How I organise all our pet supplies & keep the house pet clean

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We have one very gorgeous but snobby Ragdoll cat, her name is Millee.  She sleeps all day but finds her energy at night running around the house and scratching at the doors cause she wants some attention. I thought Millee would be my beloved snuggly lap cat but she is the total opposite, she doesn’t enjoy being held for any more than 30 seconds and she adores my husband more than me…. but I still love her!!

She lies at the end of our bed most of the day (I keep a towel on the spot she lies to stop the linens from getting grotty)

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In the past I hesitated in getting a pet as you know I like to keep the house clean and tidy and worried that my house would have a ‘pet smell’, but then again I couldn’t have a pet and leave him/her outside in the cold.  We really wanted a cat so we researched to make sure we found the right type of breed for our family, we choose a Ragdoll as they are an indoor cat… beautifully soft and clean!  We have managed to keep our home pet clean and keep everything ‘Millee’ organised!

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Similar to how I like to routinely clean the house, I’m very routine when it comes to Millee, I have the dates in the calendar when I need to give her flea treatments, brush her every Wednesday night while I watch TV and Mr Organised feeds her as we go to bed.  I keep on top of her food supplies, litter and medicines to ensure we never run out.  What I love most about Pet Circle is they have a convenient and simple system that you can purchase all your pet supplies (food, medicines, toys and more) and create a schedule for them to be automatically deliver pet supplies to your door every month or whenever suits you, so you will never run out.  Especially good if you don’t have the room to store big bags of food. They offer a reasonable flat rate shipping to all metro areas, regardless of how much you order, shipping will not increase.  Plus you can save up to 15% off the already competitive price (they are cheaper than most pet stores) when you set up the auto-delivery service.

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How to keep your home ‘pet smell free’

We keep Millee’s food, water and litter tray in the laundry.  We use the Crystals in the littler tray which are changed once a fortnight.  Each night we pick up all the ‘solids’ and the ‘liquid’ in the tray is absorbed by the crystals at the bottom of the tray. I have found using the crystals eliminates the cat smell compared to the other litter options.

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It was very important to me to keep the house from smelling like a cat and found in the beginning that having all her ‘stuff’ in the laundry and needing to keep the door open so she can easily get in and out wasn’t working.  I needed to close the laundry door, not just from her smells but when the washing machines is on I like to close the door to make it quieter and yes to shut away any mess in there!!   So I got Mr Organised to install a cat flap/doggy door on the internal laundry door which allows me to then keep it closed and Millee can access it whenever she needs.

We also have this cat stand, such an eye sore but she loves being up and high and gives her something to dig her claws into. 

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I have the mat at the door entry to wipe away any crystals stuck to our feet so they aren’t carried through the house

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I keep all her flea treatments, brushes, nail clippers and special treats in the laundry cupboard.  We brush her once a week, trim her nails when we notice they are getting long (maybe once every three weeks) and treat her for fleas once a month.  We give her a few Feline Dental Treats each night, this helps to keep her teeth clean and healthy.

{The Organised Housewife} Organising Pets 6 When we first got Millee as a kitten she had a funny tummy and could never keep wet food down, because of this she can only tolerate dry cat food from the Science Diet range, in particular the oral care variety.  I keep her food in a Knodd bin from Ikea at the bottom of our laundry cupboard.

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Do you have any tips on keeping your home ‘pet smell’ free?


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Yanni Pearson July 24, 2014 - 3:55 AM

Where did you get the plastic stackable storage bins for the brushes, nail clippers, flea treatments etc?

Kylie July 24, 2014 - 12:20 PM

If you are concerned about scratching on the furniture a cat tower is a good idea, you can team this up with soft claws! Found on Ebay for about $4 from an Australian seller, they just slide over the claws and are rubber caps. I don’t sell them but I do have a few cats and find this reduces pulls on the couch and carpet.

I have quite a large laundry so I buy all my foods in bulk and store the tins in the cupboard and the biscuits & kitty litter in separate tubs with scoops.

