Posted On 20 Apr 2021
Whether you have multiple cats, dogs or other pets or regularly foster homeless pets, cleaning a multi-pet household is an ongoing challenge!
Below are 6 tips you cannot live without – plus specific tips for dogs and cats – to make cleaning easier!
Cleaning a Multi-Pet Household: General Cleaning Tips
Regardless of which pets share the space in your home, below are six great tips when it comes to cleaning up after pets!
- Toss the carpeting! When living with pets, stains, odors, dander and hair will accumulate into the fibers making it almost impossible to get carpeting completely clean and sanitized. Use non-porous surfaces like the following and if you need traction on these surfaces, opt for washable rugs.
- Engineered hardwood without crevices and cracks.
- Regularly use an enzyme-based pet odor neutralizer (in sprays and cleansers). Use these products immediately to clean and neutralize any messes. Natural cleaners and deodorizers include baking soda and apple cider vinegar.
- Dust, vacuum and mop at least once a week to avoid the absorption of undesirable smells. Use a HEPA-filter vacuum for deeper cleaning.
- Keep ALL fabrics machine-washable to further reduce and eliminate odors and stains in:
- Couch and pillow covers
- Pet Beds
- Use a HEPA-filter air purifier to remove more than 99.97% of pet dander, dust mites along with harmful allergens, pollen and mold spores.
- Regularly brush both cats and dogs to remove old, dead hair and dry skin and to also stimulate natural oil production for a healthy coat. Regular bathing will also keep your dog and cat smelling fresh or take them to be regularly groomed. Learn 8 Ways to Teach Your Pet to Love Baths!
Cleaning a Multi-Pet Household: Cats
- Always make sure you have enough litter boxes for multiple cats. Writer Angela A. Lilly at Catster Magazine, who currently has 7 cats, recommends, “I have always had one (litter box) for every two cats and it seems to work very well.” If you skimp on litter boxes, many cats will begin to make messes throughout your home! Better to keep all eliminations to easier-to-clean litter boxes!
- Check litter boxes every day and scoop when necessary. Once you notice an odor you cannot scoop away, time to change the litter!
- Dedicate a single room for kitty supplies including food, water, scratching post, beds and all litter boxes. It will help to keep the rest of your home clean and organized.
Cleaning a Multi-Pet Household: Dogs
- Always thoroughly bathe your dog(s) after a swim, playing in the mud or walking in the rain to quell the overwhelming “wet dog smell” and prevent it from becoming embedded in your carpeting, rugs, bedding or furniture making it much harder to clean. Thoroughly dry your dog after bathing.
- As with cats (#3 above), also dedicate a single room for canine supplies and use baskets, crates and storage bins to keep dog toys organized and not spread out over the house. Cool trick: teach your dog to put his toys away each day!
Cleaning a multi-pet household with these tips will make it easier to keep your home clean, free from odors and stains and well-organized too!
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Additional Reading and Resources:
Cuteness.com: How Do I Keep My Multi-Dog Household Clean?
Pinterest.com (Misfit Manor Shop): Keeping A Multi-Pet Home Clean
BuzzFeed.com: 29 Things People with Multi-Pet Households Swear By