Anyone who knows me in real life knows about my (recently developed) obsession with cats. I was not born a cat lover; in fact I was never really inclined towards adopting a furry friend from ever since I can remember. Lazy people like yours truly would never want to be burdened with an added responsibility of looking after a pet as well. Oh but that changed one fine day, as I stumbled upon an article about how cats can help increase a writer’s concentration abilities. Can’t say how much they helped me in that respect but well, they certainly changed me as a person. They opened up my heart to a better, furrier and well, a happily messier world that I never thought I’d ever be able to endure this effortlessly before.
Which brings us to the topic of my post today. People often ask me how I manage the house whilst having two young kids and two cats around. Well, I use the following techniques, more or less. And I try to stick to them as much as I can. Can’t say my house is clean all the time but I try and incorporate these exercises as much as I can in my daily routine.
-Firstly, I use slipcovers on my sofa at all times. Only pull them off when I’m expecting very formal guests. Apart from that everyone knows that the slipcovers are there for a reason. They’ll eventually mean reduced maintenance for your sofas and considerably lesser headache for you. But even after taking all the necessary measures your sofas can start smelling like a cat shelter, in which case you can sprinkle a little baking soda or use Febreze (link) to freshen up the upholstery a bit.
-When you have cats, you can’t escape those little accidents, which will happen even though most of our furry pals are litter trained. To tackle this, I mix 1/8 of dish washing powder with a cup of water, blot the mess with a soft piece of cloth and then wash out the soap by wiping it with a combination of 1tb vinegar mixed with water. Stains can be taken out by gently rubbing the place with a paste of baking soda and a little water.
-I love my cats, I’m absolutely passionate about them but I simply cannot, bear the litter odour that unfortunately is a part and parcel of keeping these little cuties. After a lot of trial and error, I’ve finally found a solution to this little problem though. I’ve started using Thomas Litter that offsets odors before they even have a chance to dawdle. I’ve found this to be increasingly helpful!
-Muddy paw prints need to be dried first and then vacuumed. I’ve found it to be much easier that way. You can easily do away with the blot by rubbing the place with a mixture of warm water and a little dish washing liquid.
-I keep my litter box in my dressing room, where no one (apart from myself) ever goes, I regularly change litter (i.e. every day) and usually use litter liners to keep the litter box fresh and smelling clean. I wash the litter box with a dish washing liquid every other day and remove solids as frequently as possible.