Vacuum cleaner discussion.

One thing about rabbits is that they can definitely put a vacuum cleaner through its paces. Hay, poop balls, endless fur (depending on breed)… keeping up after them can be a challenge.

I just wanted to share my experience and maybe others could do the same. It might be helpful to someone on the vacuum cleaner market.

Bissell Lift-off Revolution: We bought this on a relative budget. Sure, we’d love to have had a Dyson, but we just couldn’t afford that. So we bought this guy. The special ‘pet’ edition with a bonus brushy thing.

Long story short… It sucked. And not the way you want. It clogged up readily in places that were a pain to clear out. I ended up making a special Vacuum Uber De-clogger Tool… out of a wire hanger… to shove or tug blockages out of various parts, including the base (with the beater). Sometimes I’d even have to bust out some tools and take the whole thing apart just to fix clogs from hair and hay.

…. So, next up…

Dyson DC-25 Ball (animal edition): Oh-em-gee. This vacuum is the bee’s knees. And no, I’m not a Dyson employee or PR guy (in fact, I don’t work at all, aside from around the house). Sure, it can be expensive but ours was a refurb, a fraction of the price, and totally awesome.

It really never loses suction. Well, only if you suck up large swaths of hay with the hose. There’s a U-joint where the hay can get jammed, but the joint opens easily (it’s just spring loaded, push a lever), so it’s easy to clear. But if you use the beater on the hay, it has no problems at all sucking everything up. The automatic height adjustment makes it easy to go from our wall-to-wall carpet to the top of the many layers of rabbit flooring we have in their pen. And it has no problem rolling over and sucking up poop balls (which the other vacuum either shoved around unless you manually adjusted it higher, at which point it didn’t do much to the low pile industrial carpet in their pen).

It does a great job sucking up everything, even crazy messes. And for routine vacuuming, it clearly picks up way more dirt than the other vacuum did. Plus it’s easy to dump out the canister. Just push a button to release it from the vacuum and another button flips the bottom out so everything falls out into the garbage.

Conclusion In our experience, the Dyson is a revelation. It’s probably worth it at full price but it’s definitely worth it at half the price as a refurb. Especially if you’re a clean freak. Our rabbit habitat is so much easier to clean now. Just open up and vacuum. Before we’d have to sweep, then vacuum, then fix the vacuum, then vacuum more.

Anyone else?

And sorry if this seems like an infomercial for Dyson. If you check my history, you can see I have been a part of reddit and this subreddit for a long time. And I just really wanted to share how happy a change of vacuum made my wife and I.


What’s the best way to get dog hair off of clothing and upholstery?

I have a boxer and her hair is weirdly difficult to remove from clothes and next to impossible to remove from my car upholstery. We never had this problem with my medium-haired cat’s fur, even though it would get on everything. If the dog’s hair gets on a wool coat or dress, we basically need to take a tweezer to the garment for 30-40 minutes to extract each hair individually, which is so annoying. I’ve had some luck with certain items just putting them in the dryer (with no heat) with an old, clean sneaker, which I think sort of bangs the hair off, but for other things it’s really tough. Anybody have any good tips for removing dog hair from these items without spending so much time on it? The latest effort is just trying to vacuum more, but sometimes one excited greeting is enough to cover us in hair.

Martha Stewart had a pretty good tip a few years ago – put on rubber gloves (the household cleaning type) and just rub the hair off. It works really well on my tweed couch.

Textured rubber gloves or a rubber brush work extremely well. They’ll be even more effective when you add a mist of water lifting pet fur from clothes, carpeting and furnishings. You can also just dampen the palms of your hands (if you don’t have any of the rubber brushes with you while away from home) and it’ll lift some off the clothing, but no where as good as with the rubber brushes.

Damp sponge works the best in my experience. I like it better than the sticky rolling things for clothes. Works well for the inside of the car too. Makes the hair roll up in a ball.

For vacuuming the furniture, I just got a Shark Navigator Professional Lift-Away. It is AWESOME. Not kidding. My furniture has never been this clean. We have 4 dogs + fosters so we have a HUGE amount of hair in our house.

We’re just about due for a new vacuum. We have a Eureka that was marketed as being especially good with pet hair, but the tool that came with it for that purpose stopped working about a year in. This one’s going on my list. Thanks!

The only solution I have found is rubber. Rubber gloves or a block or rubber. You just rub it on the carpet or upholstery or clothing and it comes right off. I dealt with this for years literally vacuuming twice or three times a day until I figured this out. Get some gloves. Seriously it works.

If you can’t find a sticky lint roller then wide packing tape does the trick. I have a Doberman with similar fur problems and they both work.






