Please don’t leave right away because this is a sponsored post and hear me out. I feel like this one can help other animal lovers like myself who deal with messy pets. I had written this post on the day before we had to put our little old Heidi to sleep (click HERE if you missed it), I then had to go back and alter it but I feel like it could still help someone even if our oldest one isn’t alive anymore.
Tips for caring and cleaning after elderly pets
Here is where our cats lounged and I put all their, food and drink close:
You can see all the food droppings I clean every day. The stains and cat food smell is an easy task with the cleaner and deodorizer. ( where to buy )
One day my mom asked me why I don’t just put a diaper on Heidi and I mentioned to you guys already that that’s exactly what I did before she died. It’s helped a lot with the mess but they did fall off sometimes as she walked or when they got full at night and she snuck in a pee on the floor here and there. Putting regular baby diapers on her had been a fantastic idea in her last days of life. I know it’s easier with her since she was a Manx cat and didn’t have a tail but you could just cut a hole for the tail into the diapers and put the tail through for other cats. It probably would help keep them up. My Heidi needed a standard size one diaper.
Our cats aren’t the only mess makers in the house though and my kiddos and husband make big messes too. This below spot is where my son eats his breakfast in the morning and leaves stains non-stop. The Skout’s Honor Stain & Odor Remover works amazing on those too as you can see. The other day he dumped an entire glass of orange juice on the carpet and it was no problem cleaning up.
Keeping my favorite furniture clean is very important to me and I’m proud to say that it is for the most part thanks to finding a good cleaner in Skout’s Honor.
Here is a list of things I do for my elderly cats:
- They have a designated area for all their things with cozy blankets, food and water to keep the cleaning more confined to an area
- I give them their medications every day at the same time and have reminders set to never forget (which gets kept up by someone else should we go away)
- They get fed twice a day every day at the same time. Pets love a set schedule
- I clean their favorite litter box every day and the rest every other day. You should have one litter box more than the amount of cats you have.
- I clean their faces and paws with a washcloth because older cats aren’t able to groom themselves the way they used to.
- I clip their claws more often than I used to because they don’t wear them down anymore. I learned that the hard way when we came home from a vacation and our poor old cat had her one claw grown into her paw. It was awful. Poor baby.
- Build a ramp for them to get to areas they want to if they can’t jump anymore.
- Consider using diapers to limit the stress on yourself and the animal. It really has done wonders. It also really helps to keep track of their bowel movements . The vet bused to ask questions about it and I couldn’t answer it but with the diapers I could answer all those questions.
- AND use a great pet cleaner like Skout’s Honor to keep your home clean. You can find the entire line of products on their site.
What a bitter sweet post for me but I felt it was important to still post about it anyways.
Do you have any tips that I might have missed?