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Best Cleaning Products for Cat Owners

Updated on July 31, 2012
Domestic House Cats
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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!

Remove Pet Hair and Stains
Remove Pet Hair and Stains | Source

Fur Fighter and Refills Available at Amazon.com

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!

Tidy Cat Clumping Litter
Tidy Cat Clumping Litter | Source
Fur Fighter, Febreze, and Sifting Cat Box Liners
Fur Fighter, Febreze, and Sifting Cat Box Liners | Source

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.

Use automatic water containers for less mess!
Use automatic water containers for less mess! | Source

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!

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      Amy Gillie 5 years ago from Indiana

      Thanks for reading, Peggy! Both of those products have been lifesavers for us! And I can totally relate to that sinking feeling when a guest walks through the door wearing black!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I was not familiar with that fur fighter product and if I can't find it at our local PetsMart, I'll order it from Amazon. We brush our cats and use all kinds of fur removing items for the furniture but heaven forbid if a guest is wearing black. He or she is bound to leave with some of our cat hair even though the last thing we do is brush our sofas with the special sponge that is supposed to remove all hair. Does a pretty good job but not perfect (obviously!)

      Those sifting litter box liners also sound like a good thing. It would save the back!

      Up votes and tweeting!

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      Amy Gillie 5 years ago from Indiana

      Thanks Margie! I'd love to hear how it goes!

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      Mmargie1966 5 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Great hub, Amy. I voted up and useful. I also shared this one. You gave some terrific product reviews, and I'm going to have to try some of them.

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      Amy Gillie 5 years ago from Indiana

      Michael - you are very lucky! I hope you don't need most of these products! Thanks for reading.

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      Michael J Rapp 5 years ago from United States

      We have a Main Coon, and he sure does shed a lot. Of course we get him groomed every few months, but it's still crazy. Can't complain about him too much though, because except for the hair he really doesn't cause many "clean up" situations.

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      Amy Gillie 5 years ago from Indiana

      Nettlemere - thanks for reading! I haven't tried it on clothing, but it does work well on upholstery. And Team Orange are actually named Copper and Sammy. :-)

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      Nettlemere 5 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

      Team orange are fab Amy. I'm intrigued by the fur fighter as well, because cat hair seems to embed itself in clothes etc must more strongly than dog hair. I can never get it out.

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      Amy Gillie 5 years ago from Indiana

      Thanks Allie! It is a life saver for sure!

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      alliemacb 5 years ago from Scotland

      The fur fighter sounds like a great product. I'll recommend this hub to my sister in law. She seems to have a constant battle with cat hairs on the sofa.

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      Amy Gillie 5 years ago from Indiana

      I hadn't thought of that Melovy, but it could be that they shed more as they age. Regardless, the fur fighter is amazing!

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      Amy Gillie 5 years ago from Indiana

      Thanks, seanorjohn. If Spot Shot isn't available in the UK, I'm sure you can get it online. It's worth it!

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Your cats are so cute, and a bit like my ginger one! You suggestion for removing hair from upholstery will be very useful as we seem to have a constant battle with it. I'm beginning to think cats shed more as they get older, but maybe we've got lazier about brushing them.

      Thanks for lots of useful information.

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      seanorjohn 5 years ago

      The spot shot product sounds good. I wonder if it is on sale in the Uk. I agree that the febreze product is effective and it is harmless to cats. I didn't know about the automatic water device so a big thankyou for including that. Voted up and useful.