Pet hair gets everywhere

My home has been cat free for eight months now. It wasn’t by choice. Our two cats passed away within a year of each other and we are waiting until our daughter is a bit older to get a new kitten. I definitely miss having a cat, but one thing I don’t miss is cleaning up cat hair all the time. It is a never-ending task that gets old quickly.

We are currently awaiting the possibility of cat-sitting for my in-laws when they travel to Florida for the winter. My daughter (pictured with the cat in question) will absolutely be thrilled with this, and I must admit that I’m excited to have a cat in the house again. After my initial excitement, the next thing I thought of was the return of cat hair. It is definitely a negative aspect of owning a pet. Dogs aren’t much better in this regard, so I’ll include them in this post. My mom spent many hours vacuuming up black hair from her carpets from the Labrador they had years ago.

Here are some tips I came across recently when looking for solutions:

Grooming: Brushing your pet regularly will decrease the amount of hair that ends up on the floor and furniture. You may also look into a corner comb.

Furniture and Floors: Vacuuming regularly is a must. It doesn’t matter if you groom regularly, the hair will find its way to the floor and furniture. You may want to instill a no furniture rule for your pet to curb furniture fur.

Clothing: The lint roller is a necessary evil if you plan to exit the house hair free. Also, don’t leave clothes out  on the floor. Most cats love to lie on clothing left on the floor.

Also, I went back and explored Erin’s previous post on Taming pet fur tumbleweeds. The Furminator will definitely be something we purchase.

How about you? What do you do to keep pet hair from taking over your home?

53 Comments for “Pet hair gets everywhere”

  1. posted by Deb on

    Cute daughter, Matt!

    I have found that the cat’s fur concentrates in her favorite sleeping area. It only took me 15 years with this cat to realize that I needed to provide her an enticing sleeping spot so that she would not do her shedding on the places I like to sit, such as my office chair.

    We made a smallish bed out of a cardboard box lined with a scrap of her favorite fleecy material. It’s in the office room because she always gravitates to the room we tend to be in. We elevated it on a small crate because she also likes being up off the ground level (as in the office chair)

    Now I can collect a large amount of her fur with the same comb I groom her with by passing it across the bedding material.

  2. posted by Dasha on

    The furminator is amazing. Also, cats will also sleep on clothing left on the chair, the sofa, the bed, the dresser, the top of the hamper….

  3. posted by Tabitha (From Single to Married) on

    Our dog doesn’t shed (thankfully) but our cat – there’s black hair everywhere! It’s especially bad on the bed that she sleeps in. I found that using one of her brushes works well – you just brush the bedding and it picks it right up. Then, I use a lint roller on any stray hairs that may be left.

  4. posted by Fem on

    We have a maltese dog, which doesn’t shed, and a sheltie, which only sheds whenever she needs to be brushed (about once a month). In case of shelties, it is better not to brush, since brushing makes them more prone to shedding.

    When we still had ferrets, I would take them outside when the shedding got to bad and stroke them with a wet cloth to remove all the excess hair.
    But I don’t think that would work on a cat…

  5. posted by Ceci on

    I have two big, furry golden retrievers and if I only vacuumed weekly, I think I would have trouble finding the vacuum under all the hair!

    I brush them at least every other day, vacuum daily, wash them every other week, and use the Furminator when it’s clear they are going through a significant shedding event. They are so worth the fuss, though!

    One thing that works really well on furniture is a regular “yellow” cleaning glove. You just wipe the fur covered item with smallish strokes and it pulls the hair right off.

  6. posted by PJ_Normz on

    I can definitely relate. I have two cats, and until a month ago, I had a 3rd for about 2 years. He was a stray we took in off the street, and part Maine Coon. He had long orange fur that would clump together in knots. When we found him, it was if he had wings.

    Sadly, he ran away when we got our new dog. However, I still feel like he is here with the amount of hair he left behind. It is a miracle the kind of clumping power his hair has.

