An Innovative Way of Cleaning Cat Fur Away


Cats…and fur. Fur is a fact of life in a house full of pets, but even if you’ve got just one cat, you’ve probably got fur all over place. Lint rollers are nice, but they produce an awful lot of trash, and you have to keep replacing them. It’s the same with rolls of tape (which is basically what lint rollers are), and lint brushes don’t always grab everything. What about a nitrile, latex or rubber glove? According to Cole & Marmalade, this is a great way of cleaning cat fur away.

Cleaning cat fur can be a real pain sometimes

How does this even work? Fur, hair, and other strands and fibers stick to rubber and rubber-like materials rather well. The benefit of this method is that it can help pull strands of fur that would otherwise be stuck, and these gloves are reusable, so there’s less waste than there is with a traditional lint roller.

When you’re done cleaning cat fur away, you can simply dip your hands in a bucket or sink full of water. The fur will float off. You can also do like Chris Poole does in the video and gather it into a ball to throw away.

Or you can roll it into a ball, put it in front of your cat, and see what he does with it.

I’ve never actually tried this method of cleaning cat fur away. I ran across it when Chris posted a new Cole & Marmalade video. I do, however, know how my cats react when I put balls of their own fur in front of them. They sniff, and then they sniff the air, and then they sniff the fur again. Then they look at me like they’re wondering why this weird thing smells so much like them, like me, and like the other interlopers in the house.

Here’s how I clean up cat fur

I usually use a lint brush, but I know that, on some materials, the brush just smooths out the fur, and doesn’t pull it all up. It’s great for getting most fur off of things, but the fur I can’t pick up with it slowly builds.

I have a box of gloves, but I also have rubber cleaning gloves. If you don’t want to buy a whole box of gloves for cleaning cat fur, you can buy those rubber cleaning gloves and use those. They might even work a little better than latex or nitrile gloves. I plan on trying this method of cleaning cat fur very soon.

For more life hacks with cats, watch the video below, and visit Cole & Marmalade’s YouTube channel for more fun:

Cats in Boxes (IMAGES)


I love taking pictures of my cats in boxes. Gizmo, in the first picture below, especially loves boxes, I think because she feels safe in there. I’ve written about cats in boxes before; specifically, about why cats like boxes. I didn’t put very many pictures in that story though, and since I just got some adorable pictures of Gizmo in a box, I thought I’d post them, along with some other great shots of my cats in boxes.

Presenting…my cats in boxes:

Gizmo Side Box Beauty cats in boxes

Gizmo Side Box Yawn cats in boxes

Chase Gizmo Box cats in boxesIn the photo above, Gizmo was seriously acting like she thought Chase would just go away if she pretended he wasn’t there. That was her box!

Gizmo Dark Box 1 cats in boxes

Kali Tail Cat Houses cats in boxesWe had a whole bunch of empty boxes in the house at once not too long ago, and we cut “doorways” in them and taped them together to build a cat house. We figured the cats in boxes phenomenon was a good reason to do so. Kali liked the house, even though it was temporary.

Kali Nose cats in boxes

Kali Cat Houses cats in boxes

Chase Kali Box (enlarged) cats in boxesThis is what happens when two of my cats wind up in the same box. They look around like they’re trying to figure out how to get out, but it ultimately results in an awful lot of bickering. The picture above is Chase and Kali, who once would have just curled up together, but now can’t stand to be near each other.

Gizmo Box Glare cats in boxes

Kali Box Lounging cats in boxes

Gizmo Weaponized Box cats in boxes

And, of course, no series of photos of cats in boxes is complete if it doesn’t end with either an insanely adorable picture, or one last photo showing the laser eyes. It was like Gizmo was saying, “Get. Lost. And take that camera with you, before I incinerate you!” She wasn’t actually upset when I took this picture, but she’s a great actress.

Do you often find your cats in boxes, especially when you’ve got lots of empty ones? If you don’t often leave them around, consider doing so, if it’s a good idea for your household. If nothing else, it’ll give your cat a new place to explore and hide for a little while.

Why do Cats carry Things Around? (VIDEO)


Cats are silly. Cats are cute. Cats seem to love doing things that make us say, “Awwwww.” Cats carry things around in their mouths, which looks funny and makes us laugh. One thing that I’ve written about before is Chase’s penchant for carrying my hair ties around in his mouth. He also cries loudly for me, which he does, I think, because he knows I’ll come to where he is (he used to bring the hair ties right to my feet, but doesn’t do that anymore). What happens when he can’t find a hair tie, though?

It’s funny when my cats carry things around

He makes do with something else, like an old foam ball toy, or one of our hand wraps. He’s been known to carry a small, rolled up ACE bandage around like this, too. I have had so much trouble catching him on video carrying something around in his mouth, but I was recently successful. I found him at the top of the stairs with an old ball in his mouth, and he didn’t seem to want to drop it. Watch the video below:

Why do cats carry things around?

Cats carry things around like this for various reasons, which usually boil down to bringing us a gift, or finding a suitable place to hide or bury their prey. For example, one of Chase’s favorite toys is a mousie attached to a string, which is attached to a stick. It’s a homemade wand toy. He loves catching the mousie in his mouth, and then walking off with it. Where does he take it? Usually to a pair of my boots, where he then “buries” it.

Cats are only partly domesticated, but even fully domesticated, they would still be creatures of instinct. Carrying things around and looking for suitable places for them, or delivering them to the “alpha” of their home, are catering to the more wild parts of their instincts. Cats carry things around because it caters to their instincts. In short, they do it because it they’re cats.