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SkyyAngel
« on: November 02, 2008 07:20:25 PM »

Hey guys! I recently used some rabbit fur (you know, the skins you can get at Hobby Lobby for about $4?) for trim on a clothing project and discovered that my cat goes NUTS over it!!

He gets a wild look in his eyes and starts huffing... he doesn't even have that reaction with catnip!  Shocked

So, 2 questions... is it safe to make him toys out of this fur? It's not specially dyed or anything. And 2: Any ideas or tutorials?
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jagged
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2008 08:23:13 PM »

My cat loves those little mice made out of rabbit fur -- they're a buck or two at the pet store.  I think it's the scent that she likes -- she doesn't touch her synthetic fur mice. 

Rabbit fur mice tend to be put together with glue, so I'm not sure how well it would hand or machine sew. 

I don't know how safe it is, whether it was treated with chemicals or not. 

If you make something, it should be big enough so that your cat won't choke on it, cats like to chew on the fur.  A lot of toys sold in pet stores are too tiny IMO. 
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SkyyAngel
« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2008 09:15:41 AM »

I sewed through it quite easily for the other project (surprised me since I thought I'd need to hand-sew or buy a leather needle). I was thinking of either a large mouse or perhaps a ball with a bell on the inside.
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Lunapooka
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2009 08:48:08 PM »

If you have rabbits or have friends who visit who have rabbits, I would recommend staying far far away from the real rabbit fur.  For one, it is repulsive to rabbit owners, but many of the skins come from rabbits in China where several horrible rabbit diseases are very common.  They can travel to the states on the fur and even travel out of your home into other's homes on your shoes.  These disease are capable of causing a very painful death to rabbits within days.  Look up VHD (or RHD) and myxomatosis for more info.  For the most part, these diseases are not present in the US, although there have been outbreaks.  They are highly contagious and deadly.

Please be cautious with these toys around rabbit folks.

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