    I have found no ideal way to deal with the hair except to be consistent with grooming, vacuuming, and cleaning. Might not be what you want to here, but its tried and true!

  7. posted by Amanda on

    I don’t know if this would motivate a furry pet-owner to clean the fur more often but if you have friends that are allergic to animals, regular grooming and vacuuming is greatly appreciated. I’m allergic to the dander, most of my good friends have furry pets, and allergy meds can only help to certain point. I do like their animals though they make me sneeze and wheeze.

  8. posted by Julie Andrea on

    The Furminator is expensive, but worth it, it’s the best cat grooming brush I have ever had. The clumps of hair that come out of my cat never ceases to amaze me. Her fur becomes extra soft and shiny too. Fewer hair ball incidents too!

    Also, my kitty knows where ‘her’ lounging areas are, so I line those spots with easy to wash fabrics which I throw into the washing machine on a regular basis.

  9. posted by Red on

    We are struggling with this right now. The new house has led to a dog hair explosion from our 18 month old husky/shepherd mix. Even with regular outdoor play, brushing, and sweeping of the floors we have piles of dog hair everywhere. The change from carpet to hardwood floors and from a small “starter” apartment to a family home has provided a cleaning challenge for cleaning up after her.

    I will keep reading the comments to see if others have brilliant ideas on keeping up with her shedding.

  10. posted by Julia on

    Go to http://www.flylady.net, and check out the flyshop. Look for the Rubba-Scrubba. It’s a rubber brush, and “they” say that it is good for picking up pet hair. I’ve never used one, but it as glowing reviews.

  11. posted by KathyHowe on

    I rely on my Roomba to help keep pet hair under control. I purchased their most basic model ($129) about a year and a half ago and it works great! I’ve also got the Scooba which is nice for washing paw prints off of hard floors.

    :)

  12. posted by Erin on

    Does anyone have any advice for dealing with really short haired dogs? Most of the responses so far will work great for cats or fluffy dogs like huskys or goldens but my hound mix has very short coarse hair that wont pick up in brushes and he seems to shed pretty much year round. Plus the hairs are so small that they actually become airborne when he shakes and settle on all surfaces and become embedded in fabrics. It’s a nightmare! Even lint brushes are sometimes useless. Does anyone have ANY brilliant ideas on how to keep this under better control?

  13. posted by Erin N. on

    We live in an apartment with very light colored carpet and a long-furred Newfoundland. We bought a big yard rake to go over the carpet before we vacuum. It really is a “unitasker” as we don’t have a yard, but after finally investing in a Dyson after the dog hair killed three vacuum motors, we think it’s worthy of the space it takes.

  14. posted by Robbin on

    In addition to the regular bathing, brushing, and vacuuming noted, all of my pets get vacuumed. Years ago (when I could afford one :-) my cleaning lady started vacuuming all the pets (2 DSH cats and 2 German Shedder, uh, I mean Shepherd Dogs). They LOVE it, yes, even the cats. Now any new animal that comes into the house gets desensitized to the vac and the dogs actually follow me around the house when I’m vacuuming, strategically placing their butt within range. It saves a step. I finally found a “brush” vac attachment that massages them while it sucks the hair off.

    Also, I enjoy taking the brushed hair outside to put in bushes for the birds to take for nest building. When the Shepherds are blowing coat I take them outside for grooming and it looks like sheep have been sheared in the yard. The birds descend on it like I’ve tossed out bird seed. It’s great that coat blowing and nesting season coincide!!

  15. posted by nuttybrit on

    oh my gosh – I’m crying from laughing at the thought of vacuuming my dog, and that yours strategically place their butt within range… we call our vacuum the evil nemisis because the dog hates it so much..

    I will second, third and fourth the furminator though. My dog does love it and the difference is makes on hair in the house is amazing.

  16. posted by Brooke on

    I will admit it…I purchased a Roomba to help me with the constant barrage of pet fur. We have two Maine Coon cats and two dogs who shed a ton. I am still trying to work out the perfect Roomba schedule for our lives, but when I use it, it’s like a miracle. We also have one of those Bissell vacs that’s made for houses with pets. The attachments are great. I don’t even bother with a lint roller–it’s pretty pointless around our house.

