Shedding Bad Service

| Sacramento, CA, USA | Working | August 1, 2017

(My husband and I want matching coffee table and end tables, but are having a difficult time deciding on which set to purchase. One of our “must haves” is that the tables would be easy to clean. Here’s why: We have two cats. I thought it was fairly common knowledge that shed cat hair tends to float around and land on every available surface. While looking at a complicated wooden table design with glass inlays and a high rim around the edge of the table, this takes place…)

Me: *to Husband* “I don’t know. Look at all the crevices and stuff that we’d have to get into to clean. And that rim on the edge. I feel like it’d be really difficult for me to dust and wipe down.”

Saleslady: *older, white-haired* “Oh, no, hon. You just get a cotton swab or a toothpick and just get right into those cracks. It’s easy!

Me: “Sure, but I don’t want to have to do that every other day when I’m dusting for cat hair.”

Saleslady: *looking appalled* “Cat hair?!”

Me: “Yes. We have two cats. They shed.”

Saleslady: “But… the cat hair gets on the coffee table!?”

Me: “Clearly, you have never owned a cat before.”

(The woman stared at us for several seconds before she made a disgusted noise, looked down her nose at me, and left. We went back to shopping for tables with a different salesperson.)

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  • Jill Joiner

    Um cats shed it is a fact of life. You can brush and brush and still have cat hair on nearly everything

    • Katrin Schirmer

      and by everything i mean everything, places you never would have imagined cat hair could reach XD

      • I am Jenn

        I just had to defrost the freezer in the townhouse we rent out as it was leaking water onto the floor because the condenser drain was plugged with ice.

        I found cat hair in the drain pan. No one in our home has had a cat in five years. We have cleaned it out several dozen times. And I STILL found cat hair. You can’t imagine what that feels like, thinking you were keeping a clean home and finding that….

        • Laren Dowling

          I hear you. I was cleaning out our rental after the renters left, and was scooping cat hair off the ceiling fan blades by the handful. Not to mention the thousands of other places I found cat hair piles. In the master bedroom, the cat apparently used to like hiding under the bed. I tried vacuuming the carpet, but it was never enough. Eventually, I brought in a leaf rake and raked the carpet. Got an entire trash bag of cat hair up that way. Then, I vacuumed a few more times, and finally cleaned the carpet.

          • Bonnie L

            And that’s why I refuse to have carpets – I like my pets more than I like to clean. 🙂

          • Nightshade1972

            Our current house, which is fairly small by modern American standards (around 1300 sq ft, one story), has carpet everywhere except the kitchen and bathrooms. Hubby and I have already decided that, when we can afford it, we’re replacing everything with laminate–carpet’s a PITA, especially with two cats. Our youngest cat has decided the entire house, but especially the living room, is one big scratching post. We’ll *have* to replace the carpeting before we put the house on the market, or it’ll never sell as anything other than a “fixer upper.”

          • das Wunderkind

            That’s pretty much what we did in our previous home. It was 1197 square feet and carpeted everywhere except the kitchen and bathroms. We had 2 little kids and 3 dogs, then a friend moved in with us. The carpet was taking a beating and all of us have bad allergies.

            First we put laminate in the kitchen. Then we tore out all the carpet and did stained concrete in the rest of the house. We all felt SO much better, and talk about easy to clean LOL. We did put new carpet in though before listing it for sale, as we figured the stained concrete wouldn’t be everyone’s thing.

          • Saitaina Moricia-Malfoy

            Same here only it’s an apartment…my cats (four) went through a week of vomiting a month ago and of course, bright orange cat foot, even partially digested…stains.

          • Laren Dowling

            Yeah, when it comes time to replace the flooring, we’re going with hardwood or tile (depending on the room). Carpets are too much hassle. I’ve never liked them. But I wasn’t going to rip out brand new carpet when we bought the house. Figured, we;d get a few good years out of the carpets, and then replace the flooring as needed.

          • Amy F

            A new squeegee works wonders at getting cat hair off carpets and other cloth-type surfaces.

          • I am Jenn

            We had to put in carpet when we decided to rent because of stairs, you can’t rent out a place here with stairs with no carpeting, it’s a slip hazard or something, anyway, we did the upstairs bedrooms and the stairs with carpet. I’m NOT looking forward to when we move back into that house and have to deal with the hair that will inevitably be left behind by their dog. I told them no cats, though, as I’m allergic and don’t want to deal with the hair and dander again when we move back in. The cat that left the hair that ended up in our freezer wasn’t too bad, allergy-wise, so we let him stay with his human…but apparently he shed way more than we thought. Ugh, I love animals but I can never share space with one again, my lungs just can’t take it. 🙁

          • Morisith

            can’t you just install the anti-slip strips? they are kinda sand-papery and sold at most hardware stores here.
            (also wall to wall carpets haven’t been a thing in my country since… ever? hardwood floors all the way – so much easier to clean! )

        • robindaybird

          This was our experience when cleaning house to move, I lost my cat Jewel about six years ago, and we still found long black hair everywhere.

