Cousin Julie just spent a few days here, but in that short time made a number of important changes. One was placing the butcher block table in the kitchen, where it looks right at home, and another was to put the cat dishes under the butcher block instead of in the corner of the kitchen, where most of my friends have stepped in them at one time or another. No biggie with the dry cat food, but the water dish is another matter.
Equally momentous was a suggestion that has changed the life of Dandelion, my big shaggy tomcat. I mentioned that 90% of what the vacuum cleaner picks up around here is cat hair. She saw my ineffectual attempts to brush his coat with a conventional cat brush, and said "You need a FURminator".
So we went out and bought one. Not cheap. We got the small one with a 1.7" edge. At first, Dandy fought our attempts, but seems to be taking it in stride. The tool removes undercoat, leaving the topcoat intact, but removing a lot of the dense fur that makes it hard for some hairy cats to groom, and also adds considerably to the cathair tumbleweeds that pile up. This morning, I caught him as he napped, and he let me have my way with him for a couple of minutes before bestirring himself and leaping to the ground. By then, I had a large handful of hair in my hand.
Dandy looks better already. I wonder how far I can push this.