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How often should cat bowls and toys be cleaned?

Guess where the most germs are in your home? 

Many pet owners may not expect that the cat owner eats and drinks water in the food bowl and water bowl every day. If you don't wash it for 4-5 days, it will have as many bacteria as the kitchen sink and rags.In addition to the food and water bowls, the hygiene of cat toys is also a concern.Do you really know what kind of environment a cat owner lives in?


How often do you guys clean out pet bowls?

Only 33.57% of the owners can clean the food bowl once a day. The most common frequency is to clean up once every 2-3 days, but there are many shovels that clean up once more than 3 days or more than a week.However, this data is already very good compared to the data of American owners. In 2015, rcopetcare (a pet website) conducted an anonymous survey of pet owners in the United States. The results showed that more than 60% of pet owners cleaned up every 3 days. Pet bowls, and 10% of pet owners do not regularly clean their pet bowls. 


Is this cleaning frequency enough?

Obviously not enough. In 2011, the NSF (National Sanitation Foundation) conducted a comprehensive inspection of 30 homes to measure bacterial contamination levels. Pet bowls and pet toys are among the top 10 places with the most germs. 

Large amounts of MRSA, Pasteurella multocida, and multiple species of Corynebacterium were detected from pet bowls and toys, all of which were far above normal levels. 

Some of these bacteria come from the environment, and some come from the pet's mouth, and attach to the food bowl and toys with saliva when eating and playing. 

These bacteria multiply on pet food bowls and toys. Especially the water and food bowls, which have a damp environment and a lot of food residues, if they are not cleaned regularly, it is a paradise for bacteria.Will different materials have an effect?

Research has been done at Hartpury University. Bowls of three different materials: plastic, stainless steel and ceramic were tested for the number of bacterial formations over 14 days. 

As expected, on day 14, bacterial counts in plastic bowls > ceramic bowls > stainless steel bowls. Unexpectedly, however, the ceramic bowls had the most harmful bacteria, including MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, which is more virulent), and Salmonella.

Where there is a choice, food-grade stainless steel bowls should be preferred. 

The most effective cleaning method and frequency. 

As a qualified pet owner, how often should you clean out pet bowls and pet toys? 


Pet bowl

In fact, the FDA and several veterinary websites recommend treating pet food bowls and water bowls like your own utensils: wash them once a day, not just with water, but thoroughly with a brush and detergent. 

In addition to daily cleaning, according to NSF's recommendations, disinfection should be carried out once a week, using a 1:50 bleach solution, soak the food bowl and water bowl for more than one minute, then rinse thoroughly (if you don't rinse it, it will be poisoned), and let it dry. After drying, feed it to cats. This method is also suitable for food bowls and water bowls that have not been cleaned for a long time. 


Automatic water dispenser

But many shit shovelers use automatic water dispensers. Do the automatic water dispensers also need to be cleaned every day?

The automatic water dispenser supplies flowing water, which can prevent the formation of biofilms to a certain extent, but there is still bacterial proliferation. In actual use, the automatic water dispenser used by snail powder, even if the filter element is used, will smell the fishy smell around the water pump (possibly accumulated amine compounds) every time it is disassembled and washed, not to mention looking at Missing bacteria.

The snail powder has asked many water dispenser manufacturers, and most manufacturers also recommend changing the water at least every 3 days and doing a thorough cleaning at the same time. 


Pet toy

According to NSF recommendations, for cat toys, washable plush toys and cat litters should be cleaned at least monthly;

Hard-surfaced toys that are inconvenient to clean should be wiped with bleach once a month, rinsed thoroughly and dried before giving them to cats; toys that cannot be cleaned and are inconvenient to wipe: toys such as cat sticks should also be placed in the sun regularly under sterilization. 

Invisible bacteria are rife in every corner of the cat owner's life, and once the pet owner is lazy, they will take advantage of it.

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