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post #1 of 25
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I know some of you have cats with some crazy tastes in food!

My Turkish Van loves cooked veggies. Broccoli and asparagus are his favorites, though he also enjoys carrots and peas. When we first brought him home, we discovered he just loved it when we put finely diced broccoli in his kitten food!

Since food fixation is an Egyptian Mau MO, to say my Mau loves food is a moot point. He does have some strange tastes though. He is mad for cheese, any kind would do. We should have named him Velveta! He especially loves swiss cheese and cream cheese.
post #2 of 25
Im not sure what my cats like....but I know my dog likes to eat cooked carrots, corn, and potatos LOL oh, and peanutbutter.
post #3 of 25
My vet has a cat that has gotten very good at stealing the spinach out of salad. She said he doesn't take anything else just spinach.
post #4 of 25
My mom's cat loves dried apricots. My boyfriend's cat used to be fond of strawberries and strawberry popsicles. Odo and Spot like(d) junkfood, including biscuits from KFC and french fries of all kinds. Willow once stole several lemon cupcakes when I left the apartment for a few moments. We've got quite the crazy cats over here.

Edit: Oh, and Willow likes frozen corn too.
post #5 of 25
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Originally Posted by cloud_shade View Post
My mom's cat loves dried apricots. My boyfriend's cat used to be fond of strawberries and strawberry popsicles. Odo and Spot like(d) junkfood, including biscuits from KFC and french fries of all kinds. Willow once stole several lemon cupcakes when I left the apartment for a few moments. We've got quite the crazy cats over here.
Strawberry popsicles, junkfood, and cupcakes? They all sound like children!
post #6 of 25
Leopold likes marshmallows. Beandip has a huge weakness for peanut butter. Junior likes cantaloupe, honeydew melon, and corn on the cob. Those are the odd ones that I can think of. Several of them like angel food cake.

7 out of 8 of mine will do just about anything for a taste of brewer's yeast (probably a common love among cats, but something I just recently learned). Anyone who knows my cats well knows that the odd man out on that one is Leopold, of course!!
post #7 of 25
butter

blueberries

chesse

raw meat ( Zoey wont eat from a bowl but shell steal )
post #8 of 25
Roxie has some unique taste as well... She won't touch raw meat and the only way she'll eat any cooked meat is if she is stealing off of your plate

However, she likes cooked plain noodles, yogurt, potato chips, butter, sour cream, ice cream and a bunch of other stuff. Most of the time we find out by her stealing something off of our plate when we aren't looking. Other times I give her a taste as a treat.
post #9 of 25
Our Cat Mishmash (over the bridge now ) used to eat anything that we ate
She would beg for whatever we had on our plate
Being in Germany we do have lots of Sausage our favorite one was Salami with chillies Well she begged and I thought OK if you want to try it thats your problem so I gave her a bit Which she promptly ate and returned (LIPSMACKING )for more
She also ate Garlic (not a clove ) but garlic sausage and stuff like that
She was a lovely cat and lived to 15 yrs old
Stu
post #10 of 25
Flaco doesn't like any treat you give him. Not steak, not lobster. He's pretty weird.
Taylor likes to chew bags (bad, i know) and he likes yogurt, ice cream, cheeses, meat sauce. He always tries to steal chocoloate, if he ever got a hold of it i would have a nervous breakdown.
Molly loves oatmeal cookies. And bacon.
post #11 of 25
That is funny sometimes I think the breed likes strange things. My tabby likes cantaloupe, honeydew melon, but that is IT. I see another tabby also likes it here, that is cool. My Turkish angoras when younger loved all homemade foods. Veggies and meats in a blender. Anything they loved it all. My Turkish Van likes oatmeal, and her kittens at 8 weeks were as bad as dogs with always coming at your dinner plate. They just loved the smell of dinner. But we never let them have any, but they would not stop until you were done. and all my cats love yogurt. And sometimes cheese, but I don’t feed dairy because they are lactose intolerant. But small amounts of yogurt seem to be ok.
post #12 of 25
Hahah my neighbor’s cat Bingo loves bacon. He is a domestic shorthair. When she cooks bacon he goes nutz, and she just can’t understand it, and he is a big boy
post #13 of 25
I don't know what human food my kittens like - they are never given titbits and are not allowed to even sniff plates. They are not missing out - they are CATS and are only allowed to eat cat food.

