Tips for cat owners

In this section, we'll advise you on how to remove annoying cat hair from your home, how best to entertain your cat and we'll even give you a few tips on dealing with the litter box.

Removing cat hair

Cat hair gets everywhere, including on chairs, sofas, carpets and your favourite clothes. No matter how much you vacuum, there’s always hair everywhere. Here are a few tips that should help you get this problem under control.

By brushing your cat daily, you will remove the majority of the hair that your cat would otherwise shed during the course of the day. The hair that has been teased out can be removed directly from the brush and disposed of. To remove hair effectively from sofas and chairs, you'll need rubber gloves. The static electricity from the gloves will quickly lift any unwanted hair off the furniture. If lint rollers and adhesive tape fail to do the job on clothes, then it may help to put them in the tumble dryer. Putting your clothes in the dryer (on a cool cycle) BEFORE washing will quickly remove any cat hair present. Afterwards, simply extract the hair from the filter. The same goes for bedding.


Entertaining cats – keeping them occupied while you're out

Cats need to be challenged. If domestic cats become bored with their daily routine and don’t have the opportunity to play enough, they may become aggressive and have less regard for their cleanliness. Playing with humans challenges cats both mentally and physically, which is very important for ensuring that your cat lives a balanced life. As the cat's owner – and main figure of attachment – you should play with your cat at least once a day. You should also give your cat plenty of opportunity to entertain itself.

If your cat is left alone and becomes bored, it may upturn flower pots or scratch the sofa. It therefore makes sense to keep your cat entertained while you're out.

  • If two cats are acquired together, they can entertain each other.
  • A scratching post is perfect for scratching, playing, climbing and sleeping.
  • Food can be hidden in tubes, bags or boxes so that your cat has to find it first before eating it.
  • Hiding cat cushions around your home will allow your cat to unleash its playful side and have fun sampling all the different spots.
  • Toys such as balls, bells, toy mice and logic puzzles provide a great source of entertainment.
  • Clear a space by the window so that your cat has its very own "cat TV" and can survey the goings-on as and when it chooses.

It's also important to make the necessary preparations at home before you head out. Make sure you fill the water and food bowls, prepare the litter box, remove any poisonous plants from the house and close the windows.


Cat litter box

Cats are very clean animals by nature. They prefer to eliminate discreetly and in private. Where you place the cat litter box is therefore, extremely important. It should be positioned in a quiet place away from the usual feeding and sleeping areas. Window seats are not suitable as your cat may see other cats and feel threatened. The cat litter box should be kept in the same place so that your cat doesn't need to waste time looking for it.

Generally, you should have at least one litter box per cat – and the larger it is, the more comfortable. Your cat must be able to turn around in it and stretch out. If this is not possible, it may decide to find somewhere else in your house that's more comfortable. Cats are quickly offended by uncleanliness and bad odours. The litter box must therefore be easy to clean – but do not do so with strong cleaning agents as these may irritate your cat's sensitive nose. Litter boxes come in different designs, including simple open boxes and enclosed hooded models. Unpleasant smells which will offend your cat are less likely to develop in open boxes, while hooded ones offer privacy.

The cat litter in the box should always be clean and several centimetres deep so that your cat can scratch around.