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The dog ate my homework, chowhound version

The cat ate my pizza.

It wasn't just any pizza, home made crust, home made white sauce, and a generous topping of fresh mushrooms, lightly sautéed before putting on the pizza.

I was saving half for today and late last night, after the pizza had cooled, I went to put it in the frig, and all the mushrooms were gone.

Maybe cats have a built in umami detector, because I really didn't know that cats liked fungi.

Do you have any evidence pro or con?

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  1. I've had cats that went insane for figs. Also corn husks. And asparagus tips (no stalks, he would just steal the tips when my back was turned). You just never know, you just have to be on guard of anything left on a counter.

    1. That is hilarious! Cats are weird (in the best way - I love my cat). He goes nuts for potato chips, specifically Pringles.

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      1. re: UTgal

        Our Siamese were INSANE for regular Doritos. I can't even describe it accurately, but our friends who were int the entertainment business kept trying to talk us into renting them out for a funny commercial. Then one time someone brought over the "new" ranch flavor and it turned them off to Doritos for at least a year or so. Poor guys.

        1. re: coll

          oh poor pusses-force feeding them to devour Ranch Doritos ;(((

          1. re: iL Divo

            No they helped themselves as always ;-). They were traumatized badly. I always preferred the original myself so I know how they felt.

      2. My cat will eat nearly anything, particularly salty things like cheese though last week I caught him gnawing on arugula.

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        1. re: fldhkybnva

          I have a weird little kitty who likes arugula, too. He actually paws through the grocery bags looking for it.

        2. When he was a kitten I once caught my Siamese in a box of cereal. I was lying in bed reading and reached in for a handful and got fur instead. A different cat was able to pull lunch meat or cheese or of a sandwich without disturbing it. Until he realized what she was doing, bf frequently thought that he was going crazy.

          My pseudo in laws Bichon would push the wheeled kitchen chairs around to counter surf. Would also get in the cabinet for the trash and close the door. But he was horrible at hiding the evidence and would return to the scene of the crime. However their other bichon (the mother) was very sneaky. We suspected she shared the spoils, but we never caught her in the act and she never suffered any digestive problems.

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          1. re: viperlush

            We had a standard poodle growing up, who would regularly pull down the pizza box and pick off the offending mushrooms and green pepper. We would find a perfectly closed, and empty, pizza box surrounded by said items on a perfect circle. I can picture it now and all I can do is laugh.

          2. my cat will eat cat food of a brand she is familiar with and some tinned fish as long as it is room temp, properly plated and only after close inspection - fussy little thing - pizza, never.

            1. Never tried mushrooms but in addition to the normal meaty fare, my cats adore:

              Kale*
              Spinach
              Lettuce
              Edamame
              Corn*
              Avocado*
              Cheese*
              Papaya
              Eggs (scrambled, boiled, fried)
              Mac and cheese
              White cake
              Croissants
              Potato chips
              White cheddar puffs and/or popcorn
              Cheez it crackers
              Bread
              Butter
              Unsweetened coconut
              Raw sliced almonds
              Oatmeal (raw and cooked)
              Cheerios

              *they know what it is as soon as I take it out and will not leave me alone until they get some!

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              1. re: ohmyyum

                i had a cat who liked scrambled eggs, too.

                1. re: ohmyyum

                  Raw sliced almonds sound like a choking hazard for a cat.

                2. One of our cats, will eat anything we have. I've even caught him eating bread dough that was stuck in the bowl before I had a chance to wash it.

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                  1. re: rasputina

                    Unbaked yeast bread dough is POISON to cats.

                    1. re: lesliesue

                      Why? I've never heard that before.

                      1. re: AmyH

                        if it has finished rising, ehh should be OK, if it is still in the expansion mode, could be quite painful.

                        1. re: hill food

                          Maybe, although their stomach enzymes and acid should kill the yeast. But even so, that wouldn't make it POISON

                          1. re: AmyH

                            All I know is that it is listed on the 10-top list published by a pet toxicology group (I can find the name but don't know it offhand).

                            What constitutes poison?

                            1. re: lesliesue

                              Instant, or near instant, death. At least to me.

                              1. re: lesliesue

                                I agree with coll. Certainly more than a bad GI episode.

                                That said, I do see it on this list: http://www.catster.com/cat-health-car...
                                and this one:
                                http://www.petpoisonhelpline.com/pois...
                                So thank you for the heads up. I would have never known.

                              2. re: AmyH

                                poison is a harsh word, but if the dough is rising it can still double in volume despite the enzymes and acid after snarfing and cause severe stress on the stomach tissues (meaning structural difficulties, not chemical so much) and related problems <edit> just read the pet poison link, some of those are problems I never would have thought of </edit>.

