Not only do cats have a very acute sense of smell, but they also have excellent hearing! So when that bag starts swishing, it sounds extremely enticing to them and they start playing.
Along with the cats’ highly developed sense of smell and hearing comes their sense of touch. Their paws, as well as the rest of their skin can feel the finest of textures.
Mental short circuit. A lesser-known fact about the simple shopping bag is that it is made from plastic that contains substances that are quite similar in smell to pheromones.
The corn starch factor. Yes, you read that right. Now, let us explain! Many of the biodegradable plastic bags that are currently in use are made with corn starch, which cats seem to be very attracted to.
Plastic bags get their much-desired smoothness from lubricants. They are usually treated with stearates, which are chemical substances derived from tallow.