Cats are our favorite pets, but sometimes they’re a bit difficult to live with if you don’t know what you’re doing. Luckily, the folks over at CatingtonPosts have created the perfect guide of Life Hacks for living with cats. Did you know all of them? We hope you learn something!
1. CLOTHING AND CAT HAIR
Clothing and cat hair go together like peanut butter and jelly, you just can’t separate the two! Luckily, there are a couple ways to clean cat hair off of your clothes after your cat so graciously blessed our garments with their hair. If you have a few different garments that need to be de-haired, just throw them in the dryer with a dryer sheet, these work wonders on removing hair! Only need to remove a bit of hair? Wipe it down with a dryer sheet to spot check your clothes!
2. CAT HAIR EVERYWHERE ELSE
Along with clothes, cat hair tends to accumulate on furniture, and basically every other place in your home. While there are many different cat hair removal products on the market, ranging from vacuums to “specially designed removal tools,” the most basic of them surprisingly picks up the most. What is it? A rubber globe. Simply swiping your hand over the furniture while wearing a glove will remove most of the hair!
3. CORD CONNOISSEURS
If you have a cat, you’ve probably experienced them trying to play with, if not eat cords around the house. This is not only annoying, but extremely dangerous. While there are sprays, expensive deterrents, and other products designed to stop this, the simplest solution is to buy some split tubing and wrap it around your cords. Cats don’t really like eating this thick plastic so it saves you money, and the headache of worrying about your cat’s safety.
4. TOILET PAPER BANDITS
Toilet Paper and cats… many cat owners have experienced their cats playing with the roll and ruining a perfectly good roll of TP. It gets quite annoying buying TP when you don’t need it. Our solution? A toilet paper roll cover will solve all your problems! With so many different styles, colors, and materials it’s easy to find one that fits your needs.
5. OUTDOOR CAT HOMES
When the winter months come, many feral cats are left without shelter and too often freeze. Though you may not be able to take them in, there are ways to help them survive the winter, and many of these ways are cheap! We recommend building a winter shelter for feral cats, and the folks over at CatintonPost have even created an easy step by step guide to building a shelter, found here. http://www.ebay.com/gds/How-to-Build-a-Winter-Shelter-for-Feral-Cats-/10000000202455411/g.html. So
6. POTTED PLANT PEE-ERS
Some cats LOVE to use potted plants as a second bathroom. Why? There are many reasons, but each doesn’t justify taking a leak in your precious plants. This unique way of deterring this behavior is cheap and won’t take away from your beautiful plants! Add a thin layer of pine cones to the top of your plants. How does this help? Your cat won’t like walking on the pine cones, and it will keep them out of your plants!
7. PUMPKIN, THE MAGICAL CURE
Just like humans, cats can get indigestion, stomach aches, diarrhea, hairballs, etc. What most cat owners don’t know, is that canned pumpkin is a natural remedy that will help with these stomach situations. It’s important to make sure you’re giving your cat 100% pumpkin, not pumpkin filling. Pumpkin is a great source of fiber, which will help with things like constipation, diarrhea, and hairballs. Just make sure you keep an eye on them and take them to the veterinarian if the problem persists!
8. FAST EATERS
Some cats love food just a little too much and do what’s known as “scarf and barf”. This isn’t very healthy for cats, so the easiest way to stop this behavior is to actually spread the food around a small plate. This little trick is so simple, but totally works! Forcing kitty to slow down while eating allows them to properly ingest and slowly digest their meal.