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1karenmarie
Jul 25, 2011, 1:32pm

My daughter and I were standing next to the 56-gallon fish tank, which is next to the kitty condo. Our 12 year old gray mackerel tabby Kitty William was in the condo, watching Fish TV.

I had an algae tablet in my hand, preparatory to putting it in the tank to feed our plecostomus Big Guy (9" long, truly a big guy compared to the other fish in the tank).

I unintentionally rested my hand on the edge of the kitty condo, and Kitty William leaned over and grabbed the tablet. He crunched it and ate it just like a kitty treat and looked around for more.

No harmful effects; in fact, both my daughter and I swear that his coat is softer since his algae tablet snack.

Has anybody else had their kitty eat something really strange and enjoy it?

I have had other cats go nuts over popcorn and broccoli, but the algae tablet seemed the strangest.

2suitable1
Jul 25, 2011, 1:45pm

We had a cat that loved peanuts. He had quite stinky farts.

3LMHTWB
Jul 25, 2011, 1:54pm

Spencer will eat cherries, apricots, bananas, raspberry sorbet, coffee, orange juice, etc. Basically if I eat it, he will eat it. The weirdest thing is a wasabi pea. I thought that would burn his mouth, but he came asking for more!

4reconditereader
Jul 25, 2011, 2:19pm

Ours once happily licked peanut sauce from a Thai dish. Also bread. Oatmeal. But especially, tomato sauce. I thought cats were carnivores!

5lilithcat
Jul 25, 2011, 2:44pm

My cat is nuts about fennel. Whenever I've been working with it, she starts madly licking my fingers.

> 4

My cat loves to lick my oatmeal bowl, too, and any bread or cracker crumbs that are about.

I thought cats were carnivores!

They are, but carnivores don't eat only meat. Cats are always noshing on plants.

6krazy4katz
Jul 25, 2011, 8:27pm

Those are all very odd! Boots likes blueberry muffins.

7FionaCat
Jul 25, 2011, 9:43pm

Harry will steal lettuce and his sister Fiona would murder you for a piece of cantaloupe. The oddest one is Pippin (who is mostly white) who seems to prefer white foods: marshmallows, mashed potatoes (he was offered the leftover turkey and gravy from a frozen meal but ignored it in favor of plain mashed potatoes), vanilla yogurt (won't touch fruit flavored ones), etc.

8BookLizard
Jul 25, 2011, 10:12pm

Our first cat LOVED peas, summer squash, and doughnuts!

9LA12Hernandez
Jul 26, 2011, 12:55am

Edgar loves rose petals and ice tea, dried apricots and sunflower seeds, and strawberry yogurt, milk or icecream.

10Mareofthesea
Jul 26, 2011, 1:27am

My Tabitha loves gummy candies... swedish berries in particular. She doesn't eat them, just licks them until they get all sticky, then she walks away.

11Sophie236
Jul 26, 2011, 4:55am

I used to have a Siamese cat who adored raw mushrooms. Mungo and Midge (we call them the "gourmet kittens") love: chicken pakora, crispy duck, cooked spaghetti, blueberry muffins (but not chocolate), and bread dough. Yup, bread dough. And cake batter. And salami. And tinned sardines with tomato sauce.

12wendyclark
Jul 26, 2011, 8:40am

Our cat Pumpkin will lick neosporin off our skin it we don't cover it up with a bandaid. Our dog, Mei-mei also loves neosporin.

13NineTiger
Jul 26, 2011, 8:47am

My sister's cat Dobie dove into a cheesecake ages ago :)

MGP

14millhold
Jul 26, 2011, 10:24am

Tiger Lilly loves avacado with lemon pepper. She also likes vanilla yogurt (no fruity ones), fresh grape juice, grilled chicken (but not fried), fresh tomatoes, French Swiss cheese and fresh mozerella, but no other cheeses. And for some reason, she likes strawberry cream muffins, but no other kinds, and she doesn't like fresh strawberries, or strawberry flavored anything else.

But, out of all the odd things she eats, her very favorite thing is ice cold watermelon! I guess she's a truly Southern cat.

Other than that, she likes all the other "normal" cat stuff.

15gilroy
Jul 26, 2011, 10:39am

Macaroni and cheese for one or two cats.

Though one kit likes ot munch on Camel Back Crickets. Don't ask me why, I guess it's the challenge of catching them...

16ArchivistLady
Jul 27, 2011, 3:58pm

Butter and any dairy product. Sometimes my tabby enters the kitchen and starts crying for whatever food I am cooking, his latest desire was cucumbers which he snubbed his nose at when I offered a piece to him.

17reconditereader
Jul 28, 2011, 1:15pm

oh yes, of course mine likes butter. But that at least makes sense to me. Who doesn't love butter?

18varielle
Jul 28, 2011, 1:31pm

Zelda liked pork n' beans and Krispy Kreme glazed doughnuts.

19PensiveCat
Jul 28, 2011, 2:46pm

It's not exactly what my cat Moofer eats that's strange, but watching it is bizarre. He finds clumps of fur my Persian leaves behind and sucks it up like cotton candy.

20LMHTWB
Jul 28, 2011, 3:33pm

>19 PensiveCat: Hey, one of my cats does that too! He's a DSH but loves to eat my Persians' clumps of hair. Do you have any idea as to why they do this?

21PensiveCat
Jul 28, 2011, 4:54pm

>20 LMHTWB:: I have no idea. Maybe it's some kind of grooming thing. She won't let him groom her so he found his loophole...or loopclump.

22reconditereader
Jul 28, 2011, 10:32pm

my cat will eat his own hair, too, if I don't throw it away right after brushing. I don't know why, because he's normally happy to leave his hair *everywhere* in a fine layer, but he will eat the clumps. What is his deal?

