Reader Request: Managing Pets as a Stylish Woman

Sarah dropped this into the Suggestion Box:

I’ve seen snippets of your cat (cats?) in your photos, and I’d like to see a post discussing fashion tips in regards to having pets, like how to handle pet hair on your dressy (or even everyday) items, what problems pets pose to one’s wardrobe (my cats love to paw at my legs to get my attention, and if I’m wearing flimsy tights, there goes the pair!), that sort of thing. Many a person dressed to leave the house gets their clothes slobbered on, covered in cat hair at the last minute, or finds pet dander on something your cat managed to sleep on. Any suggestions to help combat these common problems would be appreciated, especially in terms of having to dash out of the house for work or some other time-sensitive event.

Ahhh yes, the question of pets. My adorable cats are shedding machines, ever eager to sit in my lap when I’m wearing delicate duds, and fascinated by ANYTHING that dangles. They’ve ruined a few items – Rowan Kitty once licked a huge hole in diaphanous mohair sweater and then gave me the, “What? You love me,” face. But there’s no way in hell I’m getting rid of them, so here are a few of my work-arounds.

Roll with it

Let’s start with the obvious: Buy a lint roller for your home, one for your car, one for your office. Pet hair is the most common and obvious sign of pet ownership, and much of it can be dealt with by swiping a lint roller across your personage. Travel sizes are available, so you might even consider one for your handbag, briefcase, or bookbag. But naturally, in order for the lint roller to work you’ve got to …

Be vigilant

I might suck at checking my rear view and I frequently leave the house before dealing with concealer and blush, but I seldom miss a fine coat of cat hairs clinging to my sweater. Why? Because a hair check is something I’ve trained myself to do every time I prepare to go outside. I also help my husband out, since his cat hair standards are a bit lower than my own. Find a way to remain vigilant so you don’t have to employ your office lint roller quite as often.

Consider barrier methods

I must give credit where credit is due: YEARS ago, Husband Mike realized that we were spending more time and energy laundering our blankets and sheets than was strictly necessary. So we started putting a spare flat sheet on top of our comforter, and dubbed it The Filth Sheet. The Filth Sheet can be washed whenever, the comforter beneath stays relatively filth-free. (Our cats do burrow, but they tend to go into the actual bed instead of a single layer down, for whatever reason.) We use a Filth Sheet on our sofa as well, and as a self-employed gal who works at home, I now employ a Filth Pillowcase when either cat demands lap time. It’s a king-sized pillowcase purchased for this very reason and I just place it in my lap, and plop the cat on top. Saves tights, skirts, and everything beneath from fur AND claws.

Utilize durable lower levels

If you’ve got a pawsy pooch or feline, or any animal at all that cannot resist giving your legs some lovin’, make sure that you do pants, tall boots, maxi skirts, and other durable goods on your lower body as often as possible. When I’m visiting my parents and their cute but rambunctious dog, I pack jeans, boots, ponte pants, and leggings. If it’s summer, I’ll do lightweight boots and shorts or skirts. Never tights, never silk, never anything that has a loose weave.

And that’s great and it works for me, but what if you live with a pet that can’t resist sinking its claws into your calves AND you enjoy wearing tights and pumps? Honestly, the only work-arounds that I can think of is to wear pants or jeans over your tights until you get out of the house, or enlist the help of someone else to distract the pet as you exit. Wearing delicate legwear – or really, delicate anything – when you’re planning to be in the house with the pet for long periods of time is probably a bad play.

Distract and dash

Last-ditch option? Before you put on your delicates, grab a toy. Get dressed, enter the pet-occupied room, pitch the toy, and dash out of the house. Hey, I said it was last-ditch! But it does work for most common house pets.

A final note: It can be absolutely infuriating when a pet swipes you and ruins a beloved or expensive blouse, dress, or pair of tights. But try to remember that our pets adore us. I mean, they adore us in a way that few other living beings ever will. They bear us and our wardrobes no ill will, and if they had any money at all they’d spring for replacement garments. Hug, forgive, and move on.

