|Ruby doesn't shed but she likes to help by sometimes pretending she's invisible|
|Rosie sleeping on my work clothes|
Fur-Busting Hack #1 - Dress Like Your PetI prefer dark colors and as luck would have it, my cats and rabbit are mostly black. Not only is black slimming (so say the magazines) but it also hides most fur except for orange and white (see next section). Rosie can nap on my work clothes and no one will ever know.
My previous cat was white and pretty much shed more in one day than most cats do in a lifetime. However, I was working at a shelter at the time where it was socially acceptable to be covered in fur 24/7 - a good thing because I look terrible in white. Ruby is also light-colored but fortunately she doesn't shed.
Going forward I will probably stick with black cats. Mostly because black cats have trouble finding homes, but I also already have the matching wardrobe. Of course, if a white cat showed up at my door and cried "save me," I would happily readjust my fur-busting strategy and possibly switch to prints.
|Rosie digs prints|
Fur-Busting Hack #2 - Prints Are Your Friends
If you have light-colored pets (white, orange, calico, etc.), incorporate prints into your wardrobe. The right print can do wonders for making fur less visible. Prints are especially good for hiding white and orange fur. Remember to keep the prints simple and only wear one at a time. Otherwise you might be mistaken for a Christmas tree and potentially frighten your pets and children.
|Hugs are always encouraged especially when you are dressed like your cat|
Fur-Busting Hack #3 - Dress At The Last Minute
Don't get dressed until you are absolutely ready to walk out the door. Give kisses and treats BEFORE getting dressed. Once you get dressed, leave immediately and do not look back. Your fur-kids will look sad, they may even shake, but do not cave. Rescue pets have perfected the "don't leave me" look that makes us run back for one more hug and a little more fur.
|Bunny hugs are fun but risky regardless of what color you are wearing|
Fur-Busting Hack #4 - Bunny Fur Is Hard
Rabbits are extra tricky and may require that you dress in the garage or backyard. Their fur is soft and sticks to everything like glue. There's some kind of super magnetic force that sucks the fur off the bunny and onto whatever you happen to be wearing. The bunny furry vortex is real and there's no fighting it.
Fur-Busting Hack #5 - Just Own It
You can vacuum everyday (I used to do this) but there will always be some fur on the couch, throw pillows and rug. Likewise, you could hire an assistant to follow you around with a lint brush, but there will always be a little fur (or a lot) on your coat or sweater. A little fur never hurt anyone and truthfully, I don't care all that much. I love my pets way more than anyone who would judge me for a little fur on my sweater. Do your best, love your pets, and forget the rest.
Want to learn more fur-busting tips? Check out my original fur-busting post here.