23carolcat
Jul 29, 2011, 9:37am

>5 lilithcat: My cats also like fennel--they don't eat it, just smell and lick...when I buy fennel they'll go crazy rolling around in the (empty) cardboard box that I carried the vegetables home in.

24jugglingpaynes
Jul 30, 2011, 12:26am

One of our cats always went for the steamed broccoli. Another will go for muffins, but only chocolate chip or espresso muffins, even though she just wants muffin crumbs and never eats the chocolate.

Two of our cats can be led around the yard with a clump of crabgrass. They get outdoor time and I get weeding done at the same time. I can't really let them eat it too much, since they inevitably wait until they are back inside to throw it up. :oP

And then there's Hobgoblin, who likes to "taste" the corners of my books...

25karenmarie
Aug 5, 2011, 11:30am

Kitty William and I were hanging out last night - I was reading and he was standing on the chair next to the nightstand. All of a sudden I heard Suspicious Gnawing Noises and it turns out he was trying to eat the FM antenna on the clock radio! He actually chewed a 1" piece off. I don't think he swallowed anything but gads. Between algae tablets and FM antenna wire I think the cat is losing his tiny furry mind.

26Editrixie
Aug 7, 2011, 10:21am

I'm a vegan, so sometimes I sprinkle nutritional yeast on pasta. My cat Molly, who is the star of my LThing profile photo, is INSANE for it. The vet says it shouldn't harm her, so I give her a bit whenever I have it. I don't even have to sprinkle it on her food--just put a pinch of the dry stuff into her bowl. She loves it so much that she'll even start begging as soon as I start boiling water.

She and my other girl, Trixie, love chickpeas to distraction. Trixie scarfs down anything leafy and green, even celery tops. She'll try to jump into the crisper drawer when I have it open.

The little weirdettes!

27overthemoon
Aug 7, 2011, 3:07pm

Our cat Freddy has a passion for the French dessert called Perle de Lait (so do I, they must put something into it to make it addictive). Whether I'm eating the natural, lemon, litchi or pistachio flavour, he will sit and watch me downing every spoonful while uttering little moaning sounds, till I let him lick out the last dregs in the pot.

28fuzzi
Aug 7, 2011, 3:23pm

I have two cats, Java and Moonpie. Java wants dry cat food, and dislikes any so-called "people food" with the exception of the water drained off a can of tuna. He is weird...

Moonpie likes everything, and I've caught him trying to eat the blinds. As far as edible things, he loves anything dairy or meat (except fast food hamburgers), and delights in bits of vegetable or potato or bread that falls to the floor. We think he was a dog in a past life...:grin:

Moonpie also likes to sit up, like a Meerkat, and beg whenever anyone eats.

29millhold
Aug 8, 2011, 12:53pm

#27

Tiger Lilly will sit--quietly--and watch every thing I eat, going from the plate to my mouth. I swear the expression on her face is meanacing, until I finally can't bear it any longer, and I give her a sample of what I'm eating.

Sometimes, once she sniffs it, she will walk away in disdain. Other times, she eats what I've given her, and strolls away with her superiority over me confirmed. It's very lowering. 8^)

30brianbradley
Aug 9, 2011, 12:49pm

Asparagus

31varielle
Aug 9, 2011, 3:56pm

>30 brianbradley: How was the litter box afterward?

32debavp
Aug 9, 2011, 11:06pm

@30 yep, Gizmo and Haeden loved asparagus. Gizmo also went absolutely bonkers over cantalope and yogurt. Fritz--would not go near tuna in any fashion,nor any type of dairy. Inde--he loved oreos. Every night I would take one apart and he would like all the white part off one side only and then eat 1 bite only of the black part and be done with it.

Gurl is a try everything once type of cat, but she dearly loves rotel dip and ie cream. We keep it to about less than a teaspoons worth, but if you could see her get brain freeze when eating her spoonful too fast--it's a riot :)

Also, my vet told me years ago that as long as the cat is genuinely interested in the food item and it's given in a reasonable amount, it should do them no harm.

31 Never an issue for ours when they ate it, but then again the quantity they consumed was considerably less than a human:)

33fuzzi
Aug 10, 2011, 4:52pm

(29) I had a "Tigerlily" when I was a child. She was a tabby (of course!).

Nice to see the name again. :)

34macart3
Aug 10, 2011, 5:28pm

Madeline loves her spinach and general all things leafy. She's an indoor cat and when I let her outside on the enclosed patio she sometimes escapes to eat the weeds growing in the backyard. She's so into eating them that doesn't care that I creep up and grab her to bring her inside. Weasley doesn't care much for leafy things. But he does love his dirt. I've had to put the bag outside of the patio so he doesn't get to it.

35millhold
Aug 11, 2011, 12:57pm

#33 ~~ Mine is a short haired tabby.

36fuzzi
Aug 11, 2011, 6:57pm

(35) My Tigerlily was a short haired gray tabby.

I had a cat that used to like to lick the salt off the tops of crackers...

37macart3
Aug 11, 2011, 7:58pm

Found out today that Weasley like red raspberry yogurt.

38Seanie
Aug 11, 2011, 9:57pm

I have a Tigerlily too, but she's mostly known as Tilly :)

She used to bring slugs inside, not sure if she was eating or just playing with them, but a couple of times I had to wash a lot of slime off her face - sooo gross! Thankfully that hasnt hapenned for a while...

My Taji wants whatever I've got, I think if he was a dog he'd be a labrador!

39staffordcastle
Aug 12, 2011, 2:22am

I remember our cat Smoky getting slimed by a slug he'd caught, and then getting pine needles and dead leaves stuck all over his face with the slime. Boy, was that a mess to clean up!