Mythical vacuum cleaners capable of removing pet hair in Brisbane?

As the title suggests, I am hunting for a vacuum cleaner that will fair remarkably better in picking up cat hair and general shit out of my carpet. I’ve been using a standard vacuum cleaner for some time, but am finding it’s getting old and just doesn’t do the job.

Anyone know of any stores or have a specific recommendation for a vacuum cleaner that could remove every bit of hair that is embedded in the carpet? Or is it something I should buy online?

Oh, and they are medium hair cats if that helps.

One more word. Underpowered. I have a ragdoll, and my dyson cyclonic has no where near the pickup of the miele cat and dog I got for half the price.

3 words. Deshedding brush. I had a rag do and used to be hair everywhere. Brush every 2-3 days problem fixed. Also base model stain may be underpowered but spend a lil extra and it has the sucking power of that girl everyone knows who has got the nickname Hoover

I fucking love my dyson. Had it for about 7 years now, and it does a damn good job cleaning up after our two cats. Maybe not every hair, but it certainly does the job better than any other (non industrial) vacuum I have used or owned.

I have a miele cat and dog. It’s great. The power head runs off ducted suction rather than electricity. So you have use it on any vac it fits. My recommendation would be to try and just buy the powerhead, use it with your current vac and see where you are. I use the powerhead on the $25 kmart vac at work and it makes a huge difference. I went online for my vac, they are operated by the same organisation as the good guys. I only have good things to say about them.

Bought a ‘Vax’ brand bagless from Good Guys in Mt Gravatt. Cheaper than a Dyson, but similar style. Won a Choice award last year. Have had it for about 6 weeks and it works great. Have two dogs, one with a lot of fur, cleans it up perfectly. We had a Miele Cat & Dog which worked well and lasted for about 5-6 years.

I have a wertheim 6035 which comes with an electric power head. The power head is the key. I have 2 German sheps and a cat. It absolutely rapes carpet, in a good way.

I’ve got a Wertheim with a powerhead and this tube filter thing before it goes into the bag/base. It’s pretty epic. The tube fills up with all the stuff larger than dust (mainly cat hair) and you just unclick and empty it as you go. Means I’ve not yet replaced the somewhat expensive filter-cloth bag as it hardly gets stuff going into it…. I’ve had it for about 5 years and my lungs love it.

You can get specialised pet hair removing doodads; I’ve found that the power head we got with ours with the rotating brush of doom does an alright job.

find a vacuum that long hair doesn’t make cry?

My spouse and I both have long hair, and we also have two furry pets, so our poor vacuum has a lot to put up with and the roller requires a length de-hairing process every few uses. Has anyone resolved this problem?

I got a small plastic rake (no joke) and just run it over the floor before vacuuming. It looks like a giant tumbleweed, but it’s not as much of an issue in the vac because you can just pick it up and throw it out – then vacuum as normal. However a few still get missed so I’ll have to exacto-knife the hair out of the vac, but not as often as before the rake.

I’m late to find this, but I have long, very curly hair and 2 cats with medium length fur and our Dyson Animal upright is great. Husband has only done 2 or 3 “tune-ups” (filter clean, hair pulled off roller bar, etc) in the year we’ve owned it. It was expensive, but I’d say well worth it compared to how often we were replacing the Dirt Devil on sale at Kroger…

We actually ended up getting one of the new Dyson animals. It’s working pretty well. We find the stair attachments kinda suck for it, but my hair doesn’t make it cry. When the brush gets a bit clogged it’s pretty easy to get out.

I have an old Orek upright, and my daughter’s very long hair destroyed the beater bar, had to replace it. The way I ended up coping with it was having her use the wand and floor attachment with the handheld vac that comes with the upright in her room where she brushes out and styles her hair. Solved our problem, though it’s less convenient for her.

I don’t think you’ll find a beater bar that can self-clean very long hair. Shop vacs are super powerful, inexpensive, and nearly indestructible, and I’ve often thought that if I had to replace my Orek today, I might try using a shop vac for a while. The down side, of course, is they are bulky and awkward to use.



BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser Dual-Cyclonic Upright Vacuum

Up for sale is a brand new, literally used once, BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser Dual-Cyclonic Upright Vacuum.

I bought this off of Amazon Dec. 12th and, due to work travel, etc. I just never got the thing out of the box until late January. Well, needless to say I didn’t like it. It’s not as “user friendly” as our old vacuum so I want to sell it. And it’s now way past Amazon’s return policy.

So… my loss is your gain!!!

I paid 179.99 for it. Currently it’s selling for 146.99 on Amazon. (link – I’ll take 100 bucks for it. I just want it gone so I can get on with my life.

