Moving anytime soon? Tips for traveling with cats!

  • As you start to pack boxes spray Feliway on them which will make them less scary to your cats. We think one squirt per box, once a day is all you need.
  • On the big day give each cat some of our Homeopet “Digestive Upsets” and keep giving it to them until you reach your destination.
  • Before putting the cats in their carriers spray the padding with Feliway. One or two squirts are enough. Let the pad sit in the air for 10 or 15 minutes before you place it and the cat in the carrier.
  • Our water proof pads (see Furniture Protection) are great because they are washable. Cats often “hold it” while traveling by car, but other cats panic a bit and pee or poop.
  • If you are able to spray one or two squirts of Feliway on the car seats where the carriers are.
  • If you can thread the seat belt though the handle of the carrier so that in the event of a fast stop the carriers won’t go flying.
  • Are hard plastic carriers better than soft ones? Debatable. We have the hard plastic ones as we feel they protect the cat better and if the cat pees or poops it’s easier to clean.
  • If you are traveling by car and there is more than one of you, someone must stay in the car when you make food or gas stops. We have heard of cars – with cats inside – being stolen at rest stops!
  • Keep the Do Not Disturb sign on the door of the hotel AT ALL TIMES. If one of you needs to hunt for food someone needs to stay in the room. Housekeeping could ignore the sign and enter and a cat could escape.
  • Lodging is tough but not impossible. Take a bottle of Anti Icky Poo with you for any accidents. You don’t want to leave a mess like that behind because hotel management might tighten up their allowing of animals.
  • As for where to stay we asked our Facebook friends for suggestions of animal-friendly hotels or resources and this is what they said (you should always call the local number of a hotel location first to make sure with any chain, each location has a different actual owner/operator):
    • Amanda likes www.petswelcome.com
    • Alyssa has stayed at Red Roof Inn, but cautions they might be in an iffy part of a town.
    • Becky who has traveled with both cats and dogs uses www.bringfido.com
    • Shawn once stayed at a Holiday Inn Express with 7 kitties!
    • Debi agreed about the Holiday Inn, and added Comfort Inn, but call first to make sure.
    • Sleigh says the La Quinta chain is very animal friendly (we’d heard that too)
    • Kristy suggests Candlewood Suites
    • Susan tells us that Days Inn did allow animals at one time – call and ask
  • Spray Feliway around the hotel room or install a diffuser. This will help keep the cats calm. Our flower essence formula Calm and Serene will help too.
  • When you reach your new home “prep” the house with Feliway before you let the cats out to explore (or hide) Before you let them out of their carriers at the new house zip through it and spray Feliway “here and there” especially in the room you think most of them will want to hide in. Install diffusers around the house as well.
  • Your best bet is to give the cats one room with a closet and things to hide under (like a bed). Some cats are more curious than others. When we bought our house Betty spent 4 days exploring and marking with her cheeks, then she collapsed and slept for 2 days! The others hid in a closet and slowly came out to explore.
  • To make sure the house is as unthreatening as possible Check the doors on the outside for any cat urine marks from neighborhood cats which may have come by and marked. Look at cat-butt-height for water marks and clean with Anti Icky Poo.
  • Congratulations on the move! I hope it’s a beautiful house with wonderful neighbors. Start looking for a good vet clinic now. Yelp is a good place to start, and call the local pet shops. You might also start looking for a great cat sitter.

10 Tips For Spring Cleaning with Anti Icky Poo

It’s time for Spring Cleaning. And, Cat Faeries and Anti Icky Poo want to help you, and make it easier! The wildly popular Anti Icky Poo isn’t just for cleaning up kitty accidents. AIP’s special enzymes and friendly bacteria also clean up any and every organic mess. As the label says, it “will digest any malodorous decay.” (Your brother-in-law doesn’t count.)

Here are some unique and different tips from Cat Faeries on how to use Anti Icky Poo products – you may be surprised! (Remember, test fine fabrics for colorfastness or know that they are water safe before using Anti Icky Poo.)

