Ridding myself of cat hair and cat allergies

My CatI have had my cat T-bone for close to 13 years, and she has been with me through the many phases and places of my life. Always chipper and upbeat, her crazy antics are amusing to say the least.

But, as much as I love her, I seriously hate how much she sheds and the allergies that I have developed while owning a cat. Since I dig my cat and couldn’t bear to get rid of her, I have tried numerous things to reduce the allergens she created. These are the ones that I found the most successful:

1. I purchased two Honeywell 17005 hepa filters to filter dander, dust and other allergens out of the air. This definitely made the air I breathed cleaner, and after looking at the filter I knew this was making an impact (the filter went from black to grey after only 3 weeks of operation!!!).

2. I purchased an iRobot roomba and scheduled it to run every other day. I’m not much for vacuuming all the time, so having this little guy do the work every day or so made a HUGE difference in my allergies.

3. I replaced my stock air filters with high grade allergy reducing filters. They are a bit more expensive, but well worth the extra money.

I definitely noticed a drastic improvement in my allergies, and my overall health improved significantly. But even with the items listed above, I still noticed a fair amount of fur around my apartment. So…

One of my friends recently tipped me off to the furminator. If you’re not familiar with this thing, you should check it out. It is a pet brush that virtuality eliminates shedding. After a few weeks of use my only response is WOW! Not only does this thing remove mounds of hair from my cat, but I can already see a reduction in the amount of fur that is left on my furniture and rugs. I’m curious to see how this little gem helps with my quest to completely rid myself of cat allergies (or at least the causes), and will make sure to report back once I have a few months of sample data. :)