        • Eilonwy_has_an_aardvark

          A former landlord swore when I moved out that there was cat hair in the freezer.

          • Laren Dowling

            There probably was. It gets everywhere. Took my husband an hour to clean out the heater’s intake when our renters moved out.

        • Dawn

          I let a friend stay in my apartment one summer with her cat while I was away, because her old lease and new lease meant a gap of about two weeks where she’d have been homeless. My landlady approved it, without requiring an extra deposit or anything, on the condition that we “clean up all the fur” when she left.

          Over a year and a half later when I was moving out, I was still finding clumps of ginger cat fur in the most bizarre places, including the tops of doorjambs and window frames, which I could’ve sworn I’d already cleaned previously.

          • Saitaina Moricia-Malfoy

            Easy answer, you cleaned it, it got into the carpet, you walked by a few times and it puffed it’s way up there, happens all the time with my long haired cat. I find his fur in places I KNOW he doesn’t go (which are very few).

          • Dawn

            It’s like that with my current cats too, but I didn’t figure two weeks would be enough time for the fur to accumulate that sneakily. It wasn’t like I didn’t clean regularly between when she stayed, and I left for good. He was fluffy, though. Good old cat. He’s still kicking at about 15 now.

          • Saitaina Moricia-Malfoy

            Damn, that is a good run with a cat. I used to house ferals and strays so I didn’t get more than five years (hard life out there for a kitteh). My eldest is currently eight and I’m crossing my fingers that she sticks around forever.

          • Dawn

            He has some hip problems, and she had a scare earlier this year when he suddenly stopped eating, but he’s a pretty hardy little moggie and the vet expects he will stick around a couple more years even now.

            When she found him, he was in a garbage can, and the woman whose house the can belonged to had cut off all his whiskers (poor old bat had dementia and wasn’t exactly right in the head…there was no sign of any other kittens, either). He had horrible ringworm and was covered with fleas, and looked like a little Gremlin. So she named him Gizmo, got him fixed up, and after a few months of lovin’ he turned out to be the most gorgeous, mellow orange tabby ever.

        • Novelista

          Shirt, my mom had a fire in 2005 and professional cleaners came in and took care of things and then they remodeled the whole house (pretty much). She said there was no cat hair after that, but I don’t know…!

          (She now has a cat that she looks after…oh, more often than not…so it’s impossible to tell whether it would’ve stayed fur free.)

        • Morisith

          I moved out with my dog from my dad’s house – 4 years later he still found dog fur everywhere. He had to change some things before selling the house – dog fur under the floorboards, even if the dog did not yet live there when they where installed.

      • Kalu-chan

        Open a completely new pudding and there’s cat hair in it. No idea how they do it, they just…. find a way.

        • Saitaina Moricia-Malfoy

          Air currents man, those suckers float like dandelion tufts.

    • Kathryn Baggs

      Amen. Mom has two Himalayans (big floof balls). She was in line at the grocery store one day and the couple behind her had a good chuckle and tapped her shoulder. Said you must have cats. (yup, fur on her coat, even when kept away, that fur is everywhere). Ended up they both had Himalayans and had even more in common.

      • Pugknitter

        Pugs are just as bad. I have 3 pugs, a lab and a cat. I get the nicest complements on my fur coat and then they ask if it’s cat or dog. The answer is always both.

        • Erin Elizabeth

          XD my friend has a pug. And some how I still find it’s hairs in my bra

        • Cursed Abyss

          oh yeah, pug hair is forever! I read a book on pugs once that said after the nuclear war when the only thing left alive was roaches, they would all be wearing little pug hair coats. I believe it. 😂

      • Sheh

        Same problem here, and I just have one tiny, short-haired cat. To combat it I always change out of EVERYTHING (yes, even shirts and trousers) when I get home and put on “home clothes”. Seems to work decently, but I still have to use lint rollers if I want to actually be (kind of) hair free.

        • Kathryn Baggs

          I have a black and white girl, I get her fur all over me all the time. She loves to shed. I have to keep a lint brush handy. She always has the timing to snuggle up on me just before I am supposed to go out.

      • Nightshade1972

        I’ve always had Siamese. I love Himalayans (same coat, longer fur), but I don’t love the work.