How do YOU deal with your pets as a stylish woman? Any other tips or tricks to share?

  • http://willy-wagtail.blogspot.com/ cherrie

    I love your view of pets. It shines through your pos especially as you get more and more urgent ways of dealing with being their mistress. Long live pets! Cherrie

  • http://www.oranges-and-apples.com/ Franca

    I’m firmly in the roll with it camp. I just accept that I will have cat hair on me. As long as it’s not too obvious it doesn’t bother me. We keep blankets and throws dor chairs and sofas where the cats like to sit though, so we don’t constantly have to hoover.

  • http://malepatternboldness.com Peter

    Here’s another great tip, as an owner of two chihuahuas: avoid wearing BLACK (especially if you have a white dog). Every single time my mother comes to visit, the dogs jump in her lap and she pets them non-stop. AND she is wearing black, which she has convinced herself is the only real “slimming” color. So of course she’s covered in dog hair and we have to brush her top to bottom (since she can’t do it all herself easily). Nothing shows pet hair like BLACK, and obviously other dark colors. But I guess the better rule is “when in doubt stick to colors that most closely match your pet’s hair!” LOL

    • http://www.befabulousdaily.us Cynthia

      Ha! If only this worked perfectly. I have a true cat color-matching problem in my house — two black and white cats, one black white and orange. There is NO color that I can safely wear.

    • Katharine

      I used to have a black cat, a grey and white cat, a tabby cat, and an orange cat. (All at the same time.) So really, the only thing I could have worn that didn’t show cat hair was my own naked skin….

      I loved my cats, and I sometimes miss them a lot, since they all died of old age. But I admit, it is such a relief not to be carrying a coat of pet hair everywhere I go. Not being careful never to leave ANYTHING on the floor, including shoes, because the amiable but stupid tabby would make wild passionate love to them and then pee in them. Not having to worry about a surprise pile of vomit in the laundry basket, because the fluffy grey cat used to sleep in it, buried deep in the pile, and hey, when you’re fluffy, vomit happens!

      But yes, these are all great tips. I was also much more careful about the “inside clothes/outside clothes” rule when I was a cat owner; I changed as soon as I got home into something pet-proof, and kept my closet doors closed.

      • Katharine

        (Which of course sometimes led to a cat being locked inside the closed closet for the day, and peeing/barfing in there. You win some, you lose some.)

    • http://corpgoth.blogspot.com/ Trystan (the CorpGoth)

      No can do! Some of us love wearing black as much as we love our cats (& even black cat fur shows up on black or the cat you love doesn’t happen to be a black cat).

      Lint rollers are far easier :-)

  • http://wheelsamsara.blogspot.com LK

    I have a long haired cat and very rarely find fur on my clothes. I make sure I brush her once a day, once a week with a shedding brush. I also use shedding wipes and about once a month a dry bath. She also goes to the groomer to get trimmed down. All these things have done wonders for the shedding. Brushing alone will make a huge difference even with a short haired animal.

  • Courtney

    I would add “Emulate Mr. Rogers.” Change out of your nice, delicate clothes first thing when you get home. My cat doesn’t paw at my legs. She likes to sit on my lap and knead my belly, which leaves little holes in any top that I’m wearing.

    I never, ever, ever sit down on the sofa in my work clothes. I do my morning routine in my jammies and walk out the door as soon as I get dressed. When I get home, I change out of my work clothes and put on comfy, loungy clothes that I don’t mind if she shreds (or that she has already shredded.) I also won’t spend more than about $7 on a t-shirt unless it’s a graphic tee that I adore (in which case, it gets the same treatment as my fancy work blouses.) When I’m doing laundry, I check all my t-shirts to see if any of the previously unharmed ones have been damaged. Once they have holes in them, they are relegated to workout or housework gear. I keep them in a separate area of my closet so that I don’t accidentally wear a t-shirt full of holes to the office on casual day.

