Having two indoor cats = living my best life. I am a total crazy cat lady and I can’t imagine my home without Peggy and Thelma Lou. However, having two indoor cats = lots of cat hair and a litter box in our living space.
My dream home would have a “catio” where they could sleep at night, do their business and be out of the way when we have company. That’s not possible in our current home, so I’ve had to make do with what I have.
Here’s how I keep the house clean and (hopefully) not smelling like a million cats.
1 – Empty the litter box every 24 hours.
This is part of my morning routine, so it happens about the same time every day. I empty the litter box, sweep the floor around it and use antibacterial wipes to clean the scooper and anything else around the box that might be dirty. I like the little packs of 30-40 travel size wipes from the Dollar Tree because they are inexpensive and easy to store!
Of course I also have a monthly routine of completely emptying the litter box, washing it out and refilling it with clean litter. At least once a year I replace the whole box.
2 – Choose high quality litter and litter supplies.
Last month I switched to the Tidy Cats Breeze system – the verdict is still out on whether or not my cats will adjust to the new type of litter. I’m really hoping they will, because it’s so much easier to keep clean!
Before that, I always bought litter that clumped easily and was a low-tracking litter. It makes a huge difference! I keep litter and cat food on a monthly Target delivery subscription, that way I never run out of those essentials.
A hooded litter box is essential when the box is in your living space!
3 – Once a month I dust the whole house with an antibacterial cleaner that’s safe for furniture. The cats aren’t supposed to be on the coffee table, piano or other surfaces like that…but it happens.
I use Lysol wipes daily as needed – on surfaces like my bathroom sink where the cats like to get their morning beverage. 🙂
4 – Vacuum twice a week.
You may have to adjust this depending on how much carpet you have, how much your pets shed, etc. I vacuum the rugs and carpeted rooms twice a week, and use the hose attachment/hand held vacuum on furniture weekly. Both vacuums are specially designed for pet hair.
5 – Groom the cats as often as necessary.
Any time I pet them and end up with a handful of fur, I grab the comb and give them a good brushing. Thankfully they both love this! It really cuts down on the amount of cat hair that floats around the house.
Here are links to the products I mentioned above. These are affiliate links, meaning I receive a commission if you make a purchase through the link. I work hard to find you the best deals – the ones I would purchase for myself. Thank you for supporting my blog! ❤
- Pledge Multi Surface Antibacterial Cleaner
- Large Hooded Litter Box & Fresh Step Multi Cat Clumping Litter (what I used previously)
- Tidy Cats Litter Breeze System (verdict is still out but I have high hopes!)
- Bissell Cordless Vacuum for Pet Hair
I have not mastered the art of keeping the house clean while accommodating indoor cats – it’s a work in progress! If you have tips or products that work well for you, please share them in the comments below. As you saw with the litter box transition, I’m always up for a new idea.
Cat Lady For Life,