Solving the Cat Hair Problem

Unless you share your home with one of the hairless cat breeds, shedding is a never-ending battle for most cat parents. In fact, according to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association’s survey of pet owners, 33% of cat owners complain about shedding. Fortunately, there are many ways to cut down on the fuzz – on your cat, your furniture…and on you!

Your cat:

Every cat sheds. But how much your cat sheds depends on a number of factors; genetics, length of hair, whether he lives inside or outside, and the health of his skin & coat.

  • Long-haired cats should be brushed daily to maintain the health of their hair and also prevent hairballs. Short-haired cats should be brushed every two to three days.
  • Shampoos and sprays are available specifically to reduce shedding in cats. They contain essential fatty acids that nourish the skin and coat
  • A high-quality diet will improve your cat’s skin and coat from the inside out. If hairballs are an issue, look for diets high in soluble fiber to help your kitty pass the ingested fur.

Your furniture:

There is no shortage of products intended to remove pet hair from your furniture! The trick is finding the right tool for your needs. FurFighter, FurBeGone, FURemover….the list goes on and on. Each one has their merits for a particular type of fabric or application. Many vacuums these days are packaged with a pet hair attachment that work surprisingly well. So, when you’re doing your house cleaning, you can vacuum that hair off the furniture, too. That way, you’re not getting cat fur stuck to your pants! Which brings us to..

Your clothes:

We all love the quote, “no outfit is complete without cat hair.” But, who really wants to leave the house covered in the fluffy fur of your feline friend?

Those good old sticky lint rollers have been around for ages. Why? Because they work! Keep a lint roller in your car so you’re never caught out in public again with a clump of tell-tale fur on your black shirt.

What other tricks can you share with us to reduce fur?

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