Cat beds and cat toys seem to get a lot of use, wear and tear. This is good since that means that they are being put to good use. However, if you fail to keep these items clean then you could be introducing germs into your cat's environment that could be harmful. Luckily, solutions to keeping things in safe working order are simple. This routine is so simple and safe that any member of your family can pitch in and help – even the younger members of your clan.
The largest culprit on cat beds is cat hair. It will seem that each single hair has suddenly developed super human strength as they cling to the fibers of the bed. One trick to unlocking this grip is to first spray the area with Static Guard. The reaction should allow your vacuum cleaner to pick up more hairs.
You can then roll the area with a lint roller or slip on a rubber glove and rub your hand over the surface. This is the second line of defense in eliminating pet hair from cat beds. The strategy here is to get as much pet hair removed before you throw the outer layer of the bed into the washing machine. You do not want to risk having too much pet hair left in the wash machine and then later transferred to your clothing.
You can follow a similar routine for any pet toys that you are planning to put into the wash cycle with the cat bed's outer layer.
Be sure your washing machine is set for a large load and use plenty of laundry detergent which again will help in dislodging that stubborn pet hair. If the bed is extremely dirty, consider running it through a second cycle.
Finally, throw cat beds and toys in the dryer but be sure to use at least one dryer sheet. The use of a liquid fabric softener will not be as effective since the dryer sheet will again help to avoid static electricity and remove more of any lingering cat hair. Remember to use a low setting on the dryer to keep shrinkage at a minimum.
This routine can be followed as needed; However, most owners clean their cat beds and toys once a month to ensure the greatest about of healthy benefits for their cat.