Respuesta de Linda:
So, here's a "behind-the-scenes" look at what's going on:
Yep, 4 Cats = 4 X the cat hair. But I do dry mop 3 - 5 times per week & often even vacuum, especially downstairs (main floor), and, near the cat litters, the same mopping 1 - 2X daily & always vacuum there daily, too. The couches are covered with CalKing sized blankets because they can be washed to remove the cat hair. I have found it very difficult to remove cat hair from furniture with a vacuum or a special sponge ... I also work, during the day, so this cleaning is a lot to do; I cannot afford maid service unless I charged a lot more (about $79 MORE per cleaning - that's what I paid for weekly maid service around 1995, so more now?- in addition to what I charge for the room).
I do not have carpets, the floors are either hard-wood or tile - so the only "carpets" are throw rugs that I wash as soon as I notice they appear to be dirty or hairy... as often as weekly or every two weeks. I have spares, so any of them, even those in guest rooms, can be washed any time. I ALWAYS wash the carpet in the guest rooms between guests.
Why no shoes? There is leeway in where you remove your shoes so that you can put your stuff down, for example, on the ottoman, then remove your shoes ... I never want anyone to be uncomfortable or struggle with this! It sounds like I was not clear about that. But why remove your shoes: When I first moved in here, there were wall-to-wall Berber carpets, including on the stairs, which quickly became a mess due to tracking from dirty shoes and spills on them. People walking in from the road outside, the garage or laundry room tracked car oil and laundry soap up the stairs - it was awful - a big BLACK track! Car oil, soap, detergents, fabric softener, mud from shoes & spills seep into the padding under the carpet & are impossible to clean up, then the tracking comes right back, within days, even after steam cleaning. Secondly, if you inadvertently step in some doggy doo or something outside that may be contaminated with fleas or anything, you can track it in to my house and infect my cats. When the gardeners are here or it rains, people have tracked cut grass &/or mud in. This has all happened - we've gotten mud & grass tracked up the stairs, down the hall & into guest rooms (by a guest, that is) & my cats got fleas in the past when people have visited others with pets and returned here. It's so much easier to avoid messes by removing our shoes than to clean up afterwards ... And we DO treat the cats with flea meds on a regular basis, just in case. But why should they suffer due to fleas getting tracked into the house? Lastly, it's so much easier to keep the house clean if shoes are not worn inside, and also my beautiful hardwood floors do not get scuffed or scratched by hard heels or pebbles stuck on the bottom of sneakers. The hardwood on the floors and stairs cost over $25,000 to install just 2.5 years ago. I don't want my investment ruined.
Smells? All homes have odors .... If someone cooks something and it burns, it smells. That happens. I try to train the cook(s). ;>) (Could be me, I'm a really lousy cook!) Yes cat food has an odor (especially their tuna / fish, which smells exactly like the canned tuna or sardines that people eat, and to the same degree / strength) and they are mammals, they may create volatile odors when using the litter. While I do my best to keep litters clean by scooping daily, I can't follow them around all day and clean up every time they create an odor which would be the ONLY way to reduce odors from litter use to nearly zero. The litters can't be outside (HOA rules and other problems). Most of the time there is no odor or very little odor from the litters. Dry cat food reduces odors but is very hard on their kidneys if they don't drink enough water per the vet ... & they can die, so we use both canned & dry cat food.