I spent a lot of time planning for this adoption, and now I spent a lot of time in trying to anticipate and elminate possible dangers in the apartment. So you can imagine how angry I was when I found out that the scratching post and kitty condo I bought for them hold hidden dangers.
This looks like an ordinary scratching post, but the carpet below the post sometimes sheds, particularly when the boys are teething at it. This morning we just barely stopped Arthur from eating a piece of loose carpet from the base of the scratching post. As everyone knows, if a cat eats string, he could die. Would eating a piece of carpet fiber harm my boys? I don't know, but I'm doubting that the manufacturer gave it much thought. I don't even know who the manufacturer is (I bought it at Petco, but it only had a price tag) so I can't write a letter of complaint.
By the same token, this kitty condo I got them seems to be shedding little pieces of string-like plastic, even though it is made of carpet. Again, I don't know what would happen if one of the boys swallowed one, but I am cutting them off as soon as I see them. Still, it would be nice if the people who made these things and sold them at the pet store were more concerned with pet safety and did this kind of thinking themselves.