        🙂

        • Isa Frostborn

          Siameseys are amazing.

          • Nightshade1972

            Dunno if this’ll work, but that’s Geiger on the right, Hobbes on the left (dunno why they posted it upside down). Geiger’s a sealpoint snowshoe, which is a variant breed of Siamese. He just turned 5 yo, Hobbes is around 12-13 yo.

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/19b2fd0180c1b4b7aeb63a620143f9127b4aca67c9068bca8cb8462f35006d4e.jpg

          • Isa Frostborn

            OMG aww. My mum had a little snowshoe when I was a kid. I have a flame point named Toki Wartooth, he’s also about 13. Thank you for sharing, they’re both precious (tell them I love them lol).

        • Kathryn Baggs

          I’d never want a persian, or himmie of my own, my old girl was medium/long hair, and she was enough trouble. At least moms girl will roll onto her back and present her tummy for mom to brush. As long as you avoid the hips she’s happy to be brushed.

      • katherinemch

        Regarding hairy clothes:
        I always hear that black cats are less adoptable and it strikes me as weird. Most of my slacks, sweaters and coats are black and I think black fur would be great; it would show up less. But we have never had a chance to choose a cat, they just come into our lives. And so far no black ones.
        The other advantage I imagine, is that when you’ve got to remove a cat hair from your eye, black would show up better than white, orange or beige.

        Please, FSM, send me a black kitty next time!!

        • Vicemage

          I currently have a mostly-black tuxedo boy and a mostly-black cali girl. You can still see the fur on my black shirt. I’ve just accepted that, if I’m going to have cats, I’m going to have cat hair on literally everything as the price.

          • Saitaina Moricia-Malfoy

            I have four currently and have had MANY over my lifetime…cat fur is a part of my outfit even if I don’t want it to be (mostly because dork and dork jr like to jump in the laundry basket and I’m lazy about folding.

          • Nightshade1972

            My husband refuses to wear dark-colored clothing, “because of the cats.” I gave up on that fantasy a long time ago. Cats are gonna shed, hair’s gonna be everywhere, no matter what clothes I wear. 🙂

        • Kathryn Baggs

          I have a black and white girl. She sheds alot. And she’s got really short fur. Such a sweet girl. Hope you find a sweet one!

        • Saitaina Moricia-Malfoy

          It shows up less until you go to take a bath and discover your cat was having play time with a bottle cap and you now have to rinse your tub.

          • katherinemch

            LOL!

      • Bobismeisbob

        A buddy of mine had one with the same colour fur as his hair so it looked really bad on his clothes.

    • Max

      Sphynx cats don’t. They can leave greasy stains on the soft furnishings though.

      • Deanna Klemm

        And round butt puckers from their hairless tushies

    • Donnell Hanog

      My standard joke regarding cats is that, if you own one long enough, you become half cat. Shedding is most of the reason.

      • katherinemch

        Great in the winter… added insulation!

  • Dawn

    Even without a cat, who wants a coffee table that has to be cleaned via cotton swab and toothpick?!

    • kaninefat

      This. A coffee table should have a smooth surface that can be whiped down.

      • Robert Morson

        I don’t know. I think a whip would leave unacceptable marks. I prefer a soft cloth, myself.

      • Matty

        If you want to use your partner as a coffee table, that’s none of my business. BTW, it’s spelled whipped.

      • Angela Platts

        I would have gone for: ‘wiped’.

    • evandarya

      Yes I agree. Anything more than a cloth and some furniture polish is not easy.

      • AR

        Mine has a clear high gloss coat. Polyurethane I think. That stuff is a life saver. You can use practically any cleaner on it, and a cloth or paper towel and done. No fussing.

    • Darth Pseudonym

      My mom had a coffee table with this sort of thing while I was growing up. It had just one sunken line, but it went all the way around about two inches in from the edge of the table. I clearly remember mom cleaning it out with a toothpick — and then half the grit she got out would fall back in if you weren’t careful. That’s why my coffee table has a nice smooth top that slopes down at the very edges. It’s attractive but won’t hold bits of cruft.

      Mom eventually got a new table with a glass top that goes all the way out, so it doesn’t catch crumbs anymore, but at least it smudges if you even look at it sideways, so she still has plenty to do.

      • My parents had a nice one when I was a kid with a heavy stone top. It was kind of rough-textured, but just-smooth enough that it was still quite simple to wipe down. No funny crevices, and the stone texture made it look beautiful without the need to add fiddly crevices at all.

    • Definitely. I have a wicker coffee table and where the frame of the glass meets the table frame crumbs and dust happily gather so I have to vacuum. Which is actually funny – having to vacuum a coffee table.

