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5 Cats’ Body Parts We Find Around the House

Claw sheaths, hair, and whiskers are just a few ways cats let us know they've come calling.

Angie Bailey  |  Mar 17th 2016


Cats constantly leave little reminders for us, letting us know they’ve been in our space … or rather, we’ve been in their space. I always laugh when I visit friends who apologize for the cat hair on their furniture. I tell them it wouldn’t feel like home if the place was free of feline fuzz. We cat people get one another.

Although cat hair is the primary part of a cat’s body that is left lying around, there are sometimes other calling cards.

1. Whiskers

Another for the collection!

Another for the collection! Photo via Flickr

Whiskers are one of the most regular left-behind kitty parts. I’ve found them buried in the carpet, near the food dish, and resting on furniture. I know more than a few people who collect these found whiskers. What do they do with them? Nothing. They store them in little boxes and jars, and look at them from time to time. I suppose it’s the equivalent of my keeping my children’s baby teeth. I’m sure there’s some kind of craft that could be made from these loose whiskers. The whole “crafting with cat hair” thing was a craze for a while, after all. Maybe little woven rings? I always wondered what people would think if I wore a necklace strung with my kids’ tiny teeth. Ew.

2. Claw sheaths

Sheath-al weapon. Photo: Nicky Westbrook

Sheath weapon. Photo: Nicky Westbrook

Every once in a while I find see the sheath of a claw lying around — usually by a scratching post. This shedding happens when the claw grows beyond the blood supply. Out with the old, in with the fresh new, sharp claw! These would make fine charms for bracelets, methinks.

3. Cat hair

Saffy adds a layer of luxury.

Saffy adds a layer of luxury.

As previously mentioned, cat hair is the most common part a cat leaves behind. They can’t help it, really. Cats shed — some definitely more than others. I have concrete floors in my apartment and I’m constantly finding cat hair “tumbleweeds” rolling around my place. No matter how often I brush my Saffy, she’s gonna leave a little (or a lot) of fuzz when she leaves a resting spot. And my clothes? Half the time I don’t even try to remove the bits of fur. My layer of cat hair tells everyone I’m a cat lover, and I’m OK with that.

4. Teeth

The tooth is out there. Photo: Nicky Westbrook

The tooth is out there. Photo: Nicky Westbrook

This one is not so common. The above photo is a tooth that once belonged to my friend’s cat. He was in a wild fight with another cat and lost a tooth in the process. Granted, the tooth was probably ripe for removal, and the cat was about a thousand years old. My Saffy, who’s probably two thousand years old, has lost a few teeth, and I’ve mostly found them on the kitchen floor. Keeping your cats’ teeth cleaned is a great way to make them last well into their golden years, but sometimes they just fall out. I wonder if cats have nightmares that all their teeth fall out of their mouth? I hate those dreams. Also, I hate the dentist. I’m like a cat and have to go under sedation for a cleaning. Meow.

5. Drool, hairballs, and poo

Cosmo's such a drip.

Cosmo’s such a drip.

These aren’t technically body parts, but they’re products of a cat, so I’m tossing them in here. My Cosmo’s a drooler when he’s happy. He can’t help it — he starts purring and the faucet starts dripping. I sometimes find wet spots on surfaces where he’d enjoyed some good times.

And hairballs? Yes, we’re all familiar with those fun little piles. They definitely let us know kitty has come calling. I’ve sometimes wondered to myself if it’d feel more gross to step on a warm or a cold hairball. I still haven’t decided which is worse. Maybe I just need to stop thinking about it.

Every once in a while I’ll find a stray piece of poo outside the litter box. Usually it’s from Saffy, who has long, luxurious butt-fur. The downside of the luxurious fur is that it traps dingleberries. Sometimes they have to be cut out of the fur, and other times they drop off naturally. What can I say? Poo happens.

What kind of feline body parts do you find lying around your house? Share them in the comments!

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About the Author: Angie Bailey is an eternal optimist with an adoration of all things silly. Loves pre-adolescent boy humor, puns, making up parody songs, thinking about cats doing people things and The Smiths. Writes Catladyland, a cat humor blog, Texts from Mittens (originated right here on Catster) and authored whiskerslist: the kitty classifieds, a silly book about cats wheeling and dealing online. Partner in a production company and writes and acts in comedy web series that features sketches and mockumentaries. Mother to two humans and three cats, all of which want her to make them food.