Before I had cats myself, I always thought I was really knowledgeable about cats, and the things cats liked. Little did I know there was a whole aspect of cats I had no idea about — the things they like to eat! The first time my cats started eating “weird” things I freaked out and researched all night, worried they were sick or I was harming them. It turns out this is a little talked about but widespread cat phenomena! Here a few of the weird things my cats love to eat.
1. Bagels, toast, pizza crust, any kind of bread product
My girls both go absolutely nuts for bread products — but with different motives. Freyja has loved eating any type of bread since she was six weeks old. Luci is more interested in stealing things like pizza crusts and hoarding them somewhere for us to find later. I thought they were strange until I asked a friend about it. She told me she’s had cats who would tear through the plastic wrapping of a loaf to get at the bread!
2. The actual pizza — for the tomatoes
I get that cats would love to nab the cheese or the meat off the top of a pizza. However, our little Lucipurr, or Luci for short, seems to have fallen in love with tomatoes and anything tomato-based! Here she is stealing my pizza on her second day home with us. We couldn’t figure out why she was actually going for the pizza like a person would — until we caught her in the kitchen chewing up tomatoes. And don’t worry fellow cat lovers, we are talking about fully ripe red tomatoes, not the toxic green variety.
3. Ramen noodles
To be fair, Freyja only tried this once, but she did try it, and I got a picture of it! The girls do still go for the odd noodle, but these days they are far more interested in the sauce. On this particular day, I marveled as Freyja nommed down a good few of my ramen noodles. I had added a creamy homemade sauce to them to cool them down a bit, as they’re very spicy. I can only imagine she was actually after the sauce and not the spice. Again, don’t worry — she got some water right away and she was just fine. And she seems to have learned not to go for the good smelling spicy food!
This one had me in fits of hysterics just the other night. I recently fell in love with olives myself this past Christmas. I picked up a huge tub of olives from the local grocery store. That same day, I had already devoured most of the tub, and I caught Freyja sticking a paw determinedly into the tub again and again, trying to get an olive out. She did manage to hook one with a claw, and then proceeded to just roll all over the bed flinging the olive about and rubbing her face on it, purring. Before she ate any I went to Google — and felt a little guilty the olives are similar to catnip and apparently sort of “kitty LSD.” Whoops!
5. Mouthfuls of burritos
I would have a picture of this if I could get one, but I guard my burritos almost as ferociously as I guard my cats from danger. So you can imagine the dilemma when the husband and I are sitting down trying to eat amazing, delicious burritos (which are a real and rare treat from the one proper Mexican place in all of Northern Ireland) and we have to contend with two very demanding and spoiled cats who are hellbent on getting a huge mouthful of burrito. The struggle is real, and because we are both flailing around trying to save most of our burritos for ourselves, no photographic evidence exists of this.
6. Vegetarian chicken
I really, really, really wish I had caught this moment on camera. The other day, my friend was over and started gawking at the kitchen and pointing. I turned around to discover Freyja had not only broken into the fridge, she had stolen, above all the meat and cheese, my husband’s vegetarian chicken slices. And she was growling like hell when Luci got anywhere near her prize! This must have started when Freyja was still just a baby. My husband and I have a deal — I’ll get up in the morning with him to make him a sandwich for work as long as there is a hot coffee waiting for me, which he has to make (he hates coffee himself). One of these mornings, I remember giving her a tiny piece of his fake chicken to see if she’d like it — and she did! I still think it’s weird and hilarious that she loves fake meat so much.
What weird foods do your cats like? Tell us in the comments!
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About the author: Hana lives in Belfast after moving from the U.S. of A. with her two spoiled kittens, two chubby rats, and one cheeky husband. Hana works in admin but occasionally goes on tour working for an Austrian death metal band. When she’s not putting up road-weary punk rockers and metallers, you can find her taking the cats around town in their stroller, whipping up new recipes, or playing way too many video games. She writes at Mommyish and Catster. Follow her on Twitter and Tumblr.