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7 Household Items My Cats Bat Under Furniture

Toys? Sure. But how about straws, lip balm, cough drops, and chewed-up bags of treats?

Angie Bailey  |  Nov 25th 2015


Those of us who share our homes with cats know all about the treasure trove we find when we lift a piece of furniture. Cats naturally bat things — it’s how they play. They’re wired for maximum swattage. The under-the-furniture haul includes cat toys, for sure — but if your kitties are like mine, they don’t discriminate. If it’s battable, it’s flying across the floor … and probably under the sofa.

Here are seven items I usually find after lifting the large chair in my living room.

1. A chewed bag of cat treats

Frustration mounts!

Frustration mounts!

What the heck? So one of my cats (Saffy) jumped on the counter, hit the bag of treats onto the floor, and attempted to open it with her teeth. This cat (Saffy) didn’t do an especially great job because the bag was never officially opened. I can imagine the frustration she (Saffy) must have felt as she gnawed the bag with no desirable result.

The other two cats probably gathered around her, cheering her on, knowing they might share in her spoils. After many unsuccessful attempts at breaking into the treats, she (Saffy) decided that swatting it to various locations might improve her chances of unlocking the goodies. Not so much. The sad, chewed-up results of her unsuccessful food thievery would eventually wind up under the chair where no cat could reach it.

Yeah, I think Saffy did it.

2. Toys

"I thought those were gone forever!"

“I thought those were gone forever!”

Cat toys are the obvious items I find under furniture. These are designed for cat-batting, so I’m not surprised at the number and variety of them I find. I go looking only when I see some of the favorites are missing. When I retrieve the toys and present them to the cats, it’s like Christmas morning. And then an hour later, the toys are back under the furniture.

3. Wrapped cough drops

"Score!"

“Score!”

If a human family member is sick, it’s common to find a few wrapped cough drops on the living room end table. My cats must enjoy playing with these little guys because I nearly always find at least one under furniture. I get it — I’m sure they slide like few other things on Earth. I think Hall’s is missing its calling — it should consider creating a line of cat toys.

4. Straws

My cats think straws do not suck.

My cats think straws do not suck.

Straws are a favorite, and why not? They’re pliable, colorful, and super slidey. I sometimes find Phoebe walking around with a straw in her mouth, looking like a dog with a stick. I’m not gonna lie: It’s pretty darn funny. We use a lot of straws in our house, so of course I’m never surprised to find one or two mixed in with the toys and cough drops.

5. Mini chip-clip

This clip is in the danger zone.

This clip is in the danger zone.

We have these mini chip-clips sticking to our fridge. They’re magnetic and easily removable. This is great for us humans because we always know where to find one. There’s nothing worse than having a bag of open chips when you can’t locate a chip clip. Well, I suppose there are plenty of things worse than that, but in this context … tragedy!

If a clip is low enough for a cat to swat, guess what? A cat swats it right onto the floor. The clips are lightweight, so a cat’s paw can easily play a game of chip-clip soccer across the kitchen floor. The games must get kind of wild because I usually find one of these in my pile of unearthed kitty treasures.

6. Pens and tubes

"2-4-1 -- yes!"

“2-4-1 — yes!”

You know why I can never find pens or tubes of lip balm? Because they’re probably under the sofa. Oh, man — my cats go nuts over these things, and I don’t think they have chapped lips or write letters.

7. Tape

Phoebe finds herself in a sticky situation.

Phoebe finds herself in a sticky situation.

This is a Phoebe move. She’s obsessed with tape of any kind — she just can’t help herself. We have to remove excess packing tape from boxes because she goes to town chewing it right off the box. If she can somehow get her paws on a roll of transparent tape, that sucker’s getting batted all over the place while she tries removing pieces with her teeth. Undoubtedly, the gross roll winds up under something.

What does your cat bat underneath furniture? Tell us 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.