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birchhl
« on: May 26, 2008 06:20:28 PM »

Hi everyone! Silly question: Does anyone else have trouble with pets eating wool? My monster, I mean cat, has decided that the wool that I got from Miss Babs is her preferred snack. Every time I walk away she mows down on it. She hasn't touched it once its been spun. Anyone run into this?
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« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2008 07:28:56 PM »

Ha, yeah, my monsters do this too.  If I leave strips of roving on the coffee table or whatnot, they like to snuggle up to them and nibble a bit.  That is why every darn piece of roving I own is in a plastic bag!  You could felt a giant ball of roving for her as a toy (way bigger than she could ever swallow), that way she has her own wool to suckle on and can stay out of yours Smiley  It's something about the wool being a natural protienic fiber that they like, I think...
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« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2008 10:13:07 PM »

It's actually a bad idea to allow cats to suck on or eat wool or yarn, though it's totally common behavior. It's really not good for their digestive tracts. When my cat was a kitten, she had a major wool sucking problem. She's grown out of it, it seems, but I still keep all of my wool out of her reach, in secured pillow cases.
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« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2008 08:32:23 AM »

For some reason (probably because she is absolutely psycho), my cat prefers acrylic.  Luckily, I don't have too much of that lying around. 

When she was a little wee thing she ate about a foot of acrylic Lion Homespun yarn.  I was so worried when I realized she had a second "tail"  Tongue...she was lucky that time, and I've kept any acrylic yarn out of her reach ever since.

As for wool, I spun a bulky boucle skein for her...she likes to do the kneading thing on it, and drags it around the house.  I am SO GLAD she doesn't like the taste of wool!
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« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2008 09:11:54 AM »

This thread makes me giggle. I'm going to be a crazy cat lady, I know it. It's not that I want to be one, I don't-- I just know it's going to happen. I think it's better to face things. Tongue

My cat isn't actually a huge fan of wool on its own, by that I mean he doesn't eat it. However, he goes nuts for little felted wool balls. I always make a new one after each spinning project. He takes them and hides them when he's done playing with them so I will give him a new one. He stashes them everywhere! My jaw hit the floor when I moved my treadmill and 7 toys fell out!

He is a snuggle monster, however, and refuses to be anywhere else but in my lap when I'm spinning or knitting. I try and move him but he just wrestles his way back into my lap. He somehow restrains himself and doesn't mess with the ongoing project. If he's off my lap, all bets are off.


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« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2008 01:26:34 PM »

I have to store all of my woolly stash in plastic bags and ziplocs because of my cats.  I keep my stash and most of my workspace in a room which they have no access to, but they still manage to find little floater woolly bits and gnaw on them.  bad bad bad cats.
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« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2008 01:36:39 PM »

Really, when you think about it, the stereotypical notion that old spinsters had tons of cats is really counterintuitive- I mean, I can't do ANYthing with yarn/thread/wool/etc without my little monsters going nuts.  One of them tries to stick his head in my spinning wheel (while it's spinning, thank the gods he has whiskers), he also tries attacking my fabric shears (b/c they are shiny), same thing with the sewing machine needle...

Cats + spinsters = recipe for disaster Wink
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« Reply #7 on: May 27, 2008 01:42:20 PM »

Really, when you think about it, the stereotypical notion that old spinsters had tons of cats is really counterintuitive- I mean, I can't do ANYthing with yarn/thread/wool/etc without my little monsters going nuts.  One of them tries to stick his head in my spinning wheel (while it's spinning, thank the gods he has whiskers), he also tries attacking my fabric shears (b/c they are shiny), same thing with the sewing machine needle...

Cats + spinsters = recipe for disaster Wink


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Lucio (the demon cat in the above picture) is a wool hoarder.  He collects the bits that stick to my clothes and stashes them in his bed.  I swear, one of these days he's going to steal a spindle too.    Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: May 27, 2008 02:23:24 PM »

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Lucio (the demon cat in the above picture) is a wool hoarder.  He collects the bits that stick to my clothes and stashes them in his bed.  I swear, one of these days he's going to steal a spindle too.

Aww he has his own stash?  That's so cute!  er, I mean, demonic...

"Catspun" yarn, what a great idea!
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« Reply #9 on: May 27, 2008 02:58:58 PM »

thank you everyone for the replies! So I'm not the only one! I think I might just have to make her a felt ball that she won't be able to chew pieces off of. Our living space at the moment is very limited(2 bedrooms with boyfriend's brother & family) so hiding my woolies from the cat isn't really possible. I've tried plastic bags but she chewed right through them to get to the wool.
cottondeer, thanks for the health warning. I try to keep a close eye on all the felines here when I actually do my spinning.
hobbledehoy & cloudlover, this is what happens any time I try to knit:



I have an entire folder of similar pictures for all the times she has decided that my project is her pillow.
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