Dealing With Stains and Odors

If you have a cat that sprays, you know the importance of having a good product to deal with the odor this leaves. It is so strong and unpleasant. Years ago I had a wonderful product for this purpose but, unfortunately, they quit making it quite some time ago.  Over the years I have tried so many different brands of odor/stain removers that I’ve lost count. I hate to say that most of them were not very good and one even made the odor worse!

cats face

Who me? I did what?
Photo by Tina Phillips at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Even if you aren’t dealing with a cat that sprays, we all have the hairballs, other vomiting incidents and missed litter box accidents to clean up. A friend of mine, Dawn, just recently told me about Fizzion, a product she uses. I ordered it from Amazon and have spent the last month testing it out. I will never recommend something to you that I don’t have personal experience with.

This product is terrific. First of all, the way you “prepare” it is great. You fill the bottle with water, drop in two tablets and let it sit until dissolved. No more trying to pour more solution from a heavy refill bottle into your spray bottle. If you’re like me, I usually ended up spilling quite a bit of it.

It is fizzy…hence the name, I assume…and is very effective at removing odors. Some of my ferals outside (who live in their screened- in house) spray the things I have  out there for them. I tried it on those items and the odor was gone. In the house, I have cleaned up several vomiting incidents and it has cleaned the carpet beautifully.

It will last for 18 months after mixed and there are  refill tablets you can then order. It’s also natural and safe for children, pets and your home. I’m thrilled to have found this and wanted to pass it on to you. Just click on image to order.

Something else: While this has nothing to do with cats, I like to share sites that I think are good and my friend Dawn Reklai has one for couples who are trying to have a baby and having problems doing so. It’s very informative, so if you have a need for this kind of site please visit hers at www.howtoconceiveababy. Thanks!

Another Maru Video!

I can’t get enough of Maru, the adorable cat in these videos! Thought this might give you a much needed laugh for the day!

Getting Rid of Cat Hair

long haired cat

Photo by jon_a_ross at Flickr.com

I saw this somewhere: “Why do you think they call it furniture?” and thought it was cute. I have to admit I don’t clean the cat hair off my furniture as often as I should, but then there comes that point where it must be done! Here are the ways I’ve found to be the best way to do it.

My absolute favorite tool is a self-cleaning lint brush. These are wonderful at getting the hair off and then, with a few clicks back and forth, they put the hair into a chamber in the tool. Regular lint brushes are a pain, because you have to then rub them in the opposite direction to get the hair off. Then you still have the hair on something else…very time consuming and frustrating. The self cleaning kind aren’t expensive either…another huge plus in my world! Here are two from Amazon (an affiliate…if you click on it and buy it, I get a small commission) you can check out.

My next favorite method is a rubber glove. I usually use the disposable latex gloves. I get mine at Sams Club and so they are inexpensive. Some fabrics work better with this method. Just put the glove on, rub in one direction and it will gather up the hair. If it doesn’t work in one direction, be sure to try the other direction, as some fabrics will only clean well done in a certain direction.

One word of warning. The glove can get a little hot when you’re really working away at it, so take a well deserved break once in a while!  Also, it sometimes helps to just slightly dampen it. I have found some fabrics that just seem to defy being cleaned, but if I dampen the glove it works.

Along the same lines is using a damp paper towel. Make sure it’s damp enough but, obviously, not drippy at all. I use this on my pillow cases and it works great. That way I can freshen them up without having to wash them every day.

I used to use those sticky lint rollers, but they took forever to get the hair off and I would end up using half a roll just to clean a small area. I read that they leave behind a slight layer of that sticky stuff that actually attracts hair. Makes sense to me, so I have given up on them.

I think I have tried just about every tool and method out there and, honestly, the three I mentioned are the only ones that work for me. Hope this helps you “de-fur” your clothes and furniture. If you have a good method I haven’t mentioned, please tell me in the comment section below. I would love to hear about it!

 

The View From Down Here: What Your Cat Sees

It always kind of amazes me when a person’s cat gets scared and runs and they don’t understand why. The other day I was at a friends house and her cat was lying on the floor.  She made us some coffee and cake and had it on a large tray. We decided to go to the living room and had to pass Simone, her cat, on the way there. As she went by Simone, she swung the tray around to the side, which happened to be right over Simone’s head. Simone looked up, jumped and ran off. My friend looked at me and said, “What on earth? ”  She couldn’t understand why Simone had taken off so suddenly.

I love my friend, but I couldn’t help but mentally shake my head over her total lack of understanding. I finally told her that I think the tray scared her. I’m not sure she really got what I meant, even then. Being my friend, I let it drop, but it made me realize how so many of us just don’t see things the way our cat does. Honestly, it took me a long time to think about this too.

skyscraper

Image courtesy of chrisroll at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Imagine you’re in New York City and your looking up at all of the skyscrapers. There they are, looming up above you and that sight can be somewhat intimidating. Now think about how tall your cat is and how tall some of your furniture is. That six shelf bookcase in the corner looks like a skyscraper to your cat. It’s intimidating.

Have you ever had a big bird fly directly over your head while you were outside? What did you do? When it happened to me, I ducked, even though the bird did not touch me.  If the bird continued to swoop at me, I would run. Therefore, when my friend swung the tray over Simone’s head, she ran. Even though the tray was at least 5 feet above her head, she just saw something coming at her. It’s really very simple.

Another example is when people lean down to pet or pick up your cat. They trust YOU so they don’t run (unless they think you’re going to give them a pill, if yours are like mine!) but a stranger is a different thing entirely. If someone squats down and just talks to the cat first before calmly reaching out to them, they will usually do fairly well. But imagine a person just bending over quickly and reaching out…that’s scary. Imagine even how big your hand looks to them.

As your cat gets used to their home and the furniture, they learn it’s safe. They don’t look at the bookcase as a looming skyscraper anymore…it becomes something they try to figure out how to climb! The next time your cat freaks out, get down to their level. Put your self down to their size and imagine what they saw. You’ll see what spooked them. They are so little and the world can be a scary place. Just picturing how they see things will make you more sensitive to their feelings and we all want that!

 

 

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL OF YOU!

christmas cat

Photo by carterse at Flickr.

The Best Christmas Present For Your Cat!

Christmas cat

Hey Mom...wanna play? Photo by justj0000lie at Flickr

 

If you’re like me, I have probably a hundred cat toys around the house. Seriously. They are under all the furniture, in baskets, all over the place! My brother and his girlfriend have two cats and just as many toys. I told my brother this year we were going to bypass getting the cats toys for Christmas. They certainly don’t need them and will not miss getting any. He agreed! I realized what the better, or BEST,  gift would be.

We’re all busy, busy, busy, especially during the holidays. I realized today that my cats are getting much less attention right now because of this. So my Christmas present to them this year is simple, fun and free…more attention. They are going to be on the top of my daily to do list. They are going to get a good hour of play time, something I don’t do enough! They are also going to get a good hour of cuddle and petting time. They will love this more than another ball or crinkle toy.

Not only will they absolutely love the extra attention, it will give you some needed time to unwind yourself and it doesn’t cost a dime. A win, win, win situation! So forget the toys and give them the gift of love.

If you absolutely have to get them something (and I understand that feeling, believe me!) then consider some cat furniture, a self heating cat bed or good scratching post.  I have to tell you that these links are to my two cat websites, so if you buy something from them, I get a small commission. Just think it’s only right for you to know that! I would love it if you found something you like, but I will still say that your extra attention will be their very best gift ever.

I wish you and your families and cats a Very Merry Christmas!

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