40Booksloth
Aug 12, 2011, 7:25am

#21 "She won't let him groom her so he found his loophole" That's the part that seems to get the most grooming from Moggy and Baggy - sometimes I wish they'd never found theirs at all.

41DaynaRT
Aug 12, 2011, 9:11am

My eldest cat's favorite snack, the house centipede:

42fuzzi
Aug 12, 2011, 12:28pm

Ick!

Java likes flies. A fly loose in the house is about the only thing to get him up off my bed during the day.

44krazy4katz
Aug 12, 2011, 6:27pm

ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS!! Thank you, k4k

45pinkozcat
Aug 13, 2011, 8:15am

I had a fabric eater once but I gather that it is not uncommon, especially in Orientals. She used to eat wool and shoelaces and once swallowed about 20cm of a nylon shoestring strap from a nightdress. I worried about that for ages and eventually told my vet that it hadn't come through. He said that even nylon can't withstand stomach acid and not to worry.

The how-to books say that mixing bits of cut-up towelling in with the cat's feed will help stop it eating your best sweater.

For anyone with a kitten with that tendency - put away all your woollens until it is nine months old and it probably won't bother to eat them after that.

46DaynaRT
Edited: Aug 13, 2011, 8:34am

My eldest cat once swallowed a very long thread that she found after I had folded some laundry. She woke me up in the middle of the night by gently tapping my arm; I could barely make out the problem in the dark. I carefully pulled at the bit that was hanging out of her mouth, wanting to be sure it hadn't got stuck inside her somewhere. Luckily it just seems to have been wadded up on her tongue, with only a little in her throat, and it all came out without a hitch.

I wonder how long she spent trying to spit out the thread before she decided it was time to seek human intervention.

47Editrixie
Aug 13, 2011, 2:27pm

@46: That is one smart cat!

48Severn
Aug 14, 2011, 9:57pm

Raisins are Harvey's favourite treat apparently. She goes mad for them.

I'm so glad I've never had a cat prone to pica. I don't fancy losing my shoe laces....

49millhold
Aug 15, 2011, 10:30am

I was eating some beef jerky this weekend, and Tiger Lilly was going nuts trying to get some. I gave her a tiny piece. It DID NOT agree with her, but she still kept wanting me to share.

50Booksloth
Aug 15, 2011, 11:09am

Wish I had a copy of the photo a friend showed me last weekend of his cat with a pretty large lizard halfway down its throat.

51varielle
Aug 15, 2011, 1:22pm

My grandmother (many years ago, this is an old folks saying) upon seeing our well-fed, but extremely skinny mother cat, claimed cats got that way from eating lizards.

52millhold
Aug 23, 2011, 12:46pm

Yesterday evening, when I came home from the grocery store, Tiger Lilly came bounding into the living room, and began jumping on the bags, head-butting me and the bags, and generally being a pain in the posterior. She doesn't usually do that.

Then I remembered how much she likes deli ham, and that I had bought some. She drove me nuts, while I was trying to put away the groceries. After she calmed down, I got a tiny bit of the ham to give her. She never gets treats when she is behaving badly. I don't want her to think she's going to get a "reward" when she's a bad girl!

53anna_in_pdx
Aug 23, 2011, 1:29pm

52: I don't know! She'll probably remember "I made a big fuss and after a while I got ham" not "I made a big fuss and didn't get ham until I quieted down".... at least if cats are anything like children....

54fuzzi
Aug 26, 2011, 12:30pm

My Moonpie rarely begs from me while I am eating, because I don't feed him any treats until I have finished.

Moonpie does beg from my spouse, though, because he succumbs to the mournful looks aimed his way...

55tardis
Aug 26, 2011, 2:09pm

54> Tuck could always cadge a snack out of my husband, too. It came in really handy when feeding him medication because he would literally eat anything set down beside my husband's chair, so medicated cat treats, pills wrapped in cheese, etc. all went down without a fight. He'd eat bits of meat and fish, beans, little pieces of pasta, etc. If you put any of the same things in his cat dish he'd turn up his nose, but as long as he thought it was people food, no problem.

My husband also feeds dogs at the table, should any be visiting, or should we be visiting a house where one lives. Bad influence.

56millhold
Aug 26, 2011, 2:29pm

I've recently discovered that Tiger Lilly likes "Dill Dip" from Kroger. When I put it on the plate for me, she comes tearing into the kitchen--from wherever she was--and talks to me very loudly, until she convinces me that she deserves a little taste of it. After she gets it, she rubs up all over me, and gives me a purr that sounds like she's going to vibrate into parts.

57DaynaRT
Aug 26, 2011, 2:42pm

Sometimes I wish my cats liked people food. They turn their noses up at chicken, tuna, cheese, and anything else I've ever offered them.

58anna_in_pdx
Aug 26, 2011, 3:21pm

My cats all love cheese. They can only have tiny bits though or it makes them throw up. I am currently using cheese to try to get my scaredy cat out of the basement and used to the regular ground floor of the house. It was OK while my kid was still living here and his room was down there, but now that he's off to college I think she'll be too isolated and lonely. The cheese works in that she comes up timidly every time she hears my step in the kitchen. It does not work in that she goes right back to the basement after eating it.

59Editrixie
Aug 26, 2011, 9:35pm

Giving raisins to cats is not a good idea, according to the ASPCA Poison Control Center.

http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/poison-control/people-foods.aspx

60LMHTWB
Aug 26, 2011, 10:51pm

>59 Editrixie: Ah, the ASPCA list.

My cats are definite goners. Out of the 11 categories listed, they have 6 of the items occasionally, and, well, one item, the raw meat and bones, is their daily food. So, they are doomed.

Sorry, I just couldn't resist poking fun at that list. I know you had good intentions pointing it out, but, well, the list just might be wrong. See, I've fed raw meat and bones to my cats as their only food source for ~20 years without problems and when I have to force-feed a rescue cat, I use goat's milk and liver.

