Does cat hair stick to everything at your house? It does at ours! My human typist and I did some research and were surprised to learn why cat fur is so sticky. Keep reading, and I’ll share some hacks for fighting fur and tell you what we discovered about why cat hair is so sticky. Oh, and think teeny, tiny little magnets.
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Why Cat Hair Sticks To Everything
Why does cat hair stick to everything, Thomasina? It even clings to the legs of my tables! Why does it do that? — Sooo Tired Of Cleaning
Hi Sooo Tired…
Good question! We have a problem with cat fur sticking to everything here, too. We make such a mess! And it’s hard for our human to clean up because it’s so clingy.
The simple explanation for why your cats’ fur sticks to everything is that cat hair has a positive magnetic charge. I have no idea what that is. But I do know that as we move around the house, we come into contact with things that have a negative magnetic charge (I don’t know what that is either!). Like any other magnet, when one meets the other, they stick together.
Tiny Strands Of Cat Hair Everywhere
Dog hair clings to things, too. But cat hair is finer than dog hair, so it can slip into tiny spaces between threads of fabric more easily than dog hair does. Then, it just stays there. Most cats have more hair per square inch of skin than dogs do, too.
Here’s another reason why your cats’ fur sticks to everything. Hair is made up of dead cells stacked on top of each other. We just found this out! The outside layer is made up of flat, saucer-like cells that are attached to each other side by side. Those spaces between the cells help cat hair hang on to everything, even the legs of your tables.
Unsticking Cat Fur
Once it’s stuck, that cat fur isn’t going to go away by itself. In fact, those teeny magnets might attract even more fur. You should see our human’s black leggings! But there are ways to unstick that clingy fur from clothes and furniture. Some of these suggestions from cleanmyspace.com sound like a lot of work, but they’re worth trying.
♦ The vacuum cleaner and broom are not on your side when you’re fighting fur on hardwood floors. The exhaust from the vacuum and motion of the broom just send the fur flying into new places. Instead, use an electrostatic mop like a Swiffer. If you put a microfiber cloth on the head of your Swiffer, you can wash it and use it over and over again. Our human likes these because they’re such pretty colors.
♦ Sprinkle baking soda on your rugs to loosen the cat hair before vacuuming. Or go over your rugs in short, fast strokes with a dry rubber squeegee or rubber broom.
♦ Use a slightly dampened microfiber cloth for unupholstered furniture, like wood, glass, laminate and metal. The microfiber will attract the cat hair, and the dampness will make it a bit sticky. Just keep an eye on the cloth. When it’s covered with fur, use a new one.
♦ Dampen a clean sponge, rubber glove, or squeegee and run it along your upholstered furniture. Or try a Lilly Brush.
♦ Other items that remove cat hair from upholstery include a cat brush (Yes, the one you use on your cat!); just about anything rubber, especially rubber gloves; a scrub sponge; and a tennis ball. No matter what you read, don’t use dryer sheets. They can be toxic to cats.
You Don't have To Wear Cat Hair
I love wearing cat fur because it’s so soft and pretty and serves so many purposes. But I guess I can understand why you wouldn’t want to wear it all over your clothes.
For humans, one of the problems with cat fur is that it entangles itself in the fibers of clothing. And some strands of fur have pointed ends, which help them work their way even deeper into the fabric.
You can always use a lint roller, of course. But that gets tedious after a while. And lint rollers don’t always get all the hair off. These tricks are more effective and efficient.
♦ If you’re wearing dark pants, put them on right before you go out the door.
♦ Keep cat hair out of your washing machine. When it’s wet, it gets clumpy and clings to the sides of your machine, just waiting to stick to your next load of clothes.
♦ I can’t see our human doing this, but Martha Stewart.com suggests cleaning the washer once a month. Leave the door open until the tub’s dry. Then, use your vacuum’s crevice tool to get out as much hair as you can.
♦ Even when it’s squeaky clean, your washing machine can be your worst enemy when you’re fighting fur on your clothes. The agitation of the machine weaves the fur more deeply into your clothes so it’s likely to still be there when the wash cycle is done. Before you put your clothes in the washer, loosen the hair by running them through the dryer on the heat-free setting for about 10 minutes. Shake everything to get any extra hair off before putting it in the washer. Fur Zappers work great, too. Our human uses them and loves them.
Shed Happens, But You Can Control It
When you’re fighting fur, your first line of defense is keeping your cat’s hair and skin in top shape. An all- or mostly-wet-food diet will keep her skin hydrated and will reduce shedding. And brush your cat often to remove all the loose hair before it lands on your furniture and favorite black blazer. We love our Zoom Groom and greyhound comb.
I hope this helps, Sooo Tired. If you’ll excuse me, I have to get on my way now. I was taking a bath, and a clump of fur landed on my human typist’s keyboard. We need to pick it up before it gets stuck between the keys and all over her black T-shirt.