I change my trays every second day and line the bases with half a newspaper as it absorbs wees and smells. I then use the cheaper clay kitty litter on top. I too have non slip bathmats in front of the kitty litter for any loose bits that get tracked out.

Katrina July 25, 2014 - 11:55 AM

Great idea, thanks for sharing Kylie.

Mandy July 24, 2014 - 4:46 PM

Could anybody give me advice on keeping down the doggy odour and how often to mop? I steam mopped and wiped round with vinegar and still later on i could smell it. I’m getting paranoid. I wash her blankets regularly too. I feel like i should be cleaning all day everyday just to stay on top of the smell!! She is a Sprocker Spaniel puppy and we have only had her for 3 weeks. I’m just not used to doggy odour, help?!

Amy July 25, 2014 - 12:04 AM

Hi Mandy,

I find having a specific rug for my p0och to lay on in the lounge room is helpful. It needs to one that is easy to put in the wash. When you wash it put in some dettol, it sounds harsh but it cuts through the doggy smell. Also let sunlight be your friend. If you dont have time to wash and clean your pet things just placing them in the sun can do wonders for getting rid of odours. Also ensure you open your windows and curtains for a good breeze to cross through your house at least once a day. Set up vanilla or ocean scented diffusers in laundries and bathrooms. I find those scents are not to overpowering.
Most importantly dont over wash your dog. The natural oils actually work to contain their odour to their coat. Allow them to bask in the sun during the day. It not only keeps their coat healthy it helps them grow great bones. I would also avoid pet sprays. I find they are expensive and dont actually work long term.

Hope this all helps. Good luck! dogs are the best people 🙂

Katrina July 25, 2014 - 12:05 PM

Great idea, thanks Amy!

Jules July 28, 2014 - 7:13 AM

I would definitely NOT recommend any phenol based disinfectant like dettol be used on anything that will come into contact with a dog or cat.

Any disinfectant that turns white when added to water contains phenol and is very harmful to both cats and dogs. Please google phenol and dogs or cats to learn more.

In my experience as an mum to 4 cats and 2 dogs, a normal wash of bedding on a high temperature followed by line drying on a nice windy day is all that is needed. Vet bed is easily washed and dries very fast but my Danes prefer human type fleecy blankies. ????

Katrina July 25, 2014 - 12:04 PM

Vinegar is probably your best option, Mandy. I would suggest try mopping twice a week and also try using a Diffuser as they are a nice subtle but constant smell.

Jo July 25, 2014 - 12:46 AM

I just typed the following onto facebook. I’m using my phone, which is not conducive to typing it all again so I’ve just copied & pasted straight from fb.

Trina, this is one I can help with. I’m probably one of your most disorganised followers so I’m excited to have something to share!

I have 10 dogs. 5 live inside (3 chihuahuas, 1 italian greyhound puppy and 1 retired greyhound) and 5 greyhounds who live outside – so I know my stuff! 🙂

NEVER use HOT water (steam mop, hot washing machine cycle, hot mop water) to clean doggy (or cat) smells from floors, furniture or pet bedding. Heat ‘sets’ the stain on fabrics and carpets and ‘sets” the odour on other surfaces – we can’t smell it but our pets can and it makes the area more likely to be messed on again. Don’t use bleach or ammonia based cleaners directly on pet messes either – it makes the area more inviting to pets to mess again.

The best and easiest trick is paper towel, bicarb soda, vinegar and COLD water.

Hard floors
1. Clean up excess liquid with a paper towel or mop. If the mess has already dried go straight to step 2.
2. Sprinkle bicarb soda on the area and leave for 10 minutes (or longer – sometimes I leave it overnight). Bicarb absorbs the odour.
3. Put cold water in mop bucket, add vinegar (I use, roughly 1/2 cup white vinegar to 2 litres water).
4. Mop the messed area, bicarb and all. Vinegar is slightly acidic and counteracts the alkalinity of the pee and makes the area less attractive for your pet to pee on again.

