We keep our home pretty clean in general, the cats have full run of the house every day and are allowed in every room, so it’s best for us to be neat freaks. Most people are surprised to learn we have cats because it doesn’t smell “cat like” in our home. (We also light a lot of incense, but that’s beside the point. In my experience, cat funk overpowers most incense.)
Peter sheds something fierce (to be fair, so do I), so we usually vacuum or sweep every 3-4 days, maybe with a light sweeping in between, and brushing down our fabric surfaces with a rubber or wool fur pick-up. Our couch is microsuede, a good material to have around cats because you can wipe it clean and scrape any errant claw marks out of it.
We feed them a nice diet of grain-free food with supplemental oil for their coats. It’s important to keep their dishes very clean, too — aside from the obvious health concerns, they can also develop acne on their muzzles from having dirty bowls. Their dishes are usually cleaner than ours. Otherwise, we give the whole house a scrub-down weekly (or twice weekly) and a deep-clean monthly.
Their litter station is on a tile floor and stocked with a litter locker, dust buster (for stray litter) and disinfecting wipes. I would recommend getting some Nature’s Miracle pet spray to combat any messes, as it’s safe for kitties. Luckily, we keep the litter box very clean, so there haven’t been messes in ages. If you won’t be home to clean the litter very often, I’d recommend getting an automatic litter box that cleans itself. You still have to empty it (best done daily if you don’t want poop/pee smells infusing your home).
As for securing precious objects: definitely do that. Every cat is different, but most are curious, athletic little bastards. Konstantin broke a two-century old tea cup the first day he was here. If there is a surface for them to explore/wiggle into/jump onto/etc., they probably will. They don’t know any better, so it’s up to you to teach them. I usually give our cats verbal warnings (with maybe a clap to get their attention) and then gently remove them from the surface, followed by positive reinforcement (petting/treats). As many times as it takes. This method has worked for both Konstantin and Peter, who know not to jump on counters, mantles, dressers, stoves, heaters, sinks, cupboards, etc., etc. and has the benefit that they respond to my verbal warnings quickly and without fail, a great tool for their safety. Jiji is picking up on it, he’s still a kitten.
Also, plants — they will find and eat your plants, so be sure to only grow cat-safe plants indoors. Cat grass aids in digestion and looks adorable, too. And be attentive to any dangerous chemicals, etc. they could get into; our cats have opened cupboard doors, pantries and closets with ease.
And please, please, please keep cats indoors. As much of a health and safety risk (for animals and humans) it is to have free-roaming outdoor cats, it’s also rapidly depleting native bird populations. (And no, don’t argue with me about outdoor cats, I won’t change my mind, not ever.) Get your kitty a microchip implant just in case it should get out and possibly a breakaway collar with their info on it — I prefer the ones that say “I’m Lost!” instead of their name.
And don’t declaw your cats. That’s amputation and is usually permanently painful. In a lot of countries it’s illegal because it’s considered inhumane. If you don’t want a creature clawing up your furniture/clothes/whatever, don’t get a cat — it will inevitably happen. RIP my favorite pants.
Otherwise, our home is stocked with scratching surfaces, enough toys that the floors look positively sprinkled with them and plenty of soft surfaces (and boxes) to keep the kitties comfy.
It’s good for your health and theirs to keep everything clean and shiny, so be careful to know what you’re getting into and the amount of work (and money — good food, vet visits, flea treatments, etc.) it might take before you dive into pet ownership. A cat isn’t a decorative object; it’s a living, breathing, dumb little turdhat you are responsible for. If you treat it as such, you shouldn’t have a hard time at all keeping everything in its right place.
It’s rough but it needed to be shown. Now we all know. (This can also be titled “How many styles can this bitch go through in a page?”)
Edit: Also those word bubbles are courtesy of A and K’s tutorial, aka another reason you should donate to their patreon.