The first thing I noticed when I got home from travelling was the smell. We habituate to odors and it’s only when we leave our environment for a few days and return, do we smell with a fresh nose. Our house is almost 200-years-old and it smelled of old wood with a slightly smokey residue of fireplace soot and incense. I knew it was time plugin the Critterzone and do a good clean. For us, a good clean means a feline safe clean. A powerful vacuum able to suck up pet hair is a must. Unlike the cute cartoon, never use a vacuum on your cat. It’s finally warm enough to open the windows and boy did they get dirty this winter. Plain old vinegar and water 50/50 wiped on with newspaper is the safe and eco-friendly classic. Our window ledges, porch and painted railing took a beating this year. No amount of cleaning will help so I will do quick touch-up with a latex paint on a roller. It dries fast (within 30 minutes) but still keep curious cats away until completely dry. If you are eco-conscious there are many natural products on the market that are safer for the environment but keep in mind natural can still be irritating for delicate paws. There are seven pads on each cat’s front paws and five pads and each hind paw. That’s a total of 24 pads to keep safe. I prefer not using any cleaner on floors except for spot cleaning and use a steam cleaner on all non-wood floors.
Good Housekeeping makes a safe and happy home for all family members. While we’re cleaning our cats are playing or snoozing. It would be nice if they lifted a paw to help but nah, they can enjoy lazy pleasures like National Straw Hat Day which is today! Domino is channeling his inner John Wayne today. How about your cat?
Our vet Dr.Rich Goldstein has these additional tips.
Many household items, ranging from floor cleaners and disinfectants to plants and foods, can be toxic to our pets. It’s important to be aware of them, and what to do if there’s exposure. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
- Always read the labels on cleaning products to see what it says about exposure to pets. Most will recommend keeping pets away (i.e. in the other room) until the product has completely dried. Any cleaning product, even pet-safe products, can potentially cause skin irritation (if walked upon), or stomach upset (if ingested), or respiratory symptoms (if inhaled). Best to keep Fluffy out of the room, and ventilate the room until the products are fully dry and aired out.
- If your kitty does come in contact with a cleaning solution, immediately wash the paws in warm water with a mild dish soap (like Dawn or Joy or Palmolive), rinse off the soapy water completely, and dry the feet thoroughly.
- Store household products in cat-proofed cabinets when not in use.
- Put together a Poison Safety Kit to keep in your house (right next to the First Aid Kit that you have!). Among the items it should include are:
- Fresh bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide, with a bulb syringe (to induce vomiting – but only on the advice of poison control or your veterinarian)
- Grease-cutting dishwashing liquid (like Dawn, or Joy, or Palmolive) (to wash feet and fur)
- A can of soft cat food
- A soft towel
- A bottle of saline eye flush and artificial tears (to protect the eye after flushing)
- Rubber gloves
- The number for your veterinarian, local emergency clinic, and Poison Control
- The ASPCA has one of the finest Animal Poison Control Centers in the country, available 24-7. Visit their website at more advice at ASPCA
- or call 888-426-4435. There is a $65 consultation fee for this service. You can also download a list of toxic household items for free list of poisons/hazards
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