61AngelaB86
Aug 27, 2011, 10:57am

We used to have a cat who liked virgin strawberry daiquiris. He also liked brownies/cakes. Both my current and new cats love marsh mellows, but neither can figure out how to actually eat them. The new cat surprised us recently by eating canned peas.

62fuzzi
Aug 29, 2011, 7:07pm

(61) Moonpie loves canned and frozen green peas, too!

Breyers ice cream was buy one get one free, so I have a couple half gallons in the freezer. When I eat ice cream, my dog Tirzah sits on my right, and Moonpie sits on my left, and I take turns dropping little bits of ice cream on the floor...oh, wait, it doesn't get to the floor on the dog's side. :D

63anna_in_pdx
Aug 29, 2011, 7:10pm

Our cats forage our kitchen floor, and will eat whatever tickles their fancy that has hit the floor - I tend to trust they will know what is good for them and what is not. So far as I can tell they don't want stuff that is supposed to be bad for them (never saw them eat a raisin or any chocolate products for example).

64anna_in_pdx
Aug 29, 2011, 7:14pm

Also one of our cats is a good mouser and though she does not often have the pleasure of practicing this skill, when she does, she eats them. Raw. Of course this is not a problem. I have heard that chicken bones can be choked on, by cats that weren't previously exposed to them. Presumably if cats eat nothing but raw meat on the bone, they are used to it and know how to eat it, but this may not go for many/most pets who are raised to eat nothing but pet food.

65staffordcastle
Aug 29, 2011, 7:46pm

Anna, the bones of a mouse are mostly cartilage, and very soft (not to mention tiny). They won't hurt a cat's digestion. Chicken bones are another question.

66LMHTWB
Aug 29, 2011, 8:05pm

>64 anna_in_pdx: If a cat isn't used to raw chicken bones, they tend to not to chew it into smaller pieces and there is a chance of a bone getting stuck in the throat. In ~20 years of raw feeding, I've only had to stick my fingers down a throat once to dislodge a bone fragment. (I've dealt with 40+ cats in that time, so 1 out of 40 is not bad.) Once cats are used to chewing bones into manageable pieces, I've never had a problem.

>65 staffordcastle: Raw chicken bones are not a question. While mice bones are tiny, cats do catch and eat rabbits -- bones included. Rabbit bones are denser that chicken bones, but cats do not have problem with them.

I guess I should emphasize I'm talking about raw chicken bones and not cooked. Cooked bones splinter and can cause problems, but raw bones don't splinter.

67NineTiger
Sep 2, 2011, 3:36pm

My sister had a cat named Dobie that dive bombed a cheesecake once for a taste :)

MGP

68millhold
Sep 2, 2011, 4:25pm

The other night, while I was trying to eat some grapes, Tiger Lilly kept trying to eat the stem of the grapes. When I was finished, I gave it to her, and she gnawed on it for hours. When she was finished, she politely brought it back to me!

69Rowntree
Sep 2, 2011, 5:09pm

Used to have a lovely big ginger longhair called Geoffurry, who adored red wine, if fed to him a drop at a time from a finger tip. (He wouldn't take it if it was dripped on a saucer.) I suppose it wasn't good for him, but he was the longest-lived of that generation of cats.

Back in the late 60s, I had a Siamese called Stonn who adored sweet-corn on the cob. He'd knaw on a cob for hours.

Breagha is passionately fond of vanilla ice cream or plain yoghurt, but not much interested if I put a little milk in a saucer - though she'll drink it out of my glass.

And if any of them are given something they *really* like, they'll grab the bit and run away growling - presumably to keep the others off.

70anna_in_pdx
Sep 2, 2011, 5:20pm

69: I love the name Geoffurry. That is all.

71MerryMary
Sep 2, 2011, 6:51pm

My husband used to give a "used" corn cob to our dog, but chewing on it would make her lips and gums bleed. Quit doing it - and never offered it to MonsterKitty.

72Rowntree
Sep 2, 2011, 6:56pm

71> It never seemed to bother him; somewhere I have a photo of a chunky Siamese, slit-eyed in bliss, nibbling on a cob with his tiny front teeth.

73AngelaB86
Sep 3, 2011, 1:43am

Rowntree, I think we're going to need to see that picture. :)

74Severn
Sep 4, 2011, 6:47pm

I agree. It's scanning time. :p

75BarbN
Sep 5, 2011, 1:12am

melon and cantelope. I've had a couple of cats that loved these passionately. Had one asparagus eating cat. That was weird!

76millhold
Sep 6, 2011, 11:25am

OH NO! Note to self: Never again give a tiny piece of smoked blue cheese to Tiger Lilly! What a mess was made. Poor baby stayed curled up in bed for the next 10 hours, and didn't eat anything else the rest of the day.

77fuzzi
Sep 6, 2011, 12:32pm

Aw, poor Tiger Lilly! She painted the carpet, hmm?

78millhold
Sep 6, 2011, 12:56pm

#77 ~~ Two medium places on the hardwood floors, and two huge places on the (fake) Oriental rug. I felt so sorry for her. I swear she was looking at me like I was a monster.

79MerryMary
Sep 6, 2011, 5:34pm

Note to self: no bleu cheese for kitties.

Who knew?

80Severn
Sep 7, 2011, 3:49am

Heh...I guess it was the lactose - their tummies don't like it.

Having said that though...

Last night, I was having a cup of tea (British tea - hot, milky) and I look down only to find Charley's head shoved inside. He emerged with a blissful look, tea around his chops.

Thank god he didn't hurl it up.

81pinkozcat
Sep 7, 2011, 7:30am

It could react the other end, though. My Burmese boy used to get diarrhoea if I gave him milk, so it was water only for both cats; although his sister could tolerate milk with no problems.

