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Does anyone else's cat love coffee? Or other foods?

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  • Does anyone else's cat love coffee? Or other foods?

    My cat has a thing for coffee. I know it is toxic to cats and try to keep him away from it. He tries to drink it out of my mug in the morning. He is so addicted, he even licks the coffee maker! Does anyone else have a cat that does this? Have you had any health problems with your cat because of it? So far he's stayed healthy despite getting some here and there.

    He also likes other some other human foods (popcorn, eggs, honey, pb, etc.) but those aren't toxic. He is not overweight and does not have a food addiction, nutrition imbalance or display any other odd behavior.

  • #2
    My cat will eat about anything. Peas, pears, popcorn, pizza. She adores chicken nuggets and we always make her one when we have them. She has a big sweet tooth -- she will knaw through a plastic bag to get to cookies or cake. She once ate the whole middle out of a peach cobbler I left cooling on the counter. She also loves butter and will eat the stick if I leave the cover off by accident. She is very overweight and totally incorrigible. It is very hard to get her to lose weight because she will just steal human food. Any kind! Nothing is safe. The dog is much pickier.

    She is 8 and has had no problems except the time she ate an elastic string and had to have emergency surgery. So that was bad. $3k later.. but hopefully your cat won't be quite that dumb.


    • #3
      I have a cat that loves spinach and kale.

      She will also try to drink ginger ale.
      She also will get in the shower and sit in the corner, while you are taking a shower.
      She is quite mad.
      I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong.
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      • #4
        My cat is a cookie monster. It started with corners of Pop Tarts, and now she has a homing device for any cookie-like material. Sugar cookies are her fave.


        • #5
          All three kitties love eggs. Katie the Kitty loves popcorn, but only if you break off the soft "fluffy" bites. No kernals, thank you very much.


          • #6
            One of mine will dip is paw into the cup and lick the coffee off, but he usually comes around when the cup is empty, so he does not get much coffee. he will be in your face though for crab meat - the fake stuff - and actually slurps up pasta...

            His sister will chew holes in the plastic bags to get to the bread. she does more damage than any mouse or rat ever....she also steals powdered doughnuts, or glazed ones, and eats marshmallows....but no canned catfood.


            • #7
              Sadly, he is no longer with me. But my Sammie was a human food thief! If I ate a sandwich/burger he would crawl behind me on the couch and try to sneak a bite from over my shoulder. He also took an entire ziplock bag of fresh muffins off my counter (I never saw him get on a counter so he was sneaky) and dragged it behind the couch. I never had any health issues, but if you notice he does consume more than a sip or licking off the excess of a cup/mug definitely keep an eye on him.

              My current cat is still under a year... so far no interest in human food at all. He won't even eat treats unless I hold them in my hand. Cats are so quirky.


              • #8
                Mine is the opposite. She's so picky that she'll only eat chicken flavored wet/dry food . I tried to feed her tuna and when I came back home it was all over the hallway because she played with it instead of eating it. Yet she loves to lick pineapple skins (won't go near any other human foods though). They are strange little creatures, aren't they?
                Every one of them had that look of a girl infatuated with horses, the happy, fated look of a passenger setting sail on the Titanic.


                • #9
                  We had a cat that liked green olives.
                  I have one now that likes Rice Crispies and Rice Chex.


                  • #10
                    Oh, the stories I could tell!

                    We currently have three cats. Every cat I've ever had is a rescue.

                    One (Max) would never, ever stoop so low as to eat human food. He deems it as beneath his dignity. We ran out of wet food once and I tried to give him human-grade canned tuna. Nu.Uh.

                    The other two are nearly-identical-twin litter mates, Baba and Ghanoush. Every morning when I pour my coffee, these two make a sweet little semicolon and beg for cream. I keep cream in the house at this point only for this little cuteness display that starts my day.

                    Ghanoush has no interest in human food outside of his morning slurp of cream. Baba, on the other hand, is the biggest mooch and thief I've ever had! Every night he fishes something out of the recycle bin. He will steal anything I leave out to defrost. Sausages, chickens, pork roasts, sirloins...And he has no fear of water, so we can't leave dirty dishes in the sink. He will go "fishing" and haul them out. He will soak himself head to toe in the process, but is always proud of his "kill".

                    Previous cats over many years have also had some strange food choices. My beloved Daisy loved cucumbers. And she would gnaw on a celery stalk for hours like a dog with a bone. But if you brought rotisserie chicken into the house you were taking your life in your hands if you didn't share. On her euthanasia day, I bought her one, and when she didn't eat it, we went straight to the vet and said good-bye.

                    My parents' cat from when I was a little tot LOVED scotch. We still recount the story of my dad (an original madman at Ogilvy) bringing his boss and a client to the house for a dinner party, and Samwise crawling down the big boss's arm to lap at his glass of scotch. They got that account and he signed right then and there!


                    • Original Poster

                      Oh my, these are some great stories! Ghanoush - where does that name come from?
                      Seems like it might be more common than you think for them to like popcorn? Do they like flavored? My cat will also eat butter, and butter on popcorn even better. He does love ice cream, but I never tried cream. HMMM. Something tells me cream + coffee = forget about it!

                      I read somewhere that cats can't taste sweet things. Then why do they go after sugary/sweet foods (like the cookie cat or like my cat who loves honey)?


                      • #12
                        I have a friend who had a cat who liked guacamole. She posted a picture of the cat happily scarfing it down straight out of the container as proof.

