Does how you eat affect how your pet eats?

United States
December 9, 2007 4:51pm CST
Do you think that your eating habits have an effect on the eating habits of your pet? I've noticed that my cat seems to have the same cycle that I do when it comes to what and how she eats. For instance, when I find a food that I love, I'll eat nothing but that 24/7 for weeks and want nothing else until I get so sick of it that I don't have it for months or even a year again. Basically until I find something else I really like. I eat in cycles pretty much. Well I've found that my cat does the very same thing, she'll want nothing but one kind of food or snack for weeks and then all of a sudden wants nothing to do with it for the longest time and moves on to the next thing she "must have". The same goes for how she drinks water, recently I wrote about her looking bored with her water. I'm the same way. From the day we got her, she would not drink tap water at all. Finally we had to resort to bottled water and filtered water so she wouldn't get ill. Now she'll drink water from the tub but not the sink tap. I've always been that way too, I will not even make my tea with tap water. And last, she can smell chocolate cake from a mile away! When she was just a few months old, I thought I'd lost her and looked for her everywhere, she is the runt kitty of her litter so when she was very tiny. Finally after about an hour of looking, I glanced at the dining room table, she's never been able to get up there before, and saw the shadow of something behind the chocolate cake. When I looked I found 1/2 a chocolate cake and my kitty hiding in the tunnel she'd eaten into it. She ate 1/2 my cake! I was worried sick but she was fine and to this day anything chocolate has to be eaten fast and kept very high or she'll eat it! So do you think your eating habits grow onto your pets?
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@GardenGerty (100474)
• United States
10 Dec 07
In some ways, yes, others, no. I did have a chocoholic cat, she was a full grown stray when I picked her up just ahead of a storm. She had lived behind the skating rink, and I suppose had mooched a lot to survive. She would beg for chocolate, and she could smell any kind of corn chip/cheese puff and come running. At the time I had her, I lived across the street from the DQ. She would go across the street and beg, and was hit one evening returning home. I have a cat now that loves any spicy food, and refries, and rice. She was only about twelve weeks when she showed up here, so I have no idea where she developed that taste, but she has always liked Mexican food a lot. On the other hand, they all three eat dry food, plus any little table food they get, and drink water from a dish and the shower, and the bathroom sink and the kitchen sink, and if I do not close it, from the toilet as well.
• Malaysia
10 Dec 07
whoa, your cat really does like cake. i wonder if my cat also like it because i never give him a cake yet. but he's kind of fresh fish maniac. he can smell it from a thousand mile and rush to the fish with speed of light. haha.
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• United States
10 Dec 07
My cats eat when they are hungry and it's no problem. They do have to have some of my beef when I am cleaning my meat. I also have to give them some chicken when I am cleaning that. But no way would I eat it raw. They love to drink from the toilet a lot. So I have to change the water often to keep it cold. I don't buy water because tap water is better for your teethe. Bottled water has no fluoride and it's well know to be a waste of money. It's always on the news here.
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@scribe1 (1207)
• United States
10 Dec 07
No, not at all. I feed my cats every morning, then I have my own breakfast. After the cats eat, they play or sit in the sunporch and sleep or watch birds and squirrels. If the cats are hungry, they head for the kitchen to eat their remaining food.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
9 Dec 07
I work at PetSmart. Most of the time, not all of the time, a fat person has a fat. A skinny person has a skinny animal. People who are overweight tend to feed their animals too much and not exercise them enough. People who are skinny tend to think their animals need hardly any food. So yes, I think how we eat affects how our animals eat. Take care
@alamode (3073)
• United States
10 Dec 07
Our pets reflect us in many ways... sometimes because we see it in ourselves and make allowances for them. Not having a varied diet is unhealthy for humans, but not for animals. As varied as it gets around here is chicken, beef or pork... a different flavor each night, but from the same company. The dogs respond well to this, so we keep it up. When we have meals, I have a cup of their dry food by my plate. I give them a taste of what we're having, but then go back to bits of kibble. Later, I mix the kibble with the canned and they all share. If there is nothing else available, pets will take what's there... they won't starve themselves. The important thing is if she's getting the proper nutrition to help her to be healthy for a long time.
• United States
19 Dec 07
Your dogs sound great. The kibble idea is such a good one, I'll try that. My cat has no concept of that fact that she's not people and if she doesn't like what's in her plate that night she'll go all nichole ricci on me and refuse to eat until she has something new in a new clean bowl. She'll eat the litter off the floor but God forbid you give her chicken for dinner, lol.
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@alamode (3073)
• United States
19 Dec 07
You know, I think we are OWNED by total divas, masquerading as domesticated house pets! We may have to put our foot down with these 'kids'... of course, they'll probably bite it!LOL! "Little" just ate the last of my aloe plants... at least she got her serving of veg today! Thanks, hon!!
• United States
20 Dec 07
LOL, I'm sure they would bite... mine has biten mine many a time.
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