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  3. Our blue calico (cream, light grey & tan) loved chunks of iceberg lettuce but only if it was topped with Thousand Island dressing.

  4. I just picked up a homeless Turkish van kitten a couple days ago. Strange cats these ones. So far, she ate my pretzels, crackers, rice, chicken, and spaghettios. surprisingly though, she has no interest in my pet rat. They’ve actually made good friends 🙂

  5. Our cats also LOVE plain old yellow squash. Laura steams it and chops it up for them. But then Sealy would eat all day long if we kept putting different food in front of him.

  6. A cat called The Dood who features on a blog called Covered in Cat Hair is a broccoli freak. He gets really excited when he smells it warming up in the microwave and he will eat a whole bowl of warm broccoli. I wish I like broccoli since its a ‘super’ food – anti cancer etc etc. I’m jealous of Dood. Red used to want to try everything, no matter what he had to try it and he often liked bizarre things. His little sister Molly who I have now has the same thing where she must try what I’m eating (Lilly just wants to play with what I’m eating) – and I notice she particularly likes toast with butter. I only give her tiny tiny amounts but she asks for more. Very strange in my opinion. As always – great article and another great picture!

    • I think the broccoli “thing” is the need for cats to eat plant material. If you look at manufactured cat food ingredients there is some plant material. Does “The Dood” like his broccoli buttered with some roast chicken and gravy while watching afternoon television 🙂 ? Oh and a glass of best Chardonnay on the side.

      • Perhaps he does, and I think that would make an excellent picture for your new series of pictures 🙂 ….it’s true, they like grass and grass is quite strong smelling. I have cat grass growing in little tubs and they love that. I think you are right, they do have a thing for plant material in some sense and especially for indoor cats (Dood is an indoor cat btw) who don’t get to be surrounded by the smells and touch of nature and plants. Its only natural that it might lead to a craving for odd things like lettuce and broccoli. It makes perfect sense actually if you look at it as a balance for strictly indoor cats at least. I will try some veggies on my cats at some point. I’m not the biggest veggie eater myself which is why I am rather jealous that Dood eats a super food like broccoli which I don’t like the taste of but feel it would benefit my health. Perhaps a little vegetable is good for cats since they need vitamins. I’m sure cats that hunt to eat must benefit from the plants their prey has eaten as a source of vitamins perhaps. I’m just guessing here but it might be logical (?)

      • I guess I’m trying to say that naturally deep down cats maybe do have a taste or craving for the flavour of vegetables, in a round about sort of way which in certan conditions will lead them to want to actually eat pure vegetables to find some sort of balance they require. I know vitamins help a load. My ‘friend’ with the cats and kittens every year finally headed my advice to at least give her cat vitamins after she suffered from mastitis and had to be rushed to the vet. I was saying beforehand that even for a mother with kittens still feeding from her she looked very run down and her fur looked terrible and I was worried about it She shortly became infected and swollen in one of her mammaries and after all was dealt with I suggested vitamins (since she wont feed her cats decent food – only cheap dry) and she said her cat is noticeably happier. She is noticeably healthier andher fur is better. Don’t alot of these essential vitamins come from vegetables and plants in the ‘wild’ cat context?

  7. I am haunted and harassed by my Charlie’s desire for best quality roast breast of chicken. Mind you, that is not a strange food for a cat. Iceberg lettuce is strange though.

    Although in the wild cats eat a bit of plant material. Sometimes it is deliberate and direct eating such as a bush (snow leopard) and sometimes it is in the gut and stomach of the prey they have eaten.

    Cats need some plant material despite being described by that often used phrase “obligate carnivores”.

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