Cats love clean laundry. They are attracted by it because it’s soft and dry. Cats can sleep on hard floors and shelves but they are very sensitive to comfort, especially when they get older. Like us, older cats get stiff too, so having something soft to lie on is a relief.
Cats are also very perceptive. This is why a cat will walk over a good mattress that will give a comfy sleep and aim for the T-shirt you put out – because it’s a tiny bit comfier! Cats know that every little bit helps.
Also, clean laundry smells good. If you use detergents that are labelled “natural” or “meadow”, your clothes may have wheat grass and mint perfume notes. People grow organic wheat grass as treats for their pets, and mint is a relative of catnip, so it’s not surprising that some soaps double up as natural feel-good scents for kitties.
When it comes to dirty laundry, cats love it because it’s soft but also because it smells like us. Cats left alone for the day sometimes raid the laundry hamper, just because being close to our scent makes them feel closer to us. For this reason, you should always give your pet something of yours as a comfort blanket.
Stressed cats often react by peeing. It’s not naughty: cats can’t talk so it’s their cry for help. Cats may pee on dirty laundry because they associate it with us. If this happens, see what’s upsetting your pet and help them through it. Also, talk to a vet to make sure your pet isn’t physically ill.
However, if you use bleach, your pet may be peeing in reaction to the chemicals. In nature, the scent of ammonia signals “pee here” to cats. So if you are bleaching your whites, or cleaning the floor, and your pet suddenly starts peeing there, consider the bleach the problem, and keep the cat away from it.
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