I actually have 4 cats, but the cat I am referring to is also black and white, but it seems that she only sheds the white ones. Though the coat of varnish is a very tempting idea.
Getting rid of the cat is not an option however, SWMBO would most likely make me sleep in the garage forever, with it being August, right now that's not so bad, but here in the northern climes (Pennsylvania) it tends to get a bit chilly in the winter. Instead of a rat, I am using mice and a bird feeder. That seems to keep the crew occupied.
Seriously though, thanks for the replies. The home built drying cabinet is most likely my best bet.
Now, how about the wife??