Naturally, you would rather have a picture in which to remember him so cleaning away the hair can become an obsession.
An Issue When It is Cold Outside
Cat hair is really noticeable during the colder times of year when the humidity is low and static electricity is prevalent in many homes.
If you reduce these two factors, you can better clean up the hair that is captured or clinging to fabrics and rugs. Besides loose hair, litter odor can be a problem as well.
Buy a Humidifier or an Air Purifier
Therefore, you can take care of the litter odor and cat hair at the same time by buying a quality humidifier. You might also consider purchasing an air purifier – one that is usually used in kennels or pet grooming salons.
These devices are a necessity if you have a cat companion sharing your living space. Once you get the air circulating and increase the level of moisture, you can better remove cat hair from your floor, clothing or upholstery.
Removing Cat Hair from Upholstery Material
To remove cat hair from upholstery fabric, use a dampened rubber glove. Run your gloved hand over the surface in order to pick up the hair. Then rinse off the glove. Repeat, if needed.
Besides a rubber glove, you can try using a slightly dampened sponge as well. You can also spray a mix of fabric softener and water onto the fabric, then wipe it off with a towel.
Getting Rid of Cat Hair Off of Wood
If the cat hair is clinging to wood furniture, use an anti-static dusting spray or furniture polish to remove the hair. Make sure to use a soft cloth when wiping away the strands. The spray acts to eliminate any electric charge, which makes elimination easier. It also lessens the potential that the hair will re-stick.
Reducing the Incidence of Hairballs – What You Can Do
If your cat has left its hair on the carpet, remove it by using a pumice stone, moderately scraping the surface. You can gather the hair up without any problem. A product, known as a FURminator will also help lessen the hair that is left behind due to shedding.
Because cats are self-groomers, they often swallow up sizable portions of hair, which also results in hairballs. The hairballs are vomited up and, because they are emitted through the esophagus, look like long, thin tubes.
A FURminator deShedding tool not only gets rid of the loose hair from a cat, it can be used to collect any wayward strands on a carpet.
It is probably best to buy one tool for the cat and another FURminator for cleaning up hair from carpets or fabrics. If you use the deShedding tool on your cat, you will also lessen hairball occurrence.
How Hairballs Form
Hairballs happen because a cat is a meticulous groomer. When a cat sets out to groom himself then, the miniature hook-like projections on his tongue capture any of dead, loose or shedding hair. Some of the hair he swallows turns into a hairball. Hairballs are most likely to present themselves in long-haired cat breeds such as Maine Coons or Persians.
Cats that groom themselves fastidiously also will experience hairballs more often than other cats. You may have noticed that when your cat was a kitten, it did not cough up hairballs. That is because, as a cat gets older, it becomes more and more adept at grooming.
Unfortunately, a cat’s efforts at keeping itself clean can cause the cat parent problems in getting rid of the hair and keeping the environment clean.
Getting Rid of Cat Hairs off the Carpeting and Floors
In order to make sure you get all the hair, vacuum your carpet twice and in two different directions to capture any stubborn or clinging strands.
If your floor is a laminate or hardwood, it is better to pick up cat hairs with a dry type instead of vacuuming up the offending strands. The mop will catch the strands much more handily.
Removing Cat Hair from Clothes
In order to remove cat hair from clothes, make sure you always have a trusty lint roller on hand to get rid of the strands. If your clothing has attracted more than a few hairs, throw the apparel in the dryer along with a dryer sheet for about 10 minutes.
You can also use dryer balls. Dryer balls usually come in a set of two and are either made of a spiky plastic or wool material.
The balls are used to soften clothing fabrics without the need for chemicals. The movement of the balls in the dryer loosens the cat hair, which ends up accumulating in the lint trap. Adding a liquid water softener to your wash is helpful too.
Again, using a FURminator on your cat will help reduce the incidence of loose hairs. Brushing your cat about twice weekly also cuts down on the amount of any balls or strands decorating your living space.