Here’s what happens when cats find yarn. A photo story!


This is going to be a photo glimpse into life of cats who happen to share a home with a yarn-obsessed person. Cats LOVE yarn, and they never miss an opportunity to steal and ruin play with it. Usually when I finish a project, I keep tiny scraps of yarn only to give it to my cats as a toy, and I’m sure that most crafty cat people do the same πŸ˜‰

But before I post some photos, I need to add a warning: if you ever want to let your (or any other) cat play with yarn, never leave them unsupervised with it. Swallowing yarn can lead to very serious, even life threatening, health consequences. In most cases it will probably just pass through the digestive system and get out safely, but sometimes it gets stuck in the intestine and slowly grows into the intestinal wall. This can lead to consequences including peritonitis, and the scary thing is that while your cat is very ill, no X-Ray or ultra sound is able to show the actual source of the problem. The only way to find out what what’s causing the illness is by performing a diagnostic surgery, which is an invasive procedure, especially in an already sick and weak animal. I used to post a lot on a cat forum and every once in a while there would be someone who had it happen to their cat, and sadly not all of these animals survived. Especially really thin thread and synthetic materials are dangerous.

Having said that, as long as you don’t leave the cats unsupervised and pay attention to what they’re doing, everything should be fine. I recommend cotton yarn, as it’s smooth and doesn’t have these tiny, fuzzy fibers, which can be swallowed. It’s also pretty durable. You can attach a toy, but my cats actually prefer the thread than what’s at the end of it, so I don’t even bother anymore.

The photos I’m posting here were taken one afternoon and the yarn is a cotton-linen mix. Enjoy!

Ciri trying to bite…
…trying some more…
Success! Ciri loves to pretend that she’s a dog: she catches the yarn (or a toy) with her teeth and waits for me to pull it. And then she sometimes actually growls!
Not letting go!
At this point, Stella decided to MAYBE join the fun. Maybe…
Yep, she’s in!
I didn’t manage to capture that, but shortly after this photo was taken, they actually started face slapping each other. Neither wanted to give up her right to yarn!
This time Ciri won πŸ˜‰
But Stella doesn’t give up…
… and she’s got it!

9 thoughts on “Here’s what happens when cats find yarn. A photo story!

  1. so adorable! 😍😍😍 I love cats. Ciri looks a bit like my old cat. unfortunately I can’t have another as “he who shan’t be obeyed” is a bit allergic…. this time I have to obey! πŸ˜” I’ll have to live vicariously through your cat pics!! 😊😊😊

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      1. I know! totally unfair argument for him to make! at least he’s handy round the house πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ ah well. I have your kitties to look at now on your blog! 😊

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