Last weekend we went to a friend's house for lunch. Before lunch our friend's cat was meowing piteously and kept having to be shooed away from the food. Throughout lunch the cat was begging for food. I wondered why (given that ours show little interest in human food / meals). Then, after our friend had finished his lunch he put his plate on the floor for the cat! Mystery solved!

Perhaps many of the teeth and weight problems that today's cats experience are not due to the type and amount of cat food we feed, but due to all the extra snacks our cats are given by their owners!

Ok, off my hobby horse now - and I'm sure all your cats only get fed burgers and cupcakes occasionally...
post #14 of 25
I don't know about the others, but I rarely *gave* my cats any of the foods they love. The boys are both rescues/adoptions, and I learned very quickly about the junkfood addiction when they would stick their heads in the bag of my food. I'd shoo them away, and they'd keep coming back. Spot was the worst about literally stealing food out of my hands. I wasn't about to scold a teenage (in people years, not cat years) cat with hyperthyroidism for stealing food though. I just pushed him back.

With Hannah, we found out about the apricots when she broke into a plastic wrapped container of them. We had to keep them in the pantry because she was so insistent. Willow again stole the cupcakes when I was out of the room. I never would have guessed a cat would want lemon cupcakes, since cats supposedly don't like citrus. I do admit that I've fed her the frozen corn though. But since she's the healthiest of the bunch, a few kernels here and there don't seem to bother her.

While I understand that your friend may have created her own little monsters, mine all came that way.
post #15 of 25
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I don't know what human food my kittens like - they are never given titbits and are not allowed to even sniff plates. They are not missing out - they are CATS and are only allowed to eat cat food.

Last weekend we went to a friend's house for lunch. Before lunch our friend's cat was meowing piteously and kept having to be shooed away from the food. Throughout lunch the cat was begging for food. I wondered why (given that ours show little interest in human food / meals). Then, after our friend had finished his lunch he put his plate on the floor for the cat! Mystery solved!

Perhaps many of the teeth and weight problems that today's cats experience are not due to the type and amount of cat food we feed, but due to all the extra snacks our cats are given by their owners!

Ok, off my hobby horse now - and I'm sure all your cats only get fed burgers and cupcakes occasionally...
Well aren’t you just the best owner in the world and I bet your cats are perfect too. I have had cats that have never had any interest in human food as well, so if they have no interest, then don’t give it to them. But I have had kittens just attack me for it, and I would never surrender. So they never got it why would they suddenly love it, maybe the smell? Could that be it? I don’t know you’re the expert please let me know. But for my adult cats, I have left bowls out without rinsing them and the cat was in to it, why did he suddenly want to do that? but only oatmeal. It was very strange. And I give yogurt because my vet said it was good to do so, has pro-biotic which means “ for life†anti-biotic “against life†no probiotics in cat food. And when my cats have diarrhea it seems to fix them up, I wonder why? Maybe because its good for them? Hmmmm???
But there is nothing wrong with giving your cats meat, cats may be cats and only eat cat food… but they have tones of human ingredients. Number one is rice, cheap filler. Bad for cats, but cheap.. and in nearly every kind. And all cat food is cooked meat, nothing like in the wild, however I would never give raw meat to a cat because I could be risking worms, but still nothing wrong with cooking meat and giving your cats some if they like it. If you don’t give it to them, they may still just go after it. Cats are funny, they have all these different personalities, I wonder why that is…
post #16 of 25
My cats are a bit picky when it comes to food but are perfectly fine with any meet flavors, When I lived with my parents and their bichon, man that dog's favorite thing to eat was veggies! Well just about anything really lol, His favorite meal was a salad with turkey and cheese, oh yeah he's mad about cheese too, and loves every kind of salad dressing he also loves broccoli, and potatoes, and the occasional dish spaghetti lol. Strangely enough the one thing he absolutely has refused to eat since weaned is dog food or dog treats of any kind.
post #17 of 25
I don't think loving raw meat is odd.. if it is, that's a taste all mine have.

