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.


How to get that cat smell out of your couch

Posted Thursday, September 15th, 2016

Cat owners of Dewitt: need some tips for getting rid of the odor?

Every cat lover encounters this problem sooner or later: your cat decides to mark a corner of your couch or carpet, and even though you’ve cleaned up the stain, the odor won’t go away.

Cat urine contains proteins that create a strong, distinctive smell. As such, the odor takes some special treatment to get rid of completely. Here are some steps you can take to get that cat smell out of your couch.

Clean fresh accidents immediately

The faster you clean a new stain, the less chance it will become a problem in the long term. Blot at the stain with a white cloth or paper towel as soon as you see it. Do not rub the stain, as that will spread the stain over a larger area and work the urine into the fibers.

Use a black light to locate old stains

If you removed the stain a while ago, or if the stain faded over time, you may have difficulty locating the exact spot. However, because of the chemicals in pet urine, old stains will show up under a black light. Turn all your lights off and shine the black light over the area where you think the pet stain may be. The stained area will glow. Mark the spot with a sticky note or by outlining the stain with chalk.

Enzymatic cleaners are your best bet

An enzyme spray contains ingredients specially-designed for treating pet urine. Specifically, the uric acid present in cat urine is hard to remove without an enzymatic cleaner. Apply according to the instructions on the bottle, and give it time to work.

If you don’t have an enzymatic cleaner on hand…

Home remedies will never completely remove the odor from cat urine, but they can provide a stop-gap measure before you head to the store. Because cat urine and ammonia share a similar odor, avoid using ammonia-based products. Instead, treat the area with a mixture of 1 part white vinegar to 3 parts water. Apply enough to the area to cover the stain, then blot with a towel.

For the toughest odors, contact a professional

Some stains are just plain stubborn. For odors that won’t go away, contact a professional for cleaning help. Modernistic technicians have the tools and experience needed to remove any stain from your furniture, and can even help prevent staining and pet accidents in the future. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.