When toys attack: how to prevent a cat-astrophe!

Paper bags can be fun
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. 

Daisy almost steps into a trap
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.

The handles on paper bags can be dangerous

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.

Cutting the handle makes the bag safe
Look, this bag has been neutralized so any cat can now safely play inside. Even though this is one of my most favorite bags of all time, I will let Harley take it for a spin.

Harley is suspicious of the bag
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.

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  1. Oreo, Presley & JoeyOctober 5, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Thank you for such an informative post, Daisy! We bought a crinkle tunnel last year after you recommended it. It’s one of our favorite places to play. Happy Fall to you, Harley and your mommy.

  2. As always, thank you Daisy for your excellent advice. We have two crinkle tunnels. One Mommy bought and one she won. We like to run through the long one and sit in the middle of the short one. It is such fun. Love to you, Harley and your Mommmeh.
    Angel Normie, Mika, Sasha & Grady Lewis

  3. Yay, I am so happy to help. Happy Fall to you also!

  4. You have inspired me to drag out my crinkle tunnel, too!

  5. da tabbies o trout towneOctober 5, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    ~~ waves two ewe both daisy and harley N manee thanx for de grate add vize….
    inn deed it waz a trap & we R happee yur mom waz abe bull ta dee stroy it….ribbons get
    visshuz round holly dayz time two….watch out for em coz they like ta set a round on
    gifts lookin all fancee N stuff N de next thing ya noe……BAM…..

    happee week a head ~~~~ ♥♥♥

  6. You are so right! We’ve gotta be on our toes to avoid all the potential traps.

  7. I bet tunnels are very fun!

    Luv, Angel Keisha and Murphy the Poodle

  8. My human always cuts the handles of paper bags before letting us play with them. We aren’t allowed near plastic bags but once Sparkle found one anyway and it did get caught around her neck, and she panicked! My human had to chase after her to get it off. After that, she was even more careful about keeping them away from kitties.

  9. Oh yes, they really are!

  10. Summer, I have been hearing many stories about cats that got a bag stuck around the neck. I never knew how common this actually was until now!

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