Monday, March 28, 2011

The Cat Ate What?


by Kate Collins

My daughter came to stay with me this weekend, bringing her black cat Simon with her. Both are a treat to have in the house. I miss the sound of laughter and of little galloping feet in the hallway. That would be Simon’s, not my daughter’s.

As a newborn, Simon developed a bacterial infection in his intestines that nearly killed him. He was in constant pain for months, and two rounds of antibiotics wouldn’t eradicate the bug. All it did was give him diarrhea. Eventually, the vet didn’t know what else to do for him.

Then I found a holistic veterinarian who saved the day with probiotics made especially for pets. After only four days, the bad bacteria had been killed off by all the good bacteria, and Simon was eating again.

But the experience has left him with a delicate stomach and particular tastes in food. He will only eat organic tuna from Trader Joe’s, for instance, and if he eats cheese or leftover meats from the table, he pays for it. Oddly, he has a passion for fruit, and especially strawberries and raspberries. I don’t know where that came from; I’ve never had a cat that loved fruit. I did have one that liked popcorn, however, and my friend’s dog adores peanut butter and bananas . . . separately.

It started me wondering what strange food preference other pets have. Do you have a funny story to share?