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    I have 4 cats, but they're not allowed in my sewing room, my home office, or the bedroom (that's where my Juki and quilt frame are). It drives them crazy to be "locked out", but I sometimes sell my handmade items, and I refuse to send out anything that might have cat hair on it.

    Although I did accidentally ship a customer an "L" bracket once ... :lol: No idea how it got into the package, but she was nice enough to ship it back! We both had a good giggle over it. :oops: :mrgreen:

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    Our local hospital is now totally smoke free and if you do smoke, it must be so many feet away from the hospital.
    It might even be a good idea to have it perfume free - which I guess would be impossible, but there are people who are allergic to perfumes.

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    Well, you know the old saying "Love me, love my dog." Well it could be "Love my quilts, love the dog hair."

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    My sister wants to know if those dog jackets would collect fleas.
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    I am a dog owner and have allergies but only a very mild one to dogs. I've discovered that good old borax that we of an older generation added to soap flakes to wash diapers, works like a charm to rid the doggie odor from her bedding. I've also found it to be effective on cigarette smoke odor as well. It's cheap and found in the laundry soap aisle. It doesn't leave any odor at all including the cheap perfume scent found in so many laundry products that make me sneeze and would offend me even without the sneeze.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rainy Day
    I have seen purses made from cat hair but not cloths from dogs. I am really sorry but I think it is kinda gross to wear animal fur. But then again I have mild cat and dog hair allergies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raptureready
    I don't buy quilts (unless they're antiques) but as a person with severe animal allergies that might not be a bad idea. Or at least tell them. You also might try kenneling the cats long enough to get your quilts sandwiched.
    I agree. I love cats but my husband is so allergic, his eyes swell up and weep. And his airways begin to close (he has severe asthma). It's awful. We have 2 outdoor only cats. If I pick one up to and cuddle with her outside I come in strip down to my underwear leaving it in the laundry room and streak(not a pretty sight LOL) upstairs to find some clothes and wash any body parts that touched the kitty.

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    My cat thinks she has to lay on whatever quilt I am hand sewing the binding on. After I am finished, I hang it in my large doorway and vacuum it like crazy. Have also used Pledge's Fabria Sweeper for Pet Hair.

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    Tissue paper patterns get MY cats all worked up. I try to unfold them quietly, but they are both there, ready to SHRED!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kit'smamma
    I am a dog owner and have allergies but only a very mild one to dogs. I've discovered that good old borax that we of an older generation added to soap flakes to wash diapers, works like a charm to rid the doggie odor from her bedding. I've also found it to be effective on cigarette smoke odor as well. It's cheap and found in the laundry soap aisle. It doesn't leave any odor at all including the cheap perfume scent found in so many laundry products that make me sneeze and would offend me even without the sneeze.
    I use Oxy Clean or whatever it is called in all my laundry. It removes the doggy odor from my sheets and blankets from the Great Dane sleeping with me. It removes smoke odor too.

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    I use those sticky sheet rollers & it gets the cat hair and lint off my quilts.

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    Oh, yeah, the tissue paper patterns. I dont even TRY to use them anymore unless I put kitties in the basement while I use them!

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    My quilts are all given to family members and they all have cats and dogs so I don't worry. The RRs that enter my home are kept in plastic bags til I work on them. All my fabric is washed right before using and I keep the cats locked up til I'm done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljquilter
    Have pets. They aren't the problem. Laundry detergent or fabric softner with fragrance bothers me. I use all unscented products. I wish that people with purfume would come with a warning label.
    I have dogs(I'm allergic to them), okay with them as they are bathed weekly and the house is mopped and vacuumed daily.
    Whoever came up with the idea that heavily perfumed products equate freshness..... I have to have everything fragrance free or I have asthma problems.
    I totally agree about perfumes and the ppl who bathe in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend
    Quote Originally Posted by jljquilter
    Have pets. They aren't the problem. Laundry detergent or fabric softner with fragrance bothers me. I use all unscented products. I wish that people with purfume would come with a warning label.
    I have dogs(I'm allergic to them), okay with them as they are bathed weekly and the house is mopped and vacuumed daily.
    Whoever came up with the idea that heavily perfumed products equate freshness..... I have to have everything fragrance free or I have asthma problems.
    I totally agree about perfumes and the ppl who bathe in it.
    I too have issues with perfume. Have to sit in the back of the church in case someone comes in with perfume and I have to leave due to a coughing episode. Can't go into a department store where the perfume counter is. I don't have problems with most of the newer detergents. I can't use Tide.

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    Have you tried using white vinegar with washing the fabric first? Just a thought :)

    Quote Originally Posted by grann of 6
    Quote Originally Posted by raptureready
    Quote Originally Posted by justwannaquilt
    Cat hair is not an allergen.

