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Recycle your Pets Fur

Updated on November 10, 2012

Recycling Pet Fur - I do not mean just vacuuming folks

Ok being an owner of 9 pets can get pretty furry. I knew there had to be something I can do with all those fur balls under the couch. Well there is and it is so cool that I had to share it with all who probably never knew it could be done. It brings a whole new outlook on those fur balls we all hate so much.

Some may think it is gross, but I say it is just going to clog the vacuum anyway - why not make it useful.

Why am I writing about Fur Balls?

It is easy - I own 9 pets - 3 dogs and 6 cats. I love them all, but what I hate is the fur they create all over the house. Now I vacuum sometimes 2 times a day - I even have the vacuum robot too. I go through vacuums like crazy - at least 2-3 a year. I would not have it any other way though - I love all my pets and the fur really does come with the territory - but I do not have to like that part.

I have rules in my house for us and visitors - like NO BLACK IS ALLOWED. Regardless how much I vacuum it is still there. You move the couch and it is like you have a litter of pups hanging out under there - ewwww.

So anyway I always wondered what can you do with all that - almost seems like a waste to fill those vacuum bags with perfectly good fur. So after some research I was amazed there are places you can send it to be spun into yarn. I am so excited about this - do you know how much stuff I can make? Now it may sound kinda gross, but not really - Wool is from a sheep and we wear wool. Why not have things made from our loved ones to have forever - a piece of our Fur Babies.

So do you think you may try this?

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What Fur can be used?

Dogs

Cats

Rabbits

Goats

LLamas

Horses

and more...........

WoW

Did You Know:

Yarn spun from a double coated pet is up to 80% warmer than wool

What can you make from the Fur?

Well - good question. Pretty much anything you can make with yarn. Scarves, Pillows, Sweaters, Hats, mittens, blankets and more....

Here are some of things you can do with it:

KNITTING & CROCHET

WEAVING

MACRAM

RUG HOOKING

NEEDLE POINT-PLASTIC CANVAS

QUILTING

SCRAP BOOKING

Who would have ever thought those pesky fur balls can do so much - how cool is that?

How do I do this?

Relax - You do not need to spin your pets fur yourself into yarn. There are many companies and people out there that will do it for you, although I am thinking maybe I will learn - sounds profitable. Anyway - you can send off your fur balls to them and they will wash it, prepare it, spin it and send it back to you. So now you think - what the heck am I to do with the yarn - I am not crafty. Well a lot of these people will create the item for you. How neat is that - all you need to do is gather the fur and they send back a cool item that is made from your fur baby. That could not be a better keepsake if I do say so myself.

Each Company will explain how to gather the fur and all the information needed for the process.

What a great Keepsake

For yourself or someone else

Martha Stewart's Blog on Dog Fur Spinning and How it is Done

Martha's dog Paw Paw passed and she had saved his fur from a grooming. She did a show on this with the owner of VIP Fibers on February 14th 2008.

Read Martha's Blog Here.

KEEPSAKE HEARTS made from your Pet Fur - From VIP Fibers

KEEPSAKE HEARTS made from your Pet Fur - From VIP Fibers
KEEPSAKE HEARTS made from your Pet Fur - From VIP Fibers

PET-ABLE PICTURE FRAME made from your Pet Fur - From VIP Fibers

PET-ABLE PICTURE FRAME made from your Pet Fur - From VIP Fibers
PET-ABLE PICTURE FRAME made from your Pet Fur - From VIP Fibers

PET-ABLE PENDANT-SPOKES and PET-ABLE PENDANT-CROSS made from your Pet Fur - From VIP Fibers

PET-ABLE PENDANT-SPOKES and PET-ABLE PENDANT-CROSS made from your Pet Fur - From VIP Fibers
PET-ABLE PENDANT-SPOKES and PET-ABLE PENDANT-CROSS made from your Pet Fur - From VIP Fibers

Throw Blanket made from your Pet Fur - From VIP Fibers

Throw Blanket made from your Pet Fur - From VIP Fibers
Throw Blanket made from your Pet Fur - From VIP Fibers

Dog Fur - Double Coated, Undercoat, Outer Coat

What does all this mean? Ok here is a quick lesson for you with Dog fur.

