- Litter box: Amazon
- Dry food: Walmart | Petco
- Wet food: we feed a variety (grain-free)
- Grooming tool: Amazon
- Scratching pads: Amazon
- Nail cutter: Amazon
- Water fountain: Amazon | Walmart
- Couch leather conditioner: Amazon
To keep our floors clean and fur-free, I use a combination of the cleaning sources listed above and good grooming routines. I run the roombas either every day or every other day (they’re specifically excellent for cleaning cat hair – they get stuff you can’t even see!), I also vacuum the stairs once day with a cordless vacuum, and I groom the cats every other night. Even before getting roombas, we rarely spent more then 10-15 minutes a day cleaning because we cleaned different zones of our house on rotation so that we weren’t left with situations of having to clean the entire house in one day. For our house cleaning routines, click here.
We keep a litter box on each floor of our house, plus one in each cat room. I clean all the boxes every morning and vacuum the 2-ft directly in front of them. Cleaning all the boxes only takes me few minutes in total and this regular cleaning combined with using self-clumping litter keeps our house odor-free.
Grooming the cats regularly makes a biggest difference in keeping the house fur-free. I use this grooming tool and I groom our cats at night before bed once or twice a week. The logic is to groom the loose hair off them before it gets on the floor/furniture. I also wipe them down once a day with a damp hand-towel. (Note: Please don’t bathe your cat unless recommended by a veterinarian. It’s completely unnecessary – cats are naturally very clean animals – and unless you have a rare cat who loves water, bathing cats just causes trauma for everyone involved.) Regular grooming and wiping with a damp towel also both help with allergen control. For more on How to Cope with Cat Allergies, click here.
For food, we have been feeding them this allergen-reducing dry kibble for quite a while now and they love it – you can do some research on it but it’s a pretty cool formula. They also get wet food every night.
For water, our cats share a water fountain in our mudroom on the tile floor, they also have bowls of fresh water (and kibbles) always available in their cat room which I refill every morning.
For scratchers, we keep these scratch pads on every floor and sometimes I’ll sprinkle a little catnip in them. This is part of what helps prevent our the cats from scratching our furniture. For more info on How to Stop Cats from Scratching Furniture: click here.
For leather care, I use this amazing leather conditioner to buff out any scratches that appear on our leather sofa. It legit removes scratches if you apply it as per the package instructions. I just use a clean cloth and rub a little of it into the leather. It works miracles! I seriously swear by this stuff.
- Robot vacuums: We have 2 different styles of these for different parts of our house. First is this: Walmart | Home Depot (regular vacuum, manual disposal). Second is this: Walmart | Home Depot (automatic disposal). We specifically have these because we have five rescue cats but my husband is allergic to cats to we have these to control the allergens in our home and they both have high-efficiency filter systems and they cover a lot of ground. We run them both 4-6 times a week in different parts of our house but I should note that the purpose of these in our house is to remove cat hair from our floors – like the subtle stuff that you don’t even see – and they do a fantastic job at this in particular. But in terms of actually cleaning floors after a mess or a spill, or like cleaning under the dining table after a meal, cleaning up crumbs, or cleaning an entryway mats etc, that stuff we still need to do ourselves because the roombas honestly just aren’t as good at it. So in our house we use them specifically cat allergen controllers, otherwise we probably wouldn’t have them.
- Cordless vacuum: Amazon | Walmart. We have 3 of these for different parts of our house. It’s very smooth to use and has multiple attachments and overall it’s my favorite and most used vacuum. We keep our entire house clean with this vacuum. If you are looking for a single, awesome vacuum recommendation, this one is it! If I could choose to only have one vacuum, I would choose this one.
- Corded vacuum: Amazon | Walmart. We’ve had ours for many years (ours is the slightly older version of these) but since getting our cordless vacuum cleaners and robot vacuums, I’ve used this corded one less and less. It’s a very good vacuum though and I’ll use this once a month or so for a deeper clean, but that’s it. If you have pets, this is a great vacuum for deep cleans.
- Floor mop: Amazon | Walmart
Health & Safety:
- Our cats are spay/neutered. This is best for their health and prevents territorial behavior.
- Our cats are indoor only. This is best for their safety and longevity.
- Our cats are NOT declawed! Declawing is an inhumane, barbaric, out-dated practice that is banned/illegal in many places. Please never ever EVER declaw a cat!
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