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How I clean up after my kitty friends, My favorite pet hair vacuum and other tools and tricks!

Even the cutest cats can leave a great deal of pet hair that can leave your entire house in a bind. Whether or long hair or short, kitten or older cat, there is always a need to manage how you remove their hair from floors, furniture, laundry, and even YOU.


When you have a cat in your household, there are certain things that you have to make peace with, and one of those things is that you will have to accept the fact there will always be cat hair somewhere in your home and vacuuming will become a chore that never seems to end. If you are smart about it, however, there are ways to reduce it to minimum and retain your sanity. Here is how to protect the surfaces in your home and the tools and tricks that can make it easier than ever to keep a home that is drastically reduced of pet hair.


Hard Floor Surfaces

Instead of using a vacuum, try investing in a dust mop to use on the hard floors in your home. Use a mop as the first pass and then follow up with a broom, and then a vacuum to get as many cat hairs up as possible. Why, you may ask? Vacuum exhausts send pet hair flying across the room and onto other surfaces, which is going against everything you are trying to do. Even sweeping can cause hair to fly everywhere. But a Swiffer mop will keep hair in its place and then you will better able to micromanage surfaces before moving on to a vacuum for the final remnants.

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If you’re planning on a renovation, you could opt to rid your home of carpets completely in favor of hardwood floors that can help eliminate the amount of time you spend cleaning your home on a daily to weekly basis.


Carpeted Floors and Rugs

Before you begin vacuuming, sprinkle baking soda, over all of the carpets as this loosens hairs from carpet fibers as well as deodorizes simultaneously. Another resource is to use a dry squeegee or even a rubber broom to lift cat hair from your carpets. For home owners that have darkened carpet corners or edges, this means you have a lot of hair to contend with and need to resort to intense action. Using rubber gloves, wet them and then drag it across the corners until they gleam. If your budget is a bit larger, invest in a robot vacuum and leave it to advanced technology to keep your house that much cleaner. Not only does it keep the house cleaner, it also tends to amuse cats.


Don’t even think about cleaning the furniture until you’ve swept all floors first, and you should vacuum another time after you’ve cleaned them, of course. The general rule of thumb is to clean with a vacuum at least twice until all the cat hairs are gone. To handle settling hairs on furniture, use a microfiber cloth that is lightly doused with water. For upholstered furniture, you can always use a lint brush, and there is an excellent product called a Lilly Brush that does wonders for cat hairs. It is just as effective as a squeegee.

Cat Beds and Blankets

All animals have a favorite spot they prefer to hang out in, and once you know where that space is, use a blanket that is washable to cover it up so that it can be easily cleaned whenever you decide it needs to be. Put blankets over all furniture if you can as it truly helps to manage the cat hairs in your household. If your cat has a bed, then be sure to wash it as often as possible as they are a primary source of odors.


Ducts and HVAC

Owners of animals should have their air ducts cleaned regularly, and at least annually if possible. As hair can settle there and then re-circulate, it is important to keep them a clean and free of debris. The same holds true for your furnace filters as well as they also can catch fine hairs left by animals.

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How I help my niece stay comfortable when she visits, even though she’s allergic to cats

Coping with Allergies and Cats

If you have an allergic reaction when you are around cats, that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to give up visiting friends and loved ones that have cats in their homes. By getting a bit organized and preparing beforehand, you won’t have much problems going anywhere and you will be more likely to avoid the pitfalls that are common with being around cats: red, itchy eyes, prickly throat, sneezing, and more. All of these things tend to happen to those that have cat allergies and come into contact with cat dander. Dander includes more than simply cat hair, but the cells of the cat, as well as saliva, and proteins that make the body release histamine, which is the culprit for causing the symptoms that plague so many with cat allergies. The following are some tips to help you manage your life better when in contact with cats and their environment.


Stay Away from Soft Chairs


When in a home that cats occupy, you want to stay away from furniture that has been upholstered as it usually is teeming with dander from cats and will assuredly have your skin and more flaring up quickly thereafter. Upholstered furniture tends to trap dander and even when cleaned there are always remnants that remain. Since hard chairs made of wood or metals cannot trap cat allergens as easily, these are the best options when sitting in a room of the house.


Use Antihistamines

Antihistamines are definitely your friend when encountering four-legged friends of the feline kind. A great option are the non-drowsy ones like Claritin that keep symptoms at bay and you won’t be sneezing the entire time you are at a friend’s house that has cats in it.


Keep Hands Clean

Just like you do to avoid flu and colds, wash your hands thoroughly when around cats and be careful not to make contact with your face as well. Every time you pet a cat, be sure to go to the bathroom and rinse hands for at least 15 seconds under warm water to ensure no allergens lie behind.


