Is catgut made from cats? No.

Old tennis rackets made with catgut but the strings were not made from the guts of cats

Despite its name, catgut is not made from cat intestines although a traditional, three-stringed musical instrument in Japan, the samisen (shamisen), is played by Geishas to accompany their songs in tea houses and its strings are or were made from the intestines of cats. Dr Morris in his book Cat World tells us that …

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When I played tennis in my teens all rackets had strings made of catgut. Since those days (1960s) synthetic materials have become much more common and much better. Apparently many modern day professional tennis players have their rackets strung with a mixture of artificial tennis strings and catgut. There are a plethora of types …

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