  17. posted by Gretchen on

    Like Ceci, I am the parent of two large and extremely hairy Golden Retrievers. They aren’t allowed on the furniture, although the older one, a retired seeing eye dog, sleeps on the sofa when I’m at work. I figured that after all of his years of service, I’ll let him get away with it.

    Anyway, my house came with dark green carpets. No sane dog owner would ever install a dark colored carpet, but alas, it was here when we moved in. The pet hair actually get INTO the carpet. I recently purchased a universal carpet rake. It’s basically like a large slicker brush (the type used for grooming) on a long pole. Boy does that thing get rid of dog hair!

  18. posted by claire on

    My boyfriend and I have three rescue cats. We both took up fiber arts…he spins and I knit. So we can’t blame loose fiber on the cats.

  19. posted by Kirsten on

    “Fifthing” the Furminator. I’m always amazed at the amount of hair that comes off my mid-length haired cat when I use it on her.

  20. posted by M.R. on

    Before we vacuum, we use this rubber hair rake: http://www.shammysolutions.com.....uct/100-10

    which is amazing. It picks up human hair too! (My long hair killed 3 vacuum cleaners, so now we have a beltless one and use the rake first.)

  21. posted by Louise on

    We have an American Eskimo dog, and her fur killed our Roomba in less than a week. You know how the Roombas have little tunes they play to indicate their status? The “I’m done” song and the “I need to be recharged” song? Well, ours crawled into a corner and played Taps. The dog fur was wrapped around the brushes and the motor burnt out and gave up.

    With the Eskie and 2 cats, our Furminator, sticky lint roller, and giving up carpet completely have been what work best for us. The fur can be swept up, Swiffered, or sucked up with a regular vacuum. Eskie fur rolls into giant tumbleweeds, and I often just grab it with a Kleenex and toss it away. As for the cat fur, compared to the long white Eskie hairs, it is hardly noticeable!

  22. posted by Rachel on

    We have always called those little clumps Furbleweeds… they roll down the hallway by themselves if you walk past them fast enough. I’m gonna try that microfiber cloth on the swiffer head, sounds like that will work pretty well and we have a ton of them! We installed laminate flooring throughout the house because of this very problem, and Hubs has asthma… Definately worth the work to install the flooring!

  23. posted by Jesse on

    I’d like to sixth the Furminator. We have 3 dogs, all over 65 lbs, and all shedding machines. One is a husky mix, so when she throws her undercoat it’s time to run!
    I also found this pic I took years ago, it’s a birds nest I found in the yard that was lined with shed Border Collie hair from my sisters dog Kirby, talk about repurposing:

    http://farm4.static.flickr.com.....c5.jpg?v=0

    I hope that link works, if not I’ll post it at my blog.

  24. posted by Chris 2 on

    One possible “solution’ is to choose your animals to match your home. I never notice my beige cat’s fur, but when I inherited my black lab my house really suffered! I also found that the furminator was hugely helpful. I would leave giant piles of black tumbleweeds in the back yard for the birds.

  25. posted by Oliver on

    Instead of a lint roller, I prefer an old school clothes brush. It removes pet hair like a charm, but it also removes a lot of the other stuff that builds up in wool clothes, like food particles, dust, dirt, dead skin (gross, but real). This results in longer lasting wool garments and much less dry cleaning.

  26. posted by Eileen on

    A rubber glove works great on pillows, upholstery etc. to collect the cat hair. Suggest having the vacuum handy to suck it up.

    New to cat ownership I realized the cat was sneaking into closets where I stored pillows and bedding. Boy was I surprised when I went to make up the guest room.

  27. posted by L. on

    Honestly? I don’t think anything works very well. I married into two cats, both black, one long-haired and one short, and spent five years keeping doors shut (to keep them off beds and wall-to-wall), getting rid of carpets, getting rid of any furniture that wasn’t leather (because it would get clawed and/or develop a mat of dark fur)… total nightmare.

