Why Do Kitties Like to Play with Yarn?

Why do kittens and cats love playing with yarn so? It’s their natural prey instincts at work. Anything small and rapidly moving becomes a practice ground for testing their skills. Kitty will crouch and stealthily sneak up on their “prey”, pounce on it, then agile little paws will dart out, trying to grab the prize as it wiggles away.

Kitten Playing With Yarn

Some say it has to do with the wiggling, writhing, slithering motion of snakes. Cats in the wild would attack snakes to chase them out of their territory, because the snakes would presumably eat up any available prey. A piece of yarn being wiggled and dragged across the floor might awaken this instinct in today’s kitties.


As much fun as it is for both you and kitty to play with yarn or string, you should always be right there to supervise. If kitty begins to swallow a “caught” piece, even if it is a small piece that has been bitten off, it can get tangled up in their tongue or intestines and cause all manner of problems.

This could ultimately, in the worst cases, end with kitty needing surgery or could even cause death. So supervised play is very important. You’ll also want to put the yarn away, where kitty can’t get to it, when you’re not around.

Kitten with Yarn

There’s nothing cuter than a kitty trying to catch a piece of skittering yarn, and kitty loves the game, too.

Kitteh and Yarn

No, kitty! Don’t swallow the string!

Fun with Yarn

You can have hours of fun watching your kitty chase the yarn and bat at it.

Kitty Boxing Yarn

I caught it, what do I do with it now?

Kitty with Red Yarn

Tumbling with this colorful stuff!

String Chasing Kitty

Anyone want to play with me?

Kitteh with Green Yarn

Click any of these to open full-sized and see more kitties playing with yarn:

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