Do you have a vacuum cleaner that is specifically engineered for pet owners? Do you have a favorite vacuum cleaner which you believe is the most effective for picking up cat hairs?
The vacuum cleaner manufacturers like to think that a cat owner needs a specialist machine that is particularly powerful to remove deep down dirt and odours together with those dreaded strands of hair that seem to proliferate and which are found in every corner of the home and on every surface! In order to deal with this onslaught you have to have a super strong, odor-reducing, high suction, mean machine! But do you?
You probably have an ordinary vacuum cleaner. It may be 5 even 10 years old and you find it perfectly adequate because as an experienced cat guardian you have learned how to accept and deal with cat hairs and bits of cat litter that have been trodden into the carpet. Of course, you hardly see the cat hairs any more! That’s the best way to deal with cat hairs – not to actually see them. You know the phrase, “what the eye doesn’t see, the heart doesn’t grieve over”. I’m a great believer in that ;). It applies to dust as well.
Perhaps the best-known cat and dog vacuum cleaner is the Miele Cat and Dog. This is available in Europe and America in different configurations. The reviews are good. It has a powerful suction and an odour reducing system. It is a high-end machine and is probably desired by houseproud people living in nice houses.
I use a S E B O vacuum cleaner. It is made in Germany. It looks very ordinary but it is highly efficient and well engineered. This vacuum cleaner has several very good features for a cat owner; although I didn’t buy it with pet hairs etc. in mind. It has high suction and the suction does not diminish as the bag fills up. When the bag is full the material inside is so compacted through the suction that it feels hard; evidence of the strength of the suction. I particularly like the optional long extension tube at the end of which is a handheld rotating brush which is powered by the air going over it. In other words, the suction drives the rotor. It is very useful for the bed because it is precise and effective.
I have a feeling that the better the cat caretaker, the less interested the person is in buying a specific sort of vacuum cleaner design for “pets”. They are more concerned about the health and well-being of their cat. I expect that people who are particularly houseproud are more interested in a specialist vacuum cleaner and more concerned about the mess created by their beloved cat. I am sure this is not an ideal attitude.
Rather than being overly concerned about the appearance of the home it is more sensible, before adopting a cat or dog, to reconcile in your mind the fact that your home will not be quite as tidy and as perfect as it once was. It’s about a state of mind and once you have reconciled that matter life’s a lot easier.