Carpet & upholstery – take care and test in an inconspicuous place [email protected]!!
1. Blot as much liquid as possible using a paper towel, start from the outside of the mess and work towards the middle.
2. Sprinkle lightly with bicarb and leave for a few minutes to absorb the odour.
3. Put vinegar & cold water in a spray bottle (2 tbsp vinegar to 500ml water).
4. Brush off excess soda and spray the area with vinegar/water mix. Be generous.
5. Blot area again with paper towel or pet towels/blankets.

1. Pick up the solid mess with toilet paper snd flush it down the loo. Because I have so many dogs I have a dustpan & brush that I only use for solid waste.
2. Follow the steps for pee mess.

1. Rinse in cold water ASAP.
2. OPTIONAL soak items in vinegar & water to neutralise odour.
3. If stained spray with stain remover if desired.
4. Use your regular detergent – do NOT use napisan powder (or similar). Put undiluted vinegar in the fabric softener dispenser (or add to the rinse cycle).
5. Wash in cold water.
6. Wash again in hot water if disinfecting is desured (ie if puppy has peed on baby’s clothes).

Bleach is the best cleaner to use on hard floors to disinfect – particularly important if you have puppies/kittens that aren’t fully vaccinated.
Clean the floor using vinegar and cold water first, then go over it using bleach and warm or hot water afterwards.
Vinegar cleans things really well but it just doesn’t disinfect like bleach does

I don’t have kids and live alone so this routine may not work for most of you who have kids & other people to consider.
* I do a poo patrol morning & evening, flush it down the loo.
* I work fulltime so am not home on weekdays. The little dogs spend the day in the ‘dog room’ (2nd bedroom) in their crates and the greyhound sleeps on the couch all day.
* I let the dogs out when I am home and encourage them (praise) when they toilet outside.
* I do regular spot cleans when I’m home. I’m lazy so will just sprinkle the bicarb and leave it and then take the mop & vinegar to all the spots in one hit late in the day.
* I sweep the floor every 2 or 3 days (I don’t have any carpets) and mop it with vinegar & cold water once or twice a week (remembering that I spot clean everyday).
* The dogs all have polar fleece blankets or towels in their crates. I put them through a cold wash with vinegar in the fabric softener dispenser once a week or so. The puppy gets a new blanket or towel every day because he still messes in his crate – the others very rarely do so.
* This might gross some of you out, but they all sleep in my bed with me. I change the sheets regularly and wash with vinegar in the rinse. Every morning when I leave for work I spray vinegar lightly over the sheets and leave the covers pulled back. I discovered by accident that it keeps the sheets smelling nice and fresh – before I discovered this trick my sheets needed to be changed every 2 or 3 days. You could probably try the same thing with carpet or upholstery if ypur pet has a favourite spot that you want to keep fresh.
* I don’t wash my dogs all that often (when I do I use Aloveen shampoo & conditioner which smells *Amazing!*) I started feeding them raw food (no tinned, no kibble) and noticed a huge change in the ‘doggy smell’, it’s less of a stink and more of just a smell. I include 5ml (20ml for the big dogs) of apple cider vinegar in their dinner which supposedly helps to keep fleas at bay. I haven’t found anything that says it helps with doggy odour but it works for me!

I have just typed all that on my phone & it’s very difficult to proofread so I hope it all makes sense.

Katrina July 25, 2014 - 12:08 PM

WOW Thanks so much Jo!
Really great useful information.

Anne July 25, 2014 - 10:22 AM

This isn’t about cleaning, but I find my dogs have a play straight after eating and then settle down for cuddle time and bed. Is it worth trying feeding your cat earlier and then playing with her a bit so she calms down when you want to sleep? (this won’t change her personality, but might move play time a bit!) I feed mine straight after we finish dinner.

Katrina July 25, 2014 - 12:16 PM

Thanks Anne i like your idea!

