How My 10 Year Old Removes Animal Hair and Odors and What She Learns By Doing It!
As a homeschooling mom I’m always looking for ways to build character in my children and broaden their views. And so was the case when I agreed to let my 10 year old foster five rambunctious kittens. While the responsibilities she is learning are growing so are the numbers of animal hair and odors! And so began my 3 step approach in teaching my daughter the ropes in animal clean-up.
3 Steps to Remove Animal Hair and Odors
Cleaning up after five kittens is no easy feat and putting a 10 year old in charge may seem, for some a little too brave. But with a little support and direction even at 10 minimizing hair and odors is a breeze. It was simply a matter of helping her to understand the importance of complete care, the benefits that come with it and how to follow through.
1. Proper Litter Box Maintenance
The first step was teaching my daughter the importance of properly cleaning the litter box and how often. Caring for kittens isn’t all about the fun. This was the first valuable life lesson my daughter was learning. Their care involved plenty of love and playtime but their health and physical well-being needed to be considered too. Proper diet and a clean environment are important for a cat’s optimum health.
This was the foundation for helping her understand why she needed to stay on top of the litter box. If I simply told my daughter that the box smells bad she could quickly come back with “I don’t smell anything” or “I just scooped it yesterday!”
The end result is a lesson on how to make excuses that are in fact true from her perspective. By emphasizing the health need she learns that clumping cat litter clean up isn’t just so it smells nice but also to keep her kittens healthy so she’s motivated and I get to have a nice smelling home again.
2. Animal Hair Clean Up
The next step was teaching the difference between sweeping hair around and sweeping it up. If you have ever watched your child run the vacuum then you know the rapid back and forth zigzag motion that only cleans a portion of your carpet. This was the type of vacuuming I witnessed every time I asked my daughter to clean up the hair on the carpets.
In the process of eliminating cat hair simply placing my daughter in charge of our Miele Cat and Dog vacuum was not enough regardless if it was designed specifically for the job. It became clear that I needed to take a proactive approach in teaching my daughter how to thoroughly clean the carpets.
After demonstrating the proper method for moving the vacuum around the room my daughter was put in charge again. We agreed on a frequency to keep hair to a minimum and I was there to remind her as needed. Within a few weeks she was in her routine and my oversight was able to back off.
3. Air Purification
The final step was completely on me. I knew if I wanted to truly eliminate odors from five kittens I needed the best air purifier available. I did my homework and studied up on the types of purifiers available including the HEPA filters and the filter less ionizer. I decided to go with the filter less ionizer and brought it home.
Although my daughter’s role in this decision was minimal I still included her in my research so she could begin to understand the benefits of including a purifier and how to select the best one for our needs. Together we set the purifier up and took in a breath of confidence knowing we were on top of any odors that my slip through our cleaning efforts.
With cat hair and odors in check I am able to once again enjoy my daughter’s endeavors with kitty fostering and everything she will learn along the way. Caring for animals can teach kids a lot about compassion and responsibilities.