Don’t forget! Fountains need cleaning, too. Three chic
fountain choices: Thirsty Cat Fountains (left,middle) and
the Himalayan Stoneware Pagoda from PetSafe (right).
3.Get a new litter box
Cats have a keen sense of smell, and
they can smell odors absorbed by the
litter box that may go undetected by a
human nose. It can often cause a cat to
avoid the box, which introduces another set of problems into the household.
Replacing litter boxes can help avoid
this from happening. Rule of thumb:
Biodegradable litter boxes should be
replaced weekly to ensure they don’t
begin to leak. Standard open litter
boxes should be replaced annually, and
enclosed litter box systems, even if they
are made from anti-microbiable-infused
materials should be replaced every two
to three years.
4.Clean up — and out — the toy box
Go through the toy box and throw out
any toys not in good condition. Don’t
have a toy box? Go get one. Stylish
and fun, they also help keep kitty’s
Wash the rest of the toys. Most can
be placed in the washing machine on a
delicate cycle. Those made from rubber
and harder materials could probably do
with a good soaking in a mild
nontoxic cleaner — rinse off
after. Many can be placed on
the top rack of the dishwasher.
Remove all catnip from
5.Scrub the water fountain
toys that can be restuffed, and
replace them with a fresh batch,
as the nip does lose its potency.
Scrub your cat’s water fountain monthly, replacing filters at the same time.
While you are in spring-cleaning mode,
clean out the pump, too. It’s easy to do.
If you no longer have the instructions,
look for a video on You Tube. The bowl,
whether it’s ceramic or stainless steel,
can be placed on the top shelf of the
dishwasher for a thorough cleaning to
remove any hard water scum.
Ideally, ordinary water bowls should
be washed weekly and refilled daily, as
standing water brings algae. Swap out
plastic food bowls for glass, ceramic or
stainless steel — any of these can be
safely placed in the dishwasher to keep
them clean. Wash them regularly, and
don’t just keep filling them up.
6.Go through the flea and tick
This is also the time to check through
your pet’s flea and tick products to
ensure that they are still fresh and
haven’t passed their expiration date.
While fleas have become a year-round problem in many parts of the
country, this is the season for new
eggs to hatch! And it only takes one
flea bite for a pet to have an allergic reaction. Even if you have an
indoor-only cat, she can be infected
by fleas transported into the home by
the dog or even by you!