Friday, August 16, 2013

Cat Couch

A few weeks ago, my friend said she was moving, and asked me if I wanted her couch.

I like free stuff.
As you guys might remember, I’m currently using a futon(of death). A real live free couch sounded awesome. I knew it was a little used, but beggars can’t be choosers, right?

So I went to her house to get it. Oh, did I mention that she has three cats?


Anyway, I took a look at the couch.

  
A couple of friends brought it to my apartment and I realized that it was covered in cat hair. I’m not complaining; my friend had a lot to do before she moved so vacuuming her couch was not high on the priority list. I could see the fur coming off in chunks, though.

The Pig Pen of couches.
I sat down and vacuumed the cushions. And then vacuumed again. And then used a lint roller. And vacuumed again. There was a lot of fur:

I need a new lint roller. No, this wasn't all of them. Yes, this was after vacuuming. 



Anyway, I got the couch cleaned up, and now I have another place to sit!

Sitting is my favorite.
And for a brief moment, I got to experience the life of a cat owner:

 That's what it's like, right??

21 comments:

  1. As a certified crazy cat lady I know the answer to this one! You need to put on a pair of Marigold's* and firmly wipe the hair into balls which you can then use to assemble your own cat toys in advance of getting your cat(s). It's like magic.

    *This may be one of those doesn't translate to American so think rubber gloves, dishwashing gloves etc :D

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  2. That is the very least of it. I've been a cat servant for decades. They are very demanding. You have to clean the kitty box at least every day. Finding the food they'll eat. Negotiating wake up times, and cats are very determined negotiators. Teaching them which surfaces they can jump up on. Depending on their fur, you need to comb them every day. To say nothing of paying them the exact degree of attention they want. No more, no less. Typically you need a pair of cats to keep each other company, though there are some cats that are loners. They need even more attention. Oh, and every item of clothing you consider buying needs to go through the cat fur test.

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  3. You always make me laugh! A lot!!

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  4. I think that your desire to have a kitty has been implanted into my own brain. Last night I actually DREAMED about finding the cutest little kitty and it coming to live with me. I was so sad when I woke up. I miss you kitty!!! *tears*

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  5. They do have those hairless cats (shudder)...

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  6. Ew no hairless cats! They remind me of those gargoyle things that hang off the ends of old buildings to creep people out.

    No gargoyle cats for you Gia!

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  7. I'm so excited for you getting a couch!

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  8. Too bad one of the cats wasn't hiding under the cushion during the move to your apartment. Then you could have gotten a two-for-one deal. Couch+Kitten=Score.

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  9. HA! What can I say? You get what you pay for, and when cats are involved, you're pretty much assured of getting more than you anticipated. We have two (spoiled) cats, and I've given up on the foolish notion of ever leaving the house in clothes devoid of cat hair. Our cuddly girls consider it their sacred duty to share some of their "essence" with me on a regular basis. Same goes for the furniture.

    Thanks for the chuckles.

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  10. I have three favorite words...Free..50% Off..and Yes......My last kitty lived to 18yrs..You still have time to find one in those cushions..
    David

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  12. Yes, they do have hairless cats if you want to love a gangly ballsack. I need a couch too but I'm probably going to buy one new, because I'm a squeamish little titty baby when it comes to stuff like that. I did have two futons stacked one on top of the other on the floor as my couch for a couple years, but when I moved in with my now ex gf I let her 13 year old daughter use them as her bed. I'm not about to risk life and limb trying to get them back. 13 year old girls are the devil.

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  13. Now you can pretend you have a cat. Just cuddle some of the fur.

    Love,
    Janie

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  14. Hence why the idea of owning a cat is exponentially better than actually owning a cat. That's really really gross. But it's also worth it to get a free couch. As a person in the market for a new couch, I'm jealous.

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  15. Erik has a cat that adopted him 7 years ago and it's seriously SO SO disgusting how there is constantly fur on everything, and every article of clothing I own. BUT. It's worth it because she is adorable and loving and a bit of a little bitch so of course I adore her.

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  16. I think that is kinda/sorta accurate about what it's like to own, not only a cat, but any shedding animal. I have two white dogs that blow their gigantic coats in the spring and I like black a lot. I should buy fucking stock in sticky rollers.

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  17. If you do eventually get a real cat, get a lint brush. They have them on ebay for cheap. Get the kind that has the red velvet sort of thing (you'll know what I mean if you just search "lint brush.")

    You can use and re~use these things on all kinds of upholstery. Wayyyy better and cheaper then the sticky roll things. A real lint brush gets deeper into the fibers of your fabric....so, much cleaner!

    Good luck!

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  18. i can confirm that that is exactly what it is like. Exactly.

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  19. Our cat only hangs out on the blanket we have placed on the big green chair for her (let's not talk about the bed), but when we leave the house, the dogs take over the couch. Labs "chew til their two and shed til their dead." She's still alive.

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  20. Yes, that is for sure what it is like with cats. Also, add in kitty litter tracked on the floor, and you are imagining it perfectly. Sure, I get cuddles and purrs, but gosh dang the little and the fur all over my furniture!!

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