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A cat who eats brocolli!!

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Craftycat Tue 01-Oct-19 11:54:08

Last night we had a lovely chicken & cider casserole (September Waitrose recipe card- highly recommended!!).
I served it with tender steam broccoli for me- although DH thinks this is an invention of the devil as he does any green vegetable with the except peas. I left my plate on the side table next to me to go & get a drink & when I got back one of our totally mad cats had got the stalks off the plate onto the floor ( DH never noticed this of course!) stolen the broccoli stalks that I had left & was tucking into them with a vengeance. She ate both stems & looked for more!
It is just so wrong! We had a neighbour who's cat ate cucumber once but Broccoli stalks!! They are quite tough.
Now I admit this cat is a total one off & quite mad but the broccoli did not even have any sauce near it or anything.
Maybe she is just looking for a healthier diet.

Davida1968 Tue 01-Oct-19 12:00:51

According to this website, eating some broccoli won't hurt a cat.

I know that my cats would only eat what they really, really liked! And this included grass - not that different from broccoli in terms of fibre?

EllanVannin Tue 01-Oct-19 12:12:15

The old stray cat which is fed outside likes nothing better than any left-over Sunday dinner scraps. I mixed the chopped up pork fat from the chops a couple of roast pots and some mushy peas and gravy, along with a sachet of Felix and it didn't touch the sides.

My cats enjoy the Felix Sensations and those mixed with veg but won't eat scraps or any Sunday dinners. They like their dried food in between too. ( fed better than some humans )

Septimia Tue 01-Oct-19 12:58:02

We had a cat that went mad for melon and frozen peas!

Ellianne Tue 01-Oct-19 13:05:23

Broccoli! Funny cat! Ours like Heinz tomato soup.

sodapop Tue 01-Oct-19 13:09:24

One of my daughter's cats loves broccoli as well Craftycat he hovers around whilst it is cooking until he gets some.

midgey Tue 01-Oct-19 13:12:31

I fed our cat some pilchard in tomato sauce, ate the sauce left the pilchard.....good job I’ve got a dog!

granny'sbuttons Tue 01-Oct-19 13:28:31

We had a cat who loved broccoli and cauliflower stalks. He also quite enjoyed plum crumble!

Nortsat46 Tue 01-Oct-19 15:04:46

We had an ex-stray cat who liked doughnuts.
We learned this one day when she was sitting behind me on the back of my chair. I was talking and holding a doughnut and gesturing with my hands.
She calmly leaned over and took a bite out of my doughnut !
After that we periodically gave her a little taster of cake or a doughnut, which were always gratefully received. 😺

shysal Tue 01-Oct-19 15:59:28

One of my cats eats raw runner beans. She always steals one when I am slicing them, throws it around a bit then tucks in.

grandtanteJE65 Wed 02-Oct-19 13:03:12

We once had a cat that ate melon in preference to the Parma ham the rest of us were having with the melon!

When I was a child I had a cat that ate Danish Blue cheese, raspberry jam on bread and butter and Christmas cake.

IMO adult cats know what they need and like, and what is good for them. I would only worry if a kitten stole something odd, as it may not have the sense to know what is bad for it.

Craftycat Thu 03-Oct-19 10:18:36

I'd better make her a crumble then, Granny's Buttons!!
She is a one off TBH but then most cats are! Well our 4 are anyway- all have their little foibles & I don't think there is any such thing as a 'normal'cat- well we've never had one anyway & I have never lived a day of my life without cats in the house.

Miep1 Thu 03-Oct-19 11:00:05

Cornflake will kill for Apple cake. Miep loves anything really hot. Mardi Gras, the insane tortoiseshell, nicks grapes. The others eat anything else between them!

BradfordLass72 Thu 03-Oct-19 13:29:36

My dog loved cheese and just the smell made him salivate.
When he ate it, he made a very particular 'cheese noise' smile

His other eccentricity was digging his way out of the garden and dashing to the nearby children's playground where he would go up and down the slide.

I usually slice my broc and cauli stalks very thing and pickle them. Delicious.

lemongrove Thu 03-Oct-19 13:40:44

Cats and dogs are all different with their food likes/dislikes much as we are.Some breeds will eat anything ( Labradors, Springers) some are very picky.
All the cats we have had over the years were very different,
Pickles would eat anything at all ( literally) Alfie liked chips,
Ginger went mad for ham( but not other cold meats) Sooty liked eggs ( even raw, dropped on the floor) Dillon would beg like a dog for cheese.Brandy would only eat cat food, Wilkie caught and ate his own food ( on the hoof!) but would go crazy for chopped liver or cooked roast chicken.

lemongrove Thu 03-Oct-19 13:42:12

Forgot to add, most of our cats loved fairy cakes, warm from the oven.

fizzers Thu 03-Oct-19 15:03:53

All three cats are partial to Walkers cheese and onion crisps, no other brands - just those. They also like to 'steal' pizza, buttered toast, pasta, mash, but try and give them any type of fish, sardines, tuna or cooked fish and they will storm off in a huff, they also don't like cooked chicken, they are odd

agnurse Sat 12-Oct-19 13:31:09

When I was a child we had a cat who ate peas. My parents' cat has been known to eat spinach, and apparently their other cat got excited about plastic toy peas, although I don't think she tried to eat them.

Our Gatsby is very fond of raw eggs. (Sometimes when Hubby is making eggs he gives a little bit to Gatsby.)

Ironically we used to have a cat named Mr. Bigglesworth (Biggie) who did not eat human food. Not even tuna (though he would drink tuna water). Wouldn't touch it. If you gave him a little piece of ham or something, he would sit there and look at it until our other cat made off with it. Then again he wasn't the sharpest knife in the drawer. He tried to make friends with a dog once grin

grannysyb Sat 12-Oct-19 17:09:13

I had a little cat who loved peas. DDs dog adores carrots and spends hours staring at the fridge. He gets any carrot feelings and two or three large carrots every day!

Purpledaffodil Sat 12-Oct-19 17:16:09

Our cat used to love sultanas from a fruitcake. She was a bit of a fruitcake herself!🤣

agnurse Sat 12-Oct-19 18:22:45


When I was a teenager we had a dog who loved raspberries. Mum had raspberry canes in the back of the vegetable patch. When she picked raspberries she would always make sure to give a few to the dog when she was on her way back to the house.

MeganPerry Sun 27-Oct-19 21:57:16

The haunts were very interesting.
But cats are really unpredictable.

MeganPerry Sun 27-Oct-19 21:58:14

ha ha ha were very interesting.
But cats are really unpredictable.

GagaJo Sun 27-Oct-19 22:02:45

One of my two Chinese cats, when first adopted in Shanghai, had a real thing for carbs. Her particular favourite was Madeira cake, but she'd make do with bread or biscuits too.

I once caught her with a pinched avocado rind, which she was in the process of eating out of my shoe (where she'd put it with the specific purpose of eating it), while growling at her brother to stay away.

She only wants cat food or fish these days. Not sure if she had some sort of deficiency when she was younger, due to being an adopted stray.

DillytheGardener Sun 27-Oct-19 22:03:29

My late dog loved sweet corn. He looked hilarious chewing the kernels off the cob. Massive mess but happy dog.