Those of us who live with cats have all “been there.” We get dressed for work, we make sure we’re coordinated and have everything we need, we drive or walk to work with confidence and go in to face the new day. Then, about half an hour into the morning, a co-worker comes up behind you and whispers “You must have pets.”
Pleased, you turn to them and say “Why yes, how do you know?” To which they reply “You may say it’s written all over you.” You excuse yourself, go to the washroom and there it is – all over your bottom and the back of your shirt – places you simply didn’t think to cat-brush!
Cat hair. We’ve all found it in the most unlikely places. On our furniture – expected; on our clothing – annoying; on our pillows and bedding – not a surprise; under the bed and covering the carpet – annoying but not a shock, either; tumbleweeds in our purses or in our lunchbox – that’s where we draw the line!
What can we do about that fine hair that seems to find any dark spot or space? the clinging concern that we bring with us no matter how far we travel?
When you work in the service industry here in Henderson, such as I do, you are expected to wear black pants and a black shirt. This is apparently the favorite color of cat hair everywhere! How to eliminate it from your wardrobe is a real problem! Most of us have tried cat rollers or brushes with limited success – the finer hair still seems to cling or appear from nowhere when you walk to your front door. Some folks even try cleaning off their shirts or pants in the car, before going to work. Unfortunately, by that point it may have sifted to your socks or to the floor mats of the car itself!
Some people try sticky-tape. This works quite well but can be really time-consuming, not to mention annoying. For those of us in the real world, we don’t always have half an hour to brush ourselves off before entering our place of business. Kind co-workers will help you brush the back of your shirt, but do you really want to ask them to do this every day? I think not!
Your “sit-upon” is an especially keen target for sneaky cat wisps. Just when you think you are safe, having stored your clothing in a bag to protect it (with limited success if your cat likes to sleep in the closet), when you have brushed your clothing with a cat brush before leaving to work (with hair sifting up from the floor while you are walking to the door), or you have cleaned yourself off in the car or even the washroom at work, you can still find the stuff in the dang-est places! If you have cloth seats in the car, cat hair may simply take roost there, waiting for a sneak attack when you next sit down! Or it may filter down to the front of the seat, where it lies in wait for the back of your legs when you drive to work.
You can vacuum your carpet several times a week and still find your “filterless vacuum” filled with the stuff after a couple of times. You can even brush your cat and still find remnants all over your couch and carpet on a daily basis! Obviously some times of year are worse than others, but when you live in the desert, it seems to be a never-ending problem.
So what can we suggest to make this problem a little less embarrassing?
- Don’t sit in a plush chair just before going to work! This includes the couch, loveseat, armchair or cushioned chair. You are asking for a hair attack!
- Check yourself in a mirror, front and back, before leaving the house. This isn’t vanity, it’s cat protection!
- Use a sticky roller or cat brush a couple of times before leaving for work, with one more sweep after getting out of the car. In fact, keep one in your glove compartment! Carry it with you to work if you have to.
- Vacuum with a pet brush attachment such as the Bissell Universal Pet Attachment set. Do this a few times a week during pet hair season. If you have a bagless vacuum, wash the receptical our at least every 2nd vacuuming and let it dry for 24 hours before putting it back onto the holder. Make sure to not neglect the filter!
- Try using a drier sheet when doing laundry – it seems to help a bit
- Groom your cats regularly with a brush such as the FURminator, to get rid of the underlying loose clumps and hair. It may be a struggle at first, but your cats may come to love it eventually.
- Keep the closet door shut. This may filter a bit of the hair from reaching your clothing, but don’t be surprised if it manages to waft in anyway.
Beware sticky tape! I’ve included a hilarious Simon’s cat video for your enjoyment.