    • http://corpgoth.blogspot.com/ Trystan (the CorpGoth)

      THIS! I walk into the house, past the kitties whining to be fed, & straight to the closet to change out of my nice office clothes. I put on yoga pants, a T-shirt, a hoodie, & either slippers in the winter or flipflops in summer, *then* feed the felines. In the morning, the cats are usually still snuggled in bed when I leave for work. I basically have 2 types of clothes: things I wear outside the house & things I wear inside the house w/the cats.

  • Susan

    Or have one lilac cream coloured Burmese and one brown Burmese and all your bases are covered. The light haired one only lies on your dark clothes and the dark haired one only lies on your light clothes. I think it’s A Law Of The Universe. Like Franca above, I don’t stress about it and when (not if) I spot a stray hair during the day it makes me laugh/giggle and think about my girls whom I love so much.

  • Anat

    Actually – none of these methods. I am like Courtney. I strictly eliminate any contact between my cats and my work clothes. I dress just before I leave, and I take off my clothes the minute I get home. At home I just wear pretty tattered clothes, I’m fine with that. My cats have no access to my closet or to drying laundry. This means that even though I have a lint roller, it hardly gets any use. This also prevents any possible clawing disasters. It’s really a very convenient method for me.

  • http://Www.tutuswingsandprettythings.com Cassiefairy

    Great tips, I’ve owned a lint roller for years but barely ever used it except for cleaning dust off lampshades and as the owner of 2 very fluffy long-haired cats I really could have been looking much neater all these years! I don’t really notice their hairs much but looking down at myself, that’s not because they don’t shed on me – I have fluff all over my black leggings as we speak! Having said that I really do notice hairs on my husband & I’m forever picking them him. The only time I get truly miffed is when I’ve washed clothing & it’s still got more fur stuck to it than the cats have on their own backs!
    http://cassiefairy.wordpress.com

  • http://www.thinandcurvy.com Brittany

    I keep my cats’ claws trimmed. It’s not hard to do- they get used to it pretty fast and you just trim with nail clippers every week, being careful not to cut the quick. It has saved clothing, furniture, my skin… I can’t imagine not having their claws trimmed!

    • Millie

      Right on! I used to get upset when one of my kitties would snag a sweater or delicate blouse … until I realized that if I kept her nails trimmed like I was supposed to, it never would have happened. Now, I know and do better.

      • Katharine

        This never worked with my cats… every time I trimmed their claws (which I did do fairly regularly) they apparently thought that their little paws felt all wrong, and did extra clawing of everything to get things back into shape. I even got my orange cat (who had the slender, hooked, deadly claws of a kitten right into his dotage) those Soft Paws things (like false nails for cats) because he WOULD keep stretching them on the carpet and pulling out long loops… he hated them, and spent two days doing nothing but chewing at them furiously until he’d pulled them all off.

    • Sara

      I’ve always found our cats claws to be sharpest right after a clipping. If she goes to scratch me a day or two or three after trimming, I don’t get scratched, I get cut, like a razor blade.

      • http://www.thinandcurvy.com Brittany

        Weird… well, it’s at least worth a try! :-)

  • Kris10

    My dog suddenly gets very clingy the second either of us have on black pants, and especially when my husband puts on his nice black suit. When he needs to wear it, the dog gets put in her kennel. She is no longer allowed on the bed (she peed on it once, NEVER AGAIN) and isn’t allowed on the upstairs furniture, so that helps a lot, too. (I swear I’m not a mean dog-hater. She’s half-pug and in addition to shedding a lot, she smells more “doggy” than most other dogs I’ve known, even after a good bath. Our house would smell awful if we didn’t do these things.)

    Our kitty has pretty long hair and it’s awesome because it seems she sheds much less than a short haired cat and the hair is easier to get off–just kind of roll it around until it balls up. I love her soft, fluffy hair and don’t plan on getting a short haired cat ever.

