A Bag of Cat

Why do cats love bags so much? Is it the noise the make? Something about the way they feel? The easy shelter they provide when you’re snuggled up inside?

A Bag of CatLola is very fond of bags. Plastic or paper, back pack or handbag, she’ll sit on (or in!) them all.

We tend to try and keep large paper bags if we get them, so that she can play with them for a few days. One of her favourite things to do, when hyper, is run and jump at the paper bag. The result is rather noisy!

A Bag of Cat 2She’ll also slide into them at times. Again, this is quite noisy. The main difference between the sliding and the run-and-jump is that the sliding usually results in a rest in the bag, whilst run-and-jump will probably be repeated a few times.

A Bag of Cat 3Whilst paper bags are, for the most part, far more animal friendly than plastic ones, we cat owners must be careful of handles! On one of her slides Lola managed to get part way through the handle, and stopped there for her rest phase. Whilst she probably would have been able to get herself back out, we decided it would be best to cut through the handles so that she couldn’t trap herself.

Bags can be fun but make sure they’re safe fun!

Love,

Lady Joyful

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32 thoughts on “A Bag of Cat

  1. I am glad you took care of the handles and mentioned them! That is quite important. My tom once got caught in the handles of a shopper and dragged, more and more panicky that through the flat – until I could free him. A friend had come for a visit – and since that occurence he hides under the bed when said friend comes around. He did not hurt himself, but easily could have. Since then I hide my shoppers high enough that he cannot get to them.

    1. Aw poor thing! Yes, we had a similar experience a few years ago with a kitten we were fostering. We woke up in the morning wondering what the strange noise was, and why he wasn’t retaliating when his sister jumped on him(!) and realised he’s managed to get himself twisted in a handle. He was actually quite tightly in there, and we had to cover him with a towel to be able to cut him out, because he kept trying to scratch us when we tried to help! Poor thing, but we got him out in the end and he was absolutely fine. Thanks for sharing your story!

  2. Lol! Good advice about the handles too. Charlie will wait patiently inside a paper bag until one of the other cats walk by…then bang! She pounces! Frightened cat runs away, Charlie smiles and returns to bag to await her next victim…

  3. I liked reading your post. My cat did the same with the run and slide thing when she was a kitten. We got lot of enjoyment watching her play. She also got caught in a plastic bag handle. I was right there, so no harm done. In view of that I think cutting the handles is a excellent suggestion.

    1. Yes exactly! We had a similar situation with a kitten a few years ago (as I mentioned in another comment) and I hate to think how it would have ended up if we hadn’t woken up and been able to untangle him! Thanks for commenting 🙂

  4. Sitting on the bags–yes! So strange. But I am glad you mentioned cutting the handles. I would not have thought of that until Parker got tangled in the handles and wound up dragging the bag around the house, waiting for me to notice. Good post.

    1. Seems like lots of people have had that experience with cats! Good thing all the kitties were okay 🙂 Yes, cutting handles is a good thing to remember. Thanks for commenting!

  5. We’re big fans of bags here, too! The paper ones make a wonderful crinkly noise when we jump on them. 🙂

  6. we kitties love paperbags too and boxes of course.. they are in heaven as they leap in/out of the boxes/bags.. yes we should be careful with the handles, better to cut it first before giving it to the kitties..

  7. I spent way too much on a “cat tree”, and my two little kittens like the box it arrived in, and paper bags in general, better than their new cat tree! This is very funny and so true. Thanks for this!

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