We’re always a little surprised when we get asked where’s the hair? You know, in reference to those four-legged kiddos of ours. Whether we’re asked by readers or friends (and most recently, in the comments right here), we must admit that we think our solutions are pretty simple. And, dudes, we do have hair. We’re just like all other pet parents. But perhaps the short answer is this: we don’t ignore it. We don’t allow it to pile up, and quick 15 minute clean ups every other day are well worth the minimal effort. But you know we have the long, wordy answer for you, too.
We vacuum. The floors, of course… and the curtains. And, sometimes, the bed and the couch. We do the floors 4-5 times a week, and hit up the upholstery once a week. Remember, our home is small, so this is only a 5 minute task in our day. We absolutely scored in the luck department when we snagged a barely used Dyson Animal on Craigslist for $75 (!). Our good fortune doubled when the seller and Scott both sported Penguin ball caps (three cheers for Pittsburgh camaraderie!), which in turn lead to every attachment, spot cleaner, and spare part thrown in for free. (Tip: Flip your vacuum over and check on those bristles! Every now and then, we have to literally cut out the built-up fuzz and fluff that accumulates over time.)
We prevent hairy situations where we can. While the cats more or less have free reign, Jack’s a big, slobbery boy. He knows that furniture is off limits, which keeps the seat of our couch fur-free. (Read more about how we do it, right here.)
We lint roll for the quick in-betweens. Yes, we do separate ourselves from the vacuum for longer than a day at a time. If we notice a hair party on our stuff, we’ll roll. We roll where the kitties nest and where Jack sleeps. But most importantly, we roll where we sleep. Believe it or not, Scott is mildly allergic to cats, and a simple sticky roll goes a long way. Unless we find Miss Libby sleeping right on his pillow (in which case, we’ll swap pillows for the night), we’re generally problem free. And yeah, that’s a double-kitty-stretch-’n-roll you’re seeing:
We Furminate. It’s true, the Furminator has changed. Our. Lives. If the thousands of 5-star Amazon reviews doesn’t do it for you (it’s what sucked us in), then hear us out. We love this brush so dang much, that every other brush in the world has become obsolete for us. Not only does it do the obvious job of clearing out the everyday loose fur and stubborn under coat, but we’ve noticed a tremendous difference in the amount of fur left around the casa. As in, there’s hardly a trace. And with every brushing, less time and effort is needed. Most importantly, the kids love it, and the kitty motors kick into overdrive during furmination. And while explaining the furminating-glory to a friend over drinks at a neighborhood bar (yeah, we’re that cool), the bouncer overheard, stepped in, and even he began raving alongside us. I mean, whoa. If I could marry the Furminator and take two husbands, I would. (Tip: There are many styles for your varying pets, but this guide can help.)
Our methods are simple but effective, but please don’t think our home is immune to hair, dust, and tumbling bunnies. We keep it in check, and we do what we can. Scott may even argue that I leave more of my own hair around the house than the kiddos shed in a month. That may or may not be true, but he does have a point (hey, I have a lot of hair!).
We spilled our so-called secrets, so what do you do? As much as we’re asked this question, we like to learn how others keep those hairy situations in check, too. Perhaps you know of the one, magical cure-all method that we haven’t heard of? Ooh, yeah.