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Why I Vacuum My Cat

| June 21, 2013 | 14 Comments

Cat being vacuumed

I vacuum my cat. He loves it. It makes him happy. He actually comes out from wherever it is he is hiding and jumps on the half wall that separates the family room from the kitchen and meows at me as if to ask when it will be his turn.

Getting vacuumed must be like a massage for my cat. I used to think it was a quick way to minimize shedding, but alas it doesn’t seem to do much more than take off whatever fur is right on the surface and make my perpetually grumpy cat love me for the duration of the vacuuming.

I feel for my cat. When we brought him home nine years ago he had our complete attention from the moment we came home from work until the moment we left in the morning.  We would play ball with him, brush him every day and make sure he had the best of the best in cat supplies. And ohhh the cuddle time…

Nine years later the cat is forced to share his house with a gregarious four-year old girl andphoto 3 an exhaustingly energetic one year old dog. My cat is very good with my daughter, but why he decided to slap one of her friends on the head as she walked by him two years ago, is still one of life’s greatest mysteries (perhaps he thought she was here to stay?).

I think the cat enjoys tormenting the dog though. When we first brought the dog home my husband feared for the puppy’s life. She survived and is relentlessly determined to make a playmate out of the cat. And while chasing the dog through the upstairs hall to the point that she forgets we have stairs and falls down a couple of steps may not be considered playing to some, I think my cat finds happiness in it because he does it time and time again, as does my dog.

My husband hates cats. I convinced him to get this cat because he travelled a lot and I needed a companion to keep me company while he was away (oh, to have those lonely hours of nothingness back!). A friend of mine was giving kittens away, so we drove out to the country to visit. My husband’s firm expression melted as soon as the little gray and white kitten with a white-tipped tail pounced up to him and meowed loudly.

That little kitten would soon become a very heavy and handsome alpha male who only likes to be pat after he crawls up and laysphoto 4 on your chest in the middle of the night, and demands to be fed five minutes before the alarm goes off and lets you know this by making a scratching post out of the box spring.

Suffice to say I love my cat. He reminds me that there was a time when things weren’t so hectic and that before I know it, it could just be him and I again, sitting in the chair, eating ice cream and watching DVDs of “Sex in the City” while my husband is travelling with work.

My cat also reminds me that while I only have five minutes to vacuum before everyone gets home and I have to let the dog inside because it is going to rain, that I need to take the time to give him his vacuum massage. Because it makes him happy and he makes me happy, and you should always make time to do what makes you happy.

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In addition to being a freelance writer and blogger, Tracy is a virtual assistant specializing in marketing and communication at VirtualOfficeResources.ca. She is also a devoted mother to an imaginative daughter and wife to her best friend of more than fifteen years. In her spare time she enjoys baking, kayaking, snowshoeing, walking her energetic Australian Shepherd, and cuddling with her perpetually grumpy cat. Depending on the time of day, Tracy's downtime is spent with a good book and hot cup of fair trade coffee or a glass of Canadian red wine. Author's website.

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  1. md kennedy says:

    My cat is just like yours in so many ways, except one : he HATES the vacuum cleaner. So much, in fact, that the second the cleaning ladies come in the door he races to his hiding place in the linen closet and won’t come out until they leave. If I even open the door to the closet with the vacuum cleaner, he does the same thing. I so wish he liked being vacuumed to keep his hair under control…

  2. Karla says:

    oh how sweet,,your kitty looks something like mine,only mine isn`t a year old yet.:)..I wonder would mine like a vacuum massage?..I must try that.,although he hates it when I come near him with the vacuum cleaner,,so ahhh ..maybe not..lol!..He LOVES getting brushed out though;)

  3. Judy C (Cowan) says:

    I have a cat that loves to be vacuumed too!!! She come running when we start the vacuum up and lays down in front of it. Our other cat on the other hand runs in the other direction.

  4. Fan R says:

    I am sure cats would love vacuum massage if it is not very noisy.

  5. Rick F says:

    My Aunt’s cat loved to get vacuumed too.

  6. Cheryl Grandy says:

    When I was growing up we had a cat that enjoyed being vacuumed. The two we own now avoid the vacuum and have never stayed around long enough to find out what a wonderful massage it could give them.

  7. Amy Lovell says:

    Ive never hear dof a cat liking this! All of mine always hated the vaccuum! LOL

  8. DARLENE W says:

    I started to giggle when I read the title, I remember a cat when I was a kid loved to have this done

  9. kathy downey says:

    You should always make time to do what makes you happy.This is so very true,we really should.

  10. kathy downey says:

    My dog loved to get vacuumed too.

  11. Linda B says:

    Loved reading this article!! LOL Have to laugh at some of the cute-zzz things the cat did to the dog. Like you, I have a cat, male “Hershey”–no dogs tho. And my hubby got him for me to give me company when I moved here going on 10 yrs ago now. Only difference, he does like cats. Before moving, I had a dog and parted with her and it about tore me up leaving her..but had to do under the situation. She was a Boston Terrier and i have lots of photos and figurines to keep all the memories alive as she is no longer living and pasted a few yrs after I left. Oh btw, I moved to Canada from OHio to be with my now Canadian husband..another internet match!! haha! Hershey has been quite the cat, unlike any other I have ever had…and I’ve had lots over the years. This is so funny about the cat liking the vacuum!! I will try this on mine but he probablly will just want to go HIDE or EAT the darn thing!! LoL. He usually hides!!

  12. kathy downey says:

    This post was so fun to read

  13. kathy downey says:

    lol my sisters dog loves to be vacuumed,he gets all excited when she takes it out to do the carpets

  14. Debbie White Beattie says:

    My cat sheds like crazy but she would never stay still long enough to vacuum her because she’s afraid of the vacuum. She does shed like crazy so I wish she would let us.

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