Double Coated Fur

Means having both a soft undercoat and a coarser topcoat. Some breeds with this type are Poms, Huskys, Samoyeds, Collies, Shelties and Akitas. The undercoat of a double coated breed can become very matted very easily. These are the heaviest shedders.

Undercoat - what does that mean?

The undercoat lies closest to the dog's skin and grows in clusters from a single follicle. The undercoat has a soft, downy appearance and works to protect the skin from cold weather.

Outercoat - what does that mean?

This is composed of long, stiff guard hairs that protect the undercoat.

Here is Fur that was put in a Hanging Pot and the birds came and used it for a nest

Here is Fur that was put in a Hanging Pot and the birds came and used it for a nest
Here is Fur that was put in a Hanging Pot and the birds came and used it for a nest

Watch the Birds come take the Fur to use for their nest

Cat Fur - What about it?

Cat have 2 fur coats

Most cats have two layers of fur. On top is the hair that is responsible for the color and pattern. The bottom layer is responsible for the insulation.

Angora cats have longer Gaurd hairs, the Cornish Rex has no gaurd hairs at all, and the Persians have longer Gaurd hairs and under hairs.

Self washing fur coat

Each piece of fur is covered with overlapping scales, each about 0.0005 mm thick. The edges that don't have these scales work like teeth. If one hair out or is pushed out of place then other hairs will tilt over until that hair falls back into place. One lick with their tongue will help this process. Bet some men wish that worked for them huh?

My Furry Cat Experience - My Maine Coon has long silky fur he cleans himself with no problem - although sometimes I find things stuck on him (worst was Fly Tape)- lol.

My newest kitten is a Persian mix - his fur is more coarse and requires grooming to avoid mats.

Cat Grooming Books

Pet Care Related Items - Take care of those pets!!!

WE DO NOT SUPPORT

The Cat and Dog Fur Trade

In making this site I did find a sad side

When I made this site I had no idea that there is a horrible thing that goes on with people torturing dogs and cats for their fur. My intentions with this is to tell people they can take their pets fur and make it into a memorable item for themselves as a keep sake. In no way do I support the use of pets fur in a way that is cruel to the pet. What I am telling you is for personal use, when you groom your pet nicely and not to skin your pet for their fur. I know the pet lovers understand, but I just do not want anyone to think I am promoting anything bad here. I hate to have to end this in a sad note, but some people in the world are sick.

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      thepartyanimal2 4 years ago

      @knitstricken: Oh those are beautiful dogs. Some people do not care for this, but I think it is great.

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      knitstricken 4 years ago

      This is such a nicely done lens. It really covers the scope of the subject. My dogs are single coated (Portuguese Water Dogs). I do enjoy spinning their hair. The photo frame is a really sweet keepsake idea!

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      I have to admit my first reaction to the thought of wearing a blanket made out of Buckwheat's fur from the vacuum was "OOOOOOhhhhhhhhhh!" But obviously this meets a lot of emotional needs for pet lovers - we are a crazy lot anyway - and it is very environmentally sound. Pinned onto my dogs board and my green living board, sent out by digg, given a big link on my own lens: http://www.squidoo.com/best-vacuum-cleaner-for-dog... - and blessed. You have made a quality page here, extremely informative and fun.

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      thepartyanimal2 4 years ago

      @Ruthi: It is a cool thing to do and I use a lot of my dogs fur for the birds as well - you can put it in a suet feeder and it is fun to watch them come take it in the spring.

