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The Best & Worst Fabrics for Repelling Cat Fur (With Pictures)

Written by: Misty Layne

Last Updated on February 1, 2024 by Catster Editorial Team

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The Best & Worst Fabrics for Repelling Cat Fur (With Pictures)

You love your cat, but you don’t always love their fur. Cat fur has a habit of clinging to absolutely anything and everything, especially if you have a long-haired cat. Unfortunately, there isn’t much you can do to stop your cat from shedding (though regular brushings can help!). However, you can invest in some fabrics for your clothes, furniture, or bedding that can help repel cat fur.

What are the best fabrics for repelling cat fur? And what are the worst? Here’s a look at the fabrics you should invest in to have less cat fur clinging and the ones you should avoid at all costs.

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How Are Fabrics Classified?

Fabrics are classified by two different groups of classification. The first classification is done by the kind of fiber used to create the fabric—synthetic or natural. The second classification is done by how the fabric was manufactured—whether it was knitted or woven.

When it comes to synthetic versus natural fibers used in fabrics, synthetic refers to materials that are entirely man-made. Natural fibers come from plants and animals (silk and cotton would be examples).

Then there’s how the fabric is manufactured or whether it is knitted or woven. Knitted fabrics are known for having elasticity and the ability to retain their form (like a scarf). Mesh, lycra, and lace are just a few examples of knitted materials. Woven materials have less elasticity than knitted ones and tend to be more durable. Silk, chiffon, satin, crepe, linen, and denim are just a few materials that fall into the woven category.

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The 7 Best Fabrics for Repelling Cat Fur

To start, we’ll look at seven fabrics that repel cat hair. These pet hair-resistant fabrics tend to be either tightly woven or smooth (or both!), which allows the fabrics to resist clingy pet hair. But which is the best fabric to repel cat hair?

1. Canvas

Crumpled fabric texture
Image Credit: Gierczyk Adam, Shutterstock
Cost: $$
How to Wash: Hand-wash
Durability: High

Canvas can be a fantastic pet hair-resistant fabric, as it’s made at least partially from cotton and sometimes linen and is tightly woven. Cotton is blended with synthetic fibers, making this material heavy-duty and extremely durable. However, watch for those synthetic fibers, as they may be more likely to produce static electricity, which can make cat fur cling. You’ll find this fabric most often used for shoes, jackets, bags, and furniture.

2. Denim

Denim bottoms
Image Credit: c11ygyg, Shutterstock
Cost: $–$$
How to Wash: Machine-wash
Durability: High

Denim is a material you probably have a lot of in your closet. Not only is it comfy to wear, but it’s incredibly durable. And if you wear jeans often, you might have already noticed that your cat’s hair sticks to them less than it does to other clothing. Denim is another material that is tightly woven, making it more difficult for fur to attach itself and stay.

3. Leather

cat wearing a black leather costume
Image Credit: miss.lemon, Shutterstock
Cost: $$$
How to Wash: Hand-wash
Durability: High

What makes leather a fabric that repels cat hair? It’s the smoothness; your kitty’s fur will just slide right off when it touches it. Leather may be more expensive than other pet hair-resistant fabrics, but it’s highly durable; it can last for decades if you have a quality leather item and take care of it! Plus, genuine leather is more resistant to being scratched by kitty’s claws.

Of course, some people may not be comfortable with genuine leather as it is an animal product. The good news is that faux leather will also repel cat fur; however, it will be less durable and may be more easily scratched.

4. Microfiber

Stack of colorful microfiber cloths on white table
Image Credit: New Africa, Shutterstock
Cost: $–$$
How to Wash: Machine or hand-wash
Durability: High

Microfiber can be an excellent choice when you’re looking for a fabric to repel cat fur, as it’s very smooth and tightly woven. It’s also extremely durable and can be more resistant to claws, which is a bonus. The downside is that microfiber contains polyester, which can produce static cling if you aren’t careful, and that will attract cat hair. But, overall, microfiber is a fantastic choice, particularly for furniture.

5. Rayon

Fabric viscose (rayon)
Image Credit: Stanley Kalvan, Shutterstock
Cost: $$
How to Wash: Hand-wash preferable
Durability: Low

Rayon is a fairly common fabric. It is made from cellulose fibers that come from wood pulp, but though it comes from a natural source, chemicals are used in its making, so it is considered semi-synthetic. This reasonably versatile fabric is tightly woven, so it repels cat fur better than some other fabrics. However, rayon does have a tendency to develop mild static cling sometimes, so watch for that.