                                those little buggers are just determined to get themselves into mischief sometimes...

                      2. One (late) cat adored bananas. She would chew on the stems, and once the help had peeled one for her, eat the fruit.

                        Another cat associated the chopping of celery with the opening of a can of tuna (she got the water). Any time I chopped celery she would be doing her supper dance around my ankles!

                        A friend's cat loves blue cheese dressing...

                        1. Too funny, your pizza must have been irresistibly delicious! :) I can't leave food out since we've had our cat. I guess curiosity makes the cat fat because he always hangs out in the kitchen and comes running over the moment he sees me take a bite of something. Pork and peanut butter are his current favorites.

                          1. Our old cat was a mushroom eater. I think it is the umami, which in nature is often an indicator of protein content. One of my current batch of cats likes refried beans, even when they don't contain lard.

                            1. My cat doesn't do much "people" food. BUT seems to really LOVE black olives... like calamata's. Have whacked a few on a cutting board to get the pits out, and wiped my hands on towel hanging from oven handle. Next thing I knew, she had pulled the towel down and was rolling all over it... an eyes rolling back in her head moment, apparently!?!

                              Last dog I had was a TOTAL food thief! Can remember times when I put dishes in the sink that still had food bits on them. Came back and they were "clean"... she was a TALL dog (goofie red Dobie). Recall grilling some tuna and realizing it was WAY more than I was gonna eat for dinner. Put one piece on a plate and set WAY back on stove top... thinking nice REAL tuna salad for lunch the next day... another "clean" plate!?!

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                              1. re: kseiverd

                                My cat who just passed loved olives, and we found out right after we adopted him because he kept sticking his nose in our martini glasses. We were like "oh no, we took in an alcoholic cat!" Very relieved when we figured it out.

                                1. re: coll

                                  yeah, 'cause cat rehab is quite expensive….

                                  1. re: alkapal

                                    Luckily we didn't have to find out! He did live to 19 but I don't think it had anything to do with martinis, either way.

                              2. I had a cat who ate cantaloupe.

                                We started calling it "Cataloupe"...both the kitty and the melon.

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                                1. re: pedalfaster

                                  My cat likes musk melon from the farm stand, I forget every year until I buy the first of the season. But she doesn't like cantolope from the grocery store at all.

                                  1. re: pedalfaster

                                    When we were at the San Diego zoo a few years ago they gave the clouded leopard frozen chunks of cantaloupe as a reward during the program.

                                    1. re: pedalfaster

                                      Melon and green peas are craved by lots of cats. Why, who knows...

                                      1. re: greygarious

                                        ..and my Siamese would eat everything but peas! It was so funny to give them Chinese food and the bowl would be licked clean, except for five or six peas.

                                        1. re: coll

                                          Our St. Bernard did the same thing. We could mix a single pea in with his food and it would be the only thing left in his bowl. :)

                                          1. re: foodieX2

                                            That's pretty amazing for such a big tongue!

                                            1. re: coll

                                              He also loved leftover peanut butter jars. His tongue could reach all the way to bottom! His name was Escoffier but we called him Scoffer. Later we got him a friend and we named him L'Ami de Escoffier, we called him Ami.

                                        2. re: greygarious

                                          my sister gives frozen peas to her cats for the chlorophyll she said they love. my cats couldn't care less about frozen peas.

                                      2. Kraft or any processed wrapped cheese slices for a friend's cat.

                                        Srsly.

                                        That cat will KNOW the moment you pull that kraft single cling film seal pulls apart via hearing and you'll hear the MEOW whines on the second floor of the dwelling, but she will have nothing to do with fresh ahi tuna scraps tossed at her during sushi night.

                                        Odd.

                                        They are a fickle species indeed.
                                        :-)

                                        1. my sister's cat was often (not always, just often) fond of canned string beans.

                                          1. Not necessarily umami but salty and weird-my car likes to chew peanut shells and eat popcorn. If you have popcorn in your hand, she'll walk right up and divest you of it. My dog likes almost everything but particularly enjoys kale.

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                                            1. re: ErnieD

                                              Ernie -- your car sounds like quite the eco-vehicle. Runs on peanut shells and popcorn!

                                            2. I forgot, our German Shepherd loves ice. She will open the ice chest up with her nose and steal ice out of it. And we have to lock the ice and water dispenser on the fridge, I'm afraid one day she will try and get the ice out herself, she already comes running when she hears it going.

                                              Another cat of ours loves the Berkey water filter we have on the counter. She sits on the counter and stares at the spigot and bats it with her paw trying to get water to come out. Occasionally it will have a drop come out and then she jumps to the ground and stares at the spot. She's another one I'm after might learn how to really get it flowing and can imagine the mess.

