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Are Edible String Toys For Cats a Good Idea? What do you think? — 13 Comments

  1. The first time I saw this new toy/treat advertised I was astonished. For a company that should know cat psychology and anatomy better than the average cat guardian, producing a tasty toy that encourages cats to ingest string is probably the worst idea they’ve ever had.

  2. They’re trying to come up with a product that appeals to the feline natural tendency. Kudos to them for trying to *get* cat-think. But they didn’t think it through and consider guardian-think!

    We caretakers put our kitties safety as #1 priority. Some cats are chewers and we have to keep on top of them constantly. We have 1 who chews paper, especially newspaper, and another who chews plastic bags. Gotta watch those 2! I used to have a darling Angora who loved to chew those curly telephone cords! At Christmas, it’s the annual ribbon watch! String, ribbon, rubber bands!

    It’s constant watchfulness and (here’s the message to the Pull n Play people) We’re trying to TRAIN THEM NOT TO EAT / CHEW STRINGY STUFF! Why would we get a product that encourages them to do that?

    It’s just a bad idea.

    But here’s a good idea, link this article and our related comments to the Pull n Play website.

    • So right, Rani.
      I save my empty bath tissue and paper towel cardboard rolls for the purpose of hiding any electrical cords, etc.
      Like most people, the back side of my TV looks like it is ready to launch.

  3. As Jeff Goldblum said in Jurassic Park, this is one of the worst ideas in the history of bad ideas. My little Manx girl Maya would chew and gnaw anything that resembled a string, and that included telephone wire and extension cords.

  4. Thanks Michael. Lactose free milk is fine for cats to drink and us. My husband is also lactose intolerant.Most cats are lactose intolerant as well, And trying out regular milk might not be the best idea…

    You can purchase special cat-milk from the pet shop which is lactose-reduced and has lactose-derivatives added. Trying out lactose-free milk for humans should be a possible alternative, states one cat owner.
    Besides allergies which can (but not necessarily must) be caused by soja-based products.Eva

    • I am one of those people that believes that cow’s milk is not necessarily suitable for people. Lactose-free cow’s milk has, I believe, helped me.

  5. A very, very useful article, Jo.
    Thanks.

    So many people have no idea that so many things like string, yarn, feathers, twist ties, or tinsel could, minimally, put their cats in a surgical suite or kill them.

    Once, I gently pulled a rubber band hanging out of the behind of a neighbor’s cat.

    What are people thinking?

    P.S. Hoping the best for Puppy.

  6. P.S.—This is IMPORTANT:
    Do Not replace cow milk for your cat [ who shouldn’t be given it in the first place} with Almond milk because cats are highly allergic to nuts and this is poisonous for them to ingest.Eva

    Friskies makes milk for kittens and cats.Sometimes the Veterinarian can give you information and offer suggestions too,this is provided he or she has been trained and happens to be knowledgeable about this subject, although you would be very lucky to find a vet who knows about homeopathic nutrition. They deal in medicine and surgery and advertise for name brand companies and products ; who support them by advertisement and word of mouth.Eva

    • Thanks Eva for the advice about almond milk. At the moment I give my cat lactose free milk for humans. I use myself all the time as a way of helping to manage sinusitis. Gabriel likes it and there no negative effects as far as I can tell.

  7. As soon as I saw this strange toy/food I thought it was a bad idea because it may well encourage a cat to try and eat real string to potentially devastating effect.

  8. Dear Michael__This week I watched a video on youtube where a surgeon removed a dog collar and stringy fibers from the dog’s intestinal tract. He almost died from ingesting it.Our cats are well trained and do not wear collars. Any type of collar ; since I discovered fleas hide under them and flea collars cause damage to the animal’s skin around the neck. This happens from the poison and can occur with any neck device,it has been on a long time or is too tight or is made of inappropriate materials or metal chains, etc……..
    Cats and dogs can and have hung themselves getting caught on a limb or a fencepost or even inside the house_____

    At home we use a sturdy leather string that can’t break and is three feet in length with a feather tied very securely at one end.Our cats like to play chase the snake and it is never out of our sight. When playtime is over; we put the toy away—out of reach.None of their toys have breakaway pieces on them. Eva__

    I would like to add this note: Keep the floors clean and free of tiny bits,pills,vitamins,glass fragments or any thing cats are allergic too-such as nuts and chocolate for starters. Thanks

    One more while I’m here_-Contrary to popular belief, Cats Cannot Digest “COW MILK ” without adverse effects.
    They develop diarrhea and other intestinal bowel problems down the road if fed “COW MILK “. Their are specially made and processed replacements on the market which are safe ,if you want to give them milk.

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