There’s nothing quite like the warm, peaceful presence of a cat snuggling up to you at night. Alas, nothing can really compare to the distinct pleasure of waking up with eyes full of cat fur, either! You don’t have to shut your cat out of your bedroom at night to avoid an allergy attack in the morning. Try one of these quick fixes to keep the cat fur off of your bed linens.
Plug in an air purifier
Some of the cat fur that settles on your bed throughout the day doesn’t come directly from your kitty at all. It’s floating through the air! You can capture the fur before it gets into your eyes by using an air purifier with a HEPA filter.
Brush your cat routinely
If your cat is an excessive shedder, you can nip the problem in the bud by getting into a grooming routine with your kitty. Not only will removing the fur ahead of time prevent it from building up on your bed, but you’ll also create a bonding experience between you and your cat that can reduce stress and help lower your blood pressure.
Choose easy to clean fabrics
Some fabrics are more likely to attract and hold onto cat hair than others. Microfiber is a great choice because the small, tightly woven threads don’t leave very much space for cat hairs to latch onto the fabric. Likewise, avoid comforters with large, chunky weaves that leave a lot of space for cat hair to get tangled.
Provide access to more desirable areas
If your bed is the only plush surface in your home, you can bet that your kitty is going to spend a lot of time there. Give your cat more options for places to sleep by furnishing your home with cat trees, pet beds, or even just a very plush area rug nearby.
Use a throw blanket
If you still can’t keep your cat off of your bed, find a nice warm throw blanket that you can drape over your comforter and pillows during the day. When it’s time for bed, you can remove the blanket to reveal the minimally-furred bed sheets beneath it.
Does your cat have a favorite place to nap in your home? Be sure to tell your pet sitter! Our sitters make every effort to ensure that your kitty stays cozy and comfortable while you’re away.
Candace Elise Hoes is a pet sitter and blogger at Katie’s Kitty. She is a graduate of the MFA Writing Program at California College of the Arts.
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