6. Silk

Image Credit: Stanley Kalvan, Shutterstock
Cost: $$$
How to Wash: Hand-wash
Durability: Medium

Silk is one of the priciest fabrics that repels cat fur. This natural fabric is known for being soft and silky smooth (which helps it resist cat hair), but it’s also one of the most durable of natural fibers (though it definitely will not hold up well to kitty claws). You’ll find this luxurious fabric often used in high-end fashion and upholstery. One drawback, though, is that it can easily experience static cling if you aren’t careful, which will attract loose hair.

7. Tightly Woven 100% Cotton

cotton fabric
Image Credit: Bru-nO, Shutterstock
Cost: $
How to Wash: Machine-wash
Durability: Medium

If you’re going with cotton as a fabric for clothing or especially bedding, you’ll want to find 100% cotton that has been tightly woven. 100% cotton is high-quality, fairly durable, and breathable, so it’s excellent as a clothing fabric. The more tightly woven it is, the less likely you’ll find tons of cat hair on it. Skip the cotton blends, though, as those contain synthetic fabrics, which are more likely to experience static cling and attract fur.

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The 5 Worst Fabrics for Repelling Cat Fur

Now it’s time to find out which fabrics are the absolute worst to have in a home with felines. These fabrics are prone to picking up cat fur, not repelling it!

1. Corduroy

Dark Blue Corduroy Fabric
Image Credit: GD-AK, Shutterstock
Cost: $–$$
How to Wash: Machine-wash
Durability: High

Corduroy may be a highly durable material, but it has a wider weave that makes it simpler for cat hair to get stuck in it. Plus, corduroy has a ridged pattern, which makes removing fur from it that much more difficult. It’s best to skip this fabric and go for a smoother one with a tighter weave!

2. Polyester

polyester fiber carpet
Image Credit: yanin kongurai, Shutterstock
Cost: $
How to Wash: Machine-wash
Durability: High

Polyester is a synthetic fiber, which means it’s more likely to pick up cat fur due to static cling than to repel it. It’s unfortunate because polyester can be found in a plethora of clothing and other items, as it’s affordable and versatile. But having this fabric around felines means attracting cat hair, so if you want pet hair-resistant items, stick with natural fabrics.

3. Tweed

Fabric Tweed Texture
Image Credit: noina, Shutterstock
Cost: $$–$$$
How to Wash: Hand-wash
Durability: High

Tweed may be a classic fabric, but it’s even worse than corduroy at attracting cat fur. The texture of tweed not only catches loose fur but holds onto it. It’s also nearly impossible to get rid of cat hair from a tweed item. If you wear tweed around your kitty, be prepared to do some work to remove their hair from it!

4. Velvet/Velour

velour fabric
Image Credit: Hitachin33, Shutterstock
Cost: $–$$$
How to Wash: Dry clean/Machine-wash
Durability: Low to medium

Velvet and velour may look fabulous, especially on furniture, but they attract cat hair like no one’s business. Think about those velvet brushes that work to clean other fabrics of fur; there’s a reason they work so well! Velvet and velour both produce a lot of static cling and have a knitted texture that doesn’t lend itself to repelling cat hair.

5. Wool

Turquoise Woolen Threads
Image Credit: LuckyStep, Shutterstock
Cost: $$
How to Wash: Dry clean, hand-wash, or machine-wash
Durability: High

There’s no two ways about it; wool is a fur magnet! The weave of wool makes it much more likely to attract your kitty’s hair than repel it, so you can expect wool items to end up looking like your pet has rolled around on you. The material may be super durable and nice, but wool isn’t the way to go if it’s pet hair-resistant fabric you want.

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You may not be able to do much about your favorite feline’s shedding, but you can at least invest in more pet hair-resistant fabrics that will repel fur. You can choose from several out there, and most are used in clothing and furnishings. However, there are plenty of fabrics you’ll want to avoid, as they are much more prone to picking up cat hair rather than repelling it. The fabrics listed above come in a wide variety of prices, so you can definitely find one that fits your budget. Some are easier to clean than others, so pay attention to that when choosing a fabric.

Featured Image Credit: Tanya Consaul Photography, Shutterstock

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