If you have a cat, you generally find you have to remove cat hair from clothes and home on a regular basis. We will show you which means you can best use remove the hair.
Why do cats shed hair?
Since the entire coat accounts for 12 to 24 percent of the body weight, large tufts of hair can accumulate on the home textiles. In spring particularly, they lose numerous hairs during the exogenous phase of the hair cycle without any health problem. However, cats that continuously have very strong hair shedding may be suffering from a nutrient deficiency or a disease.
1. Shedding and allergies
Cats enjoy a nap in the cat basket, on the sofa or in the bed of the owner. A laundry basket can also be a comfortable place for a relaxed nap — but it often leaves hair. Depending on race and hair length, the tufts are smaller or larger. The animal hairs are not only annoying, they can even cause health problems. Signs of animal hair allergies include:
- tearing eyes
- strong sneezing
- irritated airways
- a blocked nose
If you experience such symptoms in yourself or another family member, you should consult a doctor. This can confirm your suspicion. Afterwards, it becomes even more important to remove cat hair from clothes and home, so that you can keep your cat despite an allergy.
2. Ways to remove cat hair from clothes and home
If you want to effectively remove cat hair from clothes and home, there are several methods. We have compiled the most efficient ones for you in the following chapters.
2.1. Remove hair from upholstery and carpets
Cat hair is best removed from sofa, carpet etc with a special brush. Home textiles made of leather or imitation leather are particularly easy to clean. Here you can easily reach for a damp cloth.
Remove cat hair from upholstered furniture, e.g. with an animal hair vacuum cleaner or with an animal hair brush.
For larger amounts of hair, it makes sense to first remove the cat hair with the animal hair vacuum cleaner and then rework it with the brush.
If you do not have a special vacuum cleaner for animal hair, you can use a normal device and equip it with a universal animal hair cushion nozzle. The vacuum cleaner attachment is available on the market for less than $20. You will also find corresponding products in online retail.
To quickly remove your hair from the couch and other furniture, see the following video:
2.2. Using the lint brush, remove cat hair from clothing
Cats love to cuddle with “their” people. Snuggling up to his legs, sitting on his lap and handing out all sorts of animal hair on trousers and a T-shirt. Without a lint roller, these can hardly be removed. Particularly practical are adhesive rollers with easily removable adhesive side. When the textiles are rolled off, the cat hairs remain glued to the surface of the lint roll.
If you are looking for a cheap alternative to the commercially available roll, you can wrap a glove with tape – the adhesive side should point outwards – and thus pat off the clothes. This gentle version is particularly recommended for fleece jackets and other textiles made of fleece. Of course, you can also use the adhesive roller or the DIY adhesive glove with other fabrics, such as your fabric sofa.
By the way, cat hair is not only distributed by the cat itself. Like dust, they fly around the apartment and can therefore spread in rooms that the Stubentiger avoids. To avoid this, it makes sense to regularly suck dust in all rooms during the pet’s fur change. If you wipe smooth surfaces with antistatic cloths – for example, cupboards and tables – you can easily remove the cat hair.
For your clothes, it is best to always have a lint brush in the house against cat hair.
2.3. Remove cat hair in the washing machine – tips for the right wash
It makes little sense to wash the “hairy” textiles together with other garments, as the animal hairs can be distributed in the fabric in this case. It is better to clean the affected clothing separately at 40 degrees. An additional washing ball catches the hairs that detach. This prevents stubborn tufts from forming in the drum and, at worst, clogging the drain.
After washing, the now clean garment can be packed into the dryer. In households without a dryer, the textiles can be hung on the clothesline without any problems. You should be careful that your cat does not have access to the laundry room. If the animal rubs on damp clothes, the hairs stick again and the cleaning has to start anew.
3. Prevent shedding by proper fur care
Regularly vacuum dust in all rooms, even where your cat is less likely to be.
Normally cats take care of their cleanliness alone – with the so-called cat wash. It is not for nothing that they are considered to be particularly pure animals. During the time of the coat change, however, the falling hair quickly becomes overabundance, so you should help your four-legged friend with the fur care. By brushing daily, you effectively remove dead hairs from the fur and at the same time stimulate the blood circulation of the cat. Many velvet paws enjoy the treatment. However, it is important to get the animal used to fur care at a young age.
To brush the cat, several aids are possible:
|Different kinds of brushes|
|‘Plucking brushes’ or detangling brushes have bristles made of hard plastic or metal with small barbs at our end.|
They untangle the fur and effectively pull out loose hairs.
The treatment promotes blood circulation to the skin and can relax the cat.
Since plucking brushes also dissolve matted areas, they prevent an infestation of mites, fleas or other pests.
|Round brushes can be carefully rotated in cat fur and pull hairs out of the fur in this way.|
Predominantly in longhair cats, a small round brush can be a good aid for fur care.
As with plucked brushes, the tines can be made of metal or plastic.
|A self-cleaning brush — as the name suggests — cleans itself.|
Stainless steel bristles with curved edge remove cat hair safely and gently.
The collected animal hairs can be removed at the push of a button in the waste bin.
On average, self-cleaning brushes are more expensive than classic cat brushes.