START A PETITION 27,000,000 members: the world's largest community for good

7 Surprising Ways to Use Pet Hair

  • a Care2 favorite by Katie Waldeck
7 Surprising Ways to Use Pet Hair

Pet hair here, pet hair there, pet hair everywhere! Yep, if there’s anything pet parents have plenty of, it’s pet hair, so why not put some if it to good use? Read on for clever ways to reuse your animal friend’s hair.



Do Good.

1. Save the Planet. Most people’s hair gets greasy when it hasn’t been washed because it soaks up oil — hence the need for shampoo! And while that might not always be so great for our hygiene, it can be great for the environment. The California-based nonprofit Matter of Trust accepts donations of both pet and human hair and ships them off to help clean up oil spills. The donated hair is stuffed into hosiery and made into “booms” that are dispatched to polluted waters. Click here for detailed information on donating to this great cause.


Get Crafty!

2. Make Yarn. It might seem a little strange to sport a sweater  or scarf knitted from your pet, but, hey, it’s been going on for hundreds, perhaps even thousands, of years! Save up all that hair and spin it yourself. Or, for the less crafty among us, there are plenty of skilled artists out there (Etsy is a great resource for this) who will spin the yarn and make something great for you.

3. Use as a Stuffing. Making pillows? Pet hair makes a great stuffing.

4. Make Cat Toys. True to feline form, cats love toys made out of their own fur. And, if made properly, you don’t have to worry about any hairball problems! Watch this video for detailed instructions.



In the Garden.

5. Compost. Nitrogen-rich pet hair can works wonders on your soil. Because the stuff takes so long to decompose, your best bet is to cut the hair into smaller strands before adding it to your compost bin, or skipping the compost all together and adding it straight to the soil.

6. Help the Birds. Birds will.. er… fly at the chance to use pet hair to build their nests. You can place a basket in your yard filled with pet hair and other nest-building materials, like twigs, pine needles, and strips of bark. Don’t offer pet hair from animals that haven been chemically treated for fleas or ticks, however.

7. Ward Off Pests. Pesky slugs and snails feasting on your garden? Ward them off by sprinkling pet hair around your plants. This can also work for bigger pests like gophers, rabbits, raccoons, chipmunks, deer and other critters.

DIY Natural Pesticide Recipe is Safe Enough to Eat
5 Solutions for Natural Flea Control

Read more: Cats, Conscious Consumer, Crafts & Design, Crafts & Hobbies, Do Good, Dogs, Everyday Pet Care, Home, Lawns & Gardens, Make a Difference, Natural Pest Control, Nature, Pets, Reduce, Recycle & Reuse, Surprising uses for ..., , , , ,

have you shared this story yet?

go ahead, give it a little love

Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


+ add your own
9:36PM PDT on Jun 17, 2015


6:11AM PDT on Jun 6, 2015

great ideas

6:43AM PDT on May 27, 2015

Wish I'd known these tips years ago, would have saved me a whole lot of headache!

4:57AM PDT on May 26, 2015

Who would have thought that you could use pet hair. Cool ideas

6:15AM PDT on May 6, 2015

Thanks for sharing

1:30PM PDT on Apr 26, 2015


7:35AM PDT on Apr 25, 2015

I had a robin's nest close enough that I could watch the progression of the babies growing up until they flew away. With four retrievers I figured it would be full of dog hair - not a strand!
It gets composted in my own, and when I have too much I greencart it and give it to friends for their compost!

6:31PM PDT on Apr 19, 2015

Found out I could compost hair ( ours & our dogs ) a while back . I'm always looking for stuff to compaos as it's " black gold ".

5:11AM PDT on Apr 16, 2015

thanks for sharing :)

12:37AM PDT on Apr 16, 2015

I not only provide saved up cat fur for my Wild Garden Birds,
I also save up the Fluff from my Tumble Drier..
I've done this for many years & All of the Birds in this Region
have Nests which are Toasty & Cozy, all Winter long.. :)

add your comment

Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

people are talking

Committment to getting a puppy means taking the dog to obedience training. Puppy class is actually f…

Thanks for the tips !!!

How come the Govt protects such criminal acts :crime against humanity under what pretext


Select names from your address book   |   Help

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.

site feedback


Problem on this page? Briefly let us know what isn't working for you and we'll try to make it right!