How to Clean a Cat Kennel

Soiled linens are replaced during kennel cleaning.
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Cats are naturally clean creatures, so a dirty confined kennel leaves cats not only miserable, but also prone to illnesses. Correctly cleaning a cat kennel helps prevent the spread of disease and provides satisfying living quarters for a cat.

Step 1

Wash your hands before cleaning the cat kennel and put on disposable gloves. Place the cat in a temporary carrier. Remove litter pan, bedding, dishes and toys. Dump soiled litter, old food and water.

Step 2

Remove organic matter with soap or detergent. Organic matter consists of fecal matter, cat hair, dried food, blood and saliva. A brush is helpful to remove dried debris while a rag is used to wipe down the sides, floor and ceiling of the kennel, according to Shelter Operations.

Step 3

Spray diluted bleach—half a cup per gallon of water—on all surfaces of the cat kennel. Bleach works as a disinfectant to kill bacteria, viruses, fungus and parasites. Bleach has no detergent action and will not be effective unless soap is used first. Allow the solution to sit for a minimum of 10 minutes.

Step 4

Wash the litter box, dishes and toys with soap and water. Add fresh litter to the litter box and also fresh water and food to the dishes.

Step 5

Rinse the kennel thoroughly with water and a towel. Dry the kennel thoroughly. Place litter box, filled dishes and toys into the kennel. Add clean bedding to the kennel and then transfer the cat from the temporary carrier to the kennel.

Step 6

Dispose of gloves and wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.

Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.

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