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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

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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