    • “It’s easy!” *proceeds to describe something that is the exact opposite of easy*

  • Dana Corby

    I think I’d have shopped at a different store, not just with a different associate.

  • Nightshade1972

    When I was a toddler, my parents had a wooden coffee table whose top was divided into three sections. In the center of each section was a large, square, glass panel. We had one cat and one dog. My mother realized fairly quickly that the glass panels were magnets for animal hair, dander, fingerprints, etc. They haven’t had a glass topped table since.

    • Eilonwy_has_an_aardvark

      My mother loves glass-topped tables and has multiple cats and dogs. I think she cleans them more than once a day.

      I have one cat and zero glass-topped tables, as I’d go nuts on that routine.

    • Rattus

      I’ve been noticing that the latest trend in home renovations is glass walls by the stairs rather than bannisters and railings. All I an think of when I see those is how often they would need to have finger smudges cleaned off of then or risk looking like you’re a non-house-proud slattern. Asinine idea.

      • Nightshade1972

        Yeah, I don’t like that either. Frosted glass hides fingerprints a little better.

        For me, the main problem with the glass walls is that the stairs are frequently single steps, with space inbetween, as opposed to actual stairs at right angles to each other. I have balance issues, and I have a tendency to stumble and occasionally fall on open steps. If I were to lose my balance and fall against the railing, I’d be afraid the glass railing couldn’t support my weight. Then there’s also a good chance that if the railing actually breaks, I’d end up with shrapnel in my side. No thanks.

        • Laren Dowling

          It’s shatter-proof glass (meaning that it will break up into square-ish shapes if it breaks, not shards), but still. doesn’t help the fear.

      • BarlowGirl

        I freaking hate those things. I think they’re ugly, generally, and a really ridiculous idea when the house is going to be lived in by a family with small children.

    • Gnomer Denois

      I would just be like “this is my cat’s abstract art piece in progress. Please don’t disturb it.”

  • Matt Westwood

    Different store, even.

    There are some people who spend their entire lives cleaning. You often see this when people of working-class background find themselves in a position of considerable financial wealth, and consequently in a large and well-presented property (but not rich enough to be able to afford to employ domestic staff). Such people believe that it is their duty and burden to keep the place spotless at all times. Consequently they spend several hours a day cleaning it. The worst affected co-opt their offspring into helping them.

    • Katrin Schirmer

      several hours a day? eff that! ill vacuum and clean occasionally, throw dishes into the washer, i’m not going to spend hours of my leisure time cleaning. anyone who shows up will just have to put up with my messy home or clean it themselves.

      • evandarya

        My aunt is a neat freak. Once when she was visiting she cleaned the whole house, including organizing my dad’s dresser.

        • Katrin Schirmer

          my best friend will come over and clean for me. the kitchen will often end up spotless when she is here. that and bathrooms are kind of her thing, due to her past. we jokingly call her our kitchen fairy cause in the past she would show up, cook, and clean, and then leave before we got up and there would just be a note left saying she was here. doesn’t happen like that as much anymore since i shifted my sleeping schedule closer to first shift.

        • Lady Lockeout

          and your dad let her? O.o gtfo my stuff!

          • evandarya

            He was out of town, but mom stopped her when she found her in the bedroom.

          • Laren Dowling

            It’s just… your mom shouldn’t have had to stop her. Who thinks it’s okay to mess with someone else’s dresser? Or their bedroom at all, for that matter?

          • evandarya

            People who grew up in a 4 bedroom house with 7 kids and two adults? My mom’s siblings don’t have much respect for personal space. I’m not trying to make excuses or anything, that’s just kind of how my family is.

          • Laren Dowling

            I grew up in a house with 5 kids, 2 adults, dogs, cats, etc. For years, I shared a bedroom with all of my sisters (until we finally got a house big enough that I got my own, tiny closet of a bedroom) We still knew not to go digging through another person’s drawers. My sisters might occasionally borrow a shirt or something, but they didn’t root through the whole dresser and reorganize everything. And they got in trouble if they borrowed things without permission.

          • Flami

            Sounds like my mom’s friend, who looked after my grandma for two weeks. She was cleaning and reorganizing my parents’ freezer!

    • Kitty

      Spotless? Ew, I’d feel horrible and uncomfortable in that type of location. Can’t be myself. It’s so… unnatural for me.