82LMHTWB
Sep 9, 2011, 10:43pm

>76 millhold: Weird.

I'm sorry for Tiger Lily, but Spencer, Robbie, and the rest of my herd are always mooching cheese. Spencer and Robbie are the Connoisseurs of Cheese. The both love blue cheese, but Spencer's favorite is brie and Robbie is more a smoked gouda type of cat.

I've only had one cat which had a lactose problem. And he could eat goat cheese with no problem.

83millhold
Sep 12, 2011, 2:01pm

#82 ~~ Tiger Lilly actually likes cheese, even blue cheese. I think the problem with that one was that it was smoked. I enjoyed it very much, but Tiger Lilly didn't.

I had never given her smoked cheese before, or anything that has been smoked, so I'm going to be very careful of that in future.

84anna_in_pdx
Sep 12, 2011, 2:12pm

My cats all like cheese.

I have a problem with one of my cats. She has stopped eating. I have isolated her from the other cats and given her different things to eat and yesterday she ate a little bit of tuna but nothing else. She won't even eat the bits of cheese. I am quite worried. It is not hairballs, and she's lost quite a bit of weight. I am taking her in to the vet tomorrow but any advice is welcome.

85tardis
Sep 12, 2011, 3:59pm

84> anna_in_pdx, you are doing the right thing by taking your cat to the vet, who can give you better advice than we can. I can say from my own experience that not eating and weight loss are not a good sign, but there could be several reasons, and some are treatable.

86macart3
Sep 12, 2011, 4:00pm

I dropped a sweet chili pepper I had grown in my garden on the floor without realizing it and when I heard a crunching sound I saw that Weasley was eating it! Fortunately, he didn't think it was too hot because those peppers can have a bit of a kick in them.

87MerryMary
Sep 12, 2011, 4:10pm

>84 anna_in_pdx:, anna: How is the cat's behavior? Withdrawn? Crabby? Silent? Vocal?

One of mine turned crabby and loud, while losing weight and it turned out to be a thyroid problem. She was skin and bones and bad attitude. Once diagnosed and treated, she was well for another 6 or 7 years.

88anna_in_pdx
Sep 12, 2011, 4:42pm

She is hiding under the bed and seems lethargic. I am worried because the cat we lost last year hid when she was feeling that she was going to die and by the time we got her to the vet it was too late to save her. I have my son monitoring her (he's at home all day) to see if she's drinking the water and using the box, as well as eating (it was not clear yesterday but we just isolated her so it should be easier now).

89fuzzi
Sep 12, 2011, 7:04pm

anna, it could be something to do with a urinary blockage or infection. I've had several cats have those problems, but a catheter and a change of diet helped.

Did you get her to the vet yet?

90anna_in_pdx
Sep 13, 2011, 2:02pm

I took her in yesterday to a local vet, mine was closed already, and they gave her fluids and a blood test - today she's at her regular vet under observation and will get an IV. They think it is her liver but they seemed fairly cheerful about getting her better. Thanks to all for your advice and thoughts.

91millhold
Sep 13, 2011, 3:20pm

Tiger Lilly and I have our paws crossed for you and your cat.

92fuzzi
Sep 13, 2011, 6:50pm

Keep us informed, anna.

93LA12Hernandez
Sep 19, 2011, 7:23pm

Edgar just stole a piece of candy corn and ate it with delight. The two other cats couldn't figure out what Edgar was enjoying.

94jpporter
Edited: Sep 19, 2011, 7:31pm

We decorated our Christmas tree with red bows. Mau ate every one she could reach - a total of about 20 - in one sitting.

She then decorated our couch with the partially digested ribbons. Not so festive.

95EdgarSprings
Sep 19, 2011, 10:03pm

Truffles caught a frog last week. When I last saw it, he hadn't figured out how to kill it. It would hop away a couple of jumps then Truffles would catch it again. Of course he didn't want to share.

96Sophie236
Sep 20, 2011, 4:41am

We have a hedgehog living in our garden, and Mungo and Midge are absolutely entranced - they think there might be something tasty inside that spiky coating, but for now they're content to follow it around in complete fascination. The hedgehog is getting a little tired of all the attention ...!

97millhold
Sep 20, 2011, 3:49pm

Frito Lay BEAN DIP--I was trying to eat some yesterday, and Tiger Lilly insisted on having a taste. It was a bit spicy, so I thought she wouldn't like it, but I was wrong. Still, I didn't give her as much as she wanted. No sense taking chances.

98Severn
Sep 21, 2011, 3:51am

jpporter - snicker. That imagery just made my night. I should introduce our cats. /eyeroll

Anna - I hope you can give us a kitty update soon

99anna_in_pdx
Sep 23, 2011, 8:47pm

Update, she was on fluids for ten days, she is eating again and is much better. Seems to have been a liver issue, but they did not have any idea what caused it.

100tardis
Sep 23, 2011, 8:56pm

99> So glad she's doing better!

101Severn
Sep 23, 2011, 10:21pm

Oh that's great news. :)

102staffordcastle
Sep 24, 2011, 11:59pm

Excellent news! Hope the recovery continues well.

103fuzzi
Sep 30, 2011, 5:49pm

Glad to hear the kitty is better.

Today my Moonpie ate some 'All Fruit' (jam made without sugar).

Idiot. :)

104tardis
Sep 30, 2011, 5:53pm

Amy ate part of a cherry tomato the other day. She was playing with it, and of course it split so she licked the juice with apparent enjoyment and kept playing with and licking the remains for quite a while after.

105anna_in_pdx
Sep 30, 2011, 6:03pm

I just discovered from the kids that my cat Belle likes cheesy Doritos. I think she just likes cheese.