                                              1. OH, another thing cats might go gaga over... cantaloupe?!? First saw this with sister's cats before I became a cat owner. When cantaloupes are WONDERFUL from road side stands, June will go a bit crazy once I start cutting one up. It's one "people" food I just don't wanna let her eat her full... afraid what might happen... at either end??

                                                1. Just FYI there's an insanely long thread about cat likes/dislikes in case you wanted to see all the things they've been reported to love http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/874204

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                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                    Thanks. Probably a good read for a rainy no-cooking night?

                                                  2. My cat has gotten too close to the cookies on occasion, but has never actually eaten one. She's very fond of creamy things (eggnog, gelato, scrambled eggs) and is positively CRAZY for bacon. She also likes McDonald's fries, whodathunk?!

                                                     
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                                                    1. re: kattyeyes

                                                      My Siamese always drank my homemade eggnog right out of the crystal bowl. My family thought it was cool, and it's so alcoholic I doubt any germs survived.

                                                      1. re: coll

                                                        I'm...wow.

                                                        I thought cats eschewed alcohol?

                                                        Dogs on the other hand...don't leave your glass of beer on the floor!

                                                        1. re: pedalfaster

                                                          Siamese aren't exactly your typical cat! A breed unto their own.

                                                          1. re: coll

                                                            I can second that. That breed is more dog than cat.

                                                            1. re: cleobeach

                                                              I always said they were more like monkeys!

                                                          2. re: pedalfaster

                                                            Our dog got very drunk as a puppy at a New Years Eve party, when she wandered around drinking out of glasses left on the floor whenever we weren't watching. It made her extremely hyper and annoying, and eventually she just up and jumped all the way over the couch. Just because.

                                                            The cat however is a water bandit. You can't leave a glass of water unattended unless you want to find him shoulders deep in it.

                                                            1. re: NonnieMuss

                                                              I have a cat like that. When we drink water in the TV room (coffee table) we have to cover our glasses with magazines/coasters to keep her out.

                                                              She ~only~ drinks cold, filtered water in a glass glass. No acrylic or stainless for HER ( I have a friend who refers to her as "Princess Kitty").

                                                              1. re: pedalfaster

                                                                My cat will also drink anything or attempt to. He managed to fish out a tea bag from my mug on the table.

                                                                1. re: pedalfaster

                                                                  YES! Our cat drinks from a glass of water on the table. Now that she is older (17 this month) we have to put a stool next to the chair so she can hop up. It's amazing how well-trained we are, really.

                                                                2. re: NonnieMuss

                                                                  yep, i had a bedside water glass thief. eventually, i got her a glass just for her -- i had mine and she had hers. apparently she was of the persuasion that knows water tastes better from a nice glass than any old bowl!

                                                                  she was fine with this, unless my water was gone (yah, i know she stole mine, too) and if hers was low, she'd put her paw down in the glass and then pull up her paw and lick it. if it was really low, she'd get ticked off and just pull the glass over to topple it and whatever little water remained. so, then i'd have a wet bedspread.

                                                                  1. re: alkapal

                                                                    Aww, so cute. My cat is not big on drinking water which is sort of good because given his habit of eating everything in sight he'd be sure to guzzle up everyone's water.

                                                                    1. re: alkapal

                                                                      My cats are convinced the freshest, coldest, best water comes from toilet bowls. They know I don't like it, and if I forget and leave the lid up and walk in on them, they really scatter! A forbidden fruit, so to speak.

                                                                      1. re: coll

                                                                        And I have one that hops up on the bathroom counter to drink out of the faucet every morning and evening when I'm brushing my teeth. Even though I have an electric running waterer down with their food.

                                                                        1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                          Money well spent there, huh? ;) HEE HEE.

                                                                          1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                            Well, the electric waterer thingie doesn't have the water coming out straight down - it bubbles down a chute. For some reason, Buster loves it coming it out of the faucet. The other one, Alfie, just looks at him like he's crazy. I was warned when I was adopted by the two of them that Buster likes to drink out of the faucet, but I'm still surprised as his insistence to do so every morning and night. He *does* drink out of the waterer next to their food bowls, but if I go upstairs and turn on the bathroom faucet, he makes a beeline for it from the dining room downstairs. Silly kitteh.

                                                                            1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                              Nothing like fresh from the source! Mine also has been known to stir with, then drink from her paw. Or stick her whole katty head into a tea mug. Wouldn't trade her for ANYTHING. :D

                                                                              1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                Oh yes, before little Shiitake scooped out the tea bag, he stuck his entire head in the mug. That's what first caught my attention.

                                                                                1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                  Makes you wonder how many times any of our friends have pulled that little trick when we weren't looking. I know I wonder! ;)

                                                                                2. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                  Shameless feline. Wonder where she gets that from? :)

                                                                                   
                                                                    2. re: pedalfaster

                                                                      One of my cats, ordinary yellow, not Siamese, loved Bloody Marys.

                                                                    3. re: coll

                                                                      No doubt she thought that crystal vessel was quite suited to her fine lineage. My black girl is part Siamese, too. :D

                                                                      1. re: coll

                                                                        I'm just sitting here thinking a recipe would be fun (hint hint hint)
                                                                        I'll share mine with you if you share yours
                                                                        (mine is waaaaaaay better I swear)
                                                                        :)

                                                                        1. re: iL Divo

                                                                          My eggnog? I'm up to a contest! I have to say though, I've had several high end chefs ask for my recipe (through devious channels) and was very flattered. Funny because I got it out of the Pennysaver back in the 1970s! It's probably here on an old thread somewhere, if anyone cares to look ;-)

                                                                          1. re: coll

                                                                            Great eggnog is a thing of beautiful simplicity. Mine is about as simple as it gets...but when I take it to Christmas parties, people rave about what a special treat it is.

                                                                            1. re: Wahooty

                                                                              I know, when you say eggnog most people think grocery store cartons. I have some co-workers from the distant past that asked me last holiday season if we could have a get together this year and if I could make my eggnog as a central theme. I used to bring a gallon or two to work every year...this was back in the 70s and 80s when things like that were more lenient. My boss was the first in line!

                                                                              1. re: coll

                                                                                my sister used to make a killer (non alcoholic) eggnog back in the day -- it was like drinking a lovely vanilla custard. soooooo rich and thick! it must've had a 1,000 calories a cup!

                                                                                1. re: alkapal

                                                                                  I don't make it anymore due to the calorie count. Back in the day, I could drink a half bowl all by myself, and not gain an ounce!

                                                                          1. re: lesliesue

                                                                            Well my cats had eggnog pretty much every year from less than age one til they both died (not at Xmas time!) at 16 years of age. They were just fine.

                                                                            Unless you're talking about human beings? Because basically the same answer.

                                                                            1. re: lesliesue

                                                                              Tell that my husbands frat dog. Lived till a ripe old age and would steal your beer the same as looking at you.

                                                                        2. My lab will eat anything not nailed down so we no longer have a fruit bowl on the counter, lol. He once knocked off a platter of caprese salad and ate the entire thing.

                                                                          My Pom on the other hand is a little picky. She adores scrambled eggs, baby carrots, and goldfish. She turns her nose up at raw eggs, most other veggies and pretzels.

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                                                                          1. re: foodieX2

                                                                            I have to ask:

                                                                            Goldfish--- the Pepperidge Farms Goldfish crackers or the little swimming things you buy in a bowl at Petco?

                                                                            1. re: pedalfaster

                                                                              LMAO! Yes pepperidge farms.

                                                                              But she does eat live mice. She managed to trap a field mouse in our kitchen. I was horrified!

                                                                              1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                Ahhh, but it's what she was born to do, foodie!

                                                                                I had a cat that used to LOVE the single-wrap American cheese slices. As noted above, the minute the slice was unwrapped, she was there in a flash.

                                                                                My sister used to have a cat that would eat buttered peas from her hand. NEVER dropped on the floor. And he would eat spaghetti if held up for him by the strand.

                                                                                I currently have a cat who will only eat white meat chicken and his kibble. No canned food for him. He also liked some pulled pork (pre-saucing) last time I made it. Whereas the other won't touch any human food - or very little of it.

                                                                                I'm going to try the cantaloupe out on both of them this summer.

                                                                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                  One of our cats ate spaghetti too, you had to drape one end over the bowls edge, and he would suck it up like a vaccuum. In the days before Facebook unfortunately. If it was red sauce, he would burp for awhile afterwards.

                                                                                  1. re: coll

                                                                                    yes, red sauce has that effect on me sometimes, too. LOL

                                                                                  2. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                    Just remembered - one of my cats likes to lick the ice cream bowl....but ONLY if it's got a bit of caramel swirl left in the bowl. Plain vanilla doesn't cut it for Buster.

                                                                                  3. re: foodieX2

                                                                                    The mighty huntress! Who needs a cat to keep the mice at bay?

                                                                                     
                                                                              2. I have two cats from the same outdoor-born litter. Mole has no interest in people food (but please give her cat treats often). Malgato, on the other hand . . . goes crazy when we cook chicken; likes bacon; doesn't believe cats don't eat cows--roast beef, steak, etc.; once stole the end of a hoagie from my hand and ate it all--lunch meat, bread, onions, etc.; chowed down on a dish of mac & cheese when I wasn't watching. Cats are weird.

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                                                                                1. re: gaffk

                                                                                  there is something about RAW chicken that makes our cats go bat guano! you open the package, you have sharkettes swirling around your legs!

                                                                                  1. re: alkapal

                                                                                    I got a swat on the leg today for chicken...I couldn't believe it. He usually (read: always) gets chicken when it's out but I've never been swatted at for it.

                                                                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                      yes, i have gotten that swat, too! and for nothing else.

                                                                                      i don't like dealing with raw chicken, and don't make it much -- so the cat craziness is few and far between on that front.

                                                                                      1. re: alkapal

                                                                                        Beef elicits a full body stretch which is pretty impressive, paws nearly reaching the counter.

                                                                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                          ah, the full body stretch! that is used for demanding the laser game.

                                                                                    2. re: alkapal

                                                                                      Fortunately Mal only likes meats already cooked (and seasoned).

                                                                                      She's not a swatter. When dinner is served, she calmly sits at my feet and gives me the evil eye. If I don't share quickly enough, she then tries to pull my fork-bearing arm down to her level. I had originally named her Mardi Gras, but when her true nature revealed itself, she received a Spanishy evil cat monicker.

                                                                                  2. My dog used to eat my students papers while I was grading & then she moved on to wine corks.

                                                                                    1. Surprised it hasn't been said yet....
                                                                                      I think your cat is just a really "fun-guy" :-)
                                                                                      Ba-dum-bum!

                                                                                      1. No cats here, but two dogs who are partners in crime and occasionally make a prison break through the dog fence when I'm gone late at night.

                                                                                        What I find most interesting when viewing the wreckage of their "dumpster" diving in the kitchen is what they choose to eat, and what gets left untouched.

                                                                                        The last time it happened, I'd tossed a barely-eaten tub of cream cheese that had frozen in the back of the fridge. My little dog (an 8 lb. terrier mutt) had licked it CLEAN. Looked like it had gone through the dishwasher. My pitbull went straight for all the veggie trimmings from dinner and they had shared a bit of cake but left most of it trampled across the kitchen.

                                                                                        The little one practically ate her weight in cheese and didn't get ill.

                                                                                        On a regular basis, the dogs enjoy vegetables immensely, cooked or raw. The little one eats green beans off of my stalks in the garden, and the big one just dug up 3 rows of carrots I'd been patiently waiting for. They now think when I pull a carrot out of the fridge that it's just for them (i.e. a dog treat, not people food).

                                                                                        They go nuts for a bowl of oatmeal; sometimes I'll plop down next to them with a big bowl and feed it to them off a spoon, one bite at a time. I get a real kick out of it.

                                                                                        Oh, and who can resist giving them peanut butter?? I occasionally will smear some in my little dog's "beard" and whiskers so the big dog will come over and lick her face for the next 2 days.

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                                                                                        1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                          LOL I can relate to your story - I have little and big guys too (Chihuahua and a Pit Mastiff) they have had their moments - the little one is like a garbage can and eats pretty much anything he can get in his mouth - the big one is more selective in what he considers food but they definitely act as a team - big one can counter surf with his tongue and the little one is capable of jumping on the table so nothing is safe LOL

                                                                                          the big one got a whole pound of lard I found him licking the wrapper I expected him to get sick but he just got a shiny coat, the little one escaped and broke into a neighbors party and stole a rib from the buffet I found him hiding behind my front door gnawing at it and growling

                                                                                          once I made a veal breast and forgot to take the trash out with the bones - I remembered from work and drove home frantically at lunch expecting to find dogs choked to death on bones - instead I found a trash bag and all of its contents strewn about the house with no evidence a veal breast had ever existed and two rather pleased but guilty looking dogs. - of course they tried to pin it on the cat but that did not stick

                                                                                          1. re: JTPhilly

                                                                                            Another big/little dog owner! My little one's a Chihuahua mix with long hair--kind of looks like Toto from the Wizard of Oz. The big one's a beauty, half blue nose, half red pit. They are best buds and sleep together every night.

                                                                                            The story of your little guy running into the neighbor's party to steal a rib is awesome!! I can just picture the whole thing. Sounds like a character.

                                                                                            My dogs haven't figured out how to get things off the kitchen counter, probably because I keep them out of there most of the time. My parents have a Wheaten terrier who can climb chainlink fences (not joking--she will literally stick her paws in each hole and climb a good 5-6 feet)... she will jump up on a chair to the table, then leap over to the counter a few feet away to get ahold of any goodies. She's dumb as dirt but loves her food.

                                                                                        2. We had to invent the "pizza cage" to keep one of our cats from making off with the pizza. The same cat also nearly got his head stuck in a drinking glass, trying to lick up the remaining tomato juice. He also loved lobster shells and olives.

