the litter boxes outside somewhere , and spray them with a hose after you have scrubbed them outdoors. I prefer to use the bath tub, and I clean our tub well after the job has been done.
Step 3. Sweep the cat room. Collect all loose litter or whatever else, and sweep it in a long handled trash collection device , or dust pan. Next step is to mop the floor. Pour a little pine oil in water. Do not use a ton of it. Use only enough to mix a little with water because this must be done at least every two or three days. The floor must be kept clean.
Step 4. Fix up , or set up you're cat litter boxes. Keep newspaper, or old magazines handy in a place, or on a shelf where you can easily grab paper. Take a sheet of newspaper, and fold it so that it will easily fit on the bottom of a cat litter box. Newspaper helps soak up cat urine. If you can afford expensive litter, then more power to you, but I can not. With nine cats I try to economize by buying good cat litter for about one dollar a bag. Now place the newspaper sheet in you're box.
Step 5. Fooling around with cat litter is much easier if you keep it in a large square plastic bucket that once held disposable litter. It will have a convenient lid. This container is something you can cherish , and use to easily scoop cat litter into you're cat litter boxes. There is nothing more aggravating than fooling around with bags to scoop cat litter. Pour all the litter into you're storage container, and keep you're container in a convenient place. A small plastic bowl can be stored with the litter. It can be used to scoop up you're clean litter so that you can pour it into litter boxes.
Step 6. I also keep a small folding plastic table in our cat room. I also bring a folding chair in the room when I clean the room. The table comes in very handy. Simply lay a clean cat litter box on top of the table, place a sheet of folded newspaper in it, and use only a little more than a plastic cup , or two of cat litter for each box. Joann uses more than I do.
Step 7. We also keep a large box of scented carpet cleaner in our cat room. We like to sprinkle the stuff in each litter box so that the room , and the boxes will have a nice scent. We use only a small amount in each box.
Step 8. The important thing to remember about pets is that they are less work if you keep whatever you need to use in convenient storage containers. Plastic containers for storage is very convenient.
God Bless Everyone.