Sharing a home with a cat is wonderful because they keep you amused for hours with their funny antics when they are not sleeping that is. The trouble is that with all the positives of having a feline friend keep you company there are a few negatives too. One of which is the hair that inevitably gets left around the house, on the furniture, the carpets, curtains, clothes and then in the car as well! Keeping things under control can prove a little challenging, unless you get smart by making sure you have a few clever strategies in place to keep shed cat hair to a minimum.
It goes without saying the best way to keep on top of shed hair around the home, is to set up regular grooming sessions. Your cat will love the extra attention you give them strengthening the bond between the two of you. Grooming your cat gets rid of loose hair, dander and keeps their coats looking brilliant whether you share your home with a long or short haired feline friend. Invest in some really useful tools like a grooming glove and spend a few minutes every day brushing your cat with it and you'll soon notice there's less shed hair left around your home!
There's nothing worse than sitting on a chair or sofa only to find your covered in pet hair when you stand up. Not only does clothing get covered, but the hair gets transferred all over the place including into the car! One of the best ways to prevent this from happening is to stop your cat from jumping up on furniture although you would need to teach them when they are young that it's not allowed. It can be hard to convince an older cat that a "favourite" chair is now out of bounds!
Cats love cosy beds so by investing in one or two that you strategically place around the house, you may be able to discourage them from cosying up for a nap on the sofa or living room chair. Another option is to place cat blankets on the furniture your pet likes to sleep on which you can change as often as needed so that they are always clean and cat hair-free! The trick is to wash any pet blankets separately and not in a clothes wash or you might end up with pet hair on your newly washed shirts, jackets, trousers and jumpers. It's also a good idea to use dryer sheets when drying pet blankets too or you might end up with clogged filters!
There are some great products around at the moment that help keep upholstered furniture pet hair-free whether you opt to use lint brushes or some sticky sheets which work very well at lifting cat hair off the furniture and bedding too. Regularly vacuuming the furniture also helps keep shed hair to the minimum especially on soft furnishings. A good quality vacuum cleaner has the right sort of attachments that help reach dander and hair stuck in the nooks and crannies found in wooden furniture.
Cat hair and dander gets everywhere which includes on your computer keyboard and more especially under the keys. It gets in all the gaps found in a television and other electrical appliances too. One of the best ways of cleaning the loose hair and dander out of these "hard to get at" places is to invest in a few cans of compressed air. The long nozzles reach all sorts of places blowing out any debris, cat hair and dander without doing any damage to the equipment. Once the hair has been dislodged all that's left to do is carefully vacuum it all up.
Vacuuming carpets on a daily basis is essential if you share your home with a cat or dog because it's the best way of ensuring not too much hair gets left around. With this said, a damp cloth also works wonders at picking up loose pet hair and any dander that our lovely feline friends leave behind. A weekly steam clean is another great idea and once cleaned, it's a good idea to put a stain repellent on the carpet which protects the surface and which as a bonus makes it that much easier to vacuum the carpet the next time you need to.
Cat hair can be really hard to get off clothing once it's stuck to it. The best tool you can invest in is a lint roller which you can find in several sizes. A small lint roller works wonders when cleaning the upholstery in the car so there's not a single cat hair left on the seats! Larger lint brushes should be kept handy in the house so that if anyone sits on a chair that has any cat hair on it or if a feline friend decides to sit on your lap, you can roller the hair away in a couple of strokes before transferring any of it to other parts of your home or car!