                                                                                          Another cat adored blue cheese and cantaloupe. Two of my current cats are furry garbage cans. They will eat just about anything. I have found a wrapped bagel in the middle of the flour, teeth marks all through the plastic. The homemade lard bread was history. The remnants were found in the living room. No food can be left within their reach. They'll even sit in the sink and lick clean unwashed dishes.

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                                                                                          1. re: rockycat

                                                                                            maybe you can rent them out to molly maids for some cleaning jobs. all molly maids will have to day is spray a little mist of food-tasting water on any windows.

                                                                                            now a cat who does windows -- THAT's a treasure right there! LOL.

                                                                                            1. re: alkapal

                                                                                              ***looks at her filthy cat paw smeared windows***

                                                                                              ...tuna water in the mister...

                                                                                          2. I had a Siamese male that loved mushrooms. I only ever feed him raw ones simply because at that time in my life, I only used them raw in salads.

                                                                                            1. I once adopted a cat that would sit on the table next to me at breakfast and watch intently as I drank my morning café au lait. As soon as I finished she ran over and licked the cup. When I figured out what she was doing I'd make a point of leaving a little for her. It became our morning ritual.

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                                                                                              1. re: medrite

                                                                                                My husband's mom had a toy poodle that was like a person, and she got a cup of espresso with heavy cream every morning.

                                                                                                1. re: coll

                                                                                                  Okay so I'm drinking my espresso right now and after reading that, I poured a little out into a dish and tried to give it to my dogs. I wish Chow allowed videos in our posts...

                                                                                                  My pitbull wouldn't touch it, so I dipped my finger in it and put it in her mouth. She made the most awful face and moved away from me.

                                                                                                  My little Chihuahua-terrier was all over it, lapping it up with her eyes WIDE as hell. She is super hyper and anxious as it is; I can't imagine a daily shot of espresso doing any good.

                                                                                                  1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                    I always thought it a little strange, but the habit had been ingrained long before I met my husband. She lived to a ripe old age so I guess it was OK.

                                                                                                    1. re: coll

                                                                                                      I thought maybe my cat just liked the milk so a few times I'd pour just plain coffee into the cup, and she lapped that up too.

                                                                                                  2. re: coll

                                                                                                    hahahaha, that's cute
                                                                                                    our Siberians
                                                                                                    Malamutilators love a sip if hubsters beer

                                                                                                2. My cat just eats dead animals, fish and whatev is in catfood. He also loves grass.

                                                                                                  1. We've had to keep all bread products in the microwave for years to keep the cats away from them.

                                                                                                    The dog and one of the cats love my home-cultured milk kefir. They start dancing around the kitchen when they know it's time (sometimes even before I know it's time) to do the straining. The other cat won't even taste the kefir.

                                                                                                    Also, the dog has no desire for peanut butter (unlike most dogs) but will go crazy for a piece of pear or apple.

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                                                                                                    1. re: AmyH

                                                                                                      I thought that's what microwaves are for!? Yesterday I found a cake plate I'd stashed in there over a week ago to keep the cat from licking (and breaking) it. The only reason I opened the microwave in the first place was to stash something else away from the furry food stealers.

                                                                                                    2. My mother told me often about Mouschi, a cat my parents owned years before I came along. She had dual passions: raisins, and mushrooms in any form.

                                                                                                      1. I've never owned an animal that wasn't a thief or a human food garbage disposal. Our previous mutt ate, snow peas, apples, oranges (loved them and would bound down 3 flights of stairs if I peeled one), blackberries and wild strawberries straight from the bushes.

                                                                                                        Current shepherd steals anything in her reach off the counter. I once made a gorgeous birthday cake for my daughter's friend's 16th birthday and she knocked it off the counter and I found both dogs standing in it. Whole cooked chickens have been eaten at the back of the stove, whole avocados disappeared including the pit. Now I hide stuff in the microwave and no longer risk a fruit bowl or nuts out in a dish. This rotten dog also recently pulled fibers out of a rug and she cost me $2500 in X rays and surgery to remove 3 ft of carpet fibers. Area rugs are all now thrown out.
                                                                                                        I've had cats that I've caught standing in the cauliflower and cheese sauce, left over cereal and milk and devouring a bowl of tuna, mayo, sweetcorn and tomato salad.

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                                                                                                        1. re: smartie

                                                                                                          My male Siamese had a fiber (mainly wool) pica issue and was in emergency treatment twice to remove what he ingested and required a third surgery to correct previous damage.

                                                                                                          We learned to live in a very tidy house.

                                                                                                          1. re: cleobeach

                                                                                                            I'm sorry. That's completely not funny, except for your last sentence--that made me giggle. I suspect so!

                                                                                                            1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                              We can laugh about it now. This was back before we had a human child and people think I am nuts when I say that "raising" that cat was far more difficult and stressful than my human baby.