106Seanie
Oct 2, 2011, 10:04pm

104 tardis - my sister's cat is obsessed with cherry tomatos! She has come home to a sticky floor & bench & a red faced cat a few times & now keeps all tomatos in a cupboard, lol...

107tardis
Oct 3, 2011, 12:43am

106> LOL - reminds me of the time my last cat, Tucker, got sprayed by a skunk. The "old wives" remedy is tomato juice, which left me with a very angry, sticky and still very stinky cat with tomato pulp in his fur. Had to wash him again (twice!!) with a mix of hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and mild shampoo. After that experience I don't think he would EVER have touched a tomato of any shape or size!

108letterpress
Oct 16, 2011, 3:26am

>105 anna_in_pdx:: my cat Gustav LOVES licking the cheesiness off Doritos (and leaving me with a soggy chip to dispose of). He also likes licking the salt off potato chips. His sister Dulcie however, after demanding in no uncertain terms a bit of whatever it is he's enjoying so much, shows absolutely no interest beyond a perfunctory sniff.

109fuzzi
Oct 16, 2011, 3:06pm

Moonpie ate part of a jelly donut hole yesterday...but that's probably normal for most of the cats already mentioned here...

110LMHTWB
Oct 16, 2011, 4:33pm

Spencer's new obsession is stilton cheese with apricots. He even tried climbing up on the counter. (He's a non-jumping Persian!)

I just don't know about this cat.

111siubhank
Oct 26, 2011, 9:11am

My family once had a calico cat who would eat the watermelon off the rind. My little sisters used to miss bites and Cat (I was in my Breakfast At Tiffiny's phase) would come along and do clean up.

112bitter_suite
Nov 14, 2011, 5:27pm

Joining in a bit late, Lyre likes Cheerios and Lucky Charms (not the marshmallows). Lyric goes nuts for cheese. My first cat, Cupcake, once ate a lima bean and doughnut holes.

113Sophie236
Nov 15, 2011, 5:10am

Hoi sin noodles, believe it or not!

114theapparatus
Nov 15, 2011, 2:06pm

Most of our cats liked noodles. Many of them ate them by holding the noodles in their paws and eating them from the ends.

115karenmarie
Nov 27, 2011, 8:32am

Speaking of tomato juice baths, when I was in high school our pure white cat, Martini, had a run in with a skunk. I was wearing a white shirt. We gave her a tomato juice bath. The result was tomato juice and blood (mine) on the white shirt and a pink cat for a week. I still laugh about it.

116guido47
Nov 27, 2011, 11:46am

Umm, #115.

I thought that was just an Urban Myth? Did it work?

117Mr.Durick
Nov 27, 2011, 8:22pm

Kitten likes peanuts and cashews but not macadamia nuts. He also likes small servings of Costco oatmeal cookies including occasionally a raisn.

Robert

118jugglingpaynes
Nov 27, 2011, 11:51pm

115-116: When my cat was skunked, I was given great advice for deodorizing her from a dog owner. I used one pint hydrogen peroxide, one half cup baking soda, and a half teaspoon of dish soap. It foams up and if you can hold your cat down to rub the foam on, it instantly neutralizes the odor. This was after we had tried various other washes and still had a smelly cat.

One caveat, the cat who got skunked has never minded getting washed. I have no idea if this would work with a bath-phobic cat.

119guido47
Nov 28, 2011, 1:33am

Wow, thems powerful chemicals!

As you probably know, we in Aussie don't really have a "Skunk" like creature, but that info. is still usefull if I (or my Cats) ever run into a skunk! :-)

120jugglingpaynes
Nov 28, 2011, 7:30pm

Nothing that smells? Or nothing that can get its smell on you? :o)

I can't imagine living somewhere where I didn't have to worry about getting up in the middle of a warm summer night to close all the windows because something spooked one of our resident skunks. They are just lucky I'm an animal lover!

121guido47
Edited: Nov 28, 2011, 8:49pm

Nothing that smells? Or nothing that can get its smell on you? :o)

Errr... Let's see?

Yep. CATS! :-)

122meganreads
Nov 29, 2011, 7:24pm

My Hammond LOVES bananas. He puts his paws on my legs and cries every time I stand in the kitchen and unpeel one. He also loves spinach and broccoli... just try to make a salad around him. I dare you!

123LA12Hernandez
Nov 29, 2011, 9:04pm

My cat Edgar loves Spring Greens, and Baby Greens.

124karenmarie
Dec 5, 2011, 8:18am

At the time I thought the tomato juice bath worked, but perhaps she just smelled like tomato juice and skunk combined. I honestly don't remember.

This morning Coco Chanel ate burned bacon.

125Severn
Edited: Jan 6, 2012, 2:28am

So last night I dropped a frozen pea on the ground and Harvey went to play with it, took a sniff and then went into 'omnomnom this is the yummiest thing EVER OMG ARE THERE MORE????' mode.

A. Frozen. Pea.

Gave her another one today just for the hell of it. Same reaction. A new treat for Harvey.

Cats are weird.

126millhold
Jan 6, 2012, 2:15pm

Last night, I offered Tiger Lilly a tiny bit of avocado, which she usually loves.

But, NO! She ran off as though I had poured scalding water on her.

Don't know what was wrong, maybe the lemon pepper, but yes, "cats are weird."

127fuzzi
Jan 6, 2012, 7:17pm

(125) Severn, my Moonpie likes frozen peas, too.

Weirdo.

128Severn
Jan 7, 2012, 6:24am

Something to do with the water?? The...roundness?

129guido47
Edited: Jan 7, 2012, 7:18am

Who said Cats are weird,

Dad once did an experiment on Lizzys tastes.
Well he was a Statistician.

He put out: Raw chicken, cooked chicken, Premium mince, raw fish, smoked Salmon, some Salmon roe and IAMS.

