I am also too cheap to buy 1/2 a Dyson.
So I bought a Hoover Fusion. It kicks so much ass. The only downfall is that the Fusion is sold ONLY at Walmart. I super duper hate Walmart.
Seriously. 1) I am horrified that our floors were so disgusting. 2) My cats shed WAY more than I previously thought. I am seriously considering vacuuming them. 3) After vacuuming with the Fusion, our whole apartment smells delightfully fresh. 4) The Fusion was LESS THAN $140. SUCK IT DYSON!
I will probably go hug the Fusion as soon as I am sure that noone is looking.