I never considered myself a cat person. Quite the opposite, actually. I love dogs. Cats seem so…haughty. Then my little boy decided he wanted a cat. We prayed for the perfect cat to come along and one was given to us right at Cade’s ninth birthday. He’s a big, orange, fluff ball named Tiger. This cat is so chill and relaxed. He’s super lazy and tolerates all three kids loving on him. Over the years he has become Cade’s best buddy. He is truly the best cat we could have asked for.
Fast forward a few years and we had a little girl begging for her very own cat. I put it off every time it was brought up because, honestly, I have no interest in cleaning two litter boxes. Ha! One day we heard a very loud crying coming from the engine area of my husband’s car. It was a cat, of course. A kitten, to be exact. After four days of trying to coax him out we were finally able to catch him. We took him to the Humane Society to give him up for adoption but they were full. You know what that means, right? It means Camden has a new pet kitten. Lord, help me! lol He’s an adorable gray fluff ball who is so playful and so funny and so snuggly and so precious. Darn it if I haven’t fallen in love with this little guy!
One thing I’ve noticed about our cats is that they like to eat stuff they’re not supposed to. Do you know how many times I’ve caught Tiger up on the table or on a counter munching away on the leaves of my plants? If there is any type of greenery in my house he will eat it. And GrayPaw is just like a baby…that kitten will eat anything he finds on the floor! We’ve caught him playing with legos, pistachio shells, and tissues. I decided that it was really important to educate myself and my family on items that are toxic to cats. We do love them, after all, and want them to live long, healthy lives with us. Here are 25 surprisingly common items that are toxic to cats and in most households:
I have kids. I have lazy days. Sometimes food is left out and sometimes food is dropped. Sometimes I get a little carried away and drop a few crumbs of cookie. (Accidentally, of course. I would never intentionally waste precious cookie crumbs. 😉 ) I think most of us would assume a few of these foods are toxic to cats but a couple actually surprised me.
- alcohol and caffeine
- grapes and raisins
- xylitol (sugar-free gum and candy)
- onions and garlic
- chicken bones (choking hazard)
These are more common sense, only because we wouldn’t leave these out for our kids to get into. Make sure these items are closed up and put away in an area that your kitty can’t get to.
Another one that I think is common sense. Accidents happen, though. It’s not unheard of to drop a pill and the not be able to find it.
12. cold meds
13. vitamins and some supplements
14. pain relievers
Every house needs an indoor plant or two or ten. Not only do they beautify our space but they clean the air. We need to be careful with which plants we bring into out homes, however, because they can cause reactions ranging from mild irritation to organ failure and death.
15. aloe vera
16. common ivy
There are other random household items that pose a risk. If they’re not toxic, they’re definitely a choking hazard.
22. dental floss, yarn, and string
23. Christmas lights and tinsel
24. toys with small parts
25. glow sticks
Even after endless litter box cleanings and days filled with kittens nibbling on our fingers and toes, there’s nothing we wouldn’t do to make sure our cats are happy and healthy. We all know that pets become part of our family. It’s up to us to keep them as safe as possible. Tell me, were you surprised by anything on this list?