Today is the day to bring attention to one issue constantly plaguing cats and their owners: hairballs. Well, we decided to do it with Moderncat style. Instead of shunning these furry frustrations, we have turned them into a hot new accessory, because if you’re going to wear cat fur, why not be fashionable about it.
Hairballs are not usually pretty. The best way to avoid a nasty mess is to brush your cat regularly. My preferred grooming tool is The Furminator. Use it to groom your cat and you’ll have the raw material needed to create your own jewelry line that allows you to take a little bit of Kitty with you everywhere you go.
I enlisted the help of my friend and modern jewelry designer extraordinaire, Heidi Abrahamson, to create these one-of-a-kind pieces. I started with a good grooming session with several of the cats, then I hand-rolled each ball of cat fur into a tight bead. By rolling the loose fur between your palms, the strands become felted together, forming a solid little bead. Heidi then transformed the beads using her silversmithing skills and her amazing eye for modern design, and voilà!
I admit, I had way too much fun working on this project! A huge thank you to Heidi and to the stunning Justine Nations for modeling our hairball creations. We even had a little help from Heidi’s cat Puccini, who you may recognize from some of my other photo shoots. Thank you to Caroline from Romeo the Cat for organizing National Hairball Awareness Day. I don’t know if we’ll be able to top this next year!
Yes, Heidi said she would be happy to create custom hairball jewelry for you, too! Feel free to contact her for pricing and details.
Photos by Kate Benjamin.