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Cats love string, but they can have severe troubles with it. Never let your cat play with a small fine string or thread unless you can supervise them. The natural bristles on a cat's tongue can catch a string, or yarn and force the cat to swallow the string. This could be disasterous if a cat plays with sewing thread, or knitting yarn because they could swallow unlimitable yards of thread. At the very best, they will eventually throw up the undigestable portion of string, at very worst, the thread could create lower intestinal blockages.