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Pet Cleaning Supplies Every Cat Owner Should Have

Every cat owner should have certain cleaning supplies on hand.

Even though cats are considered fastidious creatures, they do make messes in our homes sometimes. Whether you have a kitten just learning the rules, a healthy adult cat that vomits hairballs sometimes, or an older cat with medical problems, you will have the occasional mess to deal with if you share your home with cats. We've compiled a list of items you should have on hand to be ready for such times, so you can handle them quickly and easily and get back to snuggling with your kitty.

Supplies for Cleaning Cat Messes

Take a look at this list of necessary pet mess cleaning supplies and be sure to pick up anything you're missing, so you'll be prepared.

  • Paper towels are a must for all kinds of spills, accidents, and general messes. The first step in many clean-ups is to soak up as much of whatever the mess is as possible, and paper towels make that an easier and more sanitary job.
  • General spray cleaner can handle many messes on certain surfaces. Sometimes all you'll need to do is soak up the majority of the mess, spray it, and wipe it down.
  • Dish soap can cut grease and is great for cleaning many types of pet messes.
  • Enzymatic cat mess cleaner is crucial for urine messes. If they aren't cleaned properly, the cat will most likely continue to mark over the area. Enzymatic cleaners break down and eliminate the urine crystals, getting rid of the odor. They are also great for vomit and stool messes.
  • A good litter mat can help you decrease messes before they happen. Make sure you have one under every litter box, to catch stray litter that might come out with your cat before it gets tracked all over your home.
  • Baking soda is a great deodorizer that can be sprinkled on carpet or upholstery and then vacuumed up after 10-20 minutes. It can also be made into a paste to create a mild abrasive which can be useful for some messes on surfaces on which it is safe to use.
  • Vinegar can be diluted with warm water and used to clean and deodorize some surfaces.
  • Lint rollers are a must for cat owners, not just to get fur off of clothing but also to run over furniture daily, to remove hair before it gets ground in.

Having good cleaning supplies on hand means you can clean up messes more quickly, before they set, and allows you to deal with them with less stress.

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