The lovely soft coat of your long or short-haired cat comes at a price.
Mon 26 Feb 2018
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.
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.
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.
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.