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08/03/2010

Getting rid of cat hair

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    1. The most important step in getting rid of cat hair in your home is to keep it from getting loose there in the first place.
    If you brush your cat on a regular basis--anywhere from daily to once every two weeks, depending on how much your cat sheds - the cat will have less hair to shed on its own. In fact, most cats enjoy being brushed as long as you use gentle pressure with a brush that isn't scratchy.

    2. A cat's skin and coat are easily affected by the animal's diet, so a high quality cat food can make your cat's skin less dry and therefore less prone to excess shedding.
    After upgrading your cat's food a little you can notice a difference in the feel of the fur: it will become softer and sleeker and less of it will come off on your hands when you pet the cat.

    3. Once the hair leaves the cat, the best way to rid yourself of it is with a vacuum cleaner, a broom, and a dust rag.
    Floors and furniture should be vacuumed, swept, or dusted on a regular basis to keep pet hair from accumulating.

    4. Whenever you wash your clothes or blankets, put them in the dryer if the care instructions permit it.
    Wet hair tends to clump up and stick to things, but the hot, dry air flowing through the dryer will remove it, especially if you throw in a fabric softener sheet to break the static cling bond that could otherwise keep the hair stuck to the fabric.

    5. Between laundry days and vacuuming days, you can spot-remove cat hair from clothes and furniture using either a specially-designed tool or a household object adapted to remove hair.
    Sticky lint rollers are the most efficient and fabric-friendly option, but if you don't have one, a piece of masking tape wrapped around your hand will work almost as well.
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