    One cat is now passed away. The long-haired one and his fur are still around. Vacuuming, even with a motorized roller, doesn’t work because the fur is so long and “sticky.” To get rid of it, you have to wet a cotton towel and kind of scrape at the carpet, or use a long-handled lint roller thing. This cat is better-behaved about keeping to certain areas of the house, but “his” room is not a pretty sight (wall-to-wall; will be converting it to wood soon, I hope).

    Am going to give the carpet rake a shot!

  28. posted by infmom on

    We had a long-haired dog when I was growing up and his fur was everywhere. Those were the days of door to door salesmen, and any time a vacuum cleaner salesman would show up my mom would invite him in and say “Never mind your demonstration, let’s see if your product can get the dog hair off my furniture.” That always sent the salesmen out the door in defeat. :)

    We have had as many as three cats at a time. Our current two have medium-long hair. I have a Furminator clone that works well on the big male cat, but the small female won’t sit still for it. I also have a double-sided cat brush with regular bristles on one side and those rubber-backed metal bristles on the other. I have found that if I take the regular-bristle side and “whisk” the cat hair on the furniture (quick, brisk strokes with an upward twist) I can get most of it off pretty easily.

    Fortumately we have hardwood floors and our rugs are indoor-outdoor models made from recycled soda bottles (not as tacky as it sounds, by any means!) so getting the floors clean is no problem at all.

  29. posted by Jes on

    My problem isn’t the as much the hair from my 2 relatively short haired dogs, as it is the dust & dirt they bring it. Wish iRobot would create something that could dust when I’m gone like my Roomba sweeps my floors. This is mainly due to there’s not being a lick of vegetation in my back yard, probably due to the totally worthless spigot & irrigation system. So I try to wipe them down regularly with baby wipes until I get around to fixing up their outdoor play pen.

    @Louise I had to resuscitate my Roomba by cracking it open & thoroughly cleaning it out, particularly the brush gear box which had be clogged so bad with hair & grime the brushes were failing.

  30. posted by jen d. on

    Get a Dyson. It’s the best vacuum I’ve ever owned. We have a pug who sheds constantly (but they’re the best dogs!). The Dyson slim has been a savior. Plus we have a battery operated sweeper vac that I use on weekdays. Also, there’s this reusable sponge thingy we got from Bed bath & Beyond that works excellent on getting hair off of clothes, sofas, chairs, etc.

  31. posted by Jeanne B. on

    I shave mine. No fur, no muss. ;-)

    Just kidding. I use a carpet rake to rake up the loose stuff, and give them all a good slicker-brushing when I think about it. Around these parts, we call ‘em Tumbletufts.

  32. posted by FrednGeorgeMom on

    Oh where to begin. I have 2 “short haired” cats, Fred and George, they’re almost 4 yrs old. George sheds like a maniac, Fred isn’t as bad (they look like the cat in your picture!). We have a tiny home with wood floors, rugs, and a chocolate brown velvet/suede couch. After trying nearly every pet brushing tool on the market, I stand by the standard wire slicker brush (we brush them every week but should do it much more often). We have one in the study and in the living room so we can reach them easily. We also have a lint roller in nearly every room in the house to do fast de-sheds on our clothes – I am also vigilant about hanging up clothes/coats in closets or on high hooks. Plus, laundry is always stored in baskets in our closets so there is no temptation there. We have a special blanket on our bed that collects most of their hair, but the bedspread itself is a cheap, machine-washable quilt style that can be easily washed at home. I also have a rubber de-fur tool that looks like a window or shower squeegee and which i use to clean the couch – it works quite well – I brush the fur into a few piles and then vaccuum the piles. We also put a plastic carpet runner (teeth side up) on our couch when we’re gone or asleep so the cats don’t sit all over the cushions (we have a blanket folded on one part of the back cushion where they’re allowed to sit). We’ve also got small squares of fake sheepskin cut to size covering our dining room chair seats(which are upholstered antiques) – the cats can curl up on the seats but don’t touch the upholstery. When company comes, we throw the squares in a drawer or closet and they can also be cleaned easily. Finally, we vaccuum and hand sweep the floors every week, which is just inescapable, no matter what other fun tools you use! I also recommend using allergy wipes to wipe down the cats once a month or so (you could try more often if the cats will allow you – our cats HATE being wiped) and using quality cat food – types of food can affect the amount of shedding a cat does (as can their access to sunlight). I had a good laugh about the dog enjoying the vaccuum – our cats retreat to the most inaccessible corners of our home when we vaccuum – they are scared spitless of it!

