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How To Keep A Clean House With Indoor Cats

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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 – it has been a game changer! If you’re contemplating this product, I highly recommend it. Even though it’s more expensive, it’s worth it for a smaller house with indoor cats. I got my starter kit from Amazon and found the best price on replacement supplies from Chewy.com.

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 antibacterial 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.

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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,

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20 thoughts on “How To Keep A Clean House With Indoor Cats

  1. We had three cats, and one of them had kittens and we kept one. Then another one had kittens and we kept some. So now i have seven.

    I also have three children so they each have to clean all five litterboxes once a day. If they refuse, we pick up two cats and ask: which one has to go?

    I got attached to all of them so i really couldn’t. And my children know this. But they understand it and immediately start cleaning 🤗

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  2. Thanks for sharing your post. We have long haired cats and I enjoy reading how others cope with staying clean and sweet smelling. : )

    I love the names of your girls, Peggy and Thelma Lou! It made me think of The Andy Griffith Show immediately! Did you by any chance name them after girlfriends on the show? Thanks. : )

    PS My husband has wanted girl cats so they could be Helen and Thelma Lou but we’ve ended up with boys, plus I don’t really care for Helen on the show. Peggy suited Andy much better.

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  3. I have 2 cats and 2 litter boxes as soon as they do there job it get cleaned up right away,Once every 3-4 weeks,it gets all clean out with soap and water fresh litter and ,and we start all over again. Plus i sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of the litter boxes,and a little on top ,i use 3 different litters and have no problem with my two girls using the litter

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  4. I changed to Royal Canin and now my 3 cats loose less hair, well I think it’s because of the food. 2 like to be brushed but the 3th one not so much. And I have a piece of fake grass around my cat litter box, so most of what jumps out is caught on the little grass rug and doesn’t scatter all over the tiles. I can wash it in the shower or hose it down outside.
    I like the dust free of the pellets. Maybe it’s an idea if you change the litter to mix it first with the old one and gradually leave the old one out. I tried the crystals/silica and they absorb urine very well and no smell, but they’re a bit expensive.
    Thanks for the tips!

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    1. My cats will not eat Royal Canin, even my feral cats will not eat it, they all only like Whiska,and that includes 5 cats ,2 indoor and 3 outdoor that i take care of

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  5. Awesome routine and your cats are so beautiful. Crazy cat mamas here. I have 8 longhaired babies. Mainecoon, Ragdoll, Persian ragdoll, Ragamuffin, 2 mixed breed Persian, 2 flatfaced Persians. So you can imagine the fur haha. I love throws, cushions, rugs too! 😛… My routine is clearing the box everytime it have been use so 2-4 times a day. Upon waking up is the busiest haha cos they get Super busy using the toilet when we sleep. We wash and change new litter for the 4 jumbo litter boxes we have around the apartment at least once a month. Vacuum and mop everyday. On alternate days or if I am busy with freelance job bookings…me and hubby will at least vacuum all upholstery, sofa, cushions, curtains, walls, ceilings ( yes walls and ceilings too) twice a week. Twice a week hubby and myself brush 4 each and use furminator to deshed lose fur…I will shave them a bit and trim nails, paws pads, sanitary area once every 2 month, give them a good brushing, shampoo and blow dry and hubby vacuums and mops while I bathe all 8. We feed supplements that helps to keep coat healthy and shed lesser too. A lot of work but we have friends and my clients who requests to visit our cat cafe and everyone is amazed our home do not smell of cats at all. Happy cats…happy pawrents! 💋

    Love from, mamaw fur cat 🌹

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  6. Love how you signed this “Cat Lady For Life!” 🙂 That’s awesome your cats like brushing! I imagine that makes things a lot easier!! While I’ve not had cats, we used to have a dog, and he shed a lot, too. It’s a lot of work taking care of furry friends, but so worth it! Good luck with the new litter!

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  7. I am sure your house is not smelly Whitney! You do a good job of taking care of business, literally.:) I have a cousin who has several cats and I can barely stand to go to her house, it smells!! I do not think she even notices…rather like that nose blind commercial from Febreeze.

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  8. Hi Whitney
    Good luck getting your ladies to switch to the Breeze system. I was so excited to use this ,but my cat,Pepper,refused to use it! I guess she doesn’t like change at the ripe old age of 6. It may have been the difference in the feel of the Breeze pellets,but no matter what we tried, she refused to get in that box. And then she would give us the “you’ve got to be joking” look.You know the one🐱.
    Anyway,I really hope it works out for you. I enjoy your blog very much!

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    1. Ugh. One of my kitties is having a hard time with it – but she uses it about half the time. I’m still holding out hope that she’ll get over it because I love not having to sweep up the litter every day! And yes, I know that look well. Ha!

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