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Default Unanswered: are some cat toys toxic

One of my cats starting over grooming and pulling his hair out. After a trip to the vet, he is on meds. the only change I can account for are some balls (look like strips of colored foil)..he played with them all the time. I discovered the color in them comes out, after being dropped in water bowl. I found out they are made in China, could they be the problem. I have put them away.
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Could be, I wouldn't be surprised. Definitely throw the balls away and find safer toys. You can make your own or look for things Made in USA.

For kitties who like rustly balls, make a ball toy out of the toe of an old sock. Stuff it with catnip (if your cat likes cat nip) and some crumpled paper, or better yet, the cellophane that comes in those window envelopes, you know the ones I mean? Since the cellophane is contained inside the sock you don't have to worry about if it's safe for kitty. To fill out out and give it shape you might have to use a little pillow stuffing, too.

Rinse the sock first to make sure all laundry detergent and fabric softeners have been removed.

Just check the toy regularly for wear and tear and loose threads.

You can also make fur-balls. After brushing or combing kitty gather the fur and roll it between your hands until it forms a ball. You do need a good amount of fur. My cats love their fur balls!

Plain crumpled paper balls are fun for many cats too. Again, envelope paper works well, being stiffer than regular paper.

The plastic caps off of soda bottles are a hit here, as are the rings that come from milk and juice jugs. These kind of things, while plastic, have to be non toxic since they are on food items. Easy for little mouths to carry around.

Bendy straws make good toys too. One of my cats likes them best if I tie it on a knot in the middle first.

My cats also like the caps from my toothpaste tube. I wash them thoroughly first to remove any trace of toothpaste, and again, they are non toxic for little mouths carrying them around..

However don't rule out things like stress or a possible food allergy. Cats can develop allergies at any time. What are you feeding?
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Thanks for the suggestions. I am feeding Purinaone smart blend (dry) and small amount of Friskies wet. The hair pulling has stopped, he is now into one week of the two week treatment of Convenia. I have been reading the ingredients on cat food for a while now..it's a pretty big secret as to what is really in there. Don't know if I mentioned I volunteer at the animal shelter doing cat adoptions. I spoke to that vet who has told me that it is not uncommon for an allergy to poultry. I'm hoping for the best with the meds. Guess I will try making some toys. thanks again!
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I would like to respectfully suggest you stop feeding any dry at all, and feed your cat an all wet diet. So much better for him. There is just as big a likelihood that the grains in the dry food are to blame as the protein.

Hurray for you for your volunteer work. You, and people like you, make the world a better place, one little furry soul at a time. x
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Chemicals used in painting such toys are often harmful and results in infection just like your case. Do choose good quality toys for your pet. However, these issues also arise due to the bad food intake or nutrition deficiency. Take a look at what your cat has been eating. Check its nutritional value or switch to best cat food brands like Royal Canin Cat Food (royalcanin.us/kittens-and-cats/cats/specialized-nutrition) or Whiskas (petsworld.in/whiskas). You should consult a vet if the problem continues
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Chemicals used in painting such toys are often harmful and results in infection just like your case. Do choose good quality toys for your pet. However, these issues also arise due to the bad food intake or nutrition deficiency. Take a look at what your cat has been eating. Check its nutritional value or switch to best cat food brands like Royal Canin Cat Food (royalcanin.us/kittens-and-cats/cats/specialized-nutrition) or Whiskas (petsworld.in/whiskas). You should consult a vet if the problem continues

Royal Canin and Whiskas are not best brands or even good brands, LOL. Better do some more research on feline nutrition before suggesting such horrible foods.
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