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As long as she doesn't destroy the rope, I wouldn't worry. Traditional rope toys are made of cotton or a comparable natural fiber because they are intended to be chewed on and ingested in small amounts. As long as you only play tug of war or the dog only carries it around, they are no problem. The problem arises when the dog actually chews through strands of ...


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Does she actually obviously damage this rope toy? You say in a comment that she destroyed a different rope toy (that had a ball attached), but if she doesn't show any signs of causing damage to this specific rope toy then she's unlikely to wake up one morning and immediately rip it to a dangerous state. You should monitor it for wear over time and be ready ...


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Summary: The ground is not less safe or has more germs than any other surface in your home (including the food and water bowls). The cat would come into contact with the same germs if the toy wasn't on the ground. Our homes are teeming with bacteria on every single surface and in the air. Our own bodies are teeming with bacteria (we couldn't survive without ...


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I actually disagree with Elmy here. If your dog could swallow a large chunk of the rope, they may choke and die. To prevent this, I would consider: getting a tougher toy/rope that your dog won't be able to destroy; keeping your dog under more supervision; buying alternative toys so you can take the said toy away when you aren't watching your dog and ...


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Without being able to reference any objective, scientific sources, I would propose wrapping the squeaker in several layers of fabric. Kevlar is certainly extremely resistant to cuts and tears, but it does not resist being punctured by things like needles or canine teeth. Though the two terms are sometimes confused, cut resistance and puncture resistance are ...


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Glue is usually toxic to pets and humans, because of these harmful ingredients in it: Ethanol Xylene Light aliphatic naphtha N-hexane Toluene Because of this, it was hard to find a non-toxic option. I did find one brand, but I would still be extra careful with it and immediately call a veterinarian if your dog digests the glue or starts to act weird after ...


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By thinking about glues and the safety, I thought about the question: which risks glue in general would provide? Licking: The glue (and all its components) needs to stay at the ball when coming in contact with saliva and dog teeth. Swallowing: If the dog swallows parts of the ball, I would assume that the glue is not the main cause of what you would be ...


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Dried skins (I assume most of them are cow skins) seem to be a good alternative. They start out quite hard and stiff, but get softer when sufficiently drenched in saliva ;-). "Soft" being a relative term here, they are still resilient like leather. Other alternatives are dried pig ears, dried tendons or other unprocessed, dried animal cutoffs. The ...


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It depends on the intelligence of the cat Some cats understand that the red dot does not really exist. They just like to play whack-a-mole with it, finding it better than rolling inanimate objects themselves and chasing them. However, some of them get fixated by it and cannot function properly after a play session. My friend had two cats, one being very ...


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Two of ours do this as well, it isn't a specific toy for them, but rather a specific type of toy, small stuffed mice. They will sometimes bring them to our bedrooms, and will loudly vocalize when doing so. The purpose of the vocalization seems to be bringing attention to the fact that the toy was brought, once we acknowledge this they will go back to their ...


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The older cat might just let the younger play alone since essentially, playing is hunting practice for cats, and it might think the younger one needs the practice more. We are currently observing something similar with our two older ones, they will mostly let the younger one play and observe, and only occasionally spring into action. If they do, they do not ...


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