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House-Cleaning Tips for Cat Owners

As much as everyone loves their feline friends, it’s no secret that cats can make quite a mess around the house. Cat ownership presents unique house-cleaning challenges, from litter tracking to hairballs to scratched furniture.

This comprehensive article will provide cat owners like you with helpful cleaning tips and advice for tackling cat messes. With a few simple adjustments to your cleaning routine and cat care, you can stay on top of clutter and enjoy a clean home environment.

Cleaning Your Cat’s Litter Box

The litter box is ground zero for cleaning up after cats. Regular scooping and full litter changes are essential for controlling odor and keeping your cat happy. Here are some litter box cleaning tips:

  • Remove solid waste at least once daily to control odor.
  • Dump everything and add fresh litter once a week or more if needed.
  • Use soap and hot water to disinfect the litter box when changing litter.

Try a top-entry litter box since the enclosed design helps keep litter contained. Good quality litter box liners make cleanup easier and keep boxes cleaner between changes. Frequent litter box cleaning is key to minimizing mess and smells in your home. Set reminders to stay on schedule with scooping and changes.

Vacuuming and Sweeping

Cat hair and dander inevitably end up all around the house.  Mats catch stray litter off cats’ paws. Regular vacuuming and sweeping help manage all that fur and prevent it from accumulating. Use a vacuum with strong suction to remove hair deep in carpet fibers 1-2 times per week. Quickly sweep up hair, dirt, and litter from tile, wood, and vinyl floors. Use vacuum attachments to remove hair hidden under couches, beds, and tables.

Roll fabrics on furniture to remove surface hair between deeper cleanings. Empty bags and filters before they get too full to prevent clogs and keep suction strong. HEPA filters trap more dander and allergens for cleaner air. Regular vacuuming and sweeping is the best defense against cat hair taking over your home.

Cleaning Up Hairballs

Cleaning up hairballs is an inevitable part of owning a cat. Grooming and swallowing hair causes hairballs. Long-haired cats get them more often. Gel supplements and foods help cats pass hairballs more easily. Regular brushing removes loose hair cats would otherwise swallow.

If possible, guide your cat onto an easy-clean surface like tile or hardwood when vomiting. The sooner you clean up a hairball, the less time it has to stain or smell. Enzyme cleaners help break down hairball contents and remove stains and odor. Place washable mats or throws where cats like to rest to simplify hairball cleanup. With vigilance and the right products, hairballs don’t have to be so unpleasant.

Keeping Furniture and Fabrics Clean

Cats can wreak havoc on furniture and fabrics with scratching, shedding, and accidents. Frequently roll fabric furniture and cushions to remove surface hair. Throw pillowcases, slipcovers, and blankets in the wash regularly. Take delicates like quilts to be professionally cleaned occasionally.

Laundry detergent for delicates helps remove pet hair from fabrics. Inexpensive throws protect furniture and are easy to remove and wash. Keep your cat’s nails trimmed to minimize scratching damage. Provide acceptable scratch surfaces to divert clawing off your couch! With some clever tricks, it is possible to have a cat- and furniture-friendly home.

Cleaning Cat Hair From Clothes

Cat hair on clothing is kind of inevitable. Fortunately, you can quickly remove it before heading out the door. A quick roll with a sticky lint roller takes care of surface hair. For heavier hair, run garments under water to rinse hair down the drain. Liquid softener helps reduce static so hair doesn’t cling. Toss one in the dryer to cut down on hair and static cling.

Wash clothes in the hottest water, safe for the fabric. The heat helps release the hair. Store clothes in plastic bags or containers to avoid re-contamination with hair. You can easily de-fur your wardrobe and look polished with the right tools and techniques.


While cats make messes, they don’t have to run your household completely. Cat owners can avoid clutter and odor by routine cleaning of litter boxes, floors, fabrics, clothes, and accessories. Make litter duty, vacuuming, washing, and grooming part of your routine. Arm yourself with the right cleaning products and tools, and keep your home neat and clean.

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