Cat Hair for Birds Nests
Do you have long-haired pets? I have one cat and, over winter, I save the hair from her daily brushings to give to birds for their spring nests.
There have been a number of suggested bird nesting materials and some are do nots: aluminum, plastic, human hair, yarn and dryer lint. Also on the do not use list are string and dog hair. The best nesting material I have found to date is the long cat hair. It lasted less than a day in the repurposed suet feeder, now refreshed with a second batch.
Later this year I will check birdhouses and look for tufts of cat hair sticking out of nexts and birdhouse corners.
The cat fur is a favorite because it is very soft and warm, giving the nest extra insulation and protection.
To save your long haired cat fur, clean your brush after every brushing session. Clean your winter suet holder before filling with pet fur, then hang back on a tree.
If you can watch the suet holder, periodically check it and you may catch a bird helping themselves to the fur.