October 26th 2012 12:55 pm
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I know we haven't been around much lately. Silly human brought a shop and that's taking all her time. Grrrrrrrr.
BUT ..... I have turned to you guys my furry friends for some advice please.
The humans tells us we will be moving in about 6 months. To us that's a long long time away but the human says it'll be almost like tomorrow the way time fly's.
Anyway the question we ask is.... How do you keep your home smelling fresh and clean when you have to have kitty's locked up in it 24/7.
I hate been locked up and the human is very very worried about the event. The last time I came back from the cattery I had a huge hole in my chest. Hummm... I didn't tell her how I got it... I really don't like been confined.
We own lots and lots of cat trees, cat beds, food out 24/7, a water fountain, a heap of toys and anything else the human can think of to keep us happy.
About the litter box, we are not really used to them at all. We have three, we did have more but the human threw them out. It was so we could rotate the boxes when Balty had to be confined in the garage. MOL even through he always missed the box, we used it for him, hee hee.
BUT at the new place we won't be allowed outside AT ALL : ( we will be locked up with the box, in the house. For at least 6 months if the human can handle it for that long.
How do you furs keep it all clean? how do you keep the house smelling fresh?
Thank you all that respond : )
Nothing special. Mom keeps the litter box scooped once to twice daily, keeps the house clean and opens the windows even in the winter for at least an hour to air it out. Don't use air fresheners as they are toxic to cats and have been known to cause breathing problems in kitties. Mom cleans with vinegar and water because it's non toxic and won't hurt us at all. That's about it really. She's keeps us brushed and even cleans us with kitty wipes once a month.
It's hard for us to get the info in our country as it is usually the norm here to let kitties outside. I think more people here have cat doors than kitty litter in their homes.
Kitty litter is usually used for kittens or the sick. This normally is only a temporary measure. So I thought I'd ask you guys since many of you are indoor kitties, what you guys do.
The reason why we will be locked up for so long is, they will be building a house right next to the one we will be living in. The human doesn’t want us to go anywhere near the construction site. Once the area is deemed safe she will reluctantly let us out again.
I’m guessing she will be at her wits end by the end of it. You should hear us howl when we want out. Then multiply that by three. MOL
Thanks Finnegan, vinegar and water, I'll note that down. About the windows when you open them do you have screens? The house we will be in for a short time will be small with large doors to the outside. We won't be able to add screens.
Thanks for the tip about the air fresheners.
Yes we do have screens. Hmmmm, you must have windows in that small house? No screens in them? Maybe what your mom could do is just crack the window very, very little. Not even enough to put your paw through it. Just enough to get some fresh air in. You'll be going into summer soon though right? So how will you get the windows open for air? You'll need to right? Vinegar is the best thing for cleaning because it works great and it disinfects purrfectly!
I don't know what happen to Catster before for us but we couldn't get on and then it went all haywire.
Finney I'm not sure about the windows. The human said she didn't remember seeing any just big tripple sliding doors on both sides of the main area. We can't risk opening any of the ones in the bedrooms because we will escape. We can squeeze through anything when we put our minds to it. This will be interesting. Hopefully it won't be for too long. If the house is too hot we will be sent to a cattery which we'll hate but at least we will be safe.
My family scoops the boxes frequently. And Febreeze can help with stinkies.
Thanks Charlie. We are used the the house been wide open when the humans are home. I'm guessing the Febreeze is an air freshener that's safe for cats since you use it. I think I've seen it in the shops, I'll check it out. Thanks for the tip.
Arrrrrgh..... I hate the unknown can't wait till it's all sorted and we are in the right home and it's all safe.
Well lets see now. What can I add that has not been said?
My family lives in a pretty small area. There are 5 other cats that have ages from a year to eleven or so.
Litter Pans - We have 3 litter pans. Pops cleans the one in the bedroom 2 or more times a day as we like that one best. He does the other 2 at least once a day but many times they are really clean since we favor the bedroom. He uses a good brand but not scented. His choice not ours. He has a nice little hooman Welcome mat at each pan to wipe our feet on. How thoughtful.
House Fur - Pops says he is a bit of a viking. I wonder what that means? Hmmm? We do get fur on things and he has one of those Schticky things so he can wipe off as he heads to work. He put a big blanket on the couch and it works well for fur.
He has a nice lady come in to use that nasty noisy sucky thing. I think it scares him too! He had several and used to get steaming mad at them. The lady said they did not suck. THEY DID, but anyhow... They would get all clogged. Pops got a Oreck. No more problems. A great deal on line too!
