Being owned by one fluffy white cat means that regular brushing is part of the daily routine. And now, my daughter’s fluffy grey cat has come to stay with us for the summer while she’s in Alberta. So, there’s certainly no shortage of kitty fluff around! Especially after the two boys have had a playful romp.
I was cleaning up the aftermath of just such a “tango” and released a good-sized ball of cat fluff to the brisk, afternoon breeze. When Charlie chastises me for not putting it in the garbage can, I always laugh and say, “It’s okay, the birds will use it.” (Even in the winter!)
But it is a very kind thing to do, especially this time of year, to help birds build their nests by supplying them with bits of most any soft, clean material. Pet hair would be a sure winner, but any bits of fluff: leftover pieces of yarn, dryer lint, cotton batting scraps, even tiny bits of frayed fabric all help to insulate and soften the birds’ summer homes.
These materials can be tucked into the crooks of trees, snagged on shrubbery, or left to hang in a netting type bag or small basket — if you supply it, they will use it.(Click photo for photo credit)