Spring is here, and we all know what that means – spring cleaning!
It’s time to move the couches, see what’s growing behind the dresser, and get into every nook and cranny of your house. It’s also a great time to get into all your cat’s toys, beds, carriers, and more, and here are some tips to help you start!
Deep Clean Everything
First off, you definitely need to get in the habit of washing your cat’s bedding regularly – every week, even, if you can. Just as we should be washing our sheets weekly, cats need a clean place to lay as well!
You’ll want to make sure that the cat bed you have is easy to remove and wash. It’s even better if you use blankets and pads and such so that you have somewhere for your cat to sleep while its bed is being washed. Be sure you use unscented detergent as cats are averse to scented laundry soap.
We also often never think to wash our cat’s toys, but these also could use a deep cleaning this spring. You can place plastic ones on the top rack of your dishwasher or hand wash them with mild soap. If they’re catnip toys, it’s probably time to throw them out anyway, so you’d be wise to replace them with refillable catnip toys that last much longer – you’ll be able to wash and refill them!
And then there are the carriers. I know we usually don’t pull these out very often – maybe just to take a trip once a year and then those visits to the vet. So, it’s not very dirty, right? But think – when is the last time that you washed it? Have you ever washed it?
This spring, it’s probably about time you took it outside and scrubbed it down with warm, soapy water. If you want to really disinfect it with bleach, dilute one ounce of bleach in a quart of water, and be sure to wash it off thoroughly.
Of course, if you have carriers with fabric or cushions, it’s a bit more complicated, but usually, you can place those in the washing machine or wash them by hand. Remember, only unscented detergent!
Now you’re ready to enter spring with all of your cat belongings fresh and clean. It’s time to get organized:
- If you live in a warm climate, this should already be taken care of, but if not, spring is the time to get your cat ready for flea and tick season with some prevention.
- When is the last time your cat had a check-up? Make sure you are up-to-date on your vet visits and vaccines.
- Maybe you’ve never thought to check the expiration dates on your cat food, but their food expires too. Look through your pantry, and toss any expired items.
- Does your cat have a microchip implant? Is the ID up-to-date? Or is the number and address on its collar correct?
Last but not least, if you love your cat, you won’t want it to be able to get itself into any dangerous situations.
This means checking your windows and screens and repairing any holes or damage, paring your cleaning products down to just what is safe for cats, and perusing your yard to make sure that all of the plants you have are safe for cats. And be sure you don’t track any of the insecticides inside. Safety first, and happy spring!