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10 Things My Cats Enjoy Knocking Over

Do you race around the house trying to stop your kitties from sliding stuff onto the floor like I do?

Heather Marcoux  |  May 23rd 2016


My cats have all kind of toys of their own, but nothing brings Ghost Cat and Specter more joy than throwing my stuff on the floor. Apparently, their own belongings are just not as fun to watch fall. Every day I run around the house trying to catch stuff before it takes flight thanks to a feline push, and every day I fail.

Let’s take a look at 10 things my cats really enjoying knocking over, day after day.

1. Coffee

I like my coffee with sugar and soy milk. Ghost Cat likes hers all over the table.

I like my coffee with sugar and soy milk. Ghost Cat likes hers all over the table.

I love coffee almost as much as I love my cats. It is the perfect antidote to the warm kitty cuddles that tempt me to hit snooze and stay in bed each morning. Unfortunately, my cats do not respect my caffeine addiction. I guess they figure if coffee won’t let them stay in bed with me, then they won’t let it stay in the cup.

2. Baby bottles

Ghost Cat wants that milk on the floor, nap time be damned.

Ghost Cat wants that milk on the floor, nap time be damned.

Without coffee, I’m gonna need a nap, and so will my human baby. Unfortunately, Ghost Cat has a tendency to send the kid’s bottles clanging to the floor just seconds after I’ve lulled him into a milk coma. After carting my crying infant into the kitchen to fetch a new bottle, I return to the couch only to find the cats are now napping in my spot.

3. My glasses

By midday, my glasses have usually taken a beating. The cats knock them off my nightstand, off the bathroom counter, and, yes, off my face. I now have multiple pairs of spectacles because Speck in particular likes to knock my frames under the bed or the couch. She must be trying to keep me from seeing all her mischief.

4. Vitamins

"You don't need these Mom."

“You don’t need these, Mom.”

I remember my vitamins after lunch — and so does Ghost Cat. The rattling sound the bottle makes as it falls to the floor is obviously music to Ghost Cat’s pointy ears, because she insists on playing the same tune every day.

The piece begins when I grab my vitamins out of the cupboard and set them on the counter. As soon as I turn my back to pour myself a glass of water, I hear the rattling crash — Ghost Cat’s masterpiece has reached its crescendo, and I inwardly curse myself for playing right into her pretty little paws yet again.

5. Their dry food

It's an all-species buffet when Ghost Cat starts throwing food around.

It’s an all-species buffet when Ghost Cat starts throwing food around.

We used to keep the kitties’ dry kibble in a container on the kitchen counter, but recently Ghost Cat has figured out how to knock over the container and feed herself. Unfortunately, she’s also been feeding the dog (who is allergic to everything) an afternoon snack, so now the cats are on special limited-ingredient food, too. Expensive duck-based kibble for everyone!

6. Their wet food

"Decisions, decisions. Do I throw these on the floor, or do I throw these on the floor?"

“Decisions, decisions. Do I throw these on the floor, or do I throw these on the floor?”

My cats haven’t yet figured out how to use a can opener, but they have figured out how to push cans of wet food out of the cupboard or off the countertop. When I hear a can thud to the floor, I can almost hear my cat’s frustrated thoughts: “But I threw it on the floor! Why won’t the food come out?”

7. Paper towels

At least she didn't knock over those dishwasher tabs.

At least she didn’t knock over those dishwasher tabs.

Ghost Cat is physically incapable of being in the same room as a roll of paper towel without knocking it over.

8. My computer

Don't let this cuddle bug fool you -- she has no love for my Chromebook.

Don’t let this cuddle bug fool you — she has no love for my Chromebook.

My laptop is cracked and missing keys not because I’m commuting with it or toting it to coffee shops, but because Ghost Cat and Specter apparently want it to die. This is the one object I’ve never actually witnessed them knocking over, but the physical evidence is there.

9. My smartphone

I have definitely seen the cats send my precious smartphone to the floor on more than one occasion. They’d be in kitty jail for property damage if they weren’t so cute.

10. Gigantic cans of iced tea

"No Fair! There was hardly any left in this one!"

“No fair! There was hardly any left in this one!”

And finally, my cats’ absolute favorite thing to knock over: Arizona Iced Tea cans. My life would probably be a lot easier if I started buying bottles, but instead I stick to the cheaper cans, which can’t be closed once opened, take a hundred years to drink, and are easily knocked over.

Whenever I hear the contents of a can glugging out all over the floor, I wonder, is it time to switch to plain old water? Maybe Specter is just concerned about my sugar intake and taking matters into her own paws — or (more likely) she just enjoys making a big mess.