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A Ball of Yarn Isn’t a Safe Cat Toy

You’ll find pictures of kittens playing with balls of yarn all over the internet, in magazines and in advertisements. It has become an image as classic as kittens lapping at a saucer of milk. It’s very odd though that these two very classic, cute and seemingly harmless activities are actually not healthy.

In previous articles I’ve discussed how milk is not needed by cats once they’re weaned from the mother and that cats actually become lactose intolerant. In today’s article, I want to focus on the dangers of having that cute little kitten playing with a ball of yarn.

It’s Fun, but at What Risk to Your Cat?

You can certainly understand the appeal of a ball of yarn when it comes to kitten playtime. The yarn is light, easy to bat around and many people already have balls of yarn somewhere in their home. What kitten could resist the movement of the ball of yarn as a human family member crochets or knits? It’s easy for new cat guardians to automatically think that the kitten would completely enjoy chasing the ball of yarn as it rolls around the room, unraveling as it goes.

three books by author Pam Johnson-Bennett and a quote from Beth Stern


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