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      Ruthi 4 years ago

      I had heard about spinning yarn from pet hairs many years ago and wish I had saved all the swept up hairs from my girls over the years. It would be awesome to cuddle up in such a warm reminder of my faithful friends. I do always wad the hair up after a brushing and toss it for the wild critters. I use to have a bird nest with my Tidbit's hair woven into it. It disappeared a few years ago, sadly so.

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      June Nash 5 years ago

      Cute site! Never heard of making yarn from pets until earlier this year! Thanks for the entertaining site!

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      MrPets 5 years ago

      Very interesting ideas, thanks for sharing!

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      Sher Ritchie 5 years ago

      We have 24 cats (all rescues) who shed a great deal of fur - I wondered if that fur could be recycled and thankyou for showing me that it can be! Wow! I love your lens, I've featured it on mine: http://www.squidoo.com/o-and-bernices-cat-sanctuar... Thanks for sharing!

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      Sheila 5 years ago from Omaha, NE

      One more note for those who knit or crochet, your local animal rescue shelter animals always appreciate warmth to make their stay more comfortable - how about whipping up a few small blankets and donating them!

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      Sheila 5 years ago from Omaha, NE

      I only wish I'd found your lens years ago. I have a Miniature Schnauzer rescue, and I'm a crochet designer. I have always done all their haircuts myself, so hair supply is no problem! I think this would be a beautiful way to make a keepsake that I could treasure forever from their fur, which they don't need anyway:) I have also left fur outside for the birds and squirrels, and it sure does disappear! Your lens is wonderful, blessed and chosen for a SquidQuest for Earth Day!

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      Great ideas here! Blessed!

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      biminibahamas 5 years ago

      What about crocheting a dog blanket? Interesting lens.

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      JimDickens 5 years ago

      my favorite is for nesting.

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      PopArtGirl 6 years ago

      This is such a cool idea! Can't wait to try it out - there is WAY more than enough corgi fur around here - I'll have sweaters to last me through the next ice age! :)

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      Lenskeeper 6 years ago

      I like this. What a great way to create a memory item of your pet! I once read a book where a buy made a sweater from the fur of a wolf, and all of the dogs got really excited wherever he went!

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      smithlights 6 years ago

      Wow! Who would have thought! I wish I had known this when I had two collies! We could have made blankets for armies! The thought of fur blankets makes me wonder... would new fur stick to it like regular blankets?

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      puerdycat lm 6 years ago

      Oh, how sweet ... and funny: Those wiggling noses! ... and USEFUL: warmer than wool! like-fave-roll

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      Kitty Levee 6 years ago

      I had 2 Standard Poodles. One was a burnt cinnamon color and the other was strawberry blond. I had their fur spun by a friend. Beautiful.

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      ChemKnitsBlog2 6 years ago

      When I first heard of this, I thought it sounded weird... but then again so many other fibers that we use in yarn are animal fibers! I've come across many services where you can send your pet fur and they will spin it for you. (If there isn't enough, or if the fibers are too short, they can blend it with wool). Blessed:)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I think it's a great idea. We have 7 rescue rabbits living with us and one is a huge white cashmere. I have to regulary trim Lily's fur and I put it outside for the birds to line their nests with. The birds take it but I'm not sure if it actually ends up in their nests or not.

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      admiralglass lm 6 years ago

      Great lens I know someone that does this and mixes it with wool to make jumpers.

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      Johann The Dog 7 years ago from Northeast Georgia

      I think spinning my fur is a super idea!!! Very green, and warm! Woofs, Johann

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      sunnysideup lm 8 years ago

      Wow! I never would have thought of this. How unique! I'm going to lensroll this with my cat brush lens... they both go hand in hand. Thanks!

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      happynutritionist 8 years ago

      Oh my, I JUST finished grooming Aspen, my Yorkie's hair, and sat down, and saw this lens, wish I had seen this sooner:-) I usually put her hair outside so that the birds etc. can use it for nesting material, but will have to remember this for the future.

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      lakern26 lm 8 years ago

      I love this lens! I had no idea this was going on, but it makes a lot of sense. Thanks for the info!

