JaneA Kelley is the author
of the award-winning
cat advice blog Paws and
Effect and a contributing
writer at Catster.com. She
is the board secretary for
Diabetic Cats in Need, a nonprofit that
helped save her diabetic cat’s life.
MEOW What Cat Hair?
One more tip:
covers or throw blankets are
great for pets and make your
life a lot easier when it comes
time to get that kitty
fur out of your belongings.
Stick with patterns.
Tweedy fabrics or fabrics
with neutral colors in various shades can hide a multitude of sins. Tweed itself
does have a tendency to
hold onto cat hair, which
may make it more difficult
to clean. I’ve also had good
luck with using batik tapes-tries as furniture covers.
Other patterned rugs
can work, too. Just don’t
go with very light colors
because even patterns won’t
hide cat hair if the rug is
white, beige, and pale gray,
for example. Light-colored
rugs also show dirt easily.
Try Oriental rugs.
Although Oriental rugs
generally come in vivid
color palettes, the
patterns in these rugs
do very well at hiding
Best Colors for Hiding Cat Hair
Sometimes you just don’t have time to clean up cat
hair, but maybe you’d at least like to not see it all over
everything. Check out these ideas for fur-hiding colors.
Avoid saturated colors.
Black, bright teal, burgundy, and the like tend to
really showcase your cat’s
fibers of love.
Damp cloth This is great for removing fur from furniture. Simply dampen a wash- cloth or sponge and rub it across the furniture. The hair will come together in easy-to-remove globs.
Cat hair remover glove
This special glove has a rubberized surface that
you can rub across furniture or bedding. Best for
quick cleanups rather than big fur removal projects. If you have an emergency cleanup (because
the in-laws are arriving in 15 minutes) just use a
latex or rubber glove.
Run your items through the dryer on air/no
heat mode before tossing them in the washing
machine. The tumbling motion loosens cat fur
and traps it in the lint filter. Clean that filter
before you dry the clothes, though, because a
clogged lint filter decreases drying efficiency
and could start a fire.
Rubber broom or carpet rake
If you have low-pile carpets, a rubber broom or
carpet rake can do wonders at removing pet
hair that vacuum cleaners may not be able to
If you’ve got heavily furred clothes
or bedding, add half a cup of white
vinegar to the rinse cycle when doing
laundry. The vinegar loosens the hairs
from the fabric fibers. The only problem with vinegar is the smell, so try
a natural floral sachet in your dryer.
I use a lavender sachet rather than
dryer sheets, and my clothes come
out with a light, clean scent.