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Tin foil balls to play with???

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
I just read on a thread about some folks giving their cats balls of tin foil to play with......and years ago I used to do that.....but I have`nt with the 3 we have now, because i`m pretty darn sure I read someplace on TCS that it was not a good idea. (Fear of them ingesting part of it?)
I`d really like to know...cause I do remember that cats from my past LOVED playing with them...and if it`s safe I will give some to our present 3 boys.
Just need to know!
Thanks! Linda
post #2 of 10
It totally depends on the kitty. My Ferris will EAT tin foil, so I can never, ever give my cats a foil ball to play with.

Some cats won't eat tin foil, but they love to bat it around because it's shiny and crinkly and fun.
post #3 of 10
Its fine under supervision. But its not good for them to chew on it. Tinfoil is very very thin metel - do you want your cat chewing on metal?
post #4 of 10
half a sheet of newspaper with a toy mouse inside is a BIG hit with my cats. the mouse has the pellets or whatever in it and drives them INSANE. mine liked it but would rip it to shreds if left to.
might also want to get some ping pong balls...petsmart and petco have them with the pellets but cheaper at a kmart or some other store without(and the balls go faster
post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by GingersMom View Post
It totally depends on the kitty. My Ferris will EAT tin foil, so I can never, ever give my cats a foil ball to play with.

Some cats won't eat tin foil, but they love to bat it around because it's shiny and crinkly and fun.


Ducky and Kiko wanting to eat it eliminated any tin foil around here. It just depends on the cat/cats.
post #6 of 10
Rajah loves nothing more than a foil gum wrapper rolled into a ball. It's smaller than commercial cat toys. She'll chase it all over until she loses it under some furniture and has never tried to eat one. I agree with Ginger's mom that it is totally dependent on the individual cat and should only be used under supervision.
post #7 of 10
One of my sisters cats died from eating aluminum foil. He had to have it removed surgically, but the toxins from it build up too much and he died a couple weeks later.
post #8 of 10
I've never had a problem with foil balls but it does depend on the kitty and I'd be careful to scrunch the foil up very tightly. Mosi does eat foil but he doesn't attempt to eat it when it's tightly scrunched. I still try to pick them up when I'm not around just in case. They are too much fun to abandon altogether.
post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 
Too bad the cat toy indrustry does`nt make a small, light weight, hallow tin ball a bit smaller than they usually make...but not small enough to get lodged in a cats mouth or throat....then the cats could`nt accidently ingest any part of it....and still have fun playing with it....I`d imagine it would skitter across the floor pretty fast. I bet the cats would LOVE them!
I tried to give mine a very large jingle bell....but they are too heavy to be much fun...plus they are not prefectly round so don`t keep the rolling motion very long. (The smaller ones are lighter and would probably be more fun to play with, but I`d be concerned about thier small size)
SOoooooo ...if there`s anybody out there who has a "pull" with the Cat Toy Indrustry......have a go at it!
Linda
post #10 of 10
My guys really like the plastic tops off pepsi bottles. They make noise when they bang into things, they can carry them around, and the slide/roll on the floor pretty good too! They're a hit around here (I just have to make sure the dogs don't eat them).

I used to always give my cats tinfoil balls, it's their favourite toy. But I can't now with the dogs, they eat them.
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