Post # 1
So since we have decided to move into our own place soon, and I just happened upon a surprise my cat left me earlier in the day, it got me wondering…
How do you manage to keep your carpet in rentals looking okay after hairballs? The carpet in the apartment we’re going to be moving into is light beige. And it’s pretty fluffy. If you know what I mean! It’s not really short, stiff carpet.
I know it will be a huge PIA to clean up after my cat when she yaks everything up. This is gross, but her hairballs aren’t dainty. They are generally accompanied by yucky barfy liquid. Sometimes they are mostly solid and easy to clean up, but not always.
And right now i’m dealing with them on a hardwood floor. Is there a way to prevent them other than frequent brushing, which we do plan on doing regularly (Admittedly don’t now – and my cat is not super short hair but not long hair either).
I know I will burst into tears the first time she throws up in our new place. The only parts of the apartment with tile are the bathroom and the kitchen/pantry room!
She also likes to try and keep them out of sight! In my room here at home, she’ll drag a blanket hanging off my bed over them or the closest thing she can find. SO sometimes I don’t find them until they’re a little dried up. And have ruined a washcloth shimmied out of a hamper by too-smart little cat claws, or a pair of undies or a shirt that god forbid were left on my floor, LOL.
Any experience with this? Anyone in the same boat? Any cleaning product recommendations?
Post # 3
My parents’ cat has wet juicy hairballs sometimes. Her hair is insane! My mom waits until they dry (after scooping up the lumps) and then vacuums up the dried liquid off the carpet. Then she rubs it with some cleaning solution, I think it’s actually a vinegar mix, and it’s like the barf never happened. Their house is absolutely spotless.
Post # 4
@Pinkmoon: Oh, wow! Vinegar and water? I should test it out before we go, lol. Maybe i’ll put an area rug in my room and just wait it out ha!
Post # 5
Our cat doesn’t really ever get hairballs, maybe like twice? In 9 years? But he always chooses the area rug over the hardwood. Of course. We immediately clean it up and use a lot of Resolve on it. It’s not been a problem so far!
Post # 6
@crayfish: haha of course! I have found one ON my bed before. but that’s great that you rarely have problems with them! maybe i can prevent them somehow, I should ask my vet about that! my cat is about 7 years old now and I don’t have her on the best food. she eats friskies seafood sensations. i used to give her pro plan, but the past three or four years I stopped buying the expensive stuff.
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Post # 8
We give our cats some hairball medicine every week or so. They sell it at almost all pet stores. It sort of helps their stomachs digest or pass hairballs in the other direction, as opposed to them throwing them up, if you know what I mean…
Also, the vinegar and water trick works well on carpets. If you google how to get vomit out of carpets (usually on a parenting website or something), you can find a good ratio of how much vinegar to water you should use.
You should be fine! Congrats on the new place!!
Post # 9
I have a little spot bot pet stain remover. It really helps with any accidents and it can deep clean. I pick up all the large “pieces” of whatever it is and set the spot bot on top of the stain. After it works its magic it’s like it never happened!
Post # 10
We have a black, medium-haired cat. We give her Laxatone or a similar product to help reduce the number of hairballs. When she does have one developing, she tends to throw up her breakfast, which is always fun to clean up, (our carpet sounds very similar to yours!). We clean up as much as possible with paper towels, then use Nature’s Miracle Advanced spray on the remaining stain.