Would you wear a cat hair sweater?

Cat Hair Sweater - Nice or Yucky?
United States
March 19, 2007 6:59am CST
I saw an interview, last week, with this lady (and her cat) on the Today Show showing the sweater and my questions is: Would you wear such a sweater and go to the trouble of collecting and saving the hair, it took nearly 6 years to get enough for this sweather, or think it was yucky? A woman in Lakewood, Colorado gives new meaning to the phrase "cat lady." Suzanne Owens and her cat Smokey collaborated to create a cat hair sweater. Using Smokey's shed fur, Owens collected five pounds worth of cat hair in plastic bags. The loose fur was then sent to V.I.P. Fabrics in California for conversion into yarn. One of Owens' co-workers then knit the cat hair yarn into a dove grey cardigan sweater. Photo: Actual Cat Hair Sweater
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26 responses
@mummymo (23707)
19 Mar 07
I really think it would be yucky! Imagine sitting curled up with your cat in your lap, you wouldn't know if you were stroking the cat or lourself!
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• United States
19 Mar 07
Ha ha. On the show the cat was sitting quite happily on the lady's lap and you could see the hair was the same so you could be right.
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@classy56 (2883)
• United States
19 Mar 07
no way! would i wear this sweater.i hate cat hairs.an i have a cat an i hate finding cat hairs.this lady must be a nut collecting all this hair.i hate to see how much time she spent collecting the hair. the sweater would be to nasty to wear.
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• Ireland
19 Mar 07
Well, the seater looks really nice and if I was offered one I would most likely wear it. However, I am not a cat lover and I couldn't see myself saving smelly hairs for 6 years in order to make a sweater. Then I would be thinking of the cost to have the hairs treated and made into a sweater. It would cost a lot less to just go out and buy a sweater.
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@GardenGerty (101611)
• United States
19 Mar 07
I would consider it, since the cat was not injured. I had a friend who raised angora rabbits when I was in elementary school, and they saved the fur and made yarn. I do not remember ever seeing a garment, though.
• Canada
20 Mar 07
Blimey! This is such a cool idea! I'm not sure how well this would go down to be honest. Myself and my partner have mild allergies to cat hair - although we do have a cat - and I'm not sure if the conversion into yarn would get rid of the allergy causing stuff. If it DOES, I'd love to actually try this sometime. It's amazing what people can do these days. I must say though that 6 years seems like a long time to have to collect enough hair for a single sweater lol.
@obang1483 (250)
• Philippines
20 Mar 07
Hahahaha, this lady for sure has no asthma!!! Two thumbs up for the hardwork and determination she showed to make this sweater but I don't think I can wear that...I mean, just imagining how it feels to be covered by cat's hair???.... (oops! a cat walks outside our window!!!) no!!! wearing that cat?!! definitely no!!!
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@jenalyn (675)
• United States
20 Mar 07
I couldn't wear one since I have allergies to cat hair, I would have a reaction to it even if it didn't have the dander. It would be all in my mind, but atleast I can admit it. I think that if even if I were not allergic, I would not want to wear it. It just isn't something that seems appealing to me. Of course if other people wanted to wear it, I wouldn't be like "eww" but I would never borrow their sweater. LOL
• United States
20 Mar 07
I'd wear it. But I dont know if I would want to go through all that trouble to you know gather it? *L*. I have heard of this before, making stuff out of your pets furr. Its pretty darn funny. I wonder what that would feel like... heehee
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@jennybianca (12914)
• Australia
20 Mar 07
I had a look at the photo. Although not a close up, I quite liked the softness and colour. I guess it's a nice way to remember ones cat. I don't think I could collect fur for 6 years though. One of my cats is a very fluffy dark tortie. I wonder what kind of cardigan her fur would make?
@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
20 Mar 07
I think it's kind of cool. I wouldn't bother doing it but heck if you have nothing better to do. It's no different than using wool or alpaca..I guess. It would be a great way to recycle all the hair at the groomers...Seems like alot of work to me though. I can't stand to have dog, cat or ferret hairs on me so I'm not going to be looking for one anytime soon... Great discussion though..Very interesting.
• United States
19 Mar 07
That is very interesting. I suppose all humans do have different minds off the ordinary. Seems a bit creative, no harm. I would not wear it, as I am so allergic to my furry babies as it is. I wonder if it really keeps her warm, and is soft. I bet it does. I just gave you another + for a great posting. Thanks dear.
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• Austria
19 Mar 07
heck yes, I don't get why this is gross yet wool is okay. This cat has a great live, while the wool sheep are abused. It's a little weird to save all your cat's hair to make a sweater out of it, but to each his own. Maybe I can do something like that with all my dryer lint.
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@langhua (501)
• China
20 Mar 07
oh ,i thought that a cat hair sweater is better for a girl.i would like my girlfriend to wear those close ,but i thought i have no enough money to buy that for her.............
@AmbiePam (49876)
• United States
21 Mar 07
Dude, you make it. You don't have to buy it.
• Malaysia
19 Mar 07
hello 3567, i am not a vegetarian.but i dont like to hear an animal is being killed just for the sake of making clothes out of their fur or feather or whatever..in fact..i would rather go for the fake one if i have to wear it..putting on furrish clothes like this makes you look like rich and all that..but for me i dont feel comfy in it..just imagine..how many animal we need to kill just to finish decorating their belongings to their clothes designed???? but i never deny that this stuffs are pretty..ok. actually..its all depending on our own beliefs..
• United States
20 Mar 07
Did you even read the post? The yarn was made from fur the cat had SHED naturally. She did not kill the cat to make it! She even said the cat was show with the owner and the sweater.
@mrsjbelle (1641)
• United States
20 Dec 07
Ewww no I wouldn't wear one. Might as well wear a dog hair sweater. It seems unsanitary.
@AmbiePam (49876)
• United States
21 Mar 07
Probably not. What happens when you get cat hair on it? No, seriously. If you are trying to remove the cat hair that doesn't belong, but it is similar to the sweater, how do you clean it off?
@flowerchilde (12518)
• United States
21 Mar 07
My first response is, eeeyoo, too creepy! Then I read a little of what the first responder posted about angara rabbit fur.. and I see nothing wrong with that.. but sometimes it almost seems like we're being tested all the time as to what tabu we shall go through or give up next? [Don't mind me, I'm just having a twilight zone moment.]
• United States
20 Mar 07
i probably would.i have so many cats,i probably come close to it anyway with the shedding LOL i would just hope it didn't still have "foreign cat" smell to it,or they'd probably destroy it
• Philippines
20 Mar 07
I will not and ever wear a cat hair sweater. I am a cat lover why would i wear something like that. from now on i'll be very cautious and i will ask were is the origin of the clothes i am wearing. Sometimes i wanna join people who are fighting for their pets safety, i don't what is called , but i want to join on line.
• India
20 Mar 07
I must say very very bad!! as for me pet should be taken care of not used for things like this!!! which is really hurting, i will not wear that sweater, never....