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Feline Friday Fun: Veggie-Loving Slinky

By January 18, 2013

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I found this amusing gem in one of the latest submittals to the "Cats' Weirdest Behavior Habit" User Answer: "I have a black short haired hat called Slinky who loves eating vegetables (although we feed him enough as it is) He goes into the cupboard and gnaws through plastic to eat potatoes and bread. His favourite food is cucumber which he yowls for until he gets. (He would happily eat a whole cucumber if I let him.) Now, even if I call 'cucumber', he will come running for it. His other favourite vegetable is broccoli and his favourite fruit is watermelon."
Submitted by Guest, "Slinky Malinky"

How 'bout it, lovers of all things feline? What's your cat's weirdest behavior habit? Does he or she crave veggies too? If so, which flavors? Chocolate doesn't count. Although it may be your favorite vegetable, chocolate is one of those foods highly toxic to cats (dogs too). So are certain vegetables, although as far as I know, cucumbers are safe.

Feel free to either fill out the form linked above, or post your comments here. Let's have fun with your cats' weird behavior habits.

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January 24, 2013 at 5:37 pm
(1) Jamie says:

Just wanted to share my kitty’s funny new habit! Turns out it’s apparently not that uncommon: she loves coconut oil. I looked it up, and it seems to be a healthy thing for pets (in moderation, of course). See her here:
http://clnp.co/XDjhmt

January 24, 2013 at 11:23 pm
(2) Lynn Vanburen says:

My cat Petey is a vegaholic also. He goes absolutely crazy, a frenzy, for V-8 juice. He may be upstairs but he comes running down with his nose is the air like a hound dog looking for the juice. We have to give him a little bowl of it or he will not leave us alone. He likes corn on the cob also. I currently have seven cats and he is the only one who seems to like veggies. He can also play with a string bean for hours and hides it from the other cats. He hasn’t gotten sick from anything yet but we are keeping our fingers crossed.

January 25, 2013 at 12:44 am
(3) Franny Syufy says:

Lynn, I can see nothing wrong with the ingredients in V-8 for cats occasional enjoyment. (I know that because reading your comment prompted me to open a small can for myself.) I’ve had cats who also loved corn on the cob, but I wouldn’t recommend letting them have more than five or six grains at any one time. Somehow I can see a cat playing with a string bean. Cats really have some strange cravings sometime, don’t they?.

January 25, 2013 at 1:40 am
(4) Yvonne Laffoon says:

My boy, Spot, just loves sandpaper! After my husband died in 2010, I cleaned out the house, but somehow never got around to removing a few sheets of sandpaper he had left in the living room. Spot was a starvng stray when he found me and also had several issues that the vet took care of. I named him Spot after Data’s cat on Star Trek: The Next Generation. My Spot, however, unlike Data’s, has a spot on his back. It’s shaped like a “Y” which is the first letter of my name. Spot discovered the sandpaper after a few days. He went quietly wild over it! He visits it several times a day. He sniffs it, rubs on it, licks and nibbles on it. If he doesn’t get his fixes, he goes nuts-he chews on all my books and papers! So we leave it there: thanks, hubby! That’s not his only quirk by far, but it is the weirdest and funniest!

January 25, 2013 at 12:58 pm
(5) Franny Syufy says:

Yvonne, I hate to be a grinchy wet blanket. However your Spot’s craving for sandpaper sounds very much like pica. Humans and animals develop pica, one definition of which is the craving of substances not found in food. The sand-like substrate of sandpaper would definitely qualify. Pica of this nature can often be caused by a mineral deficiency. You might want to have Spot checked out by your vet, just in case. In the meantime, if he were my kitty, I’d put the sandpaper well away so Spot can’t get into it.
Just saying…

January 25, 2013 at 7:31 am
(6) DJ Bailey says:

We had our last cat for 20+ years. Topper loved olives, green or black. I found out this need of his one day when I was setting in the floor pitting olives for cooking. next thing I know he came from no where grabed a olive from the bowl that had not been pited. Of couse I had a fight on my hand getting it back… I then gat him a part of one that had been pitted. He rolled, slid accross the floor on his side, made al kinds of happy sounds. Our two new cats no loive fun :-(

January 25, 2013 at 3:53 pm
(7) abellemed says:

My two adopted Spanish cats absolutely love olives – mostly the stuffed sort with anchovies or red peppers which they got in plenty when they lived in Spain. Now they live in UK and have to make do with stone-in ones, but they roll them about, play with them a bit, then eat them all up, no matter where they roll! To watch them is a delight when I open a tin, they almost dribble with anticipation till you put the olives down, then there is a scrabble for who gets them. It’s the same with broccoli stalks, which I always boil up for them even tho we only eat the florets.
I always thought cats only ate fish/meat etc, it amazes me why they like these veggies! (They don’t like brussel sprouts though, neither do my family, sadly.)

January 25, 2013 at 4:40 pm
(8) Dianna says:

My long-departed black cat Jessica loved bananas. We had to hide them in a cupboard to ripen, because if we left them on the counter, they would end up with bite marks all over them. We’d give her a little mashed banana and she’d lap it right up. She also loved carrots. I never saw her eat one, but the smell affected her like catnip. A small baggie full of carrot peels sent her into ecstasy.

January 29, 2013 at 6:10 pm
(9) Pam - rescue foster mom says:

Over the years I have had several cats that love things that I never would have believed. Buddy loved dried apricots, Jesse liked fresh spinach, getting him to eat that was the only way I could get him to stop eating my plants. Jesse and Gigi both liked carrots and beets. You cannot believe the strange looks I got when I went to the produce department at the grocery store in the winter and asked if they could spare a few leaves of spinach for my catů You can imagine all you want and still not be close to imaging the looks I would get. – try it sometime!

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