Why do cats like to eat frogs and lizards? You would think after getting sick a few times, they would decide it's not a

My cat loves to catch frogs and lizards and eat them and every time he does he gets sick almost right away. Why does he continue to do something that makes himself sick?

Asked by Licorice on Mar 18th 2010 Tagged frogs, lizards, vomit in Food & Nutrition
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Izadore (Izzie)

I'm not a naturalist and don't know if the frogs and lizards you have where you live are poisonous. In the wild, cats do catch and eat lizards for protein. Frogs are a different story, especially toads, and I once heard of a little Yorkshire Terrier who became deathly ill after just licking one. If your cat is an outdoor cat, there isn't much you can do to stop him from doing this unless you follow him around all day. And, you can't keep the lizards and frogs out of your yard or any other area he may frequent. About the only thing you can do is make sure he is very well fed before he goes out. There's an old saying that a fat cat won't hunt--maybe there's some truth in it! (And do make sure that if he seems sicker than usual after eating one of these things, you get him to the vet as soon as you can. A cat who's been poisoned needs emergency vet care and won't last long without it.)

Izadore (Izzie) answered on 3/18/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


The quick answer here, which you and your cat may not like, is to make Licorice an indoor only kitty. Cats catch lizards and may or may not eat them. As for toads, although I (the Human here) am fond of them, Japanese toads can be poisonous even when only being touched. Who knows why cats eat things that make them sick? They do, and they die. Keep your kitty inside. Purrs.

Chibi answered on 3/19/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer