by Staff Writer
Cats love having their own special place to sleep, play and observe the comings and goings of the people around them. If that place is a cat tree with a high perch, a cozy hole and a toy or two, so much the better. The distinctive design of cat furniture can make it somewhat difficult to clean. Still, it is important to keep your cat happy and healthy by keeping his cat supplies as clean as possible.
Take the cat furniture apart. If you can separate the pieces, especially on tall cat trees, they will be much easier to clean.
Remove the cat hair. There are tools made for removing lint and pet hair, such as roller brushes, but these tools can be difficult to use in the nooks and crannies of cat furniture. Instead, try using your hand. Put on a rubber glove with a raised grip, then dampen it. Run your hand all over the furniture to remove the cat hair.
Vacuum the furniture. This will remove dirt and dust and any missed cat hair. Use an attachment or a handheld vacuum cleaner for hard-to-reach areas.
Clean any stains. There may be some stains on the cat furniture from hairballs or accidents. First, treat the stain with a carpet stain remover according to the directions on the bottle. Then, rinse with soap and water to make sure no chemical residue is left on the furniture.
Remove odors. As much as we love our cats, it is still a fact that cat furniture can get a bit smelly over time. There are many products on the market that can remove odors. If the odors are light, any air freshener spray or odor remover will work fine. For soaked-in odors, use a granule formula. Sprinkle the granules on and let them sit for a few hours to absorb the odors and then vacuum the furniture again.
Reassemble the furniture. After you reassemble your cat's furniture, test it to make sure it is secure.
Choose non-toxic stain removers and odor fresheners that will not harm your cat. If in doubt, don't use it.