Tabby cat playing with fish toy.

Entertaining your cat can be just as fun for you as it is for them, especially when you find toys and treats they love. Most cat lovers enjoy pampering their feline friends with an assortment of toys and treats that inspire mental enrichment, exercise, and of course, yummy tastes. There are some dangerous toys and treats that every pet owner should know about and avoid, however.

Your friends at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital want to keep your whiskered friend as safe as possible, while also having fun!

Unsafe Cat Toys 

Not all materials used in cat toys are safe for our feline friends. Here are some of the items you should definitely avoid when finding toys for your kitty:

  • Anything with string, yarn, including curling ribbon for gifts
  • Rubber bands
  • Paper clips
  • Toys that have small parts that can break apart
  • Feathers 
  • Plastic bags
  • Sharp objects
  • Items that can be swallowed
  • Bottle caps
  • Stuffing

Most of the toys that pose risks are those that can be ingested. String-like toys can cause a serious obstruction in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Objects that are small enough to swallow can also cause some internal blockages. Anything sharp or with pointed edges can cause lacerations in the mouth, throat, and GI tract if ingested.

Terrible DIY Treats

It is easy to find plenty of options when it comes to cat treats, but there are a lot of varieties that can be dangerous for your kitty. Sometimes the choice is so overwhelming it seems easier to make your own treats at home.

If you want to treat your cat to homemade treats or human foods, stay away from the following toxic and unhealthy ingredients:

  • Milk and dairy products (cats are lactose intolerant)
  • Raw meat (can contain salmonella and E. coli )
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Caffeine
  • Onion and garlic
  • Fatty foods
  • Bones (can splinter or cause them to choke)

Obesity in cats is a growing problem that results in several related diseases. Keep treats to a minimum and opt for exercise and playtime, as well as ample snuggles, as their reward.

Have Questions About Dangerous Cat Toys and Treats?

Your friends at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital know how amazing it is to share that incredible bond with your adorable cat. Just keep in mind that not all cat toys and treats are good for your kitty. If you would like some recommendations on toys and snacks for your cat, please contact us