I Have a Lotion-Eating Cat!

January 9, 2010


This is just weird. Is my cat really weird? She licks the hand lotion off my hands. Is this harmful? She acts like she’s in nirvana.


Livvy’s lotion of choice.


I don’t know what they put that stuff– is it toxic to cats? If I put the lotion on my hands, even when she’s in the other room– she can smell it, and she comes stalking me down, to get to my hands to lick off the lotion. YUK!

My hands are bone-dry in this weather and I’d like to use something. She also licks off the aloe vera gel, too.

She’s weird! Do any of you cat people know about this? Is it a cat thing? And is it harmful? I’m afraid she may take to confiscating my lotion, and start stealing secretive swigs from the bottle when we’re not looking.

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14 Responses to “I Have a Lotion-Eating Cat!”

  1. dawn hild Says:

    My oldest son’s dog… a one year old old english bulldog … is crazy for lotion and hand sanitizer. He is a total goofball. I too, wonder what it is that they like about the stuff???

  2. mike golch Says:

    One of our late cate used to due that as well.He died of old age,not for licking hand lotion off my wife’s hands.

  3. Karen & Gerard Zemek Says:

    I don’t know if that would be harmful to cats or not. Guess you just need to watch to see if they do anything that may indicate something is not quite right. My cats have never done that.

  4. Lynne Says:

    Every dog & cat I’ve ever owned has liked to lick me right after I put lotion on! Drives me nuts and I always wonder how it keeps from making them sick! Well, guess it’s just one of those simple pleasures our animals enjoy so we endure it! 😀

  5. Rebecca Says:

    Here is a link you can go to, it is a level 7, HIGH hazard to humans and cats http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/wordsearch_free.php?hq=St.+Ives++collagen+elastin&go=go
    Here is a partial list: Other concerns for ingredients used in this product:
    Neurotoxicity, Endocrine disruption, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Miscellaneous, Multiple, additive exposure sources, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Enhanced skin absorption, Contamination concerns, Occupational hazards, Biochemical or cellular level changes

    Remember that cosmetics manufacturers can use as many toxic ingredients as they want, there is NO regulation. It has also been tested on animals, meaning that innocent animals have suffered and died so these synthetic chemicals can be used. PLEASE keep this stuff away from your cat and YOU!!! The more poisons we put on our skin, the more we invite cancer and other diseases, the more that go into our water supply, the more die-off of aquatic animals (read “Our Stolen Future”) There are lots of safe, non-toxic alternatives, Poofy is my favorite, http://www.poofscloset.com/servlet/StoreFront or organic excellence http://www.organicexcellence.com/

  6. Sparkle Says:

    I prefer licking envelope glue myself. My human may not be quite as cautious as Rebecca (and she thanks her for the link, BTW), but she doesn’t like any of us cats licking lotion she’s applied, and she won’t even pick us up after applying sunscreen. As my human frequently tells me, “Just because you like it, it doesn’t mean it’s good for you!” Maybe you need to give Livvy the same lecture (and she will probably like it about as much as I do…not).

  7. Staci at Just Bloggled Says:

    I don’t have cats, but my dogs come running anytime I use scented chapstick on my lips or use Vicks under my nose. If it’s at bedtime, I’ve learned to pull the covers over my head right afterward, or I end up with two dogs on my face licking off whatever is there. It’s really not a pleasant experience.

    Luckily, they don’t seem to notice lotion as much, but maybe because I’m bad about putting it on my hands. I’m guessing it won’t kill them so long as they (cats or dogs) don’t eat the entire bottle.

  8. Connie Says:

    My Ninja Cat will sometimes lick the lotion on my hands, but she’s not insane about it. I had to go check my bottle though… mine is also St Ives, but a shea butter variety! Same brand, different flavor. Silly critters.

  9. Mizé Says:

    Haha! And I though Nina was a weird cat by having dog´s typical behavior: chasing her tail, lol.
    But Livy beats Nina with this one 🙂
    Don´t know if the lotion is toxic but I would hide it far away from her…just in case.
    Good weekend xx

  10. Tina Says:

    lol the funny little girl! i wonder if its just that lotion for the taste or others!!!

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  11. Buggys Says:

    That’s really odd, never heard of such a thing. Can’t imagine it hurting her though.

  12. Cherly Sanquenetti Says:

    Great posting, thanks a lot!

  13. Rayna Says:

    my cat does this as well.. and the funny thing is, she looks EXACTLY like your cat, and my cat’s name is LIZZY LOL

  14. Adriana Says:

    My cat Koby, loves to eat lotion, every time I put some lotion on my hands and then pet him, he licks his body just to eat the lotion. One time i put some on and pet my other cat Sammy he liked Sammy just to eat the lotion! Koby licks lotion of my hands and every morning my sister puts on lotion, he hears the sound of my sister rubbing lotion on her hands and Koby runs over and starts meowing just to eat it! IDK why the like it so much?!?!?! My other cats don’t eat it though. But nothing bad happen to him so i guess just keep watching if anything happens to your cat