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As spring approaches, cat hair falls

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I know spring is almost here because the cat is starting to shed, and I am looking for the telephone number of the fellow with the truck who comes by to haul the hair away once I have piled it up with the leaf blower.

I often think it is too bad somebody hasn’t thought of something to do with all the extra cat hair that accumulates in warm weather, especially at our house. Could it be used to insulate houses? Could it be used for making doormats? Could it be used for making garage carpets? Stuffing mattresses?

I know barbers who save human hair and put it in their compost piles. If a cat owner did put cat hair in the compost pile, mice probably would stay away from any gardens that were dressed with that compost. But dogs might chase around and dig in it.

Some dogs are shedding now, and it might be possible to put both dog and cat hair in the compost pile. The dog hair probably would chase the cat hair, which would result in a self-turning compost pile, which would take a lot of the work out of it.

But if one doesn’t keep a compost pile, one is still stuck with all that cat hair. It is too hard to weave, and even if it could be woven, you could never make fabric from the yarn. Imagine how a shirt or pair of pants made from cat-hair yarn would itch.

I’ve tried to vacuum the cat, but the animal won’t hold still for it. She bolts as soon as the vacuum turns on, jumps the fence and doesn’t come back until supper. When she returns, she is all covered with hair she has shed while she has been gone.

I’m thinking about trading the cat in for a sheep, which at least has useful fleece. Sheep, however, are hard to house train, and when they rub your leg have a tendency to knock you over.


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