“How do you keep the home clean when you have long-haired cats?” is one of the first questions I get asked when people see our three furbabies. Having cats at home is relaxing and fun…but, it can also be tiresome. That is when you have long-haired cats shedding their fur all day long. As a pet owner and homemaker, one has to see to it that the cats are happy and the home is well-maintained.
Sure, it’s a bit task-laden but one cannot outweigh the benefits there is to having cats at home. When we got the cats, we where not just smitten, my son who has an asthma stopped having attacks. It could be his age now, but some studies show that exposure to cats lower the development of allergens on humans that cats share their home with. Also, by making sure that we have at least a healthy gut by eating proper food, and getting our daily macronutrients, even our pollen allergies disappeared.
It’s also true that since cats are calm creatures, so it has become at home. There’s a relaxed atmosphere with them around. So how do you go about maintaining a clean household with 3 long-haired cats?
Dust and vacuum as often as you can
It would be wonderful to have an automatic cleaning robot that would clean the floors of dust, cat sand, and fur – they cost a lot though. The best you can do is to vacuum them off as much – I do twice a day, in the morning when everyone else has left (school and work) and in the afternoon (between 5 and 6 o’clock) so there’s always a feeling of fresh air. It’s doubling the dusting hours that you normally tough when you have no cats. You can also invest in air filters to keep the home smelling clean, and free from bacteria.
Hide the litter box
It is often advised that cats’ litter boxes should be in the open so that the smell could disperse easily. I find though that it also makes cat sand fly about in every direction, especially if the cat doesn’t brush off its feet in the carpet you provide. That’s why I opted to hide the litter box to minimize cat sand catastrophe at home.
I’ve looked into cat litters with grids for cats to step on so the sand falls off as they step on it. Another option is to get a top entry cat litter box to lessen the sand flying around.
Also check on your floorboards and skirting, make sure that there are no gaps to ensure that no sand gets through.
Brush them cats
Aside from them liking brushing a lot. It minimizes the shedding of hair around when they lie down on the bed, floor, or sofa. Brushing also gives cat a shiny coat. It will also help reduce their problems with hairballs.
Aside from brushing every now and then, giving your cats good food will keep their mane healthy. Keep in mind, that cats are obligate carnivores, carbohydrate is not in their diet.
Use Handheld vacuums, A Robot Vaccuum and lint rollers
These are your bestfriends when it comes to cleaning hard-to-reach edges and/or your clothes, bedsheets, and whatever the cat fancies to roll onto and leave their furs behind. A quick, easy way to pick up dirt, so to say. I find the roomba can do a lot of cleaning up without too much help from hoomans.
Keep The Home Clean When you Have Long-haired Cats, Key Points
Having a cat at home can relieve some of the pandemic stress. However, you need to be prepared with a lot of stuff when getting one. We recommend adopting, as you not only save a precious life, sometimes, cats (and pets in general) also save you! There are so many videos around of the experiences people have about having a companion pet while staying at home for the past year. Aside from keeping one’s mental health alright, those with dogs, for example, were able to benefit (like some weight loss) by regularly walking out their beloved 4-legged friend. Those with cats find amusement with all the antics a cat plays 24/7.
If you have allergies with furbabies, make sure to consult your doctor first, and then do the above tips in keeping healthy and maintaining your home clean even when you have long-haired cats (or other pets).