  33. posted by momofthree on

    you have one adorable little girl!!!

    I am highly allergic to cats, therefore none in the house except for the kids stuffed kind.

    house is too small for a dog, so no mess and “dog smell”. only stuffed ones for the kids.

    I still read the article and the posts, for I never realized just how much some breeds of animals can shed. not being raised with pets of any kind, I was extremely naive as far as the upkeep and cleaning aspect of ownership was involved!!

  34. posted by Diane on

    What amazes me about this is the lengths we will go to in dealing with the mess from our pets! To me, they are totally worth it…

    We have 1 b/w cat that sheds some, but she likes to be brushed with the slicker brush, which gets out lots of loose fur. Sometimes I also bathe her and hose the hair off – she is NOT fond of that method!

    We also have an English Cocker puppy almost 5 months old. She doesn’t have a full coat and doesn’t shed much yet, but I’m teaching her to be brushed regularly so I can deal with it as the coat comes in.

    I have a furminator that I use on both animals. It works best on the cat so far.

    Neither animal wants anything to do with the vacuum. It is the ONLY thing I’ve found that the puppy doesn’t like, other than a loud lightning strike recently. Pretty much everything else is okay – go figure. The cat doesn’t much like anything, so obviously the vacuum is bad.

    I do think feeding a high quality food from a pet store makes a difference in shedding and overall health.

    We have tile and wood laminate floors in the front of the house and carpets in the bedrooms. My sons let the pets in their bedrooms sometimes, but we mostly keep them out of our bedroom, so the carpets are not bad. The 8×10 rug in the LR collects quite a bit of hair.

    I know many people who’ve gotten Dyson vacs to deal with pet hair. I don’t have one yet, but may consider one when the puppy grows up and starts shedding.

  35. posted by Steve on

    I got fed up of all the pet hair and bought a Roomba – not the cheapest I know but this little guy automatically vacuums every day while I’m at work. He even gets under the furniture where my normal vacuum won’t go. I just need to empty his little bin when I get home and clean the brushes but he saves me a lot of time that I can spend doing other things, like training the dog!

  36. posted by Heather on

    Roombas – plural, with daily brush cleaning takes care of the tumbleweeds, and a horse-shedding blade (18″ serrated metal blade looped into a U) pulls out only the dead hairs (as opposed to the furminator, which cuts) – This takes care of the pre-tumbleweeds.

    German Shedder household here too!

  37. posted by martha in mobile on

    I have squares of fleece fabric that the dog knows as her beds. She can get on any piece of furniture that has a fleece square. These get washed frequently.

    The cat is less cooperative, but being a Ragdoll, she doesn’t shed much.

    Weekly brushing, a Dyson, lint rollers (strategically positioned in the garage cupboard so I can roll before getting in the car) and a good diet — all help.

  38. posted by Christina on

    I have three large dogs. I highly recommend:

    1. The furminator brush http://furminator.com
    2. Dyson Animal vacuum http://tinyurl.com/6o39xd

    Will be some of the best money you ever spent. I promise.

