Best Cleaning Products for Cat Owners
I have two adult cats, ages 13 and 14. They have been with me so long that they are part of the family. I usually refer to them as "Team Orange", for their orange fur.
Over the years I have learned what products work best when cleaning a house with cats. I've often been told that my house doesn't look or smell like cats live there, which is a compliment I cherish!
Here are some products that no cat family should be without:
Spot Shot Carpet Stain Remover
With two small children in addition to my two cats, I've had my share of carpet and upholstery stains. I've tried many products and had to end up calling professionals in to clean. That is, until I found Spot Shot! Spot Shot gets stains out in one try almost every time. Just spray it on the stain and wipe with a clean cloth. No doubt about it, Spot Shot is fast!
Aside from pet stains, I even used Spot Shot to remove a huge printer toner stain in a house we were moving into. It took three tries, but it came out beautifully and there was no trace of toner left! This stuff works!
Pet Hair Removal
Although my cats have short hair, they still shed a lot. While nothing can take the place of regular brushing, I have found that there are several products that work well in the fight against pet hair.
Fur Fighter is the best product I've found for picking up cat hair from upholstered furniture. I've tried lint rollers and hand held vacuums, but nothing can beat the Fur Fighter for speed and ease of use. Simply put a refill on the plastic fighter and wipe it across the fabric. In my house, refills last about a week. It's SO easy to use!
Swiffer Dusters and Dry Sweepers pick up hair very quickly from hard surfaces. I use the sweeper on all of my tile and vinyl flooring and it picks the cat hair up easily. The Swiffer Dusters are quick and easy on shelves, tables, and other furniture to pick up cat hair and dust.
See the Fur Fighter in Action!
Removing Cat Smells
There's no doubt that some smells come along with owning cats. When it comes to combating litter box smells, the best way is to stop them before they start. I do this with two products - Tidy Cat clumping cat litter and sifting litter box liners.
I use Tidy Cat brand clumping cat litter because it contains odor better than any other clumping litter I have used. Also, it produces less dust when poured or moved, making it easier to clean up.
I discovered sifting litter box liners a few years ago, and they not only save my sanity when changing a litter box, but they also save my back! The sifting liners contain about ten layers of plastic liners with holes in the middle that are held into a litter box with a large rubber band. When it's time to change the litter, simply pull the top liner out of the rubber band, hold it above the litter box to let the clean litter fall through the sifting holes (the "clumps" stay in!) and throw out the liner. The bottom layer is a solid sheet, enabling you to remove all of the litter every tenth time. These liners keep the litter box cleaner, produce less waste, and keep the smell away. They can't be beat!
When a smell does creep in, I like to use Febreze fabric refresher to instantly get rid of the odor. It's safe for pets (ask your veterinarian if you have questions) and eliminates odor quickly and easily.
Cat Water Bowl
Not all messes are preventable, but here is another product that keeps my house mess-free. Automatic watering dishes are often marketed for dogs, but I find they work just as well for cats. Mine has a one gallon capacity and is even dishwasher safe! No more spilled water around the bowl. The water is fresh and clean and the dish doesn't tip over.
Having cats doesn't have to mean you have a messy or smelly house. Use these products for less mess to clean up and more time for cuddling with your feline family members!