I see a lot of lightweight articles of dubious scientific merit claiming that one should not shave down a dog's coat in the summer because it actually helps keep it cool during the summer. Can someone point me to actual science that upholds or refutes this claim? [more inside]
I picked up a nice cowboy hat at a yard sale. Is it rabbit or beaver? [more inside]
Is there a relatively cheap (i.e. non-dry clean) way to get years of cigarette smoke out of somewhat sensitive vintage clothing (i.e. silk, wool, fur)? I see a lot of weird suggestions online but has anyone here had to go through this and what's the best solution? Also, what is the most ethical way to either sell or donate fur? Some context below in the break. [more inside]
What tools/products do you use to get cat hair off your furniture and linoleum floors? BunnyCat's fur is extra sticky or something because it takes a LOT of effort to get her hair off my fabric couch and chairs and the crappy plastic baseboards that are everywhere in my apartment. Lint rollers and my vacuum can't handle the density of it all anymore. What's the next step? Bonus points if your method can get cat hair out of a velour papasan cushion!
I’d like to get a better understanding (or, really, any understanding) of how cats are able to survive under extremes of temperature. [more inside]
Since my most recent haircut has made me look a bit like Mason Verger off NBC's Hannibal ( proof) I've decided to make it my Halloween costume this year. I want to focus on his first appearance in the white fur-trimmed coat. ( Like this ) What the hell is he wearing and where can I find a reasonable look alike within the month? Something cheap enough that I don't have to work it into my daily wardrobe to justify buying it. [more inside]
We have an otherwise healthy kitty (about 3 years old) except for this issue with the fur on her back. She's basically licking herself to the point of creating sores on her back. How do we fix this? [more inside]
I bought a box of miscellaneous vintage things, mostly fur hats. At the bottom of the box was a muff that appears to be made of leopard. I know that I cannot legally resell it on the Internet, or in any other way that crosses state lines. So what should I do with it? Keep it? Resell in my vintage shop space in my own state? Viking funeral? [more inside]
Having an outer barrier to wind and a trapped air space inside is the best way to insulate. It's axiomatic for insulating buildings. Impermeable skin on the outside and fur on the inside seems more effecient than fur on the outside. It seems to me that you could wear a less effective insulator, turned inside out as it were, that would weigh less. Why don't people that use animal skins for insulation do this?
Dry cleaning a furry costume with milk on it? [more inside]
Where to get a REAL Santa suit? I don't want a costume! I want something I can wear as I work outside in the winter, real functional clothes that happen to be red and lined with white fur. [more inside]
It's super hot and my dog is getting old. Today I soaked her gently with cool hose water. (She doesn't love it but tolerates it well if I am gentle.) I figure it will help her cool off both as the water is running over her and later as the water evaporates. I am reading online that wet dog fur traps heat. What's the real story?
7 month old puppy chewing herself constantly, huge bald spots. Any idea why? [more inside]
Is wearing fur actually any worse than wearing leather? There's a much stronger taboo against wearing fur, but I can't think of any reasons why it's worse than leather.
Looking for recommendations on good Men's Winter Coat manufacturers. Fur trim on hood preferable! [more inside]
My old cat has long thick fur and hates being brushed or fussed at, so now we're well into a hot summer she has mats. [more inside]
Two years ago, I rescued an older 10lbs shiba inu/chihuahua mix who has a lot of fur and overheats easily. We've already had a few hot days in Los Angeles this year, and I'm concerned about keeping him cool and healthy, especially since we've moved to a new house that gets a lot warmer during the day. [more inside]
Why does cat fur grow in multiple color bands, while human hair doesn't? [more inside]
Can I get this cornmeal out of my dog's fur without shaving him? [more inside]
How do I get the musty smell out of a vintage cashmere sweater (that has a real fox fur collar?) [more inside]
Two-part question. 1. How to tell if something is real fur or fake? And in either case, how do I clean it? [more inside]
How can I get skillful with roadkill? [more inside]
One of the kittens we're fostering has developed a weird hard nodule thing on one of his front elbows. What is it, is it bad, will he die? Pics and more inside. [more inside]
So, a friend of mine has an alpaca fur blanket exactly like this one. My wife is in love with it and I would like to buy something similar for her. [more inside]
Un-matting a Faux (Fake) Wolf Fur Lined Hoodie. Please Help! Details inside. [more inside]
Why do cats have less fur in front of their ears? [more inside]
Will hair felt? [more inside]
Summer Fur Coat Storage: Is this a Fur Industry scam or a way to extend the life of your coat? (animal activists, please don't go whacky on me, I'm a vegetarian but I live in Chicago and I'm sorry, down jackets are just not as warm nor can you wear a down jacket to a wedding, the opera, etc). Every summer I mull over whether or not to have my coat and jacket cleaned and stored--obviously the fur industry promotes this, but does it REALLY prolong the life of the garment (or does it just increase the income of the fur store)?
My cat's fur is suddenly getting matted. Why, and what can I do about it? [more inside]
[Cat fur filter]: What's the best way to keep my apartment free of cat fur? [more inside]
My cat has been losing some of her fur and I'm curious about the cause. [more inside]
We've had our cats for a year-and-a-half now. Things have been great. Things have also been very stable for the cats and that is about to change majorly in a couple of months. With that in mind help answer some of my (many) cat questions. [more inside]
Is there something I can spray on clothing to make it repel pet hair? [more inside]
Nontoxic, non burning fur lightener for cats? Is there way to painlessly, stinklessly give Ms. Black Kitty a light skunklike stripe for her own protection? She lurks in dark, high traffic areas on dark carpet and consequently gets tripped over occasionally at night. [more inside]
Need a cheap, industrial strength vacuum cleaner! [more inside]
What types of fur were used for the collars of men's overcoats around 1890-1910 in England or the U.S.? Or -- can you recommend a great resource on the history of fur in fashion? [more inside]
Why is my dog's hair suddenly getting matted after 13 years? I've already figured out what I need to unmat her (a slicker brush), but I want to know why. [more inside]
Recommendations for a good cat brush? It's that time of year to be overwhelmed by shedding, and I'm looking for a good brush to use on my two cats. Cat details inside! [more inside]
Cat fur is killing me. [more inside]
My 3 year old chihuahua has suddenly developed small black spots. What are they? [more inside]
What was this wolfskin/fur fleece jacket? [more inside]
How paranoid do I need to be about wearing fur in public? [more inside]
How do I keep cat fuzz from balling up into lintballs on all my laundry? [more inside]
Advice on selling an expensive shearling coat? [more inside]
How do I keep my one-year-old cat from making a racket outside my bedroom door in the mornings? [more inside]
My parents have an Old English sheepdog, and while he has the most adorable set of eyes, we can't help but wonder, is there a medical reason that so many other sheepdog owners keep the fur covering their eyes? Are Old English sheepdogs prone to cataracts?