Kitty & The Lint Roller

If you have a housecat like we do, you know that they can shed enough fur in a day’s time to knit a sweater. To combat this constant fur deluge, we lint roll our clothing and furniture. But somewhere along the line we decided to go directly to the source and just lint roll Kitty, removing her loose fur.

At first, Kitty is surprisingly tolerant of this process. It’s like a massage to her. But she has a love/hate relationship with the roller. She quickly changes her mind and gets cranky. She could just get up and leave at this point, but instead, she decides to stay and fight. First, she gives dirty looks to the offending party, Harland in this case.

When that doesn’t work, she tries to scratch without using her claws, at first, but then the claws come out.

When that doesn’t work, she shows her fangs.

When that doesn’t work, she tries to bite.

Lint rolling the cat at this point turns into hand-to-hand combat.

Kitty has all the weapons, but Harland is quick to duck and dodge to escape injury, while at the same time continuing to lint roll Kitty from all sides.

Finally, she admits defeat and leaves the field.

And here’s the result!

At least this much fur will not end up on us.


After this particular battle, Kitty later made up with Harland. While we were watching tv in the living room, she jumped into his lap, curled up, and purred. And peace reigned supreme in our world.

This morning, it was 13 degrees, and the wind was blowing fiercely out of the north. Kitty escaped out the door as I left for work, but I didn’t have to chase her down to return her to the safety of the house. I just held the door open and waited because I knew what was coming next: She got about 10 feet from the door, realized it was snot-freezing cold , made a U-turn, and hopped back into the house.  Ha!



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15 Responses

  1. Julie says:

    oh, gosh, that was funny! I haven’t tried a lint roller on our cat, but that may be forthcoming–just for the fun of it (for me). I have a brush I use on her–she purrs the whole time, but I have to hold her in place. It’s amazing how much hair they shed, isn’t it?! Then, there’s the dogs….

  2. Doe of Mi. says:

    That was a good chuckle for the day. Kitty is so cute I can hardly stand it! That first photo looks like shes saying,”Now what is that? I hope he doesn’t think he’s gonna use it on me because this is my nap time! Brrrr, yes its cold here too.

  3. willow says:

    Amazing! I’m going to test this on one of my cats. Never thought of using the lint roller.

  4. Pam K. says:

    I had the same reaction as Kitty when I went out yesterday! Twenty degree temps and fifty mph winds make for a pretty cold wind chill!

  5. Oh my gosh! I love this! Lint rolling the cat! That is perfect! It is funny that she stays there for a while to fight before she takes off. She is sooooo cute!!!

  6. Tina says:

    Ha ha ha! I have never “rolled” my cats but I have tried just about everything else. I understand if you vacuum your cat it helps, as if you could get close to a cat with a vac hose! Twenty three degrees with wind! You poor baby…stay inside and keep warm.

  7. DebbieB says:

    A few years ago I bought a really cool cat hair brush on eBay called the Furminator. It really works wonders. It brushes out all the “undercoat” and really eliminates a lot of shedding, and my kitties love it. They sell it a lot of places, just do a Google search.

  8. Julie says:

    That’s so funny, lint rolling a cat.

    She’s very smart to come right back in from the cold. Cats are smart!

  9. Nancy says:

    Harland is a brave man! 🙂

  10. Debbie says:

    LOL! Love it! I may have to try that!

  11. Dianna says:

    I can’t imagine trying to lint-roll Sundae! She would just start with the biting, and it wouldn’t be pretty. She does love to be brushed though, so that takes care of some of the fur.
    BRR, it’s cold in your neck of the woods! Kitty NEEDS all that fur!

  12. Jann-Marie says:

    She is totally precious…such cute facial expressions.
    Love all your stories about her.

  13. Debbie says:

    I have pinned the one of Harland lintrolling Kitty (5th pic from top) onto one of my boards on Pinterest! Everytime I look at that one I laugh! Tell Harland and Kitty they are Pinterest stars! LOL! I love it!

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