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?

34 comments:

ev said...

My dogs can hear a banana or tangerine being peeled from upstairs. And it doesn't take long for them to be right there, in your lap if you're sitting down.

One of the doxies, Isis, also eats apples. But they have to be red delicious. We have a tree in the backyard and she spends all summer gathering and hiding whatever apples she can, chasing the squirrels and other dogs who might get near them. She hides them. The squirrels will sit in the tree and throw them at her. It's hysterical.

Laura K. Curtis said...

I have a dog with a cast iron stomach...thank goodness. She's eaten so many things dogs shouldn't eat that she should be dead many times over by now. Not long after I got her (she was a rescue), she at a third of a pan of brownies. I freaked out and gave her Ipecac to make her puke (on recommendation of vet). Nothing happened. She licked her lips and asked for more.

I've had her twelve years now, and the ONLY time she's ever thrown up, we ran her into the ER. The vet said "really? She pukes once and you bring her in?" Turned out she had liver cancer.

She came through the surgery like a champ. But just goes to show, some beasties can eat just about anything. And do.

Min said...

My beloved black cat, Oscar, who passed away last 05 July (with what the vet thinks was either a cancer or a tumour, because it was so fast and so aggressive) would kill you for popcorn, Wheat Thins, or cheddar cheese (not just any cheese, mind).

My childhood cat, Smokey, would kill you for cantaloupe. It got to the point where we wouldn't even try to eat it if he was in the house.

Laura K. Curtis said...

Oh, I forgot to mention my youngest dog, who eats pears. And limbs of the pear trees. Here she is attacking:

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ponyswimgal said...

I had a cat who LOVED green olives. Yes. GREEN olives. The first time my mother & I realized he wanted one, we were in the backyard, grilling dinner. When we finally realized what he was poking us for, we put one down on one of the checkered paper plates. He went nuts! He licked it, he rolled on it, he munched it, and when it was gone, he licked the plate with such enthusiasm, he licked off the color! From then on, whenever we had green olives, MittenPaw got at one. Or two.

Jo said...

Apparently my cat likes to eat my books as I just found (about 20 min. ago) what was a gorgeous hardcover children's book with mauled (i.e. no-longer-present) corners.

Amanda Bozeman said...

That's so funny, ponyswimgal...I've had several cats who went insane for olives, too.

But to answer Kate's question, I think the strangest kitty craving I've ever seen involved mint. The cat would crawl inside my friends' purses if he caught the slightest whiff of spearmint gum.

Ria said...

My Calico loved beef jerky, cheese, and pop tarts. If I opened the drawer with the cheese in it she would run from wherever she was. She also loved chicken, turkey and ham.

My kitten (10 months old) will try to eat anything and everything he comes across. He chews paper, cardboard, pillows, books and anything else he finds.

Twinsmom said...

Our black cat Tribble loved to eat Cheerios! Paddywhack and Velvet loved egg nog. They would dip their paws into the glass and then lick them clean and then repeat.

Aurian said...

Lovely stories, I had a parrot once, who loved "pepernoten".

Anonymous said...

We had a cat (Larry) who looked a lot like Simon and he LOVED asparagus. He loved it raw, he loved it cooked, he'd eat it hot--he'd eat it cold. He went nuts everytime we brought it into the house. He was the smartest, most loving cat we ever had. (Okay, maybe not quite as loving as my current tiny son, Fred--but close, and he was a LOT smarter than my dim bulb Fred.)

Tonya Kappes said...

LOL! I love that the cat eats fruit! I had a cat who ate cheerios and milk every morning and screamed/cried until I got out of bed to feed her.

Books by Heather said...

Love all these stories. Wish I had one to contribute, but Max the immortal fish only eats his tropical flakes...

Susan said...

I have a Boston Terrier who was so small when she came to me that the vet told me, "I don't care what you feed her, just make her eat." So everything we ate, she ate. We had a chicken casserole with veggies in it one night, and she was slurping the green beans up like a two-year old with spaghetti. They've been one of her favorites ever since. Happily for her she's put on all the weight she needed, but she still gets special meals on holidays and her birthday. She also loves sweet potatoes and pickles. But she'll eat just about anything she can get in her mouth. :)

Dru said...

We had a cat that ate donuts - it had to be the white powdered kind and cheese puffs. You knew she got into it by the white powder on her face or the yellow crumbs. She never got sick a day in her life with her love of junk foods.

Meanwhile the other cat that only ate cat food was sick all the time.

Kristin A. said...

What funny pets we have! Love all the hilarious stories, especially yours, Laura K. Curtis. One of my cats, Lenny, once took a piece of frying bacon out of the pan and on another occasion drug a slice of pizza out of the pizza box up and over the kitchen counter and under the kitchen table to eat. He is also bonkers for the onions that come in my Thai Fried Rice! One of my cats growing up loved good old PB&J. He would literally take a bite out of it while you were holding it!

Katreader said...

Bandit was my first cat. I got her my Sophmore year in college. One day I came downstairs to find she had gotten into the box of doublestuff oreos-and ate the whole thing. Mind you-she was a tiny kitten at the time. Another time friends were over and one girl had a plate of chicken wings on her knee. Bandit took a running jump over her-grabbing a chicken wing on the way. She also adored cheese doodles. Seneca, one of my current cats, begs for all kinds of food-while Calumet doesn't like human food at all!

Kat said...

