On the hunt for the best vacuum for cat litter and fur
To remove cat hair from upholstered furniture, you can try using your handheld vacuum, or a lint roller. Or try this trick: Pull on a pair of rubber gloves, dampen them slightly, and wipe your hands across the furniture to lift up the cat hair. Rinse the gloves as often as necessary and keep at it until your furniture is no longer fur-lined.
There is no shortage of products intended to remove pet hair from your furniture! The trick is finding the right tool for your needs. FurFighter, FurBeGone, FURemover….the list goes on and on. Each one has their merits for a particular type of fabric or application. Many vacuums these days are packaged with a pet hair attachment that work surprisingly well. So, when you’re doing your house cleaning, you can vacuum that hair off the furniture, too. That way, you’re not getting cat fur stuck to your pants! Which brings us to…
Exploding cat fur -- TV commercial for Bissell vacuum cleaner (Does anyone remember this? Our kids used to laugh and laugh and laugh at this commercial!! Wish I could find the complete commercial somewhere, but I haven't had any luck yet!)We’re lucky that we don’t have to worry about fleas since our two cats are indoor-only. However, if your pet does end up with a , a good vacuum can get rid of the insects from your carpets and soft furnishings.It may seem a bit sad, but I actually enjoy using it! If you have indoor cats, you’ll probably be shocked by the amount of litter granules that are hiding in your rugs and carpets. It’s a fact of life that cats will get some litter caught in their fur and feet. I vacuum nearly everyday and hearing it getting sucked up is pretty satisfying. But I digress. Apart from being fun for neat freaks, here are some of the great things about having a special vacuum for cat hair and litter:One of the points in favor of this model is that its dirt cup has a clear indicator to let you know when it needs to be emptied. The downside is that the dirt cup needs to be emptied often because of its small capacity. One of the weaknesses of this vacuum is that it tends to clog if you’re suctioning up fur balls.
This vacuum uses washable filters that don’t have to be replaced very often. Replacement filters and belts for this vacuum are a couple dollars each and easily found. This is a good cheap pet hair vacuum as long as you aren’t chasing fur tumbleweeds, cleaning large areas or vacuuming thick carpet.This vacuum costs around $130 at full price but can be found up to 40% off.
This lightweight canister vacuum has a long flexible hose and almost equally long metal arm. This is the ideal vacuum cleaner for cleaning up the short pet hair in every corner of the living room without having to move any of the furniture. The vacuum head model doesn’t scatter the debris that other vacuums with brush rolls scatter. And you can increase the suction using a control on the wand to pick up heavier items or stubbornly ground in dirt without having to listen to the motor roar all of the time.Once the hair leaves the cat, the best way to rid yourself of it is with a vacuum cleaner, a broom, and a dust rag. Floors and furniture should be vacuumed, swept, or dusted on a regular basis to keep pet hair from accumulating. I do this once a week, and I’m always a little bit impressed with how much the cats manage to shed in just one week…and yet never go bald. Some people vacuum as often as every day, and while cats can certainly produce enough hair to justify that, I’m actually more bothered by vacuuming than by cat hair. However often you choose to vacuum, make sure you get out the hose and attachments, so you can suck hair out of sneaky places like the edges of carpets, under and behind furniture, and in crevices like the ones between radiator coils.