  1. If you dare… take a close look at your hand powered can opener. There may be that persistent build up of crud on the blades and gears that seems to resist repeated trips through the dishwasher. Unscented AIP (Anti Icky Poo) to the rescue! Give it a heavy spraying of Unscented AIP and let it sit over night while the enzymes do their thing. Now the crud should be much easier to wash off. If some still resists, try another application and use a toothpick or brush to loosen the persistent icky bits.
  2. Recently we discovered how some yucky sticky stuff had accumulated on the rubber seal on our front loading washing machine. And how much sticky lint like stuff had migrated underneath the seal. Rated H for Horrifying!Here’s what we did and you can too. Use a flash light so you can really see where the crud is. Spray Unscented AIP under the fold of the seal and on the part of the rubber seal that’s exposed. Scrub a bit, then apply more Anti Icky Poo and let it stay wet. Keep the door open so air circulates. Repeat the spraying two or three more times during the course of half a day. Do one final spraying and use a rag to remove any crud that AIP did not eat, then wipe dry. Leave the door open for a while to air out.
  3. Give cat boxes a nice soak to remove odors from the box itself. Dump the old litter. Wash the litter box with hot water and dish soap, and then pat dry. Add one quarter to one half cup of AIP and about three inches of warm water. Let soak for 30 minutes. Rinse, dry, and add fresh litter. Your cat is thanking you already.
  4. Smokers can use unscented Anti Icky Poo on their clothes to get rid of that persistent smoke smell – works so well it will fool people into thinking the smoker quit a long time ago.
  5. How many times did you pass on a garage sale treasure because it was covered in yellow/brown tar & nicotine from cigarettes? No need to pass up that fabulous find when you’ve got Anti Icky Poo at home to melt years of ick away.
  6. Refrigerator drawers or shelves can be really hard to clean if you’ve accidentally created a “science project.” You may be afraid to tackle it but the enzymes in Unscented Anti Icky Poo are happy to. Put the science project in the compost. Take the drawer or shelf out, do an AIP spray, let it sit for a while, then clean and put back in the fridge.
  7. One quarter to one half cup of Anti Icky Poo down your drains every week will keep the flow flowing. The enzymes love to eat up soap scum and grease. They can’t eat hair but if you keep drains free of the sticky stuff that bonds the hair into a mess, then it will more easily just flow down the drain.
  8. Here’s a trick that professional carpet cleaners use:
    You know how some fabrics “wick” away moisture from your body (think of your best workout wear wicking away perspiration). This tip can actually wick cat urine or other fluid “up” and “out” of fabric/carpet. Saturate a stain with Anti Icky Poo, then apply some AIP Stain Remover
    over that. Now, put a white cotton rag or two on top of it. And on top of the rag place a heavy object. The cloth with the weight on top of it will cause the stain material to wick upward and into the rag. Sounds like a magic trick! Abra cadabra!
  9. If you have a cloth covered recliner like we do, you know that hair oils can build up on the headrest. Over time, that can get kind of “odiferous” (smelly). And if you can’t remove the headrest for a wash, how do you clean it? We used Anti Icky Poo and it worked! Two cycles of spray applications and the odor disappeared.
  10. We’ve saved the best story for last. Recently one of our little old lady cats had some diarrhea and she of course decided to deposit it in the worst place – on an upholstered foot rest. It was the consistency of pudding and we couldn’t get all of it off. The rest was becoming one with the fabric and penetrating fast! Absolutely horrifying and we were in a huge panic! We grabbed a quart of Anti Icky Poo Unscented and misted heavily several times over the course of two hours. Then we got busy packing your orders and frankly, forgot about it. A few days later we discovered that every trace of cat poop was GONE! The AIP had eaten, yes, eaten every particle of the poopy smoosh and its smell! And with zero harm to the fabric. For “Justin Case” we misted a few more times to make sure it was truly gone! We still cannot stop talking about this miracle!

Visit the Cat Faeries Urine Cleanup page to see all the Anti Icky Poo products and special product bundles.

Marinating peed on cat toys in Anti Icky Poo

Thank you to our customer Kristy for passing along this tip! If you have cat toys that have been peed on, gather them up, place them in a jar and add about 1/4 cup of Anti Icky Poo (we prefer the unscented version) and coat the toys. You could also put the toys in a dish and give each one enough sprays of Anti Icky Poo to make them very damp. Allow the toys to sit until dry. A sunny window will speed up drying time. You might need to do two or three applications to restore your cat toys to their former catnipian glory!

How can keeping your shoes clean stop your cat from spraying?

On our Feliway page www.catfaeries.com/feliway.html  we discuss some of the common triggers for why a cat will urinate outside the box or spray urine.

The number one trigger is the presence of outside cats who come up to the house.  Sensitive or overly territorial indoor cats spray or pee outside the box as an attempt to protect their home from the intruders.  Our indoor cats see, hear, and SMELL the urine of outdoor cats.  Many of those uninvited cats are spraying your front door on the outside!  This causes the indoor cat to retaliate.

Let’s take this one step further – literally – we are going to talk about your shoes!

When we walk our city streets we step on all sort of gross things. We’ll spare you the the tummy turning examples, but you can certainly imagine what you’ve walked on. Ths would include cat urine or flakes of feces. YUCK!

If you wear those same shoes in the house you are bringing the those threatening scents into the house, and spreading it everywhere you walk.

Here’s something you can do for the sanity of your cats, and to keep your home sparkling clean and free of disease – regularly clean the soles of your shoes.

Its easy! A basin of soapy water and an old tooth brush, plus a towel for drying is all you need. For really soiled shoes soak them in a 1/8 to 1/4 inch of soapy water to loosen the crud, then finish with your old toothbrush.

You might have all household members wear only slippers in the house, and keep shoes by the front door like the Japanese do. Its sanitary, its rather elegant, and its possibly going to solve your cat’s spraying problem.

Here’s a bit of fun trivia – Diana Vreeland to legendary editor of Vogue magazine had her maid clean the soles of her shoes. She was known to admonish Vogue staff members for wearing shoes with unwashed soles to the office!