    People are allergic to the protein found in dander, and the saliva of cats and dogs.

    After your gift quilts are made wash them, dry them, package them up in plastic or remove them from the house. No need for a warning label. This is not a nut or shellfish. lol I have lived with severe allergies all my life (bad enough to take shots), I also live in a house with two cats and two dogs. They are bathed once a week in baby shampoo and Downy. I am allergic to birds but sleep on a feather pillow too. I know I must have a death wish huh!
    You're very lucky that your allergies have adjusted to your lifestyle. If I laid down on a feather pillow for 15 minutes I couldn't breathe. And when I accidentally purchased some quilting blocks with cat hair on them I got really sick. Not thinking about it being cat hair, I thought it was just some weird fiber. I kepted picking it off and throwing it away as my eyes got itchy, red and watery, my nose started running and my throat got scratchy. By the time I realized what it was and got rid of the really bad blocks, it was too late. My eyelids had swelled up, my nose had plugged up, I could barely talk and even my lips had swelled. Hair or dander, I don't know, I just know I don't want to be around it. :D
    I have the same problem with cigarette smoke. I have had people give me fabric that smelled of smoke. I just had to throw it out. Washing won't completely get rid of it.

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    Unfortunately, this sounds like my house. But i wouldnt give up my animals for the world!

    Quote Originally Posted by egagnon291
    Well I have 3 cats, 2 dogs and 2 smokers in the house. My quilts are doomed before they're even started.

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    When my daughter lived in NH her apt caught on fire and the firemen told us that any clothes could be treated but if they got wet again the smoke smell would reappear. So, any fabric that has been in a fire is probably ruined. I would just toss it and not live with the possibility of it getting wet again.

    As for cat or dog hair you can use one of those sticky rollers or masking tape to lift it off and then put it in the dryer with a with damp hand towel and try to get the remainder of the pet hair off of the quilt. We have two Yorkies who love to lay on the quilts, especially ones my husband quilts for other ladies. Lynne Plotner-Pierce

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    BellaBoo! I thought I was the only person in the world who had thought of putting a screen door on my workroom! I find it helps with the yowling (read: three Siamese) when they can at least see me. I won't allow them in there when I'm rotary cutting or laying out pieces or trying to get a quilt on my frame.

    But as for that cat hair. Even if I never let any of them in there ever (I have six cats altogether), I would still be carrying the ever present cat hairs in there on my person.

    I also smoke, and I have noticed that people trying to sell their work online often post that their quilts were produced in a smoke and pet free environment, which leaves me figuring that I cannot ever sell anything of mine online.

    In the past, I have sold numerous pieces made in the same sort of environment, with no complaints whatsoever. I never attached any sort of warning to them, but then that was in the days before everything was "unsafe". How did we oldsters ever live so long, not being protected from everything as folks seem to be these days? But in today's climate of protectiveness, I expect that that warning would be the way to go.

    And please, that's not meant to denigrate you people here who have allergies, nor to make you think that I don't understand your problems. Just because I do not live with such things, doesn't mean that I don't have sympathy for you. *S*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rainy Day
    ROFLMBO!! i do believe i have seen it all now. my question is if you get caught in the rain or snow does it smell like wet dog?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rainy Day
    the fur/hair is called chiengora, and it is warmer than wool. I used to have
    chows and saved their brushings, for spinning into yarn.

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    I have a cat that sits on anything I am quilting and some times bites me when I move her off. She is just wanting attention. Just have to say that it isn't the cat hair that causes the allergy it is the dander that causes it. I just toss it into the dryer on low heat with a dryer sheet for 5 minutes and it gets rid of the dander.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    If your cats shed everyplace they lay down, it could be their diet. I have a white cat and very seldom do I have cat hair on anything. I asked my vet about excessive shedding and the new intern vet who was in the office told me to change the cat's diet. The food she recommended was Blue. I brush my cat every day using a Furminator and have noticed a big decrease in hair that is brushed out since I changed his food. Cats will shed and sweat automatically when stressed. I switched my dog's food to Blue and have noticed a big difference in her coat, eyes, and her shedding problem is not a problem anymore. Pets do not need grain or filler in their diet.
    Bella.....I would be very interested in learning more about "Blue" I don't believe I have ever heard of it or seen it. I am pretty darn anal about vacuming because I do have pets and allergic to thier hair...yes I know but I tried living w/o them and my life felt so empty. I have a male aussie that constantly scratchs and a very long hair cat that seems to shred alot...because she stresses herself out....those are the only two I really have problems with.
    Thanks for sharing about the Blue.
    p.s. I goggled "blue" is it only available at pet stores?

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    I have a friend that is highly allergic to cats,(I have2) ,she calls before coming over, I spray my house with Febreeze and she has no problems. I use it daily now.

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    substitute cats for dogs here!!

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