  39. posted by Nina on

    We have 2 short hair cats that stay inside and I just vacuum and use the rollers. We used to have a part Persian cat that lost much more hair so for anyone thinking to get a long haired cat, think again.
    Also I would advise not to get any wool covered furniture that attracts hair and the hair gets into it. We have wood floor and hardly any carpets so that helps.
    If the cat’s can go out naturally you will also have much less hair in the house, because they loose a lot of it outside.
    One thing I did was get a small blanket to cover the seat of a chair where they like to sleep and then you can just shake it out.

    But the most important thing is: they make me happy, every day and then a bit of hair is a small price to pay for that joy.

  40. posted by Joan on

    My long hair cat Ernie loves to get a lion cut. The groomer shaves his fur except for the head, paws and tail. This cuts down on the fur problem. We do it in spring when the weather gets warm. I tell him how handsome he is and for a couple of weeks after the grooming he prances around. Sadly I lost Ernie to cancer this summer.

  41. posted by Melissa. on

    I have six cats; that’s why I insist upon having hard floors. Between the hair and the barf and the occasional pee, I shudder to think about what it would be like to have carpet. I don’t even have rugs where the cats can get at them; they get too gross, too fast.

    I’ve declared cat-free zones in the house. I have French doors leading into my studio/living room, where the couch, rug, and other upholstered furniture is, and those doors stay shut all the time–the cats are never allowed in there. They are only allowed in my bedroom on rare occasions, and it’s always just before I change my sheets and wash the duvet cover. I also keep the doors to the guest bedroom, my sewing room, and the basement shut for this reason.

    The chairs in cat-accessible rooms (my office, up- and downstairs halls, kitchen, dining room) are either dining chairs, or wicker armchairs that have removable cushions with covers that can be cleaned. I cover the seats with “cat towels” to save the cushions, and those cat towels always get washed as a separate load.

    I also make sure to provide plenty of big cat towers that are more attractive alternatives for sleeping on than the chairs. No, they aren’t pretty, and I periodically have to replace shredded-out carpet, but since most of my cats would rather sleep on those than the chairs, I’ll gladly let aesthetics slide. If I want nice decor, that’s what my bedroom and the living room are for.

    The one thing that I swear by is my Dyson Animal vacuum; the pet hair attachment is amazing for getting heavy hair build-up off upholstery, scratching posts, and cat towels.

    When it comes to washing towels, sheets, or other things that are still covered with pet hair, I’ve found that throwing them in the dryer for 10 minutes, then cleaning the lint filter, then repeating that cycle until the filter no longer comes out choked with fur, is extremely effective.

    Once the lint trap gets clogged with lint and fur–and it does, very quickly–no more fur can get pulled into it. Instead, it just stays in your clothes, and if you’re drying a load of towels the fur will get matted into the terrycloth loops as they dry. But if you clear the lint trap, the next wave of hair has a chance to collect in the filter. Clear that out, and the filter can collect even more, and in the end you won’t have clean, dry clothes still choked with hair. (Another benefit is that your clothes will actually dry faster if you keep the lint filter cleared out.)

    On a really hairy load I might have to do this 3 or 4 times, which sounds like a hassle, but compared to other methods of dealing with hair, it’s not that difficult. I wear a clip-on kitchen timer that reminds me it’s time to clear the filter.

  42. posted by LBell on

    WOW…thanks for all of this. I have a DMH (if there is such a thing…his fur is too long to be shorthaired and too short to be longhaired) who sheds enough for 3 cats. Good thing he likes to be groomed…I’m going to check out my Petco tomorrow to see if they have the Furminator.

    I also appreciate Melissa’s suggestion about using the dryer to remove excess hair before washing…that’s also on my list of things to do tomorrow.

    Thanks again!

  43. posted by Jenn on

    I have a non-shedding dog, for that reason and because of allergies. My Old English Sheepdog doesn’t shed, and if we get her groomed four times a year, she doesn’t even need to be brushed.

  44. posted by ChristineB on

    Another vote for Roomba! We have a rotating schedule of using Roomba, and it is the best thing, so far at getting “hair bunnies.” It is especially great at getting in under beds and furniture. The cats enjoy watching it, too.