Air Filters

If you are visiting the home of a friend that has no filters but they have cats, you could choose to invest in a portable one that you can bring with you for situations especially like these. Once you make the initial purchase, it will do a world of good and it lasts quite a while. A pet hair vacuum can also work wonders!


After Your Cat Visit


Even if it is only a short stint at a home with cats, the clothes you wore there should immediately be washed in hot water to ensure that the allergens won’t be flying around your home and causing you symptoms.


For Cat Owners


If you have a cat and allergies arise, you may have to rid yourself of the cat or possibly ban your cat from certain rooms of your house to reduce your exposure to allergens.


HEPA Filters

Having air cleaners installed and AC and heating systems will reduce the amount of allergens and for the best optimization, HEPA filters should operate for a minimum of four hours a day.


Pets make kids healthier!

What do dogs and cats have to do with health? Apparently, more than we ever imagined! According to several research studies, pets lower the risk of several illnesses in children and may extend life expectancy.


Reporters from the Pediatrics journal studied babies and found that those with a pet at home – specifically dogs and cats – were less likely to suffer from sickness than those kids that were in homes with no animals. This study supports the notion that kids in overly sanitized environments fare worse. A recent research study also found that mice exposed to household dust that had dogs living in them were less susceptible to viruses.

So exactly how do animals protect kids against diseases. Although the answer is not completely clear, researchers believe that pet dander exposure holds the answer. Specifically, when applied to babies and their immune systems, they are still in development and must learn to adapt to fend off diseases, which may aid their overall health more so than previously believed.

Anthrozoology covers medicine, education, social work, veterinary science and more in an effort to study the interaction between humans and animals and has revealed substantial benefits to those that have animals as companions. Dogs and cats have been at the heart of many of these studies as they have been culturally linked around the world for thousands of years. Researchers state that they believe pets mature the immune systems of babies faster to better prepare them for microbes. Indeed, babies that lived in homes with cats and dogs were less likely to have ear infections at a rate of 44%, and also less likely to need antibiotics by 29%.

In general, those with dogs were healthier than those that had cats. Babies that lived in homes with dogs fared about 31% better than those that lived in pet free homes. Kids in cat homes fared 6% better than those without cats in their homes. This news is encouraging and means that overusing antibiotics is something to be avoided at all costs. There are also more benefits attributed to having pets including reduced allergies, better mental health, less school absenteeism, even better social skills.

Despite all the research and good news, however, it is not necessary that you go out and get a dog or cat if there isn’t already one in your household. There is research that theorizes that children around pets may develop a predisposition to developing certain allergies and even asthma, so having a pet can sometimes exacerbate symptoms in young kids. Also, there is some research that theorizes that microbes in urban areas may differ from those in rural ones, and this may be why some kids react differently in certain areas of the world based on exposure to pets.

Since it seems the beginning of recorded history, dogs have been trained to work with humans more because they are easier to train than cats, but that trend may be coming to an end as the benefits of cats become more known and gains popularity.


Creative and Delicious Boxed Lunches


Instead of buying unhealthy fast food on your lunch break, why not bring boxed lunches that are easy on the wallet and waistline? Boxed lunches can be prepared at reasonable portions and the meals don’t have to be boring. All you need is creativity and an open mind. Here are some cool boxed lunch ideas for adults.
Fettuccine and Tuna Vegetable Salad
With this recipe you get a balanced combination of carbs, proteins and vegetables. In a medium bowl mix a pound of cooked fettuccine, two drained cans of tuna, one or two cans of vegetables, a few teaspoons each of salt and pepper, two teaspoons of Italian salad dressing, one diced green onion and fresh herbs. Put a little salad in a small box along with garlic bread and fruit for a snack.
Ham and Swiss Sandwich on Pumpernickel Bread
This is an affordable and healthy option. In addition to the sandwich you can also include snacks such as wheat crackers, dried fruits, trail mix, oven baked sweet potato chips or pretzels. For a beverrage you can choose from iced coffee, iced tea, or a fruit smoothie.
Grilled Chicken with Basil Pesto
You can eat this meal with a delicious green salad. Cut two large pieces of grilled chicken in cubes and serve in your box with the basil pesto. Some interesting marinades for your grilled chicken include apple cider vinegar/cayenne pepper/honey, tomato juice/ground basil, and Itaian dressing/crushed garlic.
Cauliflower Rice with Spicy Salmon
Take a small caiuliflower and cut it in pieces. Then transfer the cauliflower to a food processor and cut until the mixture resembles rice. To make the spicy salmon preheat the oven at 350 degrees. In a roasting pan drizzle olive oil then add three to four salmon pieces to the pan. Season with salt, black pepper, garlic powder and paprika along with a few drops of hot sauce. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes. With these cool ideas, you can eat healthy everyday.