When you get a cat, you’re not expecting them to beg for food like a vulture. Cats are refined. They might like some chicken, but you have to beg for their affection by offering food, not the other way around. But that’s not what it’s like with my cats. Chuck and Barry LOVE human food — and they’ll eat just about anything and everything. Here are some of those things that they should have never put into their little bodies:
1. Frontline Plus
I had the cats literally a day before I witnessed this one. Frontline Plus is a flea and tick preventative applied to the back of the neck where the cats aren’t able to lick it. But that doesn’t mean that they can’t lick it off each other.
I watched from across the room as Chuck licked Barry’s Frontline Plus. He did NOT like it. He also threw up a few times over the next 24 hours. I kept a close eye on him, and I was prepared to rush him to the emergency vet if I needed to, but he was otherwise fine and recovered.
2. Rubbing alcohol
While at the vet, when they got tested for feline AIDs and leukemia, they tested Chuck. He came back with a wet spot on his leg that smelled like rubbing alcohol. Of course, what does he decide to do? Lick it. And just like the Frontline, he was a very unhappy and grossed out kitty. Thankfully, though, this time he did not get sick.
3. Crown Fried Chicken
I’m honestly surprised that my cats survived eating Crown Fried Chicken, since I can only assume it’s more toxic than Frontline Plus and rubbing alcohol combined. My roommates and I accidentally left out Crown Fried Chicken and went outside. When we came back, both Barry and Chuck were face down in the chicken, gnawing on it like they hadn’t eaten for days (news flash: there’s always dry food left out for them). Cats are carnivores so I’m not worried that they ate chicken, but I am worried that it was fried fast food.
4. Iced tea
Again, my little glutton Chuck was the culprit in this case. My roommate looked at the coffee table to find him sipping her iced tea out of a cup. Apparently he liked it, and he still goes back for more. I don’t let him get his paws on it, though — iced tea, with all the sugar, isn’t good for cats.
5. Dog food
Even if some of these descriptions of Chuck and Barry’s adventurous taste buds make you think they’re dogs, they’re really not. They’re cats. But that doesn’t stop them from attempting to eat my roommate’s dog Finn’s food.
6. A Jalapeno pepper
Just guess which cat did this.
Yep, it was Chuck. My roommate had cheese fries, and Chuck was all over them…until he licked the Jalapeno pepper. Cue the disappointed head shaking and the mad dash to the water bowl. He stayed away from those cheese fries after that.
I didn’t even find out about this one until my roommate posted a photo on Instagram of Chuck taking a large bite out of his cereal. Cereal is not good for cats!
If those are the things they’ve very willing to eat (against all of my wishes), what are some of the things they refuse to eat?
1. Their antibiotics
When I first got the kitties, they had diarrhea so they were prescribed antibiotics. The antibiotic was a liquid that supposedly tasted like chicken, and I had to use a syringe to squirt some into their mouth twice a day.
They HATED it. The struggle just to get their mouth’s open lasted me almost twenty minutes, but you would think would be a lot easier considering they weighed four pounds at the time and I weigh…a lot more. They still hate anybody touching their mouths and teeth from this experience.
2. Their dewormer
I got a tapeworm dewormer for them because of the previously mentioned loose stool. The dewormer was a very large pill, so I figured I would crush it up and put it into some wet food. They love wet food, so that should be easy, right?
As you can guess, they basically refused to eat it. I solved this by repeatedly picking them up and dropping them in front of the food, so they would eat a few bites, walk away, then repeat. I felt awful forcing them to do this, but I had to, just for their sake.
I always loved cats because they’re so much less maintenance, but I’m slowly finding that’s not the case. Every day is a struggle to keep my cats off of my dinner, and I’m just hoping they stay out of the things they’re supposed to stay out of from now on.