    We use towels when we have the two guinea pigs out :D They shed a lot more than you’d think!

  • M-C

    I once bought a couch to match the cat hair, only to sob on it disconsolately when the cat kicked the bucket within a few months..

    That said, picking the right color cat goes a long way imho to solving the hair problem. My current cat looked black and white, which I already knew to be a deadly combination, but I hadn’t realized that he’s a bit black on top and mostly white on the bottom. So all my European black pants are constantly spattered with white :-(. I won’t get rid of him now, his pink nose is soooo cute and his purr so loud, but next time some kitty makes eyes at me on the balcony I’ll think twice about color.

  • Cynthia B.

    Sally – great tips, but I’d like to put in a plug for using any and every opportunity to train your pets – yes, even cats. You can hide away a tiny treat in your coat pocket so when you are ready to leave (or get home), try really hard to ignore your adorable Fluffy or Fido, when they sit or look away from you, immediately reward with a quick “yes” followed by the little treat. Pretty soon, they’ll be paws off until you initiate contact. It does take patience, but the end result is so worth it. I find it a great way to bond with my little dog and she loves knowing she’s a smart gal. Yay pets!!!

    • K

      I totally agree with you. Try training the more destructive habits away (like pawing at the legs, or in my house being on the furniture). It gives everyone a fighting chance to harmony. I am totally willing to sit on the floor to cuddle with the dog for the piece of mind that he didn’t track park grime on my furniture.

      Also consider other proactive measures. I used to follow my old dog around with paper towels to catch really fantastic slobber moments before they ended up on my pants. Can you use a groomer to mitigate areas that seem to catch all the dirt?

      If you have the chance, think about whether the pet will fit best with you (mess-wise) before you get them. I consider myself super-lucky to have gotten a poodle when I did. I will gladly pay the grooming fees to be spared the shedding. Think about short hair vs long hair vs thick undercoats. For instance there was simply no reprieve from the undercoat my old GSD could produce & shed. Even the groomer wasn’t able to thin it out. There was simply no way to fully address the hair situation with that guy around. It is a good think we liked him.

  • Dee

    No one has mentioned this directly yet but one thing that helped me when we had cat(s) is just keeping the furniture fairly cat hair free. I woiuld take the lint roller about once a week and just roll it over (and over!) all the favorite sleeping spots of the cat. Of course I still utilized other things such as have been mentioned above, including putting a small towel on the chair that the cat liked most. I have to admit that one of my pet peeves (pun was not intended!) is seeing women and men with cat or dog hair all over their clothes. When I stand behind someone and see hair all over the back of their coat or their rearend I cringe a bit– what does their house look like?? Pets are wonderful but it does take some work to keep the pet hair down.

  • Aziraphale

    Uhhh, get a dog instead of a cat? Kidding! Although part of the reason we got our spaniel/poodle cross, all those years ago, instead of a straight-up spaniel, was the shedding issue. Our sweet old dog has a woolly coat that barely sheds. I just grows and grows until you trim it. This was a calculated move because my childhood dog was a beagle, and lovable though he was, he shed like crazy and the hairs were white tipped with black, which meant they showed up on EVERYTHING.

    That’s not helpful for all you cat (or beagle) owners, though. Lint rollers are the obvious solution, but I also like the idea of putting a sheet over stuff that might otherwise get dirty. If you’ve got a dog, dipping its feet in the tub after you take it out helps, too.

    • Halo

      I was thinking the same thing, also jokingly. Other than one pair of boots that got chewed when my late dog (sob!) was a puppy, I’ve only ever had to contend with a little dog hair over the twenty-odd years I’ve had pets. Nothing shredded, torn, etc., so I was actually surprised by this post–ignorance is bliss!

      I did become a big fan of vacuuming the furniture thoroughly every week, with some quick dust-bustering daily. The worst cleanup has been the car, where dogs somehow shed more than in any other place. Now that I have leather seats, this is so much easier to deal with than the light cloth I used to have. Keeping a set of polar fleece throws to use for the dogs to sit on in the car and on the couch helped, especially because they were laundered after one day of use (I bought a bunch cheap at Costco).

  • Tara

    I have 3 dogs and we live in a smallish condo, so dog hair is an issue. Luckily, only one of my dogs is a terrible shedder, and he has black and white hair so he covers all of the color spectrum. He has a short coat, and I brush him with a shedding comb regularly, but those times of year when he “blows his coat” are always dog fur city. We vacuum a lot and wash our bedding a ton. I also employe the pet hair roller in all locations tactic that was mentioned. Mostly, I just don’t worry about it though. I love my pups, and they are worth the stray bits of dog hair that get stuck on my clothes. Everybody who knows me knows I’m crazy about dogs, so I’m sure they aren’t surprised to find some dog hairs on my clothes and/or furniture from time to time.

  • Amanda

    I have two wonderful cats, but they are on a mission to rub against everything in my house. They especially LOVE my closet. I’ve learned to keep it closed most of the time (when I’m gone) and I try to put the fear of God into them when it is open. I also give my cats some love before I get dressed for work so they are more content to leave me be – then I can get out the door fairly cat hair-free. But who am I kidding, I use lint rollers compulsively…

  • ParisGrrl

    As the personal assistant of someone who grossly misrepresents her American SHORThair label, I’m a big fan of fabrics that don’t attract/trap fur, like denim or smooth knits, or those that already look furry, like cashmere or angora. But fur lives to fly, and I swear I will not be like the woman I met recently at a fancy event who barely got through her introduction to me before she mentioned that she was covered in cat fur. Seriously, aren’t all the cool people covered in cat fur/dog fur/whatever? As for shredding clothes, there’s a product called SoftPaws (.com) that humanely caps the claws and is well worth a try for anyone with a Destructo-Cat.

  • Mrs.M in MI

    Yeah, um, when we decided to get a dog we looked at what the local adoption agency had on offer and picked the one that was small and didn’t shed. We ended up with a Lhasa apso who has a bite history, but my house and clothes are free from hair, pee, and holes!

  • http://prairieinalittlehouse.wordpress.com diane

    We have two golden retrievers who think they’re lap dogs. So I’ve accepted that I will never have a black wool coat. I avoid velvet and corduroy for the same reason, and any fabrics that are grabby. Lint rollers are still stashed everywhere.

    A pet-friendly home makes a big difference in managing all that hair too. Hard surface floors, leather furniture, and fabrics that can go in the wash have made a huge difference for us. Our bedding gets washed weekly too. All of it. And I got a cordless vac to help keep the tumbleweeds under control so I dont have to drag out the big one all the time.

    Jeesh. The things I do for those brats.

  • robin

    At home:
    1. Our dog is not allowed on any furniture and gets brushed out regularly.
    2. I change my clothes as soon as I come home and make sure everything is put away right away.
    3. My coat always gets a good de-linting before I leave for the day.
    While visiting people with pets:
    1. I wear lighter coloured clothing (I also choose prints over solids if possible)
    2. I try to wear clothing that is one wear away from the laundry basket and is easily washable

  • Sarah

    Aww, thanks for taking the time to answer my question. :) The Fifth Sheet idea is brillaint–especially the point about using one for your lap. Lint rollers and regular vacuuming never seemed to be enough, as one of my cats is a powerhouse shedder with some skin problems and the densest coat of fur you’ll ever see. Perhaps this will make the difference.

  • http://cheapandchicinchicago.blogspot.com/ Piper Alexander

    I have a dog that sheds like crazy all year long. I don’t allow her on the furniture when I’m around and have figured out that if I put something on the couch, like a bag, or a large piece of aluminum foil, that she will not jump on it when I’m not there. I do the same as others have mentioned also – changing out of my “work” clothes the second I get home, and not getting dressed until right before I leave. I manage to make it out of the house most days with very little, if any, hair on my clothes. I have a lint roller, but surprisingly, don’t use it very often.

