Providing cat toys for your kitty might seem like and easy task. There are so many cat toys on the market. But we know you want to find the best toys for your cat made from the safest non-toxic materials. And if these cat toys are also eco-friendly and biodegradable even better.
Wool is an ideal material for your cat due to wools durability, stain-resistant, and eco-friendly properties. Wool contains a waxy material called lanolin that sheds and absorbs water. Cats are also fond of the smell of wool making wool felted cat toys popular among cat parents.
Our felted wool cat toys are made entirely of natural wool obtained humanely from New Zealand. The wool is a natural product making the toys bio-degradable and eco-friendly. This makes wool felted cat toys safe for your cat you and the planet.
What are AZO-Free Dyes
The felt cat toys are created using a natural dying method to bring the toys to life. Our toys are made with azo-free dyes as opposed to common textile dyes that are toxic to your cat.
These azo-free dyes do not contain any harmful, toxic or carcinogenic compounds. Your cat and you are safe knowing there are no potential health risks.
Why AZO-Dyes are Harmful
AZO dyes are a type of synthetic dye or colorant. These dyes are used extensively in the food, cosmetics and textile industries. These dyes are less cost and easier to use from a manufacturing point of view than other dyes and offer vibrant wide ranging colors that will not run when washed. Sadly, they come with significant health issues
Research has linked azo dyes to a wide range of human health issues, not only with the dyes themselves but as well as the metabolites formed when azo dyes break down.
When azo dyes break down the form a metabolite called aromatic amines. Humans can absorb these aromatic amines through our skin. Research has linked aromatic amine exposure to a number of cancers, including bladder, liver, and breast cancers. Some are also allergenic.
Azo dyes use crude oil in their formulation and resist natural breakdown, meaning they do not biodegrade and require intensive intervention to remove them from the environment. During production approximately 10-15% of azo dyes run off into wastewater, causing issues for aquatic life.
Yarn and String Are Not Safe For Your Cat
A ball of wool yarn has long been depicted as the top play choice for cats. Even today, stereotypical images of cats with yarn can be found misleading consumers into thinking the ball of yarn is safe for you cat. Yarn and string are often swallowed by cats and kittens and are a common reason for emergency vet clinic visits. These long strings can lead to gastrointestinal blockages or, worse become attached somewhere along the path and cut through the cat's intestinal wall.
Wool Felt Cat Toys Offer a Safe Alternative
Some popular felt cat toys on the market include felt mice, felt goldfish and felt balls. It is important to remember that each cat is different and my have their own preferences, so it may take some trial and error to find the right toy for your cat to engage in play.
What to look for when choosing a felt cat toy.
Non-toxic materials: Look for toys that are made from non-toxic materials. The materials should be clearly stated on the label or packaging.
Durable and well-made: Choose felt toys that are well-constructed and can withstand play. Avoid toys with small parts that could easily break off and be swallowed.
Add a little catnip: Catnip can be especially engaging and stimulating for cats.
Safe Size: The felt cat toy should be an appropriate size for your cat to play with and not pose a choking hazard.
Ethically Products and Eco-Friendly Wool Felt Cat Toys
The Tiniest Tiger wool felt cat toys are handmade in Nepal by a certified GoodWeave organization providing fair wages and a safe working environment. A portion of each felt cat toy sold is donated to The Snow Leopard Trust to help spread awareness and raise vital resources needed to protects cats in the wild.
The wool felt cat toys are made from 100% pure wool and only azo-free dyes. The cat toys are eco-friendly and biodegradable.
Wool Felt Cat Toys Support The Snow Leopard Trust
The Snow Leopard Trust aims to protect endangered snow leopards through community-based conservation projects supported by improved scientific of snow leopard behavior, needs, habitats and threats.
The Trust is a leader in efforts to secure the future of the snow leopard across 12 countries in South and Central Asia. The five key countries where the Snow Leopard Trust works contain over 75% of the world's populations of wild snow leopards.
The Snow Leopard Trust supports:
Conservation Programs: Encourages and empowers people who live in the cat's habitat to help protect their local wildlife and ecosystems.
Research: Keeping current on research informs effective conservation techniques to save the wild snow leopards.
Environmental Education: Empowers children to be actors of change and support snow leopards and wider environmental efforts.
Policy and Network: Working with governments, businesses and international organizations to implement effective conservation approaches.
The Tiniest Tiger Wool Felt Mouse Cat Toy PEOPLE Magazine Winner for Best Overall Cat Toy