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      Suzie-Shine 8 years ago

      Never thought of such a thing. What an interesting lens.Suzie

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      greenerme 8 years ago

      I'm keeping this in mind for part 2 of green lensmasters. I'll keep you updated! Great ideas.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      This is really amazing. I had no idea and will sure share it with some friends. Thanks for the heads up.

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      Jeff Wendland 8 years ago from Kalamazoo, MI

      Wow, I always figured that there had to be some kind of good use for all that fur. 5*

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      dazsgeo 8 years ago

      Great lens! I have shared my dogs fur with the birds and they do seem to appreciate it. Recycling at its best!

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      stemcells 8 years ago

      Thank you for top information about pets!I picked up  a lot of petgrooming tips from this site:Pet GroomingAccessories and history of bringing up a pets

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      grannysage 8 years ago

      I was amazed too when I read about making things out of pet furr. It would have been nice to have something to remember our cats that have gone on before. Thanks for this interesting look at another part of being owned by a pet. 5*

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      Alisha Vargas 8 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      I think it's funny that we buy so many other fibers made from animal fur and think it's fine but many people think it's gross to do it with your pet's fur. I've been thinking about doing this since I have fourteen cats and was thinking having something made of their fur would be the only thing that wouldn't show stray hairs ;-) Anyone know if it has to be separated by type or animal or if it could be a mix?

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      Deb Kingsbury 8 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      I'm amazed at the images of what people have made from their pets' fuzz ... but not surprised. I'd collected a bunch of my now-deceased kitties' fur, which my husband, actually, somehow "spun" (with his fingers), then knit into a little square. I still have it several years later. So I knew it could be done, but I never realized it WAS being done by so many people or that there were companies that would do it for you. Neat! Love your lens.

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      Marijoyce 8 years ago

      Wow, how interesting this lens is. I had no idea you could do something with all that dog fur, other than clog the vaccuum (in my house it's really good for that). This is a great lens, useful, interesting and really complete info.

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      Frankie Kangas 8 years ago from California

      I have a bunch of cats and I knit a little. I'm gonna have to check out the sites to send my fur to. Well done lens. Thanks for the great info. 5 stars and favorite. Bear hugs, Frankie aka Cat Woman

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      RolandTumble 8 years ago

      your poll module should include an "I already do this" option--I can't vote for the ones there....

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      Lou165 8 years ago from Australia

      My mum always used to joke that she should get a spinning wheel when we had our Old English Sheepdogs, but I never thought people 'really' did it. It's actually quite a cool idea when you think about it. Another unique lens.

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      Dianne Loomos 8 years ago

      Never heard of this before. In the spring when we brush our dogs we put the fur outside in a flower box. The birds are building nests at that time and it is fun to watch them come and sort through the fur to choose just the right batch and fly off with it.

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      WritingWench 8 years ago

      Wow, I'd heard of people donating their hair but didn't realize you could "recycled" your pet fur. Of course, my vizslas have very short fur, so it probably couldn't be knitted into anything, but this is a neat lens. ;)

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      MicaK1 8 years ago

      What a beautiful lens! I'm the type who recycles what I can and wondered if there was anything useful with dog hair. Now I know! Thanks for the info! 5 stars.

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      MicaK1 8 years ago

      What a beautiful lens! I'm the type who recycles what I can and wondered if there was anything useful with dog hair. Now I know! Thanks for the info! 5 stars.

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      RuthCoffee 9 years ago

      One of my short hair cats has the whitest, thickest, softest, silkiest fur I've ever seen. I would love to wear something like that!

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      LisaDH 9 years ago

      I think this is a much better idea than killing animals for their fur, so why not?? 5*

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      beeobrien lm 9 years ago

      Years ago I had the fur from my MIL's Samoyed spun into fur, then I mixed it with silk and wove it into a scarf for Christmas. People either loved it or thought it was disgusting. But she cried when she got it. I have it now, and it still makes me smile.