Cats who like cheese?

(48 Posts)
Weegiemum Wed 05-Mar-14 14:12:23

We have a lovely 21 week old boy, about to have his "op". He's the only totally black cat I've ever met (just boasting, really!)

His very favourite thing he loves is cheese! If one little bit falls to the ground, if you leave a sandwich unattended, if we've had macaroni cheese for tea and there are bowls - it's his!

I'm not a very experienced cat owner and wondered if this is normal or if it shows a deficiency in his diet (he's on kitten pouches and high quality biscuits as advised by our vet. I'm too blush to ring the vet and ask if cats are supposed to eat cheese!

Lonecatwithkitten Wed 05-Mar-14 14:14:58

All cats love cheese.

tabulahrasa Wed 05-Mar-14 14:15:49

Most cats are lactose intolerant so it's not massively good for them, unfortunately cats don't seem to have read that bit and go daft for it, lol.

The odd little piece is fine, but too much will probably give him an upset stomach and of course it's quite high in fat...but the odd crumb or little piece as a bribe is fine.

cozietoesie Wed 05-Mar-14 14:53:25

Mine have always adored cheese although it's not something they get other than as the occasional small treat.

RaspberrySchnapps Wed 05-Mar-14 15:21:25

Another cheese loving cat here (one does, other doesn't). goats cheese for preference, he comes running when he hears the paper rustling and winds round my ankles shouting. He also loves spaghetti.

cozietoesie Wed 05-Mar-14 15:35:29

As a young cat, Oneago hunted, killed and dragged away a net sack of Babybel cheeses which I had, uncharacteristically, left somewhere other than a kitchen surface. He took them upstairs to the bedroom (pale fawn carpet) and demolished the lot.

I came home and went upstairs to find said pale fawn carpet completely covered with bits of red wax and a very full Oneago out for the count on the bed. It took me hours to scrape and clean the ruddy stuff off and he was in disgrace until bedtime.

Luckily he had no ill effects - but you are all warned.

My old lady (19) likes a bit if cheese but her favourite thing is garlic ! She will chew any that gets dropped on the floor and will beg for food like tomato pasta sauce.

She also loves a good curry too

Her breath can get a bit rank....

chemenger Wed 05-Mar-14 15:49:35

Nastycat loves cheese so much she will be friendly in order to get some, rather than hissing at me when I give her food which is her normal reaction. Cats also love olives, in my experience.

cozietoesie Wed 05-Mar-14 15:49:44

Be careful on that one, Banana. Garlic's not good for them.


GemmaTeller Wed 05-Mar-14 15:52:56

Fat old cat (18) is partial to cheese, cream, butter, pasta, inside bits of maltesers, crisps and pringles.

Boy cat is partial to everything!

Nocomet Wed 05-Mar-14 15:56:07

DMIL said most cats like cheese and that, in a predominantly veggie house hold, it was the one treat they tended to get.

DSIL's cat votes with his paws, he gets so fed up of the lack of meaty titbits, he lives on the campsite down the road in summer.

issey6cats Wed 05-Mar-14 15:56:55

all of mine line up when i get the cheese out of the fridge i let them have a little piece each but only about once a week as a treat, my half siamese thug will try to get to anything and everything im eating

I use my cat to test if the fresh mozarella is okay if it's past its sell by date - if she refuses it I know it's off. My other cat doesn't like mozarella, but does like cheddar.

They both get the empty cream cheese and yoghurt containers put down for them to get the last bits out. It keeps them amused for ages.

lurkingfromhome Wed 05-Mar-14 15:59:30

Blue cheese is a particular favourite in this house. He will come running as soon as a pack of stilton gets opened. Other favourites are cold soup, hummus and raw mince. Strange boy...

ChubbyKitty Wed 05-Mar-14 16:00:38

It's normal really. Too much might give him tummy ache but the odd macaroni bowl or so shouldn't be so bad. My baby has just licked the plate from my pasta bake!

She also likes cake(but only when I've made it, no store bought cakes!hmm)

GemmaTeller Wed 05-Mar-14 16:04:27

Our sure fire way of getting boy cat in is to stand in the garden and crack the acrylic top off a tub of cream - he appears out of nowhere and does a comedy run round the corner on two legs to get in the kitchen first.
He has also been known to climb in the fridge and pull a ham joint out onto the kitchen floor and take a bone OFF the dog.

GreyGardens Wed 05-Mar-14 16:06:56

One of mine is dairy obsessed - cheese, milk, anything really. But it is so bad for them and he gets disgusting diarrhoea (sp I know) if he ever has any, so we avoid it. I have been known to buy the ridiculously expensive lactose free cat milk for him though blush.
He is also a weirdo who turns his nose up at seafood btw!

Weegiemum Thu 06-Mar-14 06:56:27

Thanks! I can see the odd little bit is going to be good for getting him to come in when he's allowed out!

umiaisha Thu 06-Mar-14 16:13:28

Ours loves cheese too.

Although she eats anything and is always on the scrounge - more like a dog actually. She is stationed under DS' highchair when he is eating, hoovering up any crumbs. I caught her eating my contact lenses the other week - thankfully daily disposables!!

I turned round and found the kitten on the dining table nose deep in a ramekin of natural youghurt that had been destined for a curry last night

BAD kitty!

He loves a bit of cheddar too - only a bit though as i don't want to give him the squits

Wibble1999 Fri 07-Mar-14 23:07:46

The great thing about cats that love cheese is you can wrap tablets up in it. So easy to dose them.

crazynanna Fri 07-Mar-14 23:12:39

My girl doesn't like cheese. Or tuna.
But she lives sweet corn . And melon. