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Jan 9, 2010 12:33 PM

Odd kitchen habits

I was cooking at my brothers house for Christmas, and while he was in the kitchen with me he asked me, "Why on earth do you walk like that in the kitchen?" I thought about it, and realized that when I'm in the kitchen, but only then, I scoot my feet along the floor, rather than just taking normal steps. I said I have never really thought about it. Being a scientist, he's very analytical, and made me talk about it until we figured out why.

Turns out, when I cook at home I have two cats that are constantly under my feet in the kitchen. They don't beg for people food, they just know that if I'm in the kitchen sometimes I give them food, so they're just consistently very optimistic.

Curious if anyone else has odd kitchen habits that others have noticed.

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    1. we do the kitty shuffle here too.have to think about other oddities.

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      1. re: appycamper

        THE KITTY SHUFFLE! Oh holy moley that's so funny! Now that I think about it, I was puzzled as to why my blue jeans had 'thread picks' on just the left side. I just now realized that it was the kitties pointy parts digging at my leg when I'm at the computer.

        Another odd kitchen habit I've just thought about. I will NOT open a can of black olives unless I look around, make sure the cats are not there, and close the kitchen doors. Years ago we had a cat that would absolutely go berserk for black olives. He'd hiss and scratch you to get at them.

        Kitty foibles might be another thread!

        1. re: southernexpat

          Cats and olives. And here I thought our departed Moose was the only feline olive fiend around. We invented the "pizza cage" to prevent one cat from making off with uneaten slices and never left an unwashed glass of tomato juice around lest another cat get his head stuck in the glass.

          1. re: rockycat

            please tell me I can find that on youtube

            1. re: southernexpat

              Sorry. That was waaaaaay before YouTube even existed.

                1. re: Bryn

                  A cat with table manners is a thing to be appreciated. Our kitten would actually shove his entire head into the glass. I never wanted to find out what would happen if he managed to get stuck.

                  1. re: rockycat

                    my cats are not so mannerly at the table but a friend years ago lived with saint kc (kitty cat) gato who folded her paws and observed a moment of silence before eating anything.

                    1. re: rockycat

                      One time when I was a kid, we kept seeing a stray cat with a broken mayonnaise jar around his neck. We couldn't catch him to try and remove it. Guess he stuck his head in for water or whatever and got it stuck then broke the bottom of the jar. It broke off pretty cleanly and he went around for days like that. One day the rest of the jar had magically disappeared.

                    2. re: Bryn

                      That's fantastic! My cat enjoys stirring ice in one of those Mason jar mugs. Left unattended, I know she'd do the same thing with eggnog...just like the cat in the video!

                  2. re: rockycat

                    >>"never left an unwashed glass of tomato juice around lest another cat get his head stuck in the glas"<<

                    Now imagine the same thing after the cat has had the dregs of a White Russian and can't quite stand up straight...

                    1. re: alanbarnes

                      Even more 'not about food' - my two kitties will NOT drink water unless it's from the water glass by my bed. Never anywhere else, I've tested it. I gotta be careful about that!

                      1. re: southern_expat

                        same here. when the glass was empty, one cat would put her paw in it and pull it off the nightstand.

                        1. re: alkapal

                          Our darling departed Milan always drank from a highball glass that was kept on our coffee table. He did the pulling it off the table trick too. My husband now uses those glasses for his cocktails. A toast to the dear departed. His successor cutie-pie Liam (Mr. Underfoot in the kitchen too) always jumps up on a chair at the table just as we're sitting down. Hence my avatar!

                              1. re: buttertart

                                he sits up straight and seems to have good table manners.

                                1. re: alkapal

                                  Impeccable. And the best tail ever.

                        2. re: southern_expat

                          oh is nice to know that ours are not the only psycho cats. One of our cats goes crazy when anyone brings in a bottle of water. She insists on drinking out of the cap. The cats will not drink water sitting in their bowl unless they have no alternative AND even then only if is fresh. Long ways from dogs I once had who drank happily out of the toilet.

                          My SO bought me a "sippy cup" to stop the one cat from drinking from the bed side table water cup.

                          1. re: foodiesnorth

                            My various cats throughout the years have also always been underfoot. Food fetishes abound - the older one, Scooter, enjoys her American cheese bits, but will dive after anything that falls and once grabbed for a bit of chopped onion before she realized what it was - that didn't go over so well! With Scooter, I have to do a partial kitty-shuffle but I often forget and end up kicking her. She wrows at me, moves about a foot but remains underfoot - because you never know what goodies might hit the floor!

                            However, recently, the younger one has taken to hopping on the bathroom counter at night while I do my nightly face-cleaning and brushing of teeth, because his "treat" happens when I'm done. While he's always loved water and drinks a TON of it, Jaspurr has decided he absolutely LOVES running water...especially out of the small Dixie paper cups that Momma uses in the bathroom. That Momma ever-so-kindly slowly dribbles water out of so he can lap from the dripping water. Yes, Momma is wrapped around his little kitty paws. :-) I even managed to get a few pics of him doing this (taking a pic with one hand while attempting to dribble water for him with the other).

                            1. re: LindaWhit


                              I have four cats and each of them has their own food/drink "thing"

                              One is obsessed with the bath faucet and will only drink out of that.

                              One is obsessed with bottled water and most beverages in general (no matter what I am drinking - she has to be nosey about it and issists on sticking her nose in the mug/glass and taking a lick.(she's the one in my avatar)
                              Another will not eat out of his bowl - he will move bits onto the floor with his paws and eat it off the floor. (this gets messy but - hey)

                              And finally my old guy - who is a pig about food anyway - but he is OBSESSED - and I do mean obsessed with saltine crackers...
                              He will bother me and beg no matter what I am eating - but if it's saltines - he virtually attacks me! Snatches it out of my hands before I even have a chance! He crunches away and begs for more! It's so crazy!
                              If I had a peice of salmon and some crackers - he'd def go for the crackers first!

                              But this is what I love about them - all their little quirks make each of them so dear!

                              1. re: NellyNel

                                Kitty Krunchies are a given in that they become itty-bitty kitty hockey pucks that skitter across the kitchen floor. They don't have mice to play with, so kitty krunchies are their substitute. :-)

                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                  lol yup!
                                  My kitties play hockey with bottle caps...
                                  I find them all over the place!

                                  Funny sooey - none of my cats dig tuna too much...Other fish YES - but tuna not so much surprisingly!

                              2. re: LindaWhit

                                I mostly have to do the kitty shuffle while preparing salad. We often have a big salad for dinner with tuna on it. When we do, kitty gets a treat, so now kitty equates lettuce prep with tuna.

                                this video is the ultimate in 'cat drinking from tap'


                                1. re: Sooeygun

                                  That video is the oddest AND BEST kitchen habit on this entire thread. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it and all the cat tales. Thanks for the hearty chuckle.

                                  1. re: Sooeygun

                                    i was hoping someone posted that video.

                                    we all wonder about the water bill at that house!

                                    1. re: alkapal

                                      It is great - (and I'm wondering when the Chowgods will strike this thread dead due to untoward amount of highly enjoyable cat-related discussion).

                                        1. re: buttertart

                                          yeah, me too! maybe they're being merciful.

                                          1. re: buttertart

                                            I wish someone would, I'm sure we all have a million of 'em.

                                    2. re: foodiesnorth

                                      I have to use bottles with screw tops to keep from "sharing" my water with one of my cats. I have some bottles with the flip up flat straw, but he has figured out how to tug it open. Plus his teeth marks have made the straw more efficient at lip exfoliation than drinking.

                              3. re: southernexpat

                                my beloved Lulu (rest her soul) was a total chowkitty, and i couldn't resist spoiling her, so she wasn't exactly svelte...but when it came to getting her paws on good food, man she was stealthy & agile! if i was foolish enough to sit down while eating pudding or frozen yogurt, she would leap into my lap and steal licks right out of the cup or bowl, and she would yowl like a lunatic if she smelled fish or poultry (i, too, perfected my own version of the "kitty shuffle" in the kitchen.) but the ultimate occurred once when we were visiting my folks. she dove onto the kitchen table, snatched an entire Zabar's chocolate croissant off a plate, and darted away with it. we were all laughing too hard to chase after her :)

                                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                  This deserves its own thread.

                                  My favorite, recently-deceased cat (the one in my avatar) was an extremely adept food thief, and sometimes amazingly brazen. Once, he wanted the sandwich someone was holding, so he approached in his usual friendly manner, then quickly bit the hand holding the sandwich just enough to surprise, not draw blood. Kitty then promptly grabbed the sandwich and galloped off.

                                  Another time, we came home and noticed the bowl of six or seven fresh tomatoes on the kitchen island had a slight modification: Each one had one precise set of cat tooth marks. Just enough to go through the skin, but definitely not actually what you'd call "taking a bite." The exact same M.O. with every tomato.

                                  Or then there's the time we came home to dozens and dozens of soggy, neon-orange droplets of goop all over the place. And the now-empty bag of Cheetos puffs in the corner. He'd gotten the bag from atop a very small and wobbly cart (I'd have loved to see that on its own, because he was a 20-pound bruiser) and eaten most of them, but some he simply munched on and dropped the masticated remnants here and there.

                                  He was such a weird cat, but wonderful beyond words despite his mischievous antics. He's given us decades of stories.

                                  1. re: dmd_kc

                                    >>>Each [tomato] had one precise set of cat tooth marks. Just enough to go through the skin, but definitely not actually what you'd call "taking a bite.<<<<

                                    i'll bet kitty was just trying to find a tomato that tasted like a tomato! '-).

                                    i had a cat that loved spaghetti sauce,,, and garbanzos, cantaloupe and honeydew. another would snatch smoked salmon like a ninja. another liked salty popcorn.

                                    i actually had to guard against the salmon-snatcher. one look away when she was nearby, and you were out of luck!

                            2. I think the oddest would be that I have to have on a full apron, with hair tucked up before I can even pull ingredients out of the pantry / frig. I remember being at my sis's home and we'd agreed upon the menu, but then I was unable to act until I'd put on a full apron. She also has a cat (and I don't) but I never remember her kitty being in the way . .of me.

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                              1. re: JerryMe

                                I too have to have my hair up or I just can't think, my daughter calls it putting on my brain.

                                1. re: just_M

                                  I shaved my head two months ago, in solidarity with a close friend who lost hers to breast cancer treatment, and it's the BEST thing I've ever done. My hair has been long all my life, trying to look young (and hide my double chin) and I never realized what a hot, irritating pain that burden was until then. I look like a boy, but I don't care. It's comfortable and I LOVE it. (She's clean now). PEACE!

                                  1. re: southern_expat

                                    YAY to your friend! And also to you for your support!

                              2. Today I went into a labeling frenzy. Armed with masking tape and a sharpie, I cataloged all my plastic containers. This made sense in some cases: flour and green bean starch look very similar, and sometimes it takes me a moment to distinguish barley from bulghur. But am I likely to wonder if that is, in fact, fusilli? Or bay leaves? Probably not.

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                                1. re: small h

                                  what is green bean starch? and what do you use it for?

                                  1. re: serious

                                    It's the starch from mung beans, and I use it to make sichuan-style noodles. I started this thread:


                                    because I was searching for a store that sold the noodles. I learned to make them instead, and now I make them all the time.

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