Lizzy had a sniff of each but only ate the IAMS.

Now that MAX has entered the building (and initially was not that taken with the dry stuff) and I started to give him a bit of canned food, Lizzy decided that that gravey (but only the gravey) wasn't too bad. Before Max, she wouldn't have even dained to sniff that "canned muck".

Hmm. Must try them on frozen peas. :-)

PS. Max only eats mince if it's "stolen" from my bird feeder.
The exact same mince inside is ignored.

130fuzzi
Jan 7, 2012, 1:26pm

guido47
LOLOL!!

Java will only eat dry cat food, although on occasion he might lower himself to eat a kitty treat, or drink some tuna fish water (drained from the can).

Moonpie will eat almost anything...

131bitter_suite
Jan 7, 2012, 8:24pm

132Severn
Jan 8, 2012, 5:26pm

Very interesting!

133guido47
Jan 8, 2012, 5:32pm

So Lizzy & Max,
Mushrooms and peas tomorrow!

134karenmarie
Jan 19, 2012, 1:39pm

Interesting article, bitter_suite.

Peas, eh?

135Glassglue
Jan 19, 2012, 1:46pm

When I was younger we had a cat who occasionally got into the sandwich bread. She would eat loaves of bread. Her son liked to eat raw coffee beans when they fell on the floor in the morning.

136Neverwithoutabook
Jan 19, 2012, 2:55pm

My cat Grissom is a menace to anything baked or pastry. I can't bring a loaf of bread into the house without hiding it away in a cupboard or the freezer. Heaven forbid I have a muffin and throw the wrapper in the garbage. He'll retrieve it and chew it to shreds. Pastry? Not safe unless you eat it all up right away, or hide it. Really well. I've gotten used to him sitting at my side, stretching as far as he can to sniff what I'm eating.

The other day I brought home Anise. It wasn't in the door 2 seconds and Sascha was chewing the fronds. I was planning on using them but not anymore.

Shakespeare is a pain when a new bag of litter comes in the house. He doesn't eat it, but if we don't put it away in a locked (baby safe lock mechanism that we bought strictly for this purpose), he will chew through the bag and then have a glorious time spreading the litter all over the place! He doesn't use it...or hasn't yet, but still.....

Rembrandt is a crazy cat when it comes to milk. I bring the plastic jug out of the fridge and he's on my heels just begging for a little. We're afraid to give him to much because fo the possiblility of diarrhea, but about half a teaspoon seems to satisfy his cravings.

137EmScape
Jan 19, 2012, 5:12pm

Last night, the hubby and I were eating from a bowl of orange slices (the little "cuties" clementines) and Dr. Horrible stuck a paw in, snagging a slice. He was licking at it for a while, but when he finally bit it and got a mouthful of that tangy juice, he freaked out and ran away. Then he came back and went after it again. This happened several times.

138fuzzi
Jan 19, 2012, 6:52pm

My Moonpie likes yogurt, did I mention that?

When I open a carton, he comes over, sits up and begs. He looks like a Meerkat...

139NorthernStar
Jan 19, 2012, 7:45pm

Spike had the oddest tastes of any cat I've ever had. He liked olives, and would even drink the juice from some green, jalapeno stuffed olives I had. He also loved baked beans, beer, and chewing clothing of various sorts. I put a towel in a basket for a cat bed, and there are huge holes in it now. I could hear him grinding away at it as I lay in bed, and I always had to check that he hadn't gotten a sock or a facecloth from the laundry. I'm pretty sure that's how one of my good sweaters got a hole in it.

He would also steal used scrubbing pads from the kitchen sink and play with them and chew on them all over the house. I had a Christmas garland made from some leaves (maybe palm leaves) folded into stars and painted gold. He chewed on several and ate one of the stars, then puked it up.

MacDuff likes to clean out my oatmeal bowl.

I had another cat once that loved dried pineapple. Whenever I had some he would show up and insist on having some, even if he was nowhere to be seen when I got it out.

140gilroy
Jan 20, 2012, 7:52am

#138

Does it have to be a particular flavor? My cat Alex begs for anything daddy is eating, until he smells/tastes it. Funny, he loves strawberry yogurt, doesn't care for blueberry. The fruit he doesn't like... probably because I prefer peach and pineapple.

Seeing a cat try to get the taste of fresh pineapple out of his mouth is amusing. I just wish I had my camera to get a vid of it. :>

141karenmarie
Jan 20, 2012, 9:35am

#139 My cat Coco Chanel chews blankets. The (now ruined) blue blanket is used for a kitty nest.

My cats love those microfleece blankets - we have two of them out in the living room - and anybody using one is an instant cat magnet. Coco hasn't tried to chew them either.

142fuzzi
Jan 20, 2012, 12:39pm

(140) gilroy

My two favorite flavors are coffee and lemon, and he likes them both.

He also would beg dried fruit and nuts when I used to eat trail mix...and yes, he'd eat the stuff!

143KarenElissa
Jan 20, 2012, 12:48pm

>140 gilroy: Seeing a cat try to get the taste of fresh pineapple out of his mouth is amusing.

One of my critters actually LIKES pineapple. I was eating some and he was begging so I figured I'd give him a piece, he wouldn't like it, and stop begging. But he ate that piece and three or four more!

144pinkozcat
Edited: Feb 4, 2012, 9:26am

I turned my back for a minute and found my boy kitten, Parsifal, tucking into my bowl of cereal. He is oriental and therefore lactose intolerant so of course he got the runs. I have to watch him carefully now - he is very quick.

145fuzzi
Edited: Feb 4, 2012, 3:21pm

This morning my Moonpie was 'caught' licking a leaf on my Jade plant. He didn't eat it, just licked it.

Weirdo...

