Use a vacuum to deal with cat litter. It's faster, easier and more efficient than sweeping.
Even if you don't want to vacuum daily, the litter can still be swept into a corner with a broom or dustpan and brush and then vacuumed when you are ready.
Won't the vacuum smell like cat litter?
This could be the case if very large amounts of litter are being vacuumed however we are talking about the overflow from the cat litter tray or mat so it shouldn't be an issue.
Avoid vacuuming wet litter. Wet litter is a sweep and pick up job, no getting around that.
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Best Vacuums For Cat Litter
The vacuums reviewed below are all "pet" friendly as part of their function is to pick up animal hair.
I have to say that Dyson products are brilliant. When I first opened my Dyson I thought it looked a bit plastic, especially for the price. I came to realize that it is a tough machine and the range of motion is excellent.
In addition to picking up litter and cat hair and everything else in normal household life, it is handy to use to vacuum the cats bedding or where the cat mostly hangs out.
I can even vacuum around my ageing cat and he doesn't budge, so it's obviously not scaring him. However we both know our boundaries, so I try to keep out of his way.
The price can be a sticking point and I totally understand that as I was the same. I now realize I will have my Dyson for many years and vacuuming is no longer a chore and I do mean that. This model shown is a V10.
A bonus with the frequent vacuuming when living with cats pets is that it is easy to vacuum smaller areas more frequently. Far more convenient than having to get out the old vacuum cleaner, pull out the cord, plug it in and them move to another plug, untangle the cord and so on.
This machine can change from a stick to a small handheld in seconds and I continually swap between the two with no problems at all.
I hardly need to say, that it works exceptionally well. I am always amazed at the dust and debris in the container even when I think the floor is clean. It is easy to empty.
This product does have a HEPA filter. Mr Dyson has done a good job! I can’t recommend this machine highly enough.
This stick vacuum converts to a handheld vac with a click of a button.
It is ultra lightweight. It has a self cleaning brush roll which means that hair is removed and does not tangle and get caught up tightly around the brush. No more trying to wrestle the cats hair from the brush, it happens automatically.
It is good for all length pet hair. It has advanced swivel which is excellent with pets in the house as litter and hair tends to collect in corners.
There is a hook on the bottom front of the wand that can be used for storing. It doesn't stand up on its own.
It is electric so will still need to be plugged in however the cord is long and the wand can be wound around the vacuum as instructed.
It requires approximately 5 inches of clearance to get under furniture.
It comes with a Duster Crevice Tool, Pet Multi-Tool, Onboard Tool Clip, and the Wall Mount.
This vacuum is bag-less, upright and swivel steering enabling easy movement around corners.
It is electric. The cord is 27inches and wraps at the push of a button. This is small but important point when the vacuum is used frequently.
It works equally well on carpet and on hardwood floors. There are also replacement filters.
It has scatter proof technology which is a bonus for picking up cat litter and cat hair. It has specialized pet tools like the pet hair corner tool and the pet turboeraser tool
Included with the vacuum is a crevice tool, dusting brush, TurboBrush, and an extension wand.The only reason thsi vacuum has four starts is because it is corded so not quite as convenient as a rechargeable vacuum.
This is a very descriptive review, not exactly for litter or cat hair however worth the quick read.
A carpet sweeper definitely has the convenience factor. Vacuuming a whole house can be tiring so using a carpet sweeper as an in between clean is an attractive idea and it can be used daily to pick up cat litter.
There are two models reviewed below. The first model reviewed is battery powered and the second model reviewed is human powered, meaning that is not electric and does not have a battery.
Depending on your needs it is a good accompaniment to the regular vacuum cleaner used for a whole house.
It is rechargeable and the charge lasts about 30 minutes.
It has a folding handle which is useful for swivel steering.
This carpet sweeper is fine for any floor surface,hard floors or carpets.
It is lightweight and super effective at picking up cat litter on tiles and carpets.
There is no power either electric or from a battery, just muscle power.
It won’t get into small crevices because it doesn’t have attachments like vacuum cleaners however if you want something portable, lightweight and does the job quickly and easily this is a good choice.
A handheld is a great idea if the vacuum cleaner is doing a good job but a quick fix is needed.
A quick whizz around and it’s done.
This is the corded product as opposed to the cordless handheld vacuum Pet Eraser also made by Bissell.
This one is favored because the cordless model can have battery issues plus this model is cheaper and does the same job.
You will just need to plug it in.
Bissell customer service is very good so whether you buy this model or the cordless you can be assured of good customer service if needed.
Bissell is a reliable brand but hey even the best of best can sometimes be faulty.
It works really well for dry kitty litter and dry cat food. It is super useful around the home, great for upholstery and cleaning the car.
It is easy to store and bag less so no purchasing new bags (that can be such a nuisance as new models come along and the bags change).
Mostly cat litter is on a tiled or hard floor yet it is actually easier to vacuum litter from the carpet.
For that reason some people find it is easier to sweep the cat litter to the carpet and then vacuum the carpet. This would work well if the carpeted area was nearby.
This method applies to carpet or a hard floor As you approach the litter with the vacuum, lift the vacuum head slightly so that the suction will suck the litter into the vacuum cleaner before the brushes scatter the litter.
A HEPA filter traps pollens, allergens, dander, dust mites, tobacco smoke, mold, bacteria and other allergens by using a mechanical filter.
Vacuum cleaners can suck up these allergens however not all vacuum cleansers have a HEPA filter.
Just in case you were wondering what HEPA stands for - it is High-Efficiency Particulate Air.
There's more information here about HEPA filters.
The Dyson vacuum is an excellent product to have with a pet in the household. it is so easy to use and changes so easily from stick to handheld that it is is no chore to vacuum excess litter, cat hair and other accumulated debris that our pets can bring in form the yard (if they are outide pets).
The Dyson is easy to empty no messing about with bags. I am in the habit of recharging it every time I use it so that it is always ready to go.
It is not a vacuum that you relegate just to vaccuming the pet litter or pet hair. I can easily use this vacuum for our entire house. Because it is so convenient it is not a chore to vacuum a room at a time compared to a traditional corded vacuum.
Do I love it. Yes!
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