    • AKchic

      my mom is a neat-freak and a “Keeping up with the Jones” kind of person. Her house is extremely clean. To the point you wonder if she plans on eating off of the floor or if she was institutionalized.
      Whenever she is asked about her plans, it’s always the same thing… “Oh, I have so much cleaning to do”. Uh… you spend 3 hours a day on the weekdays cleaning, you spend 6-7 hours every Saturday cleaning. It’s just you and your husband living in the home and both of you aren’t slobs. What exactly are you cleaning?

  • Deadpool

    (My husband and I want matching coffee table and end tables…)

    Let me correct that for you: (I want matching furniture and my husband doesn’t want to sleep on the couch so he’s along for the ride….)

    There, fixed it.

    • Hahn Ackles

      idk, matching furniture is pretty important. Houses with mismatched furniture drive me up a wall if it’s not tastefully arranged.

      I hope when I find a wife she agrees with me…

    • AKchic

      My husband cared more about having matching coffee and end tables than I did. *shrug* I had 3 boys prior to us getting together – I expected things to get broken. All I cared about was that it was sturdy in case someone decided to climb on the furniture while I went to the bathroom.

      • Laren Dowling

        Ditto. Same for my dad, too. My mom would like it if they coordinated (although, so long as the styles go well together, she can strip and refinish to make the colors mesh), but my dad MUST have matching furniture.

        • evandarya

          Yeah as long as everything has the same color scheme not everything has to match.

    • Or better yet, my husband doesn’t really care, he’s just here to help carry stuff.

      • Bonnie L

        Yep – nothing matches in my house & that’s fine with me. Almost everything has a story behind it & that’s what matters. And the fact that I just plain like them. 🙂

        • Maggie B Lind

          Most of my furniture was given to us or found on the side of a road somewhere. Nothing matches

          • Laren Dowling

            We had the same story for the longest time. It bothers my husband, though, that nothing matches. So we’re slowly rectifying that. But considering how long it took us to find a couch we both like… by the time we get everything that coordinates, we’re going to have to start replacing their first items all over again.

    • Crystal Lee Owens

      My partner and I are equally determined to get new furniture. I’m sorry you assume that the relationship is a bad one. Sad, since Deadpool actually has pretty healthy and positive relationships. Gotta work on that in-character perspective.

    • BarlowGirl

      Deadpool would not make sexist assumptions yo.

    • Rattus

      Not a matching issue, but if you’re assuming that men don’t care about furniture, you are incorrect sir.
      When we were furnishing our house we went looking for my husband’s chair first because I didn’t want to purchase, say, a floral couch and then have him pick something in plaid. We looking for a freakin’ year before he picked a chair that worked for him. One week later I got the couch. One visit to one store – boom!
      Also, I know a couple of guys who are seriously into their furniture. One loves mid-century modern, the other contemporary Japanese. Their wives are only marginally interested.

    • heymoe2001

      The sentence makes me think of matching outfits, which always looks tacky. This couple want to have matching tables beside their matching chairs so everyone knows they are a couple and so in loooove.

    • katherinemch

      My late husband was an artist with a strong nurturing streak. It was he who decorated, and chose and cared for pets & plants. Me I’m like half robot half gorilla, I did not give a chit what he did with the home as long as he was happy.
      And yeah… Deadpool is not sexist. Stay in character!

  • Kitty

    This is why all things to be sold to the mass population should be designed with pets in mind. Like my computer monitor – touch is used to turn the screen on and off; open the menu and adjust everything about the screen. Clearly, this was not designed by someone who owns a cat that loves to climb onto your desk and walk all over it, before cuddling up between your arms in front of the keyboard. (My cat is very kind and tends to not lie on the keyboard a whole lot)

    • Nightshade1972

      I have a cordless keyboard with an on/off switch. If I’m going to be away from the computer for a while (meal, bathroom, etc), I turn off the keyboard. That way, our two cats can’t mess anything up while I’m gone. For actual overnight-plus trips, I turn the whole computer off.

      Starting with my last cat, I trained her to sit on a blanket that I folded on top of a TV tray and put near the computer. That way, she could still be near me but not be on my lap or otherwise in my way. My current desk has a lot of space behind it, and a file cabinet next to it. Our two current cats like to sleep either behind my monitor or on top of the file cabinet, as well as sitting on the TV tray that I put near my office window.

      • Sheh

        On/off switches on keyboards are lifesavers.

      • katherinemch

        Reminds me, my friend bought a basket at one of those fair trade handicraft shops like 10,000 Villages, to keep on the desk next to the computer. It is square and shallow like an inbox for her cat ha! Cat can’t resist it. Mom & fur baby get to enjoy eachother’s proximity. And the cat never touches the keyboard anymore!