146NineTiger
Feb 4, 2012, 3:25pm

My cat, Bella, has a strange new habit. She likes to chase balls made of wadded up register tape. But now, she taken to retrieving them and dumping them in the commode!

MGP

147PJGraham
Feb 7, 2012, 4:43pm

My ex's cat ate my wedding bouquet – a silk one, which seemed a little odd.

My late cat Sylvia liked tomatoes and basil on penne. No chicken. No cheese. Go figure.

148Seanie
Feb 7, 2012, 7:15pm

Not so strange to cats but very strange & gross to me is my Taji boy's love to eat Tilly's upchucked breakfast when she eats it too fast - eeeww!

This morning Tilly was sitting all hunched over as she does when she's eaten too quick & is about to bring it back up, Taji was fully stalking her waiting for her to chuck so he could have a second breakfast!!!

The silliest part is I think that she eats too quick coz Taji's a guts & if she's slow he will sometimes push in & eat from her bowl too, but when she rushes she just loses the whole meal to him anyway...

149anna_in_pdx
Feb 7, 2012, 7:19pm

My cat Belle who also tends to wolf her food will eat her own upchuck... I wish they would just eat slower but they all have weight issues so I can't just feed them bigger bowls of food.

150KarenElissa
Feb 7, 2012, 10:34pm

>149 anna_in_pdx: My sis's cat has the same problem with eating so fast that he throws up. She puts his food in a flat dish with a bunch of balls and other toys so he has to kind of dig around a bit and that slows him down enough.

151pinkozcat
Feb 9, 2012, 10:53pm

My kittens lick my coffee mug with great enjoyment. For years I have been hoping to be owned by coffee-drinking cats; I understand that the taste masks the taste of all medications.

152skittles
Feb 10, 2012, 7:55am

153pinkozcat
Feb 10, 2012, 8:38am

#152

I love it ... :)

154dkhiggin
Feb 10, 2012, 12:10pm

My cat, Gin, likes to lick the fork after I've fished some green olives out of the jar. She's probably after the salt, but I would think the sourness would put her off.

155LA12Hernandez
Feb 10, 2012, 10:48pm

My cat, Edgar, finished off my bowl of Cream of Wheat. I think it was the warm milk he enjoyed.

156Tanglewood
Feb 19, 2012, 7:51pm

I just found this group - great to see so many people with crazy kitties. My older cat, Tigger, will eat almost anything with the except of grapes which he only likes to play with, but the strangest things he loves are baked figs, olives, and avocados.

157jugglingpaynes
Feb 23, 2012, 11:37pm

#155: One of mine also likes Cream of Wheat! And oatmeal too. She jumps in the sink to lick the remains from my kids' bowls. I've told the kids to leave her alone since she's the only one helping with the dishes. :o)

158fuzzi
Feb 24, 2012, 12:45pm

My cat eats Cream of Wheat as well, and it doesn't have any milk in it, so it's not the milk that he likes!

159J_ipsen
Feb 24, 2012, 11:55pm

Felix, our cat, developed a taste for red wine. We had to go from glass to plastic with screw on cap to avoid disasters..

160guido47
Feb 25, 2012, 5:47pm

If I were "Felix", I too would eschew "...wine from a plastic bottle".

161millhold
Mar 6, 2012, 2:00pm

Tiger Lilly was eating strawberry leaves this weekend. She loves them. Who knew?

162Mareofthesea
Mar 6, 2012, 6:08pm

I have a kitten that will chase you down for gummy bears. She doesn't like to eat them but will lick them for hours if you let her.

163anna_in_pdx
Mar 6, 2012, 6:37pm

Our cat Belle licks chocolate candy. We sometimes have it lying around (e.g., after holidays) and she manages to tear the wrapping off and take it away to a corner and lick it overa period of days/weeks until we discover it. I have confiscated it every time I've found it. I know that chocolate is supposed to be harmful to cats and so far, she seems to suffer no adverse effects, but now we know better than to keep the chocolate candy, wrapped or not, out on a table.

Our kitten Buzz is in the "wow, water is interesting" period and is knocking down water glasses/vases/jugs whenever he finds them. Yesterday I mopped the bathroom up twice. We were not amused.

Buzz also managed to chew on one of those packets of chemicals put in shoeboxes to keep them dry or whatever, before I noticed and got it away from him. He didn't ingest anything. Cats. They are sometimes worse than toddlers.

164Severn
Mar 31, 2012, 1:25pm

Hah, Anna yes: One of ours as a kitten used to chew through appliance wires.

Right through.

Thank goodness he got over that very frustrating stage!

165Delirium9
Apr 2, 2012, 4:15pm

THIS.



At least she has good taste... *sigh*

Then again, she also likes flies.

166anna_in_pdx
Apr 2, 2012, 5:16pm

165: Buzz eats paper too! What is up with that? Though usually he concentrates on junk mail.

167letterpress
Apr 2, 2012, 5:45pm

Gustav loves to chomp on paper as well. I have a few paperbacks with neatly punctured fang marks on the corners, but nothing as impressive as the effort in post 165.

168tardis
Apr 2, 2012, 6:20pm

My Rory is a paper-biter but so far hasn't eaten much or done that much damage.

169pinkozcat
Apr 3, 2012, 1:40am

Poppy and Parsifal upend the waste paper basket in my study on a regular basis. They particularly like the receipts from ATM machines which I screw up and throw in there.

They play with them for hours and I find them abandoned in the oddest places where they have been unable to retrieve them. I put them back where they can find them again ... naturally.

170Delirium9
Apr 3, 2012, 12:54pm

My kitty is amused by those paper receipts too. It's such a delight watching her doing all kinds of crazy contortions with her little paws and body when playing... I sometimes even put my book aside to just watch her and laugh at her cuteness. :)