Wow! Surprise answer. catgut is made from guts, but not the guts of cats. Usually, it's from sheep or goats, but it can be cattle, hogs, mules, or donkeys. The original word might be cattle gut, or it might be kit-gut, where "kit" is a word for fiddle, and the gut was used for strings for musical instruments.
To learn more, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat_gut.
Catgut is not made from cat gut!
Catgut is a form of very strong thread used for stitching wounds and openings in surgery. It is also used for the strings of musical instruments and for some tennis rackets. But even in ancient times, catgut was probably never made from the guts of cats. It is usually made from the guts of sheep and sometimes from the guts of horses, cattle and pigs. It comes from the narrow end of the animal's intestine. This tube was cleaned and then cut into fine strips and twisted to make threads. It was then treated in order to preserve it and to make it hygienic.
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