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Are straws safe teething toys for kittens?

By Lana Kutynsky from Des Plaines, IL

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April 19, 20110 found this helpful

Hello, Lana! I can't imagine that straws (paper or plastic) are good for you kitten. Please talk to your vet or find a very well informed, dedicated pet person / pet store associate that can offer you better alternatives for your "Kittie's dilemma!"

She/he does need something to chew, but in my opinion it shouldn't be anything that could mess with the digestion track but rather something that could simply exercise his/her gums without fear of ingestion.

Ask some of the pros about this (your vet, first) but please, please, please don't give the pet something he or she could consume! Best of luck and many happy wishes for a long, happy, and healthy friendship with your fur baby! Take care!

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My cats have always loved to play with straws, and do so on a regular basis. The straws I have are plastic. They eventually look chewed on, but the cats are not chewing on them a lot, just batting them around etc. I think if they were chewing to the point I thought they might chew something off and swallow it, I would be concerned they might swallow a piece large enough to cause a blockage.

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In all their chasing, biting, flinging and chewing they have never chewed a piece off.

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April 19, 20110 found this helpful

Well they certainly are too big to choke on. My cats love to steal straws out of drinks whenever someone turns their back. They look pretty mangled when I find them under the stove or wherever, but never has a piece been actually chewed off.

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April 19, 20110 found this helpful

I would say straws are not a good idea. Choking is a possibility just the same. Contact your vet for a safer way. Good luck.

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