                                                                                                              Thankfully his successors (one who is on my lap as I type this) are less trouble (so far, only 5 mo old). They scream bloody murder every time I stand at the counter, convinced I am eating something delicious and denying them a taste.

                                                                                                        2. yes, i had a cat who would open the mushroom package if it was available and eat to his heart's content if i didnt catch himin time

                                                                                                          1. In Beijing:
                                                                                                            Super scrawny female rescued Chinese cat, Harley-- never really gained weight.
                                                                                                            She would go NUTS if we got McDonalds: wanted to eat the BUNS ONLY.

                                                                                                            Plushy male Purrkins was happy to eat the hamburger [meat] and they both left the pickle/ onion/ ketchup blend.

                                                                                                            In NoVA:
                                                                                                            Tybalt loves our vegetables and Lucas the Beagle's canned food [which gives him gas].
                                                                                                            LG is the persnicikitty but will lick ANY spoon -- so long as we hold it out to her.

                                                                                                            1. We had a very small hermit crab (2") who would eat several very large (6"+) pine cones every day - leaving not even a crumb behind. We never did figure out how he did it

                                                                                                              Also had a large Doberman who would jump over the neighbor's garden fence, steal the biggest zucchini in the garden, and then jump back over the fence and run around the neighborhood carrying the zucchini in his mouth like a trophy

                                                                                                              As a child, I had a pony that would steal your drink right out of your hand. He'd grab the cup with his lips, tilt his head back, and pour the contents down his throat, all in one swift move. Fanta orange was his favorite beverage

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                                                                                                              1. re: MrsPatmore

                                                                                                                I can still picture my husky cross, who picked the nicest, ripest tomato, as if it were some nature-grown ball, and ran all over the yard with it. Was my mom PISSED!!! You couldn't help but laugh at how funny it was, though. Well, I couldn't, anyway. ;)

                                                                                                                Same dog would not only retrieve our own newspaper, but was known to go to the house next door and bring us THEIR paper, too. Good dog, Carly.

                                                                                                                1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                                  I live in the country where we all have chain saws and cut our own firewood. Our Heeler/shepherd mix used to go over to our neighbors and bring back 1 gallon containers of chain saw fuel and sometimes firewood.

                                                                                                                2. re: MrsPatmore

                                                                                                                  THAT is the funniest story yet! the hermit crab one killed me!!!!

                                                                                                                3. don;t know about fungi….but…..

                                                                                                                  one cat i had loved chick peas, spaghetti sauce and honeydew, and cantaloupe, (but not as much as honeydew). she would even gnaw on the rinds!

                                                                                                                  she was also one who'd steal your smoked salmon from your plate on your lap in the tv room!

                                                                                                                  her sister loved to have a little popcorn. i guess it was the salt she liked most, but she would eat some puffed kernels.

                                                                                                                  the other day, i caught our young new kitty gnawing on some celery tops.

                                                                                                                  1. when our young kitty was very new to our home, she was up on the computer table (traversing the keyboard and attacking the DVD payer slide-out) and would not be satisfied if i did not share the mcdouble i was eating. she loved the bun especially.

                                                                                                                    1. Years ago I had a roommate who possessed a teeny cat, we called it the "kitten cat" because it was so small, and had huge eyes, and basically looked like the most adorable kitten ever although it was adult. This cat loved cabbage and other greens - it was a big coop rental, with around 12 roomies mostly vegeterian and we took turns cooking, ate a lot of cabbage because it was cheap.

                                                                                                                      You really had to watch out, because the cat would get up on the stove and try to pull cabbage out of the cooking pot while it was hot. We were all worried she would get hurt, though she didn't seem to suffer any ill effects, probably snagged the cabbage out with a claw.

                                                                                                                      1. My cats loved hot sauce. I found out when, on the vet's suggestion, I used hot sauce to try to keep the cats away from things. They just lapped it up. So weird. But then, these cats also used to play fetch with me.

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                                                                                                                        1. re: LMAshton

                                                                                                                          My cats are also hot sauce a holics. Chicken cooked in panang curry and chicken tinga....when we think there's no protein left on the dirty dishes, certain cats lick them clean or maybe they just like 'hot'.

                                                                                                                          1. re: shallots

                                                                                                                            Mine would have drunk the hot sauce straight out of the bottle if I left it open. Definitely the hot sauce, although protein certainly helps, too.

                                                                                                                        2. No cats.

                                                                                                                          No problems.

                                                                                                                          Dogs rule.

                                                                                                                          ;-)

                                                                                                                          1. One of our dogs really did eat the homework. My youngest daughter aged around 4 or 5 did her homework about our dog and taped a couple dog biscuits onto her book to show what the dog liked to eat.
                                                                                                                            Next morning there were 3 holes in her workbook where Dingo had eaten the biscuits.