Roberta July 25, 2014 - 4:49 PM

My family and I have had a catahoula puppy for a month now. He’s a great dog. I was wondering about a couple of things, one is there a good vacumme that’s not exspensive for pet hair, and two merlin (the dog) is afraid of his kennel, how do we convince him its a goodcthing?

Melinda February 17, 2016 - 8:55 AM

I swear by my Dyson Pet Hair Vacuum – NOT a cordless one as I don’t think they maintain the strength to suck hair out of carpet.

I am not sure what the name or code is but the most expensive, bagless Dyson you can afford will be your friend!

Melinda February 17, 2016 - 8:55 AM

I swear by my Dyson Pet Hair Vacuum – NOT a cordless one as I don’t think they maintain the strength to suck hair out of carpet.

I am not sure what the name or code is but the most expensive, bagless Dyson you can afford will be your friend!

Melissa July 25, 2014 - 9:12 PM

Love the post Katrina just wondering what you put under your cat
Litter tray. Thanks

Mandy July 25, 2014 - 11:22 PM

Thank you Amy and Jo for all the doggy odour tips. I will definitely be trying them out! 🙂 xx

Kristy Dickson July 27, 2014 - 12:34 AM

I feed our Ragdoll raw steak. She loves it 🙂

Georgie July 27, 2014 - 7:23 AM

The best thing we ever got for our cat was a littermaid it’s an automatic litter tray it has a deoderiser that constantly works and 15 minutes after Rex the ragdoll does his business it rakes it from one end to the other where there is a bin with a lid that stores it till you put it in the rubbis in the bin also is the perfect size for shopping bags to be the liner so you don’t have to go near you king the stuff and the machine is battery back up for 240v so you don’t have to worry about losing power and having a stinky litter tray which is useful for us as we live in cyclone terrority

Suhasini Sriarshi July 27, 2014 - 12:15 PM

very awesome tips…!!!!!!!!

Debra Chesterton July 28, 2014 - 2:43 AM

I have a gorgeous long haired Burmilla called Jasper who leaves traces of himself all over the house as you can imagine. My best friend has become my Dyson handheld vac as it picks up his furry ‘tumbleweeds’, spilled litter on my floorboards and has a special attachment to clean the cat hair off the sofa before visitors arrive. He’s a bit high maintenance but I adore him! I too have started using Pet Circle to have his special vet diet bickies and extra large bags of litter delivered automatically every 7 weeks which works out great as I don’t have lug them home!

Laura July 28, 2014 - 2:06 PM

Do you need to flea her once a month even though she is always inside and never meets other cats? Im just wondering as we have an indoor tabby. We flead him for the first 6 months and now we dont bother, because where would he get them from? (And he definatley doesnt have them..)

Katrina July 28, 2014 - 3:03 PM

My vet suggested that we do anyway, we keep most of the windows and screen doors open through the day and have animals in the neighbouring yards. We also give her the worming tablets even though she doesn’t go outside only because we have the occasional skink come inside and she likes to attack them.

Laura July 28, 2014 - 3:30 PM

Ahh I see! Mine seems OK now but in summer it might be worth me looking into that…

ps: Shes very beautiful 🙂

Katrina July 29, 2014 - 8:29 AM

Thank you Laura, she is beautiful and she knows it too!!

Leanne April 7, 2015 - 12:38 PM

I use nappy sacks to when scooping out presents in the kitty litter , they are scented and biodegradable and the perfect size for nightly clean outs.

Kate May 26, 2021 - 11:41 AM

I bought a hooded litter tray from Kmart I remove solids morning & check at night. Give litter tray a wash each weekend & use fresh litter Buy either the smitten brand recycled paper or Breeders choice which is made of recycled paper but much smaller pieces. Kat our girl Molly comes alive at night & she’s loves both us but the look on her face when she hears hubby’s voice is priceless & he dotes on her ??

Katrina - The Organised Housewife June 7, 2021 - 10:15 AM

Pets are such a lovely addition to our lives!


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