When it comes to spending time with our kitties, there is hardly anything more enjoyable than watching our kitties at play.
Since domestic felines are by nature very successful predators; engaging in safe interactive play with them that mimics catching prey using a feather toy on a string attached to a wand is also an excellent method in which we can build and tighten the bonds we have with our beloved cats.
It goes without saying that we want to keep our cats safe. We choose appealing toys that will entertain them for hours on end and we are careful not to give them toys that are potentially dangerous. It’s best to remove small objects that are attached to the toys such as bells, felt ears or glass eyes. I even remove the leather stringy tails from toy mice since if it is ingested it could possibly result in an intestinal blockage. I firmly believe that an ounce of prevention is definitely worth a pound of cure.
While they are adorable and appear so realistic, I think that those tiny fur mice toys are an accident just waiting to happen. Although they often land up in the water dish, or the toilet bowl, they also can easily be swallowed by a cat on a mission. I for one avoid them like the plague.
Since the minute our white Oriental Shorthair, Sir Hubble Pinkerton, gets his paws on any small wool or cotton covered toy he immediately starts chewing and sucking on it, I can only imagine what he would do with one of those teeny meeces.
If I offer him one of these toys I have to watch him like a hawk because when these toys get wet and soggy enough to his liking; he will then try to devour it. This makes finding suitable toys for him extremely difficult. He is much too smart to be fooled by a laser toy; thus far the only safe ones I have found for him have been made from a high quality heavy duty felt.
Kitty guardians are told ad nauseum that it is dangerous to use toys made with string and/or ribbons. While there are many cute cartoons and pictures of cats playing with a ball of string or wool, giving them to our cats is just asking for trouble.
So I was totally baffled when I read about a new snack-toy hybrid toy called Pull ‘n Play that features edible strings which has been recently released. Another feature of the edible Pull ‘n Play strings can also be connected to another toy that dispenses treats that are available in three fishy and poultry flavors. The new toy is being touted as being the first and only one that offers edible strings for cats.
Now tell me, dear readers, does this make any sense? When spying one of these new-fangled strings, will a cat be able to differentiate whether it is safe or not? Doesn’t it seem that it might even teach kitties that strings are a potentially yummy treat? Personally, in my humble opinion, I think that the idea for this toy was dreamed up by someone who didn’t put feline safety as a priority.
After reading some of the reviews on a website I frequent, I gave huge kudos to a member who wrote the company expressing her concern and dismay! Would you give your kitty a Pull ‘n Play toy? Tell us your opinion in a comment.
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