  • http://www.alwayssummertink.blogspot.com Lesa

    I have actually considered never wearing dark colors again-especially black. Instead I am one of those roller brush hoarders, in most room of my home, in each of our cars and a mimi one in my purse.

    My more easy going (and less black wearing) daughter just shrugs and says, a little fur lets people know you love your animals!

    Lesa
    Always Summer

  • Eliza

    Not clothing, but related: When my grandparents got their sofa reupholstered, they bought several extra yards of the upholstery fabric to throw over it and protect it from their dogs/ everyday use. When company comes over they take the cover off, but it’s a nice compromise for them between enjoying and protecting their beautiful things.

    • http://www.alreadypretty.com Sal

      Eliza, that is BRILLIANT! Kudos to your grandparents for that idea.

  • http://www.meganmaedaily.com/ Megan Mae

    I only see my little fuzzy heads during the weekend, and I do choose my clothes based on cat-proofing. I wear stuff that can just go in the washer, can deal with the claws and orange cat fur. (The orange one sheds the worst.) I also never. Ever. wear anything black.

    The rest of my wardrobe happily stays pet-free, but in the future when I can have my own pets – I will probably show up places covered in cat fur more times than is probably appropriate.

  • Sara

    When we decided to look for a pet, we looked for a breed that doesn’t shed much and we chose a Bengal kitten.

    I know it’s considered inhumane to declaw your cat, but we had to do something about her claws not just because of the destruction she does to our furniture, but also to our daughter’s face. We just haven’t been able to train her not to scratch our daughter’s face, or train our daughter to not play with the cat. We buy “soft paws” plastic claw covers and glue them over our cats claws, they don’t hurt her and they aren’t permanent. They are naturally shed when she sheds the outside of her claws. Now when she goes to scratch our carpet or our pants, her claws don’t penetrate, but just slide right off.

  • http://hellopetunia.blogspot.com hellotampon

    My big problem is not my clothes, but my furniture. Every time I leave my apartment I have to go through a process I like to call “dog-proofing” which entails piling the couches and chairs with hard, uncomfortable things and shutting the bedroom door tightly so I won’t come home to find dog hair (or worse) all over the couch. And what do I mean when I say “or worse?” BUTT JUICE. My pug is one of those pups that have leaky anal sac problems. It is the most disgusting smell ever and I’ll gladly take some stray pieces of fur stuck to my sweater any day over having him “leak” on my clothes or furniture.

  • http://thehardestbitisthetitle.blogspot.com Erika

    I’m a permanent resident of Dog Island, have chickens in a very sturdy yard and also had up to 6 cats (all of whom died of old age) of various colours. No more cats until I have a chance to bring the dogs up with them – I will not take any risks!

    I’ve pretty much always just lived with the fur on the clothes. Whilst all the cats were short hairs, some had that soft, fine coat that drifts about and gets over everything. The dogs have been low-maintenance ones – Rottweilers and Irish Wolfhounds, although we now have a Bull Terrier and a Bullmastiff. Again – some fur, but not too bad. The worst of it has been having to thoroughly check the inside of bra cups for those short hard hairs that stick into my skin! And sometimes I’d get them in my socks as well. None of the dogs are allowed to jump up, but they all get lots of cuddles. Like pretty much everyone else, I revert to dag mode once I get home and get into jeans. I have a particular jumper which was specifically for the cats – a big black man’s wool jumper, which my favourite puss would cuddle under. So I’d walk around looking pregnant, holding my “cat bump”, rather than disturb her. She was a grey mackerel tabby and the sweetest kitlet.

    I think I’ve generally applied the same “rules” to my clothing as to the house – it has to be easy to clean and relatively low maintenance. The animals get brushed on an irregular basis, and I do keep old fashioned clothes brushes (real bristles!) by the front door for the odd occasion that I remember to check. Brilliant for freshening up a hat as well. It probably helps that I stick to predominantly natural fibres and only get clothing that can go into the washing machine on a cold cycle or be handwashed (if delicate).