                                                                                                                            1. Anyone remember the comic strip series The Far Side?

                                                                                                                              There was one that showed a classroom full of dogs, all sitting at desks. The teacher was asking the class this:

                                                                                                                              "OK, so is there anyone here who DIDN'T eat their homework?:

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                                                                                                                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                  Love the bone math on the blackboard!

                                                                                                                                  1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                    Oh, wow, thanks for digging that up! Love the smiles on their faces and the floppy tongues.

                                                                                                                                    I miss The Far Side.

                                                                                                                                2. I've been cooking food for my dog lately, he's a push-face brussels/shi-tzu cross and has lost enough of his snaggly little genetically challenged teeth that he just won't eat enough kibble anymore to keep his strength up. He loves dinner, it's usually pork or turkey cooked with green beans, maybe chopped cabbage, a little carrot, chopped sweet potato, plus vitamin drops from the vet. I also share all of my food with him, which sometimes he likes and sometimes he doesn't. Frodo prefers a bland diet.

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: Teague

                                                                                                                                    Whenever I cook for my dogs, I feel strange not seasoning their food much. It's just bland on top of bland. It occurred to me one night as I served them unsalted and unseasoned eggs, oats, rice, potatoes, and a slew of veggies that they liked that beige pile o' mush just as much as perfectly seasoned food. So now I don't really bother.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: Teague

                                                                                                                                      You know how those dogs get the "push-face"?

                                                                                                                                      It comes from chasing parked cars.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: Tripeler

                                                                                                                                        haha, Frody's never had the chance to chase cars, parked or otherwise since I realize it would likely mean his instant death. He's objectively retarded, I mean "developmentally disabled" - pretty sure. Dumbest dog I've ever had or known. Poor little guy, he can't really learn things but he is very sweet.

                                                                                                                                    2. Not about fungi, but the cat we had when I was a child starred in a memorable Thanksgiving episode. There was a snowstorm and the power had gone out (after the turkey was cooked, thankfully) so we'd eaten by candlelight in the dining room. The turkey carcass was on the kitchen table. When we came back to the kitchen with some dirty dishes, ready for the pies, the flashlight in my mother's hand caught the gleam of the cat's eyes as she gnawed enthusiastically on the turkey. You could almost see "oh, sh**! busted!" flash across her furry face as she jumped down.

                                                                                                                                      Yes, we just cut off the section with teethmarks and kept the rest of the turkey!

                                                                                                                                      1. Having discovered mushroom pizza, one or more of the cats late this afternoon ate all the mushrooms in mushroom stroganoff (and left most of the sour cream based sauce.)

                                                                                                                                        I have, verily, created monsters.

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: shallots

                                                                                                                                          As a non-cat owner, I have to wonder: do they get sick after eating things like that? Dogs are hit-or-miss with what they can eat without uhh... "side effects" but are cats as sensitive?

                                                                                                                                          1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                            Not usually, Take eats nearly anything and stays pretty healthy (other than the recent incident :)

                                                                                                                                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                              That's interesting! Cats must have adapted to eating all sorts of human foods, since it seems they're always getting into things. Dogs are strange--I always wonder if it's a nature/nurture thing with their stomachs. My little one is a garbage disposal. She's eaten her weight in raw broccoli, accidentally gotten into giant slices of cake, tubs of cream cheese, raw meat, etc. and she never gets sick. The only time she got ill was when my ex husband and I both simultaneously had the flu and were in bed for 2 days straight... We'd left a bag of cherry flavored cough drops next to the TV and she climbed up there and ate half of them (taking great care to leave the wrappers). A bit of lower GI distress, and she was fine a day later, luckily.

                                                                                                                                              My big dog though is very sensitive. She can eat a pound of raw carrots no prob, but no more than a few bites of any other veggies/meats, and forget about dairy.

                                                                                                                                              My parents' purebred Wheaten will vomit from one bite of anything. She can do a little piece of skinless chicken, well-done salmon, but no beef or veggies. Even rice will upset her lower GI tract. So dry food it is.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                It sounds like pets are like humans, we all react differently to different things :)

                                                                                                                                                1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                  Too bad "science" can't figure out that simple concept.

                                                                                                                                                2. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                  I had an italian greyhound in the 90s who was sort of delicate but could climb, and got into all kinds of food. One evening she got up on the table and ate a pound of gorgonzola. That resulted in some intestinal distress. Once she got hold of and ate an entire quarter of weed, that was bad, she couldn't stand up for a whole day poor thing. We took her to the vet and they were like, keep the weed away from your dog. Heh, as if we wanted that to happen.