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What's the deal with cats and sheepskin?

post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 
My cats get all kneady, purry and drooly every time they come into contact with sheepskin....

I have one cat who sleeps in a little sheepskin basket next to my pillow everynight.... From the way she purrs kneads and dribbles when she's in the basket you'd think she diead and gone to heaven (touch wood)...
post #2 of 26
They absolutely adore it but I don't
post #3 of 26
My boys wouldn't know a sheepskin from Adam's off ox.
post #4 of 26
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Originally Posted by BigKittenDaddy
My boys wouldn't know a sheepskin from Adam's off ox.

hehehehe funny comment..

I don't think my would either
post #5 of 26
First encounter with sheepskin was very funny. I tried to put them on it and the literarely (sp?) jumped sideways to get off it but after that they loved it and wouldn't leave it alone (neither did bugs so we ended up throwing it away)
post #6 of 26
My boy LOVES my sheepskin rugs from IKEA.

Katie
post #7 of 26
Maybe it's like snuggling up to mommy!!
post #8 of 26
I don't have anything made of sheepskin, so mine have never encountered it. That's interesting, though, maybe I'll have to get them something made of it just to see what they do!
post #9 of 26
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post #10 of 26
My female cat loves leather - she will actually get as much of her as possible in a new shoe and purr for hours!
post #11 of 26
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Originally Posted by sphinx
My female cat loves leather - she will actually get as much of her as possible in a new shoe and purr for hours!
mine too.. she's using my leather bag as a scratching post!!!! haha
post #12 of 26
We don't have any so mine don't have the chance
post #13 of 26
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Originally Posted by coaster
Maybe it's like snuggling up to mommy!!
That's it I bet, My Miniman trys to nurse on it all the time and he's almost a year old, My Basset Loves it to, she will crawl down under it on her bed like a sleeping bag
post #14 of 26
i was looking at ariels website, and she is quite photogenic, and by the way what breed is she? Shes lovely
Nyzki
post #15 of 26
I've read that cats may be attracted to wool or sheep skin because the odor of lanolin in wool is similar to the odor of the fur around the nipples of the kitten's mother.
post #16 of 26
I two sheepskin rugs - one of each side of the bed. Loki will do anything NOT to have to step on it - he will make a big circle around them. Can't stand the feel I guess!!
post #17 of 26
LOL Patches quickly took over the sheepskin car-polishing mitt I bought and mashes it in her bed. Also our gang has taken over a sheepskin saddle pad that was quite expensive and I never got to use on my horse!

I actually had a sheepskin rug but it began shedding and I would see the cats walking around with tufts of sheepskin hanging out of the corner of their mouths so then i knew that was time to throw the rug out!
post #18 of 26
He had a sheepskin bed once and he liked it, but wasn't crazy about it. What he REALLY loves is furry fabrics that are really soft. He will kneed and purr into those.
post #19 of 26
Where do you get a sheepskin rug ?
post #20 of 26
i got my sheepskin rug from IKEA. they do have locations in canada. not sure if one is near you though.

clinton loves my skeepskin rug. i ended up having to put it away though because he would bury his head in it and try to eat it. i didn't want him consuming the furries. that makes so much sense about the lanolin and why he liked it so much. he was weaned too early and used to suck my fingers for a long time, so i guess the rug smelled like mom. nifty.
post #21 of 26
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Originally Posted by TNR1
My boy LOVES my sheepskin rugs from IKEA.

Katie
That's where I got mine as well as my little Pandora loves it! She kneeds it all the time.
post #22 of 26
My kittens are scared to death. They walk all around it when it is on the floor and put there paw on it lightly and get scared again. My dad's cat loved it. SHe has her own little rug from IKEA. Maybe when the kittens get older they will like it.
post #23 of 26
The furry feeling of it probably, keeps them warm and cozy, just like mommy maybe. Give them a warm fuzzy feeling. Same reason we humans like cuddling up to our soft little feline friends, they are soft and cuddly.
post #24 of 26
I went out and bought a sheepskin rug from Ikea specifically for the cats, so of course, being cats, they refuse to use it. Pushkin is afraid of anything soft and will walk around it! It turned out to be quite useful though, 'cos now I use it to keep the cats off my leather chair.
post #25 of 26

I have a black sheepskip rug from Ikea that my boy cat sleeps on, I wonder if it is causing him his medical problem. He is now stage 3 CKD (renal failure), but his blood analysis numbers are not bad enough (per the vet) to cause his loss of muscle mass, lethargy, vomit...etc.. He eats well, but is still losing weight. I wonder if is condition his due to factors other than CKD.

 

He recently poo'ed on the rug, when I washed it  the water was all dark brown. That makes me wonder if there is toxin in the dye - when he sleeps on it and washes himself, wool from the rug would be on his fur and would therefore be ingested.

 

I have no proof, but it is possible. So please consider this before using sheepskin rug for your pets.

post #26 of 26

Hi vlee, and welcome to TCS :wavey:

This thread is 9 years old so the original questioner is probably not around to read your post.  It's an interesting thought, though.  My cats have always loved sheepskins and I have them all over the place... I haven't felt they may be a health hazard.

I'm sorry your boy is ill.

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