  45. posted by Mr Liam Kearney on

    Use sellotape/scotch tape/sticky tape! It is the best way to lift hairs from carpets, soft furnishings etc.

  46. posted by Michele on

    We have two cats with VERY long coats. They are Birmans (retired queens, actually), so we have light and dark hair all over.

    One of my husband’s coworkers just got a Dyson animal version, and he’s going to bring it over so we can give it a try. He said on the first use it was pulling up animal hair in colors that they don’t even have…previous owners’ pet hair, yuck!

    We’ve also gotten things more under control by purchasing a home grooming kit to give them regular trims. There are websites that sell professional-grade clippers for about the cost of two groomer visits, so it pays for itself in no time.

  47. posted by Liz on

    I have a 6 yo Jack Russell/Maltese Cross and she sheds hair continuously. The best results have been to rent a house with wooden floors and to vacuum with the Dyson everyday. I don’t own a lounge, so I don’t have to worry about dog hair on the sofa.

    I just use polar fleece jackets to stay warm in the house as the dog hair comes off easily in the wash and when you shake them whilst damp.

    Biggest battle is keeping the dog out of the bedroom and off my bed….Perhaps I should just by some polar fleece and cover my bed with it LOL!

  48. posted by Cynthia on

    I have a Furminator, but it really only works well on my male cat. It’s too harsh on the other two… so I got what looks sort of like an odd rubber curry comb called a Zoom Groom! Now that is QUITE EFFECTIVE and the two females who have more sensitive skin actually enjoy it! And even my male cat prefers it.

    Still, they can out-shed both those tools, so the other means of “fluff control” is an iRobot DirtDog. It’s essentially a Roomba that sweeps hard floors instead of vacuuming. Not that I wouldn’t mind a Roomba, but the DirtDog was much more affordable for me, as I picked it up on sale for $99. It does a great job getting hair and litter up off the hardwood floors!

    The other thing I do is cover the couch and recliner… that way I have less hair to clean off the furniture and I can just throw the covers in the laundry.

    One of my friends who has two long-haired dogs recommends the Dyson Animal though. That, I’ve not tried. No need really with the DirtDog doing such a great job!

  49. posted by cleaning tips on

    We have three cats and……..never again! We have free pet cleaning tips on our website for those that are interested.

  50. posted by Mikey on

    @Erin with the wire coated dog:

    For your short wire coated dog, you might try a stripping knife which just strips out old dead coat. You can learn more in a couple of ways: (1) take your dog to a a REPUTABLE groomer, ask lots of questions, buy the equipment you need from them, and tip them well since you won’t be back ;) (2) visit someone who breeds wire coated dogs and ask them to show you, or (3) go to a local dog show and ask the folks there grooming their dogs.

    The Furminator is really a sort of stripping knife for longer coated dogs. Terrier fanciers I know use the more old fashioned stripping knife instead, it works better on short stiff coats and doesn’t stress out the dog. Good luck!

  51. posted by Laura on

    Love the Furminator! With two cats and one dog, it has been a lifesaver. I was initially skeptical, but the money-back guarantee made me take a chance. I pulled enough hair off the Maine Coon cat to put the pile in the advertisement to shame. Best of all: no more matting!

  52. posted by Jules on

    There is a “Patented” solution for the removal of pet hairs ingrained in carpets and can be used for the cleaning of upholstery seats in auto’s.

    The solution is an attachment marketed under the name “Hairyhog” that universally fits on a vacuum cleaner, easly fitted, and it really works in removing the hairs without loss of suction and blocked intake pipe.

    The attachment can be obtained from http://www.stirtsystems.com.
    Best of all they they include a lint brush in the price.Good luck!

  53. posted by gina on

    we recently added a little yorkie mix dog to our family…she is great, but sheds alot. I vacuum often, but have noticed alot of hair on my stairway. I use a swiffer carpetflick for my stairway, between vacuuming. They work great, and you can also get underneath the edges of furniture.

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