No Balls of Yarn For Kitty
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It’s a typical image: a kitten playing with a ball of yarn. We’ve seen it in countless pictures. The problem is that yarn isn’t a safe toy for your cat. Cats have backward facing barbs on their tongues (you’re familiar with that scratchy feeling when kitty licks you) and whatever lands there only has one way to go…down. So if your kitten or adult cat starts playing with the yarn and gets some on her tongue she’ll have to swallow it. This has the potential to cause serious intestinal problems that could result in an emergency trip to the veterinarian.
Even if you use fishing pole-type toys, always make sure your cat doesn’t chew on the stringed parts. This is also why interactive toys should be put away after each play session.
Your cat is always on alert and ready to play with whatever moves and the light weight of the yarn makes it very enticing, especially for a revved up young kitten. Keeping your cat safe is a top priority and that innocent-looking ball of yarn can be easily missed during your cat-proofing rounds.
Toys are a vital part of life for a happy, healthy cat but let’s save the yarn for that knitting project.
What do you do to create safe playtime for your cat?
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