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Is It Okay For My Cat to Play With Yarn?

Q: Dear Nora,
My cats go crazy over yarn. They love to play with it and get all wrapped up in it. Is it okay to let them play with it? I’m worried they’ll ingest it. 

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A: I love playing with yarn. I love everything about it. I especially love ripping my mom’s knitting projects to shreds when she forgets to put them away.

Despite the fun, playing with yarn can actually be dangerous. It’s impossible for us to keep dangling and squirming things out of our mouths, you see. Before we know it, we’re swallowing it and it’s getting wrapped all around our insides and you are rushing us to the (very expensive, my mama tells me) emergency vet.

Luckily there are alternatives, such as wand toys. My mama spends some time every day playing with me with a wand toy and it’s great! I hunt it and play with it and get (safely) wrapped up in it– and as long as I am playing with my mama, she makes sure I don’t swallow anything bad, like the feathers on the end. So, hide the yarn, add more toys, and your cat will never know the difference.





  1. BDomz | | Reply

    Great advice, Nora! I have also picked up slightly heavier but similarly sized cordage from an outdoor gear store (think really, really skinny 1/8″ climbing rope) to use instead of yarn. It’s delightfully similar to yarn but indestructible and too dense to swallow. If I happen to leave it out or leave mousy dangling from it, I don’t have to worry so much, but overall I agree that toys should be put away!

  2. Nora | | Reply

    Great suggestion! Thanks!

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