In this article, I will share with you cat care hacks that’ll make life with your feline companion an even more wonderful experience! Cat owners are well aware that our feline companions are unique in every sense of the word!
Cat Care | Hacks Every Cat Owner Should Know About
I have been around cats all of my life and in my experience they are loving creatures (when they want to be) and they are independent (all of the time). In their eyes, they are the boss of the house! Having cats around can be a wonderful experience! Caring for them can be a challenge at times due to their “I do what I want” personality.
Let’s take a quick glance at a few of the things I’ll cover in today’s article:
- How to reduce cat litter box odor
- DIY cat scratch repellent spray
- An easier cat bathing experience
- How to clean kitty accidents and remove the odor
- DIY flea spray
Let’s get started!
How To Reduce Cat Litter Box Odor
Every cat owner knows that “smell” from the litter box! There’s a couple of hacks to help control or reduce the odor.
Hack #1: Every time you change the litter, just simply sprinkle a little baking soda and give it a light stir with the scooper. The baking soda will help to absorb odors.
Hack #2: Sprinkle in a few crushed green tea leaves in with the cat litter, making sure to mix the leaves in well. This will help reduce the odor as well.
You can also build them other creative cat DIY home projects to keep them preoccupied.
DIY Cat Scratch Repellent Spray
Unfortunately, cats love to scratch furniture and carpet. Give this DIY cat scratch spray a try!
What you’ll need:
- 6-8 oz spray bottle
- Clear dish liquid (a small squirt is all you need)
- 10 drops of lemon essential oil
- 10 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
- Fill the spray bottle about ¾ of the way with water.
- Add a small squirt of clear dish liquid (clear dish liquid is used so the mixture will not discolor any fabrics)
- Add the lemon and eucalyptus oils
- Shake well and it’s ready to use!
Spray the areas where they scratch. Most cats hate this odor and will stop!
An Easier Cat Bathing Experience
Cats are really great about bathing themselves. However, there may come a time when you have to bathe them yourself. Here’s a little tip on how it can go a little smoother.
Cats love tiny and cozy little spaces! If you ever have to bathe them, try bathing them in the sink instead of the tub. They will feel a little safer and more secure.
Another tip is to protect your arms from getting scratched in case your cat gets a little squirmy. A great way to protect your arms is to wear a pair of leg warmers on your forearms (a pair that you don’t care too much for as they will get snagged).
Also, try not to get water on their face. I learned that the hard way once. My cat DID NOT like that at all!
How To Clean Kitty Accidents And Remove The Odor
Cat urine…let’s be honest here…it reeks! If your cat has had an accident on the carpet, here is a great hack to clean it and get rid of the odor.
- Sprinkle baking soda on the wet spot and allow it to absorb the area and let dry completely.
- Next, sprinkle more baking soda on the area to absorb any additional odor.
- Let sit for about 15-20 minutes.
- Finally, vacuum the area and you’re good to go!
DIY Flea Spray
Does your cat have fleas? Here is a great DIY flea spray recipe!
What you’ll need:
- 4 oz spray bottle
- 2 cups of water
- 1 lg lemon (sliced)
- 2 tablespoons of witch hazel (alcohol free)
- 1 tablespoon of dried lavender
- 2 qt. Saucepan
- Add all ingredients (except the witch hazel) to the saucepan
- Simmer for 30 minutes
- Remove and allow to cool
- Next, strain through a fine meshed colander. Discard the lavender and lemon
- Add the witch hazel to the strained mixture
- Add to spray bottle and shake well
Apply this spray to the cat’s back and gently massage the spray into the fur. If you see any fleas jump off make a point to smash it!
Understanding Their Body Language
Cats are unique creatures and they can be emotional and/or moody. Understanding their body language is important. Check out the infographic above for a better understanding on your cat and their emotions.
Easy Ways To Remove Cat Hair
Cat’s roam freely. What I mean by that is the cat basically roams wherever they want…or at least they try to. With that comes cat hair!
Here is a great hack to remove cat hair. Rubber gloves are a god send when it comes to picking up cat hair. Just simply put a rubber glove and swipe across the hair and it comes right up!
Another great hack is a sticky lint roller!
How To Keep Your Cat Away From Your Houseplants
Cats are curious creatures who are fascinated with houseplants! I’ve never been around a cat who wasn’t. Here is a great hack to try to discourage your curious kitty from hanging around your houseplants.
Place pine cones around your house plants. Use as many as you wish. Your cat will find the pine cones to be an annoyance and an irritation to their paws and of course their noses when they become curious enough to investigate this new arrival.
Here are 7 life hacks posted by Slivki Show you can do for your cat:
Do you have a cat care hack you would like to share? Share with us in the comments section below.
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