      • We put a shoebox near our desks for our cat to occupy so he doesn’t flop down on my husband’s laptop while he works. Cat can’t get at my keyboard, thankfully. It’s on a sliding tray under the desk, so it’s only out and accessible when I’m working, and he doesn’t try to lie on it when I’m using it for some reason.

        • Nightshade1972

          I hate sliding trays. I have big hands and big knuckles. Sliding trays make my hands feel claustrophobic when the tray is not pulled out, and when it is pulled out, it makes it harder for me to see what’s on my monitor–I have terrible eyesight. I keep my keyboard directly in front of my desk, with the monitor immediately behind it. Pulling out a keyboard tray means I’m about 4-6 inches further away from my monitor than I want to be.

          I realize I’m in the minority, and I’m glad it works for you, though.

          🙂

    • Kathryn Baggs

      I’m jealous, my girl lays half on my chest, half on my laptop keyboard, makes it very hard for me to type. But she is so cute and cuddly, I usually don’t move her.

      • Saitaina Moricia-Malfoy

        ry a tub of lard cat who SPREADS himself over the keyboard and then just stares at you like, “Mine now, *term for female dog we can no longer use on this site*”.

    • Jasmine McGinty

      I came home today and the blu ray player was on and it was open. Nearest I can figure the cats didn’t like what was on tv and decided to watch a blue ray or DVD, turned it on got it open and then realized the DVD we watched last night was still in there and couldn’t get it out cause well they haven’t figured out how to grow opposable thumbs yet 🤣 So they just left it like that.

      The real question is what were they going to watch…🤔

      • Novelista

        We still have “touch lamps” that were kind of popular in the 90s. Turns out that noses and toe beans complete the circuit (or however that works), so I’ve seen the lights “turn themselves on” occasionally. xD

        • Ronald M Bisnett

          My touch lamp I bought in 2006 used to turn itself on and I didn’t even own cats. I never found evidence of rodents, either. I could’ve accepted that I’d forgotten to turn it off in the morning, but when it would come on at 2AM… you’re just not getting back to sleep those nights. And then the time it came on at 9PM when I was in the same room and was nowhere near it… I was not taking a chance and the haunted lamp went in the trash when I moved in 2010.

          • Novelista

            Mine also comes back on after power outages. Which is weird, but…science? xD

          • Chase

            My sister had one that would never turn off, actually. Had to unplug it turn it off so it just stayed on most of the time.

        • BMK

          I was playing Resident Evil 4 back when it was just released on PS2. I paused it to go get something to drink. I was in the kitchen and all of a sudden I heard a chainsaw. One of my cats (and I wasn’t sure which one because they were both there) jumped up onto my seat and unpaused the game.

          I died. Thanks guys…

      • Kitty

        …Cats. Obviously.

      • Vicemage

        I had to add an IFTTT notification for the motion sensor on my thermostat over the winter, after I realized my two cats had figured out that jumping in front of it would make the hot air start when it got too cold. The thermostat is actually designed to not detect most animals, but because of its location, they can still get in front of it to trigger it.

        • FeatherBlade

          Pet heating pads. Slightly pricey, but even more attractive to cold cats than people laps.

      • Saitaina Moricia-Malfoy

        They were going to watch “Grumpy Cat’s Worst Movie Ever” (I think there’s a “Christmas” somewhere in that title, but I’ve forgotten where it goes).

        • “Christmas Grumpy Christmas Cat’s Christmas Worst Christmas Movie Christmas Ever Christmas.” Hedge your bets and all.

    • Part of my reason for getting Kinect for my Xbox One is because my cats have been known to poke their noses at the touch-sensitive power button.

      • Michael Hughes

        This ^
        furry buggers saunter off after doing it without a care in the corld >_>

      • Saitaina Moricia-Malfoy

        My two youngest somehow run across my desk in such a way that EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. they put my laptop into sleep mode.

        Every time!

    • James Smith

      Or maybe people should choose their pets with their possessions in mind. Or choose their possessions with their pets in mind. Either one is better than expecting every single product to be made animal-proof.

      • Kitty

        But why? There are a ton of every-day items that are made sure to be baby/toddler-proof, so why not do the same for animals?

        • James Smith

          Because it costs money and reduces functionality. People WANT touch controls on their monitors; they don’t want to be told, “Oh, we regressed that feature because some cat owners didn’t like it.”

          • Kitty

            I could do without touch controls, but the same way I can go without Super Mega HD. It’s nice to have, but no necessary.
            At the very least, could they compromise it to make the touch controls at the bottom of the monitor, so it’s not that easy to accidentally touch them? For any creature? I’ve had it happen that I put something on the desk in front of my monitor and end up hitting the off button cause these touch controls are way too sensitive.

