As cat owners, you probably are very familiar with cleaning after your cat. You’ve probably seen all the different types of messes before: picking up all your fur babies’ toys, sweeping and cleaning that broken vase that the cats bumped into earlier, cleaning the cat’s litter box, and the most tedious one of all: cleaning your beloved cat’s bed – whether it’s fur, puke, or even poops or pee.
Getting Rid of the Mess
The first thing to do is to loosen all the fur or dried-on puke or poop on left on your cat’s bed.
Here are two different methods that you can use to clean the mess on your cat’s bed:
1. Shake and sweep the fur or “other” off of the bed to loosen it. Next, grab your vacuum and clean it thoroughly to make sure that nothing is left on the bed.
2. Sticky rollers or a lint removers can also help take all of the mess away if you don’t have a vacuum. Be sure to roll from inside to the outside to get all of the fur out of the bed. Even a scrub brush can help to loosen the dried messes and clumped fur.
Loosening the fur is important, as this step will help make the whole process easier.
Washing the Cover
After you have loosened of all the mess, it is time to wash the cover. Pre-treat the stains, puke, pee, or poop with a natural spray before hand washing it or putting it in the washer. You can easily make your own natural spray with vinegar, water and a couple drops of regular dish soap.
Whether you are washing it by hand or in a washer, make sure to use an all-natural cleaning detergent. Cat’s noses are very sensitive and when they smell a harsh type of soap right after cleaning it, they sometimes will refuse to sit or lay on it because of the strong smell. Choose a fragrance-free detergent to make sure that they will not bothered by any new smells.
Once you are done washing it, it is now time to dry it in the dryer or hang it outside and let it dry under the sun. Do pay attention to the materials used. Anything made of poly, nylon or other synthetics should not be machined dried on high settings because they can actually melt!
Washing the Mattress
If you have a pillow-type of bed, the inner mattress may also be soiled from pee or other liquids. These mattresses are usually filled with foam sheets, chunks or fiberfill (like a sleeping bag)
Hand washing is likely the safest option for a mattress – even a small one for your pet. Bulky items in a washing machine could be damaged, or worse – could damage the machine! Hand washing is also more effective, as you will be able to manually brush out all of the stains that are left on the mattress.
Leave it outside to naturally dry under the sun, or inside, near (not on!) a heater. Avoid drying it in the machine, as this can cause the mattress to tear.
Remember to use an all-natural soap to make sure that your mattress will stay clean and odor-free.
Now that you know how to clean your cat’s bed, make sure to wash it at least twice to thrice a month to make sure that your place stays clean!
This article was written by our friend Marice, who has 13 cats and 11 dogs at home – it’s safe to say that she really love animals! She is keen on rescuing stray cats and dogs and giving them a loving home so that they can get another chance in life.
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