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Date: 5/10/11 1:38 PM

HELP..........I have 2 golden retrievers and 3 cats. I cannot take the sleeping, sitting and rubbing on my fabric covered household items. Like the sofas, chairs, chair pads, beds and drapes. Does anyone have a sure thing solution to stop them. I just cannot take it anymore. I spend more time cleaning because of this then I do sewing...........HELP. I'm a sewing lady not a cleaning lady........
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Date: 5/10/11 1:59 PM

I hear you! All but one of our 4 cats and 2 dogs is geriatric, one cat pees on the floor in the kitty litter room (a.k.a. second bathroom in the basement, thank gawd it's tiled!), sometimes our old dog pees on stuff in the basement so you can never leave anything around. Then there's the puking... and let's not forget about the hair! All our furniture is leather (except for our bed) for this very reason and we invested in a robot vacuum cleaners which goes every day while we're at work. Then we have to vacuum at least once manually on the weekend.

I hate to say it because I love them all but, after they're all gone, NO MORE! I am tired of cleaning kitty litters, vacuuming fur balls and cleaning urine.

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Date: 5/10/11 3:34 PM

Thank you Tholtz for sharing. I love the Neato, I would love to have 2 of them. One for upstairs and one for first floor. I go through a lot of vacuum cleaners because of the dog hair. So far, the 2 that I have now are Kenmore's and they have lasted the longest, years instead of 6 months.

After my brother passed away I inherited his kitty and fish. Both of which he had for years. The fish died one week after my brother. Did I know Beta fish do not like their bowl cleaned every other day.....I was devastated. Then his kitty had a stroke and went blind.....she died 1 month to the day of my brother.....again devastated. I took her to my vet when I noticed she was acting strange. She recommended isolating her from the my crew of maniacs and giving her one and one attention in a quiet room, which I did. This poor little kitty was having litter problems too, missing the litter box and messing on the carpet. So, after cleaning that a few times, I took a large garden trash bag, the big brown kind, heavy duty. Unfolded it, layed it on the carpet and up the baseboard and taped it in place. Then I sprinkled kitty litter on it and no more messing on the carpet. It worked great, you may want to give it a try in your bathroom.

Thanks again, Cheryl

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Date: 5/10/11 3:55 PM

I am a member of the "no more when this one is gone" club also. I have no advice. I did purchase a spotbot which cleans spots from the carpet fairly well. Just letting you know that I feel your pain. I lost the battle of trying to keep them off the furniture. arg

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Subject: I Cant Take It Anymore...... Date: 5/10/11 4:24 PM

You don't know what shedding is until you've owned a samoyed. That's why I have all bare floors except for the rooms she won't go in, basement and now my sewing room. We haven't worn black in 12 years lol. They shed daily year round and twice a year they blow their coat. She's slowed down some as she's gotten older (12). But when she was younger you could just put the fur out in clumps when she was blowing her coat. It's like sheep wool. I've always called her my little sheep.
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Date: 5/10/11 4:42 PM

Well, I only have one little kitty cat, but what I did recently that is helping is that I purchased some inexpensive fleece cat beds (could have made them but my sewing time's for other things) and put one in every place she tends to sleep.

They are softer than the furniture or chair by itself, so she is happy to use them. So if someone wants to sit on the chair in the office where she likes to keep me company, I can just move the bed to the floor, and voila, a clean chair for a human!

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Subject: I Cant Take It Anymore...... Date: 5/10/11 4:48 PM

Never again will I have a white long-haired cat. Not counting what is on the furniture, we would have it wafting around.

Now the cat gets a shave every few months. He loves being short-haired. His personality has come out (he used to be super timid). And I have much less hair to cope with.

I never planned on having the cat shaved - it seemed sort of cruel to me. But he got some mats and the groomer said shaving would be easier on him then combing him out. He also predicted that the cat would love it - and he was right.

Susan

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Date: 5/10/11 5:15 PM

As a dog person, I know that dogs can easily be trained to stay out of certain rooms and not to climb onto furniture, but it's way harder (though not impossible) when they're not puppies.

However, as an allergic person, I also have taken care not to have (a) too many pets, or (B) too much upholstery around. Our houses have always had a lot of bare floor, plain wooden furniture, and cushion covers as well as simple window coverings that are easily laundered.

Several friends vacuumed their dogs from puppyhood and say the animals actually really like it. Easier than brushing, no?

Cats? Not a cat person, but cat-loving friends say they resist training--even though they understand perfectly well what you want!

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Date: 5/10/11 5:26 PM

Quote: Sewwolf
You don't know what shedding is until you've owned a samoyed. ..,..We haven't worn black in 12 years lol.

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Date: 5/10/11 5:29 PM

I don't have cats, so cannot speak on that topic. We have a small dog <20lbs and she sheds like mad. Our Shih Tzu never shed(ed) -- the breed just does not shed --- and I had forgotten that real dogs shed. OMG...... I am so glad I don't have 2 GRs so you have my sympathy. Dogs can be trained to stay off furniture. Our now-deceased-Shih Tzu knew, and our current spaniel knows the velvet sofa is off limits, the white leather furniture is off limits, and the navy leather is okay for lounging. I don't know if you can train cats like that. Good luck
ETA - the reason we have so much leather furniture is becuase of my allergies to dog hair, dust & dust mites. Leather is impermeable to it all.
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