Mickey is my male orange and white tabby cat who loves bananas and oranges. He also loves Lays classic and ruffle potato chips. He also loves to lick and chew the cover of books! (I bet the library wonders what happened to their books when I return them.)

Kate Collins said...

Wow!! Talk about great pet stories!

Gayle Carline said...

Well, I could tell you about our Samoyed, Duchess, who found all of the Easter goodies Saturday night and ate 2 dozen hardboiled eggs (including shells) and a pound of chocolate. She lived, but she stayed in the yard all day...

Or I could tell you of my old terrier-mix, Tyler, who would eat ANYTHING. His best trick was the time my ex-husband came into the kitchen to tell me something, holding a fried chicken drumstick in his hand, hand down by his side. As he prattled on, I watched Tyler quietly and meticulously pick all the meat of the bone.

My ex was sure mad, I wasn't going to snitch.

Booklady said...

My youngest miniature schnauzer will eat anything. We call her the vacuum cleaner because she sucks it up before you know you've dropped it. The only thing I've seen her back away from was an oyster. She particularly loves carrots, which at least are not bad for her.

Anonymous said...

My Harmony liked popcorn. She'd reach into the bowl, pull out a kernal and put it in her mouth. I also had a cat that liked dill pickles.

signlady217 said...

These stories just crack me up! Our doxie wouldn't eat any kind of dog food except Purina Puppy Chow (even though she was certainly not a puppy any more!), and she chewed up our big family Bible! And she and the cats all loved cheese, too, any kind.

My best friend's Border Collie ate everything if you didn't stop him. He ate so many pencils, including the eraser and metal thingy. He also took some pretty big chunks out of her coffee table!

Rita B said...

Our cat Pooky did not like catnip but went gaga over green olives with pamentos!! Also love PB&J sandwiches...if she could get close enuff to snitch. She would not eat plain tuna...had to have Mirical Whip mixed in! Sure do miss her.

Breaunna said...

My Rat-terrier Chihuahua absolutely loves Cheerios, Toast, Carrots and Red Licorice! She even knows each of these words and will start begging when I mention them especially the licorice and toast which I call "red things" and "toasty." She is so cute!

Tiffany0227 said...

my mom's rat terrier, Peanut, likes those snack wraps from mcd's but he will not eat them if they have ranch dressing on them. So, we take it as he don't like ranch dressing. It makes you feel really bad for animals when they have to eat that nasty dog food.

Lynda said...

I had a Maine Coon who was so picky that she would not eat canned food of any kind and only one type of dry food. However, she went insane for Shake-n-Bake BBQ chicken. She also loved Haagen Daz strawberry ice cream.

One Christmas I was stringing popcorn for my tree. As I strung, I dropped the finished portion over the side of the couch. I didn't notice until I was through that my dog Lobo (shepherd/collie) was sitting quietly beside the couch, eating the popcorn off the string as it came over. I didn't have popcorn on my tree that year.

Elaine said...

My first cat, Imp, loved my mother's homemade dill pickles - nobody else's, just hers! My second cat, Tess, gobbled up popcorn. My current sweetie, Gretchen, licks peanut butter off my fingers and begs for potato chips.

Paula Farrell said...

My chocolate lab has some funny food preferences... he loves cheerios with milk, pancakes ..but only with syrup! He also loves strawberries, bananas, pnut butter, bologna but the funniest is CHEETOS. I swear he knows when I've bought them at the store .. before I've even made it home.... and he can hear the bag open a mile away. His reaction is priceless... he sits ..but slides all over the floor because his tail 7 butt are wagging so much!

Grapeshot/Odette said...

A co-worker had a cat who loved cantalope. We have had green bean and broccoli lovers. Once we got a cat from a shelter who didn't know what cat food was, but she knew what cookies, candy, chips and pizza were. She ate the pizza crust and all. The poor thing was so malnourished we didn't know she was actually long-haired until she grew a new coat, after learning to eat cat food, of course.

Jo said...

I was a companion caregiver for a little while, and while I was assisting one lady, her daughter (who owned the house)'s schnauzer ate my time log sheet for the week (he had to nose into my purse to get it, too). It's like the dog literally ate my (home)work.

Erin said...

My cat loves nacho cheese Doritos.

Michelle said...

I had a cat Marshmallow who ate popcorn and maybe potato chips too that my dad gave him. Sadly, Marshmallow is no longer with us, but he lived for at least 19 years so that kind of food didn't hurt him.

Another cat I had, Sheba, drank coffee from a mug that was left out. Actually this is probably not a good idea because I recently read in the Garfield column in Cat Fancy that if your cat drinks a saucer of coffee that it would be a medical emergency.

Another cat I had, Polly, ate Chinese food once.

My cats love ham and cheese. The ham is the chopped and processed kind (like Buddig). The packages are only about 50 or 60 cents.

Michelle said...

I'm glad that Simon is fine now.

Oh, I forgot to say that I have cats who eat bread. Dewey and Pumpkin went after a loaf of bread once or twice. It was just brought home from the store, too. Apparently they like their bread fresh. They attacked the package and put holes in it. Now when we bring home bread from the store we make sure that the cats aren't in the same room as the bread. Pumpkin still likes bread. One time I gave her some pizza crust that I tore up into small pieces. She liked it! It can be an occasional treat.

The cats like Chicken Paprikas from Tony Packo's. They like the gravy and the chicken. I think they like to lick the gravy off the pasta. They'll also lick the cheese off of macaroni and cheese.