Cat hair EVERYWHERE
June 2, 2014 8:36 AM Subscribe
We have two very healthy, VERY active longhair cats
. We (two adults and an 5-month-old) live with them in a 700 square foot apartment. There is cat fur EVERYWHERE. You can neither walk through the air nor sit on any surface without getting covered. We've tried all the obvious fur-mitigation measures; help us figure out how best to keep our apartment clean.
posted by Cygnet to Pets & Animals (20 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
-The cats are extremely healthy, and their fur is beautiful. They are 5 and 3 years old and neither has any medical issues. They eat an excellent diet and plenty of water. They do not overgroom. They just shed a LOT.
-They can easily jump to the tops of doors (yes, from the floor), the refrigerator, any shelf or cupboard, and generally any surface you can think of. There is absolutely no cat-free space in our apartment (except the very small office, which is off limits to them), so it's not just the floors that are an issue.
-They have a screen porch where they can spend time outside, but this doesn't help.
-We already have a Furminator. Yes, it removes unreal quantities of fur. However, there seems to be absolutely no end to the amount of hair these cats can create and it doesn't really make a dent in the overall problem.
-We have a great vacuum with a pet hair attachment. It cleans things up great, but less than 24 hours later there is visible cat fur EVERYWHERE.
Is there anything else we can do? Roomba? Hand-held vacuum? Air purifier? Do we really have to vacuum every day? What about our sweaters, blankets, and cushions, which are so thoroughly loaded with cat hair that frequent washing doesn't even seem to help? Would it help to bathe the cats?
Help us, Metafilter! We are tired of using sticky-rollers every time we leave the house, and our just-barely-mobile baby desperately wants to eat cat fur off of the floor. Uh oh.