My cat is a curious little critter. I have learned that a box of crackers left unopened on the counter will get chewed open and spilled everywhere, dog food bags can be chewed through and climbed into, and that cats are NOT finicky eaters when it comes to items that are actually NOT food. Learn the items to keep away from your cat for everybody’s overall well-being.
String. Absolutely no string should ever go near your cat. Cats have this amazing ability to not only wrap string around their necks as they play with it and then get themselves choked as they scurry to hiding places for fun, but they also actually eat the string. I’ve pulled foot-long strands out of my cat’s throat as she was swallowing string like spaghetti noodles. Beware. Cats will eat this and choke on it or cause themselves serious internal trouble.
Dryer sheets. They may be fun for your kitty to play with, but if they tear off a piece and it gets swallowed, the sticky fibers will stick to the roof of your cat’s mouth or in their throat, and they will choke on it. Dryer sheets are a huge disaster if you have a cat who likes to chew.
Plants are a big one as well. Some plants are just fine for your cat to gnaw on, but some are toxic, and you have to further worry about your cat digging and burying in the plant’s dirt. Keep plants up high where your cat cannot get to them.
Rubber bands, paper clips, milk container lids, marbles, and basically anything small that you wouldn’t let a baby chew on. Cats have that same mentality that little kids do- it is different so it must be tasted, then consumed, then choked on. More times than I’d like to I’ve dug items out of my cat’s mouth.
The bag of kitty litter and cat food should also be placed out of reach. If your cat is a chewer (like mine is) any bag that they are curious about will be chewed through. My cat chews through more things than my dog ever did when she was a puppy, including my shoes, socks, underwear, toilet paper (which is another cat no-no, unless you don’t mind it shredded all over your house), and even money. Maybe she’s just a weird cat, but if anything is left out, it will be chomped on. She even chews on the rug and carpet.
Close the toilet lid. My cat not only drinks out of the toilet, she also tends to fall in and then yowl for me to go get her and then runs about the house like a wild thing, getting toilet water all over my damn house. To save the trouble, just close the toilet lid so your curious kitty won’t take a tumble into the porcelain throne.
All your cleaning supplies and cupboards containing them should remain out of reach and accessibility. Cats will try to find a way in and rummage, so keep these doors sealed tight so your cat can’t get into your things.
Did I mention my cat eats soap? So if your cat is a nut ball like mine, keep your hand bar soap out of reach as well to avoid cat diarrhea and chomped on soap bars all over your house.
Some cats are more curious than others, and if you have an exploratory kitty like I do, you learn quickly how to put things away so you don’t potentially harm your cat or lose valuable things. Keeping these things out of your cat’s grasp is the best way to go to avoid harming your cat or causing real damage to your poor pet and house.