          • James Smith

            Then you bought your monitor without considering your use case. That’s on you, not on the monitor maker. Next time get one that has controls more to your liking; you can do that without insisting that every single monitor made should be redesigned to suit this particular requirement.

          • Kitty

            I didn’t buy this monitor myself; it was offered to me for free because the office moved and this was one of the leftover monitors in very good condition they had. I’m not gonna let the opportunity to get a free monitor pass me by when I am short on cash.

          • James Smith

            You paid nothing for it and yet you complain? O_o

            Actually this brings up another point. You took this monitor out of an office setting. Why should equipment intended for offices be made animal-friendly?

          • BarlowGirl

            I don’t have pets and I hate touch controls.

          • James Smith

            Then don’t buy them. This is not about replacing all physical buttons with touch controls; it’s about getting rid of touch controls altogether to placate cat people.

  • EJ Nauls-Poland

    Ma’am, who in their ever loving mind would want a table that you need a homemade remedy to clean?

  • BarlowGirl

    Any sentence that starts with “you just get a q-tip” and doesn’t end in “and use it to dab that mascara smudge” or “clean your ears” is not an indicator of something EASY.

    • Holly

      That’s what I thought. I currently don’t have a cat, but I don’t want to clean my furniture with a q-tip. That’s more work than I have ever or will ever bargain for.

      • BarlowGirl

        That is not a life I ever want to have.

    • Tänya Kirkle
      • BarlowGirl

        YOLO

      • Max

        I’ve always called them “earhole diggers” and I stand by that.

      • Laren Dowling

        They have to put that disclaimer, because people push them in too far and damage their ear drum. Having that disclaimer takes care of any liability issues.

      • Isa Frostborn

        You can’t tell me what to do.

        • Tänya Kirkle

          No, but Q-tips sure can.

      • There’s more to your ear than just the ear canal, though.

        • Tänya Kirkle

          Yes, the eardrum, which can be perforated to the point of causing deafness.

          • Also the entire pinna, as in the exterior portion that’s only partly stiff as it’s mostly cartilage and skin and has its own nooks and crannies that can get dirty and be cleaned with a q-tip without ever threatening your eardrum.

    • Kira

      Let the mascara smudge dry and then gently buff it off with a dry q-tip or a brush. That way it won´t smear and ruin foundation/eyeshadow.

    • LawGeek

      If that is easy to clean, what on earth would hard to clean look like for this woman?

  • Tyler Tenebrae

    I don’t have any animals other than myself here. But the dust… The dust is everywhere, and it just keeps coming! About 2mm a day on every surface! Even under the books and inside the cases! It’s probably the books themselves. Some of them are 200 years old. But what I actually wanted to say is: “It’s a cat, not a rug! Of course it could get on the table!”

    • Aimee M

      Who said anything about the cat actually being on the table? Cat does not need to be on the table for fur to end up there.

      • Sim

        I think that’s what the furtiture lady thought was true. Hence the “obviously you’ve never owned a cat before”. Evidently, she thought the litter tray was on the table or something.

      • Alétheia

        It’s a cat. 😛 Cats will go wherever they please, especially if they know their humans don’t want them to go somewhere. Ergo, the cat will be on the table at least once, but most likely at least once a day, hah.

    • Anne

      I hope you’ve already had the possibility of dryrot investigated. Dryrot spores can look a lot like regular dust and can be super thick.

  • James Smith

    I just made a disgusted noise too when I imagined my house crusted with cat hair.

    • Will Flynn

      *shrug* Most pets are better than most people. I’d rather clean that than worry about the dead skin cells floating around from people I despise.

      • James Smith

        Fortunately I am allergic to cats, so I have a built-in excuse for never having to go into a cat-owner’s home, and I never have to endure the shed hair or the stench.

  • cylon_toast

    I would have just vacuumed it, but not every two days. XD But man, OP’s cats must shed a lot! I had a white Persian and I definitely didn’t have to clean cat hair that often. It really helps if you brush them a lot too.

  • Ainoko_Ironrose

    Rats, now I have the wrong table set with dogs and cats in the household, a 45yo Black Forest table set. WAIT!!! Those tables survived numerous cats, dogs, hamsters, gerbils and other fuzzy pets. They are easy to clean and go with almost any couch and chair pattern. Yes I despised cleaning them when younger, but love them now. Right now I am trying to find someone who can restore the table set back to its former glory as they went through many moves from Germany to the US and suffered normal use and abuse.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f355d7e6e0c622317573cbe563f6b17d9fc935165e3535bba8bfa8bd79da903c.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e67f3382ebaa620be28a325a78dd7cd78662fa6d29a8181a9710b18c4142557c.jpg

    • Will Flynn

      Been looking for the 3d landscape tables for 35 years now and been unable to find them except in estate sales (always the first to go it seems) While yours are not *exactly* what I remember, I am still jealous as they are quite lovely and close enough to bring on the nostalgia feelings.

