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Cleaning Tips for Cat Owners

One wonderful thing about our feline friends is the fact that they are so clean. Fluffy will carefully groom herself every day, and will use her own private litterbox to do her business. Our furry buddies aren’t perfect, however: Fluffy can still make a bit of a mess at times. Below, a Poway, CA vet offers some great cleaning tips for cat owners.

Urine Stains

First and foremost, if your cat isn’t using her litterbox, you’ll need to figure out why. Have Fluffy examined by a vet to rule out medical issues. If your kitty is intact, we strongly recommend getting the furball spayed or neutered. Aside from that, you may need to consult a behaviorist. While you’re working on resolving the issue, you’ll need to get the stains out of your carpet. Start by blotting the area with paper towels. Apply an enzyme-based cleaner, and then blot it again. Finally, sprinkle baking soda on the spot, let it dry, and vacuum it. If you can smell a mess, but can’t find it, use a UV black light. The spots will stand out.

Fur

Fluffy’s soft coat is one of her most charming features, but that pretty fur looks much better on her than it does on your couch. Use a squeegee or a rubber dish glove to remove cat fur from your carpet or furniture. Brushing your kitty will also help, as you’ll be trapping that dead fur in a brush before it gets stuck to your things.

Dinnerware

Is Fluffy a sloppy eater? Put a placemat or tray down beneath her bowls. It’s easy to clean, and will keep your floor from getting dirty.

Dusting

Use a microfiber cloth for dusting. It will pick up a lot more fur and dander than a rag or paper towel. Plus, it’s reusable!

Vacuuming

Vacuuming regularly is a must for people that are owned by cats. We recommend investing in a good vacuum cleaner. You may even want to consider getting a robotic one, so it can do the work for you!

Litterboxes

Using litterbox liners can make changing your feline friend’s litterbox much quicker and easier. You may also want to get a litter-trapping mat to catch stray particles.

Do you have questions about caring for your cat? Call us, your Poway, CA animal clinic, today! We will provide your pet with excellent veterinary care.

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