When toys attack: how to prevent a cat-astrophe!
You caught me hiding out in my cave! Oh, I know it’s not a real cave, but it is fun to pretend. I enjoy playing in boxes, too, but paper bags have the added bonus of making a cool crackling sound when you play in them. Before you climb into a paper bag of your own, it is my duty to warn you about a danger that you might not be aware of.
Here I am about to step into a trap! Yes, the handles on many paper bags can be a menace. With the holiday season quickly approaching, colorful gift bags will soon be everywhere. Being a curious cat, it is clearly my duty to stick my nose into every available bag. Unfortunately, the paper/plastic/ribbon handles on many bags are just the right size to grab an unsuspecting cat (or dog), right around the neck! Once a bag is around a cat’s neck, many cats will panic and run like the wind to dislodge the “attacker.” This only makes matters worse as we can never outrun our papery passenger, and the noise the bag makes as we race around trying to get away from it is truly terrifying. Your cat could be in for an even more terrible ordeal if someone is not home to quickly disentangle him or her from the bag handles.
You can see here that I narrowly avoided disaster. I’ll let the cat out of the bag, so to speak, and tell you how to eliminate the danger: just cut or remove the handles before you let your cat play with any paper bag that has handles. If you have gift bags that you intend to give away, keep them away from your curious cats. I do not recommend ever letting any pet play inside a plastic bag because those bags pose a suffocation danger as well.
Hmmm, he seems suspicious of the bag. Don’t worry Harley, you can go inside. I’ve handled everything! A Crinkle Cat Tunnel is a safe alternative to a paper bag, and it even makes a fun crunchy-crackly-crinkly noise when you get inside.