How to Housetrain your Cat or Kitten in 4 Steps

Posted Friday, October 21st, 2016

How can Charlotte, MI cat owners keep their houses clean?

Cat’s may have a reputation for aloof behavior, but if you’re a cat person, you know what rewarding companions cats can be. But that’s only when your cat is happy, and as any cat owner can tell you, successful litter training is an important part of keeping you and your cat happy, and your house clean. Fortunately, it’s not hard to housetrain your cat, because cats prefer a clean living space almost as much as you do.

1. Have the litter tray ready.

Purchase a litter pan and kitty litter from a pet store and have it ready when you bring home your feline friend. Carry the kitty to the litter pan and set it down right inside. Adult cats usually get the hint right away and will seek out the litter box when they need it. Kittens will also want to use the pan, but they may have trouble remembering how to find it, so it’s best to block off part of the house for them and until they can find it reliably. Importantly, don’t move the litter box without helping your cat find its new location.

2. Where should I put the litter box?

Make sure your cat can access the litter box easily. Cats like a little privacy when they’re doing their business, but they also don’t like to feel trapped. A low-traffic area of your home is best, but a closet or tight corner is likely to make a cat feel trapped. Also keep in mind that noises from the dryer, furnace, or other appliance can make a cat nervous. It’s best to avoid these areas, because your cat will probably avoid them anyway.

And remember: cats often don’t like to share. So if you have more than one cat, place multiple litter boxes in different places around the house.

3. Keep it clean

Cats like clean, so it’s important to clean out the litter box regularly. If you can smell your cat’s waste, you can be sure your cat can smell it, too—and your cat may eliminate in a different, cleaner part of the house.

Scoop out solids and dispose of them daily, and change the clay litter about twice a week. When you change the litter, wash the box with a mild detergent. This will cut down on the odors in your home, to the relief of both you and your cat.

4. Dealing with accidents

Not all accidents are accidental. If male cats aren’t neutered, they may spray around the house to mark their territory. If your cat quits using the litter box, call your veterinarian, as this behavior often signals a problem.

Your veterinarian can help your cat, but who’s going to help your carpet? Blot up what you can and contact Modernistic. Our professional pet stain removal team will clean and flush the area, using a powerful pre-treatment process and a hot-water extraction system to clear out any evidence of an accident.

When your house is clean, your cat will be happy—and so will you.


Keep your pet’s shedding in check

Posted Sunday, August 7th, 2016

How do you have so much hair???

Ways to keep your cat’s shedding under control.

You love your pet. But that doesn’t mean you want hair and dander all over your house. Unfortunately, the battle against loose hair seems never ending. So how can you care for your pet and keep a clean house at the same time? Don’t worry, there are steps you can take. Try these top tips to help you keep your pet’s shedding in check.

Brush your pet regularly.

A good brushing can rid your pet’s coat of a great deal of loose fur. If you take time daily to brush your pet either outdoors, in your garage, or in a breezeway, you will not only help your pet maintain a healthy coat, but you can also contain the spread of hair throughout your home.

Keep removable, washable coverings on your furniture.

If your pet is allowed on furniture in certain rooms, consider keeping a washable covering over couches and armchairs. This will allow you to more readily clean these areas and prevent fur from becoming embedded in upholstery. Vacuuming regularly will also help pet hair from spreading to other parts of the house.

Wash your pet on a weekly basis.

By giving your pet a bath, you can help rinse out loose hair and keep its coat healthy and clean. Regular bathing can also help reduce allergens associated with dander or pollen from outdoors. However, take care to only use shampoo specially formulated for your pet, as other shampoos can cause skin irritation.

Is your pet shedding more than usual?

Pets shed to get rid of dead or damaged hair, or to lighten their coat as warmer weather hits. This means that your pet will almost always be shedding to some degree, although they will shed more over the spring and summer. However, if your pet’s coat seems lackluster and thin, it can be a sign of a poor diet. Look into higher quality pet food to be sure your pet is getting enough digestible proteins. And if your pet’s coat seems to itch, or if it is shedding in patches, it could be a sign of illness and should see a vet.

Try Modernistic’s Pet Solutions

Overwhelmed by cleaning? A thorough, professional cleaning can get rid of a lot of the excess hair floating around your house and help you keep your pet’s shedding in check. Contact the Modernistic team today to schedule an appointment.