  • Supers

    Ok, my solution is a bit more drastic – involved me planning for the cats when I bought a house a few years ago.
    The house is split into the front and back. The cats live exclusively in the back where the lounge, kitchen, tv room are and have an enclosed cat run. There is a door between the front and back areas.
    When I come home, I change into house clothes that I don’t mind getting cat fur on. And do I ever – with a Russian Blue and a Birman, I am frequently covered in fur. The tragic thing is that I’m reasonably stylish when out and about but see me at home and I look like a tracksuited, furry mess!
    Furniture is another issue. We bought an expensive leather lounge about six months ago and there are scratches on it. Not because the cats are scratching it but as a consequence of jumping up to say hi. We did consider a fabric covered lounge, but then the hairs would have stuck on the lounge!

  • http://www.rabidchiapet.com Amber

    *sigh* My biggest problems don’t have anything to do with claws or pet hair.

    My biggest problem is getting my dirty clothes eaten by my dog. *sob* I never learn. Every time I leave a pair of my “good” underwear on the floor, my dog swallows it whole in about 10 seconds. Does he do that with the granny panties? Never. Only the nicer stuff. He also enjoys snacking on a dirty sock with a whimsical pattern on it. He’s got refined taste, I tell ya…

  • Cara

    We have always had big dogs, usually multiples, and until recently lived with the scourge of fur everywhere despite daily grooming. Not so any longer, and the difference has been a switch from kibble to raw food (good for cats too). Within two weeks their coats became sleek and the daily grooming routine now yields almost nothing. This was not the goal in switching to raw, but it has been a great side benefit.

  • Nebraskim

    Hellotampon: I am LOL at your use of the words “butt juice” as we endure that with one of our 3 pugs as well. Two of our pugs are fawn, one is black. PLUS we have a gray Persian cat whose undercoat is white. Pugs are terrible shedders; at least the Persian sheds in clumps. But we love all our pets. I use the “dress and leave immediately and change immediately upon returning” strategy. We also vacuum daily, vacuum our furniture, and drape the couch with sheets. We also groom our animals every other day. Yes, it’s some work, but it’s worth it to me to keep animals and also keep my house and clothing relatively fur-less. We have double racks in our closets, and my husband discovered that ALL his pants were covered with Persian fur as our cat was apparently going into his closet and doing weaves amongst the pants. My husband cannot learn to keep his closet doors shut, so this is his penance. My cat also loves to sleep on my ironing board. I have a couple of different brushes I use to clean it off (one is like a rubber squeegee, which actually does pick a lot of fur up).

  • Julia

    A quick note as I’m pressed for time–instead of a “filth pillowcase”, consider a “filth towel”, utilizing handy-dandy thrifted bath towels! I only get the nice THICK fluffy ones. A pillowcase is fine for catching hairs, but with a cat whose nails are really lethally sharp, and who won’t/can’t learn to stop clenching them happily as s/he sits upon your lap, you NEED a towel. Thrifted ones are perfect; if one gets too clawed, you can just toss it or use it for super filthy chores without guilt. Oh, and because their claws tend to get caught in the little terry loops, some cats learn to use them less when sitting on towels. mrowwwwwww!!!

  • http://playingcloset.blogspot.com/ Claire

    Hehe, this reminds me of an epiphany I had a few years back – I realized I had almost no black clothing, I had methodically removed and not replaced almost all of it because I was overwhelmed with the dog hair (my cutie has both long luxurious sheltie fur and a super-thick corgi undercoat)! I started really missing it, so now I have a few things and I try to get fabric that launders well, ie, the fur will tumble off in the dryer. Sometimes I just have to use the rolly, but it’s been a relief to have black pants again. :)

  • Aly

    I keep all my clothes inside out until I go to put them on. It really does help!