                        Not as weird, but I have one aide client whose cat refuses water unless it has ice cubes. That cat is named Kitten (though she's overweight and is 13 years old) and is quite a strong, decisive personality. She is a single cat by choice - hers. She's the one who, at my first shift there, met me bushed out and snarling and followed me for an ENTIRE THREE-HOUR SHIFT hissing at me from 6 inches behind. Never lost focus. Within a few shifts, she figured out that I may smell like other cats but don't actually bring any, so we're good friends now, though she always greets me with one initial sniff of the tennis shoes and a look that says, "Still hanging out with that riff raff off duty, are you?" Kitten literally refuses to drink uniced water. I have seen her many times turn up her nose at the bowl and go protest vocally to the client. One day when the client wasn't feeling well, Kitten apparently decided in respect of this to petition me instead. She looked me up in the laundry room and most imperiously stated her demand. No question it was a demand, either. I said, "What is it?" She led the way to her bowl, looking back to make sure I was following, and there sat the plain water. I added two ice cubes, and she thirstily lapped for 5 minutes straight.

                        That client, by the way, is also the only one who (normally) doesn't have me doing pet things. Despite severe CHF, she does the litter box, the cat food, and the ice cubes herself. She has to take breaks on bad days, but she says that she wants to care for her own pet as long as possible. An attitude I admire. It was Kitten's decision to ask me that day, which she had never done before, not the client's request.
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                        • #13
                          one of my former cats was a Cheetos freak

                          i have had several who were obsessed with corn on the cob.

                          One so much that I could not even shuck it without him come running. I had to make sure to take out the garbage directly on corn day as he would break in to get the husks and cobs

                          current cat is not much for human food, though she will eat a popcorn or two
                          -- * > hoopoe
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by hoopoe View Post
                            one of my former cats was a Cheetos freak

                            i have had several who were obsessed with corn on the cob.
                            My first cat LOVED Doritos and corn on the cob.

                            Originally posted by dressagetraks View Post
                            Not as weird, but I have one aide client whose cat refuses water unless it has ice cubes.
                            Mine won't refuse it, but they greatly prefer ice cubes.

                            Originally posted by cayuse View Post
                            We had a cat that liked green olives.
                            I knew a cat to whom green olives were more potent than cat nip


                            • #15
                              My former Siamese loved nectarines. No other people food, just nectarines. I could eat a peach and he would be no where to be found. Eat a nectarine and he'd be right by me begging, LOL.


                              • #16
                                Both of my Sphynx will eat anything not nailed down. I have come home to 50%+ sticks of butter eaten, bananas eaten out of their peel, pizza crusts I accidentally left on the counter that I meant to take to the trash in the AM, etc etc. One even stole my entire cup of ice Chai tea by carrying it with his teeth while the other attempted to run off with an entire baking chicken.

                                Just tonight one of the cats decided to eat an Andes mint and part of the wrapper. No idea where they found it but I assume the primary culprit is the one licking his lips and smelling minty fresh.

                                As someone mentioned, cats do not have the receptor associated with sweet detection... go figure.


                                • #17
                                  I had one cat that if you put any green leafy item on the floor she would snarf it up and then act all silly - she apparently thought it was catnip. It would just make me laugh.

                                  Another would actually climb in the fridge and push out the container of shredded parmesan and then glare at me until I gave her some. She would also help herself to whatever was on my plate - regardless of what it was or how spicy it was.

                                  The current pack is pretty sharply divided between those who want what I'm having and those who would never touch human food.

                                  One of my "bladder boys" who can only eat canned C/D discovered Cheerios. He adores them and they seem to be a safe snack (along with cat grass) for him.

                                  redalter - don't feed kitty spinach - it apparently causes oxalates and causes crystals in kidneys. Chard is a safe alternative. Learned this the hard way
                                  "Cats aren't clean; they're covered with cat spit."
                                  - John S Nichols (1745-1846,writer/printer)

                                  Don't come for me - I didn't send for you.


                                  • #18
                                    YES! i will chime in with pictures later - but from an early age, my frankel would stick his whiskers in just about anything..

                                    OP, mine sneaks a taste of coffee too.. he isn't dead yet..

                                    but his favorite is beer - he seems to prefer ales and ipas over anything else. SO works in the liquor industry, so brings home lots of craft beers.. herr frankel gets to sample these beers too - he gets about a tablespoon, maybe less, in a beer bottle cap.. after a few laps he will curl up somewhere very pleased with himself.
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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by BeHooved View Post
                                      Ghanoush - where does that name come from?
                                      My twins are Baba and Ghanoush.

                                      Babaghanoush (or Babaganouj I believe is the traditional spelling?).

                                      "Baba ghanoush is a Levantine dish of cooked eggplant mixed with onions, tomatoes, olive oil and various seasonings. The Arabic term means "pampered papa" or "coy daddy", perhaps with reference to a member of a royal harem."

                                      I so desperately want to get a female kitten named Pita!

                                      On the subject of sweet things, Baba's favorite "kill" is an empty ice cream container stolen from the recycle bin.


                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by shiloh View Post
                                        I had one cat that if you put any green leafy item on the floor she would snarf it up and then act all silly - she apparently thought it was catnip. It would just make me laugh.(
                                        My Ghanoush LOVES playing with green beans. When they're in season I buy local and prep and freeze to get us through winter. First time I did it, he was about 18-months. He stole a bean and scampered around with it for a looooong while. Then the house went silent.

                                        He's a toy hoarder, and we couldn't find that dang green bean anywhere in the house. Until one day, it turned up all died and shriveled beside his litter box, alongside his favorite ball. I like to think he was playing hockey, with the bean as his stick, when he felt the urge to go!