Preventing and removing Cat hairs from around the Home

The lovely soft coat of your long or short-haired cat comes at a price.

Mon 26 Feb 2018

By Judy

Preventing and removing Cat hairs from around the Home

Practical tips on preventing and removing cat hairs from bedding, furniture, carpets and clothing

The lovely soft coat of your long or short-haired cat comes at a price. And that price is cat fur around the home and on your clothes! You can guarantee that dark hairs will show up on anything pale, and lighter hairs on anything dark.

All cats shed a lot of fur, with the exception of ‘non-shedding’ breeds such as the Cornish and Devon Rex. The thicker and richer the cat’s coat, the heavier the shedding.

Also cat owners often allow their cat’s total freedom around the home, resulting in cat hair just about everywhere. Cat hair on bedding, furniture and carpets not only looks unsightly, it can actually cause very unpleasant allergic reactions in some people. In fact, cat fur causes more allergic reactions than dog fur, due to the light nature of the proteins in coat, which float in the air.

Protect your bedding, furniture and washing machine from cat hairs

If your cat is allowed on the bed, sofa, or has a favourite chair in the home, place a throw or blanket on it to protect the material. Change the protective throw or blanket weekly, shaking off excess hairs outside before washing.

Washing cat bedding and towels in the washing machine can cause serious damage to your washing machine over time. Protect your washing machine by putting cat bedding and throws - blankets in a protective bag for washing, and wiping the drum with kitchen towel after the wash.

Washing, vacuuming and other ways to remove cat hair

  • Don’t put the family clothing in the wash with cat items.
  • Keep on top of cat hairs to make life easier for yourself.
  • Tackling a large amount of shed pet hair can be hard work, so prevent feline fur build-ups in the home by vacuuming daily, particularly in those areas where you cat likes to frequent.Groom your cat on a regular basis using a very soft slicker brush. Select a slicker with protective plastic coating on the ends of the prongs and apply gentle pressure, avoiding digging into your cat’s delicate skin. Brush your cat outside if possible.Invest in a powerful vacuum cleaner, specifically designed to pick up pet hairs. Keep the filters and brushes clean, and change the bag regularly to maintain optimum performance.For heavily affected areas of bedding, upholstery and carpets try using a lint roller, heavy duty sticky tape or a damp cloth to lift hairs off before vacuuming.
  • Soft slicker brushes designed particularly for cats and small dogs are a favourite tool for professional groomers, but not just for grooming! They’re excellent at picking up fur from carpets and heavy-duty fabric, requiring minimal physical effort, cost just a few pounds and will last for years.
  • Encourage your cat to sleep in a specific area rather than let him/her have free range of the entire home, though we realize that in the case of a cat this type of ‘management’ is not always easy!
  • Place cheap mats and rugs in your cat’s favourite areas, such as in front of the fire in winter. You can also buy radiator beds for cats which may encourage your cat to sleep in one place at least while the radiators are coming on and even when they are not. Raised beds provide a feeling of security. which cats like.

Removing cat hair from your clothes

  • Cat hairs in clothing can be itchy, uncomfortable to wear, and make clothes look scruffy. Give affected clothing a good shake outside, and a brush down with a lint roller. The sticky roller lifts hairs off garments. Lint rollers are suitable for delicate materials like wool and cost just a couple of pounds.
  • Keep precious or delicate garments fur-free in sealed dry cleaner bags, protective garment bags or even black sacks!
  • Put your clothes away at night, and keep wardrobe doors and drawers closed.

And finally…

If you need more incentive to keep things clean in a cat owning home, then bear in mind that your cat is a creature that goes outside and on its return cannot take off its shoes, wash its hands or wipe its bottom before it comes into your home. While a cat will at least do these things in due course, it still brings in mud, poo, insects, urine, bacteria, the remains of anything it has killed, rubbish from bins as well as anything else it may have encountered outside. Additionally, even a cat whose health is well managed, can, on occasion be prone to fleas, worms, lice, mites, ticks and other parasites. The importance of frequent vacuuming of carpets and cleaning of floors is clear.