Tom loves bread products. Crackers, cereal (he refuses the junk-food types, thank goodness), bread, etc. He generally refuses cooked meat.

Emma.. ice cream, cucumbers, butter, mayo, toast with cinnamon and raisins, hazelnuts, almonds, ketchup, etc. Emma likes anything, really. Open your fridge, have a look around, and that's Emm. I don't let her have most of the stuff listed.. but she goes nuts for it.

Chili: Meatloaf, BUTTER, milk, cranberry juice (don't ask me..), beer (my mother let her have some once.. ugh), notebooks and textbooks, expensive ones are the best, and pepperoni.

Now, for the wierdest thing... They all adore Spearmint gum. I don't know why. If you are chewing it, Nemma and Chili will stop at NOTHING to get to your face and lick it raw. We have to secure the gum, b/c they can smell it and will do anything to get at it. They eat it AND the packaging.
post #18 of 25
Yes, Charlie will eat just about anything you put in front of him. While its not food per say, he does like to drink V8 Smoothies (Pina Colada) fruit juice and some of my teas; in particular his fav is Vanilla Caramel
post #19 of 25
Yesterday Ari annoyed me forever until I gave him some lettuce. That and croissants (must be fresh ).

RB kitty Minx had a special love of cheese puffs. If you dropped any, they were his.
post #20 of 25
Pepsi and Dino both love olives, only a little bit from one, they throw it about a bit like a cat-nip toy then eat it

Pepsi also loves prawns, though thats not strange, but she loves to eat the heads, crunch, crunch oh and she eats bunnies too when she catches them

Just remembered Dino likes to drink cold tea - usually when its still in my cup, he dips his paw in and then lick off the tea
post #21 of 25
Zorro loves hash browns, scrambled eggs, bacon, Doritos, Salt and Vinegar chips, Ketchup chips, peas, turkey dressing, mashed potatoes, cheese and almost any kind of meat you give him. He always takes a look inside the fridge when you open it and tries to pull something out, lol.
I think he's like that because when I got him, I found him in a ditch and had nothing to feed him besides table scraps for the first little bit. He loves people food.
Diva is very picky and won't eat anything besides her food. (I plan on trying raw chicken bones for their teeth once her kittens get a little older though)
post #22 of 25
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Ferris loves tea as well. I have to be careful not to leave my glass unattended, otherwise he might tip it over so he can lap up the mess!
post #23 of 25
Miyu, I didn't mean to offend you or anyone. And I am certainly not the perfect cat owner - I am a very new cat owner (of 2 months) and have learned loads from this site (and hope to continue to do so), as there are so many more experienced people on here.

So forgive my naivety - I guess I have stuck to the 'rules' of kitten ownership (lots of which was learned from this site) because I don't know any different - but more experienced cat owners evidently know that some cats just seem to crave certain foods!

Bruce and Sheila are at the vet's being neutered/spayed as I type - you can tell I'm inexperienced because I can't help being a bit worried about what I know logically are routine procedures!
post #24 of 25
Sorry for my spat as well. I didn’t meant to come off so harshly. Good luck with your kitty.

I just felt like you were comparing cats and dogs in a way, because cats don’t beg like a dog. But you made it sound like if you never give it to them they will not beg or that we make them beg. somehow that it was our fault. but they are not like dogs in that way, I find that cats don’t beg but few cats, will go nuts over the smell for no reason even if you never give it to them. its just weird personality thing. Because my cats will be drawn to that one thing when I eat it, I may let them lick a little when I'm finished, or make some for them, but I don’t encourage eating off my plate just anything. i think that is what everyone is saying, what does your cat go nutz over, it usually only a few things and thats it.
post #25 of 25
I think its ok to give your cat a treat now an again.. Well we do it to ourselves such as chocolate and takeaways hehe
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