      • Ainoko_Ironrose

        I know my parents bought the table set pictured above back in ’72 while we were stationed in Germany

  • ITrollLiberals

    I never understood why people get cats. They show little to no affection (unless they’re hungry), tear everything up with their scratching, bellow across the house for no reason, they get hair all over the place, jump on the tables and counters (making them unsanitary), and you have to clean their little box. There are literally no benefits.

    • Rattus

      I know we’re not supposed to be feeding you, but I thought that I would point out that you don’t have a decent relationship with cats because they have excellent character judgment and they hate you.

      • Will Flynn

        Very true. Cats, on the whole, will not socialize with unrepentent jacka$$es and animal haters. They have far better judgement than that. Even I have hidden virtues since I have had cats for 55 years and they love me.

      • Isa Frostborn

        Pretty much. I imagine cats like this troll just about as much as humans do. Which is to say: not at all.

    • Lisa Presley

      The ones at my house are pretty cuddly, making them an excellent substitute for hot water bottles. Also sometimes highly entertaining – ever seen a cat get it’s head stuck in an empty ice-cream tub? Hilarious.

      • Erin Elizabeth

        XD omg I want to see a cat with its head stuck in an empty ice cream tub

    • Mirjan Bouma

      Wrong, they do not show affection *to you*. Cats are just more choosy in who they like.

      I need to get the cat off my lap if I want to get almost anything done in my house. He’s shy to strangers but cuddly as F to us.

  • Christine Harris

    Even in a cat-less home (perish the thought!), a table like that needs a glass covering over it. You can have the joys of looking at it and the ease of just wiping it down with a wet cloth to clean it.

  • JDS

    Self Entitled sales people who think they are better than you.

  • heatherjasper

    Luckily, most of our furniture and carpeting is darker, as well as the house simply from the lack of windows in the middle of the ground floor, so my sister’s black cat’s fur isn’t easily seen; I don’t think I’ve seen one of her furs laying on the floor or on a chair or anything. When we had cats with white parts, it was different, though. Particularly with the one who would sleep on my black computer chair.

  • Keniko Dukas

    I have three cats and a dog, and even though I sweep up a small animal worth of fur every day the coffee table rarely needs dusting.

  • Angus MacHaggis

    I know how you feel. My pet rocks keep getting dust all over the place and my pet tree branch keeps giving me slivers. I almost went with a pet clump of dirt but it had worms.

  • Arilwyn

    Cats like to jump onto any and every surface.

    Even I know that an I’m a dog person.

  • katherinemch

    Even if a customer said they routinely get feces on their end tables, a good salesperson would remain respectful and show no disgust.
    But yeah, cat hair is not gross, that’s ridiculous. It’s lovely to stroke a pet’s silky fur or even rub your face on their fuzzy belly if you feel playful, but the moment that fur detaches from the follicle it becomes horrifying? No. Makes no sense.

    • Laren Dowling

      Not everyone agrees with your opinion on cat fur. Some folks think fur *is* gross. I certainly don’t want it touching my face, although I love to give my pets a good scratch. And I doubly don’t like it on my table, counters, or anywhere else food is prepared and served.

    • KashyaCharsi

      Same way I like my own hair, but not on the floor.

  • KashyaCharsi

    “Whaat? You don’t need our precious table to keep it in your museum, but you want to actually USE it? What a sacrilege!” Personally, even if it were of solid gold and on sale for a cent, it wouldn’t be worth dusting with a toothpick regularly. I’d rather scrub the car with a toothbrush.

  • Amy Susan Fisher

    As someone who had three cats for nearly 19 years, I can attest that cat hair gets onto and into EVERYTHING.

    Everything.

    Everything.

    Everything.

    Absolutely everything.

    (And don’t get me started on cat barf. Cats tend to barf wherever they happen to be at any given moment, so I’ve had to clean up cat barf from the VCR, the top of the entertainment cabinet, the bed, the carpet, and the top of the tall bookcase in the corner of the bedroom. Cats have no shame. 😜 )

    • Lil Tiger

      I’m just happy my cat hasn’t barfed directly on me, yet…

      The best was when she barfed on the modem. It only survived a day and then shorted out.

  • Wendigone

    How can someone as obsessed with cleanliness as OP remain sane with a cat in the house?

  • Chase

    If your customers are beneath you, then so is your paycheck.