Email is best… jm2325 at I’m located in NoDa and will be happy to meet someone at the Smelly Cat. Thanks… j

Best vacuum advice for regarding cat allergies?

So, basically, my boyfriend and I are looking to get our own apartment after living with roommates for the past year or so. In our previous apartment, we did not live in the same space as my two cats since our roommate had a very misbehaved cat that would destroy things and jump out the windows. They essentially had run over the entire apartment except for the bedroom which is where we spent a majority of our time but had to keep the door closed. But now that we are getting our own apartment, I really want to try and incorporate them more in our day-to-day living (like having them sleep in the bed again, hang out on the couch together, etc.) since they really need a lot more attention than what they were receiving in our last place. However, both of my cats are long haired and my boyfriend is moderately allergic to them. He’s really cool about me keeping them, even though he has frequent asthma attacks (he hasn’t had them for years until he’s been around my cats) and his eyes/face flare up from their dander. But with our new apartment, I really want my boyfriend to be able to live comfortably with my cats.

Now, I know a lot of people are going to suggest grooming and brushing my cats more often. I do groom them quite a bit, however, the cat that sheds the more of the two has serious issues when it comes to grooming. He’s normally a very calm and docile pet, but when it comes to grooming him, he freaks out to the point where he can seriously hurt himself (and he has in the past) than to be brushed. I used to groom animals for a vet (some that even had to be sedated) and he really behaves worse than any animal that I have ever seen. Also, once we move, I am changing their diet to a more healthier brand that would help with the shedding. So, with that being said, I was hoping I could get some alternative suggestions that may help my boyfriend’s allergies such as what kind of bedding fabrics should i buy (that aren’t terribly expensive) that won’t attract so much cat hair (he has asthma attacks most frequently at night). Or what kind of household products should I buy that may help neutralize the allergens? Oh (and this is pretty silly), does anyone have any suggestions on what kind of vacuums work best regarding picking up cat hair or any other products that work really well with removing embedded hair from couches and fabrics? If anyone has their own little miracles regarding pet dander, I would greatly appreciate hearing them.

Also on a side-note, besides scooping and changing the litter frequently, does anyone have any suggestions on what more I can do to control little box odors as well?

Keep the cats out of the bedroom. Don’t let them in there at all. An allergist told me this year that at night you need to be in a low allergy setting while you sleep so your system doesn’t get overwhelmed. Besides, asthma attacks can be life threatening. An air purifier in the bedroom can be a plus too as long as no cats are in there. I have heard that some people react well to allergy shots for cat allergies. I get the swelling and sneezing/sinus attack, but not asthma, that would scare me.

I have cat allergies. Here’s what works for me…

1) If you around an allergen a lot you’ll stop reacting to it as much

2) claritin works wonders for me (none of the other allergins do)

3) If I have an allergy attack, I generally do a couple of things:

  • I’ll use a neti pot (pour water through one nasal passage and it comes out the other). Actually if you use a neti pot regularly (say twice a day) it will greatly reduce your allergies.

  • If I’m having a particularly bad attack and want to stop it I’ll splash my face with ice cold water. Not sure why this works, but it will stop the allergies in their tracks. It’s got to be really cold water though, the type that makes you gasp when it hits your face.

It’s the cat’s saliva he is allergic to- so it’s not so much “grooming” the cat that helps, but more wiping them down with a damp towel at least daily.

A box scooped daily should not have any odors.

It is quite an unpopular opinion around here, but I’ll say it anyway-allergies are an unbalanced immune system, and that can be vastly improved with diet- your boyfriends, not your cats. I’ve seen time and time and time again how eliminating processed foods helps allergy sufferers tremendously.

I know it’s their saliva, but they also shed a very great deal to the point where I have balls of fur flying around the house less than fifteen minutes after I vacuum. I was more asking for some suggestions regarding controlling shedding apart from what I know about grooming and diets. And regardless where my boyfriend’s allergies come from, I can’t really ask him to have to change anything regarding his lifestyle to accommodate my cats. It’s not really fair of me to ask when he makes the more money out of the two of us (he spends more on bills than I do) and he doesn’t even like cats. I’m trying to ask what I can do so that he doesn’t have to suffer on my behalf. Also, as for my litter box, neither one of my cats likes to cover what they do. It’s a little exhausting for the litter to start smelling within two hours after changing out the entire box. I’m just asking for suggestions on what time of litter works well or if anyone has any odor eliminating suggestions.

better quality food will result in less smelly and less frequent poop. I also use Arm & Hammer cat litter, its scented and does a good job (my boys dont cover their poop either)