Looking for something cat friendly

RazWaz Forumite Posts: 1,070
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I've been a huge cross stitching fan since I was about 6 years old and have done hundreds of pieces (mostly used in birthday cards to close family). I have medical issues that mean my hands now shake, so I had to switch to doing cushion size chunky cross-stitch as fine work is beyond me now. I also crochet, using 6mm hooks on average, and normally these two are enough to keep me busy.

I got a couple of kittens and they are the light of my life, but they keep trying to eat all my wool! As soon as I pull out a project they dive on me and wont stop until it goes away.

Anyone got any suggestions for a new craft I could try that wont look like a giant toy to my baby kittens. I'll go back to wool work when they are a bit more grown up :p


  • Willowpop
    Willowpop Forumite Posts: 856
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    Could you not make the cats a toy that they can play with whilst you crochet? It might distract them a bit..
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  • Battleaxe44
    Battleaxe44 Forumite Posts: 607 Forumite
    RazWaz, believe me your kitties will still play with wool when they grow up. How do I know? I have three cats and they love the wool. What I have done to protect my yarn of any sort is to put it into a plastic bag, seal it and just have the yarn coming out of a hole, this does work most of the time, but the cat' have an inbuilt sensing system, they know when they hear the needles being picked up.

    I haven't found a craft that the cts don't think I need help with. I make quilts and they love the wadding I use, they try to knead it and love trying to catch the thread as I sew, this is fraught with danger, because I have visions of the cats getting a paw caught in the machine.

    When my son was little he was loved playing with the wool I was using, if I put him in his play pen while I knitted or crocheted, he would cry, so I would get into his play pen with my knitting and he was on the in the room, he never cried to get into the pay pen with me.. My husband would come home and laugh at the reversal of roles.. still this does not solve your kitten problem. I have found the plastic bag the best solution for me,,,,
    ERICS_MUM Forumite Posts: 3,579
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    this is no help to you but I just want to sympathise because I have the same problem - my cat Eric likes a bit of cross stitch too, even now at the age of 15 ! I've never found a remedy.


    Linda xx
  • winniepooh
    winniepooh Forumite Posts: 943 Forumite
    ERICS_MUM wrote: »
    this is no help to you but I just want to sympathise because I have the same problem - my cat Eric likes a bit of cross stitch too, even now at the age of 15 ! I've never found a remedy.

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    Linda xx
    lol that's just made me chuckle.......im at work and everyones looking at me like ive gone mad:rotfl:
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  • Battleaxe44
    Battleaxe44 Forumite Posts: 607 Forumite
    Eric looks like he could do a bit cross stitch for you Erics Mum. So cute..
  • bmma
    bmma Forumite Posts: 607 Forumite
    when my cat was a kitten he used to take all the small balls out of the wool basket and put them under the dining room table, he still does this on occassions and he likes the knitting needles-not the sharp end-they just do not like to be ignored!
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  • sweetcarer
    sweetcarer Forumite Posts: 1,083
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    Think all cats are the same - i have found freebreeze helps.

    sweetcarer ;)

    If you can't beat them - join them.

    :j cross stitch forever, housework whenever :j
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