Are balls of yarn safe for cats?
String and Yarn
Unfortunately, a cat playing with yarn is not a safe activity. If ingested, yarn, string and ribbon can become wrapped around the intestine, causing life-threatening complications.
Why do cats like yarn balls?
According to zoologists, the reason for a cat’s strong affinity for yarn seems to be rooted in its natural hunting instincts. Experts have also theorized that the movement that yarn has when rolling, dangling, or unwinding reminds cats of snakes, which would be one of their top competitors for prey in the wild.
Do cats hate wool?
Because wool-chewing may “represent a craving for fiber or indigestible roughage,” the Cornell vets suggest giving your cat “plant material that is safe” or offering him an old wool sweater or sock. I agree with the first part but not with the second part, which muddies the issue for your cat.