Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Almost Wordless: Don't Try This At Home

Almost WW: Don't Try This At Home

While TW was at the BlogPaws' Social Media Conference, she and Plush CK attended a birthday pawty for Sophie from Kitty Cat Chronicles. One of the activities was making wand toys for all the cats out of ribbon. TW didn't make a wand toy but she brought one home for me cos she knew I'd love it.

I'm not allowed to play with ribbon or string except under the strict snoopervision of TW. She tightly grasps one end of the string/ribbon and I jump after it. She won't even trust Pop to hold the string/ribbon.

Don't try this game at home! Do NOT leave strings, ribbons, shoelaces, thread, yarn, dental floss or anything like that around for your cat to find. Once we grab it in our mouths, we will swallow the entire thing and emergency surgery will surely ensue.

A cat’s sandpaper-like tongue has small backward-facing hooks called papillae for grooming that make it just about impossible for the cat to spit the string or ribbon back out once they start swallowing it. If you see your cat swallowing string or with it hanging from their mouth, don't try to pull it out. Get them to the vet ASAP.

This has been a PSA from your Stunning Keisha. Yes, I'm good-looking AND smart.

20 comments:

Summer at sparklecat.com said...

I love playing with any sorts of dangly toys, but yes, I'm very strictly supervised, and the toys are put somewhere I can't get to (darn it!).

Brian said...

Oh yea, ribbon is so much fun but we rarely get any for those same reasons. Way to go CK!

Tamago said...

Goro would chew strings, etc. if we let him so those toys stay behind closed doors when not in use. Great advice!

Kitties Blue said...

We think our mom brought one of those home for us that she made. We'll have to ask her where it is. Looks as if you are having fun C.K. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo and Cooper Murphy

Eastside Cats said...

Don't we know about cats eating string or ribbon! Chucky ate a homemade toy made from clothesline, and he pooped it out before he needed surgery, but it was so very scary!

da tabbies o trout towne said...

CK....grate add vize.....de food gurl putted up all de rugz in de houz that had fringez on em coz sum cat tuna knot yur tuna thiz tuna waz a temptin ta eat away at em :) ♥♥

Aimable Cats said...

Parker likes her shoelace, but I put it where she can't get to it when she's not playing with it. And I usually hold the other end while she is, but sometimes she'll take it across the room with her.

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

Very important PSA, CK. Mudpie loves playing with the cording that I use to tie up the Christmas tree and I cut her a lengthy piece, but it's put away anytime we're not playing with it.

Kerry Barbero said...

Good looking, smart you ARE! That is good of you to remind humans about the dangers of ribbons & such. Fishing line, too, is a hazard. Once in a while Mom would tie & plastic spider to a string & pull it along the floor for me to chase. Then one day she forgot to put it up & away. The next thing you know I was being hauled to the vet, 'cause she thought I ate the line (the entire 7 feet of it - she wasn't thinking straight)! Well I hadn't - the vaccuum had gobbled it up. But it gave Mom quite the scare! -Valentine (& Mom)

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

Excellent advice CK. Strings and ribbon are so dangerous.

Crafty Garden Gal (find me at PlayingInCatnip.com or HomeGardenDiggers.com) said...

My kitties love to play with any kind of string like thing. Have to keep watching them.
Yael from PlayingInCatnip.com

Lola The Rescued Cat said...

Oh, I just love strings! And I have a shoelace I love playing with, but Mommy is very strict and I can only play with it when she's here.

Johnny Salib said...

Oh my gosh this photo is just too hilarious :) <3

The Island Cats said...

Thanks for the PSA, CK. The mom is very careful when we play with those kind of things and she never leaves them out.

meowmeowmans said...

Great PSA, CK. We only get to play with ribbons under strict supervision, too. And our mom and dad never leave them out. Headbonks - Gracie and Zoe

The Indulged Furries said...

I know first-hand about swallowing ribbon-like material. I was VERY, VERY lucky to pass it and not need surgery. I'd add rubber bands to your list too. I do like playing with my ribbony wand toy, but mom puts it away after we're done playing.

Nellie Kowalik said...

Yep! Strings are DANGEROUS!!! Way back...before there was even the thought of the internet one of my Mom's cats got into her wool basket and you guessed it...swallowed a long hunk of yarn! A trip to the vet for Kitty and after that day NO ONE was allowed to play with strings, ribbons and yarn with the cats!!!
Love Barb

Mr Puddy said...

Miss CK. I think you are a girl who love a little bit risky, aren't you ?
Ribbon is not my style, but rubber bands. Dangerous stuff for kitty too. But my mom knows I'm not play with it without her supervisor so it is fine for me too.
Have Fun Miss CK. !

PS : Really like your photo Miss CK.

www.shelter-cats.com said...

That's an important message, CK. There are signs all over PAWS cautioning visitors not to leave string toys in the cat rooms. We bring them in to play, and store them outside the rooms.
xxoo
Maggie

Three Chatty Cats said...

A very good PSA and one we stick to here, too.