I’m sharing tips on how to keep house cats happy and healthy while also keeping your house nice. This post is sponsored by Adams Flea and Tick. All opinions are my own. This post also contains affiliate links, which you can read more about here. Now for some great cat content!
7 Tips to Keep House Cats Happy and Healthy While Also Keeping Your House Nice
Hey guys! I think we’re overdue for some cat content 🙂 Today I’m working with Adams Flea & Tick to share a few tips on how to keep your cat happy and healthy while also keeping your house nice. It is possible to take care of your little furbabies while not sacrificing your style and cleanliness.
1. Mind Your Houseplants.
I’m a massive houseplant fan, but I want to make sure I keep my kitties safe. I keep the most common offenders out of the home or out of reach:
I steer clear of these with the exception of ivy and pothos, which I keep hanging or up on shelving. Same goes for jade, aloe, and elephant’s ear, which I’ve also seen on lists. Lucky for me, Blanche has no teeth and isn’t interested in plants. However, Henry is a real gourmand for leafy greens like parlor palms, ferns, and ponytail palms, so I avoid those, too. Use your best judgment and speak to your vet about specific concerns.
2. Keep up With Claw Maintenance.
Our cats aren’t declawed, but we use a clipper to clip their nails when they get sharp enough to catch on everything. Otherwise they could hurt themselves. We also provide plenty of scratching areas to help deter scratching on things like the couch and carpet.
3. Give Them a Taste of the Outdoors.
I think getting your cats outside for a taste of the outdoors can help switch things up and prevent them from getting bored and destructive indoors. (You know, when they’re not sleeping for 16 hours a day.) We began leash training Henry with a cat harness when he was a kitten, and he does pretty well in our small yard (without a leash, he’d hop the fence).
Blanche will just sit outside with us. If leash training isn’t an option, a screened-in cat area (catio) may be a good choice. Some people make them very large, but others are just small boxes attached to the outside of windows.
4. Treat for Fleas and Ticks.
Speaking of efficacy, I’m going to be real with you here: fleas are nasty. ticks are even nastier, maybe, considering they suck blood. If you want the best for your animal, go with something that will protect them or eradicate the problem quickly and effectively. If I’m sending Blanche into a den of ticks, I don’t want her only defense to be essential oils. (Side note: I’m an amazing cat mom and am not sending Blanche into a den of ticks, please don’t call PETA.)
Adams Flea & Tick Spray for Cats provides quick relief from biting fleas and continuous killing of flea eggs, breaking the flea life cycle for up to 2 months. It also kills adult fleas, flea larvae, and ticks, so you can use it as a preventative measure and a treatment for an infestation. I also like that you don’t have to saturate your cat with spray—you just have to ruffle their coat as you spray until they’re damp. And it can be applied every 2 weeks after the initial application.
Adams’s brand new Flea & Tick Foaming Shampoo is a great option, too. It’s a conditioning formula that contains soothing aloe, lanolin, coconut extract, and oatmeal, so it’s great for cats with sensitive skin. The gentle foaming shampoo effectively kills fleas, ticks, flea eggs, flea larvae, and lice while also deep conditioning, getting rid of the nasties, and restoring shine. You can repeat a bath every 7 to 10 days for adult cats that need it—and this shampoo inhibits flea egg hatch for 28 days.
You can browse all of the Adams Flea & Tick topical products, shampoos, collars, and sprays for your home, yard, dogs, and cats either in store or online at Walmart.
5. Give plenty of stimulation opportunities.
After you’ve treated your kitties with Adams products (we’re treating with spray outside on a nice day), make sure you have plenty of stimulating options for play. Since they don’t understand that flea and tick treatment is something you do because you love them, you can show your love in other ways. I love just sprinkling some catnip in the grass and watching them go nuts running around. (Ramona loves watching this, too.)
But cats are easy to please. They’ll love a box (use the one your Adams Flea & Tick products came in—bonus!), a balled up piece of aluminum foil, or a cheap feather boa from the craft store.
6. Provide comfy safe spaces they love.
I have a comfy safe space for the kitties in most rooms, and almost all of them are stylish-looking DIYs to ensure the pet areas fit seamlessly into the room. In the living area, it’s our DIY cat tree and the bar cart bed. Upstairs it’s a little Ikea Lurvig cat cubby in our Kallax unit. Downstairs it’s the cat house side table I made. They also love to sunbathe on the DIY toy box bench downstairs while watching birds at the feeder we put up by the window. Cat furniture can be beautiful and practical!
But if your kitties are in danger of having fleas or ticks, make sure you treat their comfy spaces. I recommend removable and washable surfaces for pet spaces, but that isn’t always practical. You can use Adams Anti Flea and Tick Carpet and Home Spray on surfaces you can’t remove to wash. That includes rugs, carpets, drapes, pet bedding, upholstery, and furniture—for 210 days after a treatment.
7. Don’t skimp on the potty palace.
A great litter system is worth it to help keep your cats happy and your house nice. We use the Breeze Litter System, which has fantastic odor control. Since it uses pellets, it also doesn’t track like traditional clay litter, keeping things tidier. And the pan is very easy to take apart and disinfect.
I hope you all found these tips helpful. I’m a firm believer that you can keep your kitties happy and healthy while also keeping your home nice and clean for you, too. 🙂
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