Food - We never eat dry except for a little treats. Pops says our health is too important to not have us eat wet.(A Crusade of Pops kinda) Pops has one of those flip top trash cans for our cans. He puts our food in the dish and then puts the can down so we can lick it clean. Puts the cans in and takes them to recycle. We are oh so green.
Windows - We live inside all the time. We have windows with screens. Pops only opens them a bit so even with no screen we could not fall out. Don't ask why he is so careful about this. Not any of us but one of our Angels fell out. No that is not why Inky is an Angel. He lived about 22 years.
De-Stinkers - Pops lights incense now and again. Scented candles now and again. Refills the little automatic-scent-spray now and then. A bit of fabreeze on the couch.
General Stinkyness - We have none. Box clean. Cans in a container with a lid. No catty odor here. Now we are all good boys and never spray. We all use the pans. Well Buddy misses now and again but it is a poopy so easy to clean up and then Pops puts some of that enzyme cleaner from Pet Smart on the spot. Done
Hope that calms your mind Sam. Not a big deal around here.
Febreeze is NOT safe for kitties and can cause burning and irritation. Also I would not use those automoatic scent sprays at all. Those can get into kitty's lungs and cause irritation and problems. I've seen kitties have horrible breathing problems due to those. There are threads all over the internet concerned with using Febreeze around pets and many pets have breathed it in or licked it off of their fur and had to go to the ER. Please do not do any of these. If you need to use scented anything, please just use pure flower essences and nothing else. NOTHING with essential oils as they are extremely toxic to cats.
Are you kidding Finnegan oh my!!!! you know I love the smell of essential oils. When the human puts a few drops in her bath. I'm all over it. I love love love smelly things the stronger the smell the more I love it. Then I'll get in the bath after, to drink up the remaining water. AND you're now saying just having the smell in the air is bad. I should be dead a long time ago since I love having it all over my fur.
Didn't Catster promote Febreeze a while ago. I thought it was for that reason. Wow you live and learn. I hope I'm not causing any heated debate here. Thanks for the info the human said she may stop me from getting in the bath next time..
sorry to pop your bubble Sam, really I am but it's true. Mom researches this stuff big time and has it on her website: http://www.ibdkitties.net/Toxicunsafe.html. You never know how these things will affect one kitty or the next but it's better to be safe than sorry. Catster just likes the advertising, they probably don't even know the dangers of using it. We just want you and all other kitties to be safe. Mom won't even use any kitty litter with essential oils and scents in them.
Thank you so much Timmy Tomcat for your lovely advice. It sounds like it's a case of just keeping the litter box empty, it may be tricky when the humans are at work most of the day. We live such a good life here we can come and go in the house whenever we like. The humans do keep lots of nice stuff in the house for us so hopefully we stay in most of the time. But we do go out to do our business which seems to help keep the house smelling ok. When the humans are home they usually open all the doors and windows so it's a free low to outside. So we are not used to the house been locked up.
We get biscuits here because that's all D and I will eat. We hate wet food. Furmum Raza gets wet meat. It gets put down every night but we won't go near it.
Really funny, when D was missing for so long the human thought great he'll probably now eat the wet stuff. She put it down for him and no no no he still hung out for biscuits. We couldn't believe it, even after all that time. We are stubborn kitties.
We are 6 years old now and wet food has been put down every night for all that time and we still will not even concider eating it. Balty also ate the wet food. Strange I know.
...if smells occur you could also simply blame the humans... ;)
i am an indoor since i remember and human's most important helpers are the windows (apart from water, "soap" and garbage box). she made frames in which she fixed kitty nets. these are protecting me to fall (or jump...) from the first floor while we both enjoy the breezes. well, at least if we're not freezing!
Thanks Ishtar, This will be interesting. I don't think we can have the windows open. I think your frame idea is a good one. I'm not sure how long we'll be stuck inside. Paws crossed not long because I think we'll go around the bend. The humans locked me up in a bedroom once when they had visitors. You should have seen me. I was scared stiff. I had vomited 3 times and tore up the curtains. I'll tell ya, she never did that again. The humans were home at the time, they were worried I'd get frightened and run off. But after only a short time, and what I did to the room, they let me out. I was fine outside when I was in control. I just can't be locked up especially when there are noises around. The humans now avoid having family around for Xmas dinner, they now go somewhere else. I think it was the sound of the little humans that scared us the most. This time the noise will be from heavy machinary. The humans will not let us out when they are working.