Are Wool Toys Safe for Cats?

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In times when you feel sad or low, who do you go to? Your mom? Your partners? Could be anyone who you feel close to, right? It is certainly very hard to open up to people, constantly fearing that you would be judged or you will be a burden and stuff. However, there is always someone, who is right there for us. Just a simple meow from them is enough to melt all our troubles away. You guessed it right, our little furry friends- the cats. In times of need, they are always there for us. It’s amazing to see these little or not-so-little creatures be there when we are at our lows. So, just like they are always there for us, it is our duty and responsibility to be there for them as well. Just like us humans, they can also get lonely and feel sad, so we must have to keep them company.  It is very understandable that with our busy schedules, it is nearly impossible to be with them all the time. That’s where toys come in handy. There are probably hundreds and thousands of toys out there in the market and wool toys are certainly taking up a big share of it. Now, with anything new we are always on alert and want the best for our little friends and what can we say, cats just love these little toys made out of wool. So we can’t even say no to them.  So, are you thinking about getting your cats wool toys but don’t know if it is safe for them or not? Well, worry not as in this article we have gathered everything there is to know about these toys. By the end of this article, not only you will get to know your cats better but you will surely be clear about your decision as well. So, stick with us till the end.

Why do cats like to play with wool?

Cats are known to be playful and energetic and what better way to entertain them than by giving them toys to play with? However, among various toys and stuff cats are very much attracted to one thing; wool. Ever wondered why these cute little felines are so attracted to wool? Well, turns out the main reason behind this is their predatory nature. Their natural hunting instincts make them enjoy stalking and capturing their prey. This also explains their affection toward wool. The movement and texture of the wool resemble small prey animals like rodents and birds, which naturally triggers their hunting instincts. As they see the wool as their potential prey, they just can’t help but pounce on it. Since the wool also provides the warmth that they are looking for, cats tend to play and cuddle with them. So, next time you see your cat snuggled up in your woolen clothing, let them have their time.

Are wool toys safe for cats?

Since wool is a natural material and is not synthetic like other fabrics, cats love its scent and the way it feels on their skin. Also, the wool’s texture is very similar to their fur, which makes them feel good when they rub against it. So, it is only natural for these little fur babies to love wool. Now, the real question arises. Are wool toys safe for cats? Well, turns out wool is not safe for cats. Quite shocking, right?  Here are some risks associated with letting your cats play with wool.
  1. The most serious and probably one of the worst-case scenarios is the possibility of your cat swallowing the wool. This could cause intestinal blockage, which would require surgery to remove it.
  2. Some cats could be allergic to wool. if exposed to wool, the cats could show symptoms like redness, itchiness, and swelling. Moreover, it can lead to scaling of the skin, formation of lesions, and even a secondary skin infection.
  3. Along with these, there is always a risk of your cat getting tangled up within the wool. This is most likely to occur if you are not attentive to your cat.

What to do if your cat chokes on wool?

cat sick Even if we are very careful with our pets when they play with thread, string, or yarn, they are bound to swallow some sooner or later. We are always very careful and take precautions when it comes to our pets. However, if somehow your cat manages to swallow a string or any foreign objects, the first thing you have to do is remain calm. This is a very serious issue as it can cause intestinal obstruction, which can have fatal consequences if not treated immediately by a veterinarian who may need to perform surgery to remove it.  Early intervention is very crucial as it can make a life or death difference for your cat. So, if you think your cat has swallowed anything, don’t panic and make sure you call the vet as soon as possible. 

Is there a way to safely let your cat play with wool?

We certainly can’t keep our cats away from wool, can we? Well, the good news is that wool can be transformed into other things that would be safe for them to play with.  If you are a trend follower, you surely must have heard of Felts toys. They are made with fabrics, most popularly Wool. It is a crafty toy that is cat safe. Felted toys can provide the same artsy appeal and the best part is; no choking hazards.

Are Felted wool toys safe for Cats?

cat playing with wool Felting is the process of combining or blending wool, wool roving, or fiber together to make a fabric. It has become a very popular method of making toys.  Here are some benefits of using a Felt toy, that will certainly change your way of looking at wool toys for your cats. 
  1. Since they are made with natural materials, they are 100% eco-friendly. 
  2. Since they are felted, there is a very low chance of your cat choking on small threads and parts. 
  3. They last for quite a long time. 
  4. They can be washed and recycled as well. 
  5. They give the same feel as that wool and yarns. 
  6. They are non-toxic and made up of non-toxic dye. 
  7. The felt toys are great for scratching and clawing. 
WoollyFelt has an amazing range of soft and durable felt toys made with pure wool. Since they use AZO-free dyes, rest assured that the toys are eco-friendly and non-toxic, making them perfect, or should we say Purrfect toys for your cats. 

Are there any alternatives to wool toys?

Generally, there are some risks associated with wool toys. However, that doesn’t mean we will let our little friends be deprived of them. It is only natural to feel scared but with some precautions and attention, it is actually safe. Yes! don’t be disheartened yet as we have listed some of the alternatives that you can use to give your cats the same feeling they get when playing with wool.
  1. Felt Toys
  2. Laser pointer toys
  3. Scratching posts and pads
  4. Small balls
  5. Cardboard boxes
  6. Toilet paper rolls
These not only make great toys but are actually safer alternatives to wool toys. These are easily available in the pet shop and fun thing is that you can even make them at home. 

Do cats like DIY toys?

When we say that cats love anything, we do mean ANYTHING! As long as it is enough to keep them entertained and on their feet, even a simple toilet paper roll will be enough for them. The interesting thing is that you can make them at home with the kinds of stuff that are already present in your house.  However, one thing that you must be aware of is their safety. Whatever the toy is made of, it is essential to make sure that it is safe for your cat.  Some of the safe materials for DIY toys can be :
  1. Cardboards 
  2. Paper bags
  3. Old Clothing
  4. Pom- poms
  5. Felted wool
Furthermore, while these are easy to make and cost-friendly, you should avoid using anything that could be swallowed or choked on. Objects with sharp edges should also be avoided.  Your cat will surely love your handcrafted toys. Many sites offer downloadable patterns for different cat toys that you can use to make DIY felt toys like handcrafted mice, fish, balls, etc. 

So, time to put your creativity hat on and get your hands on making safe and fun toys for your feline friends. With these toys, your cats will love chasing and pouncing on these toys and you won’t even have to worry about their safety and health. 

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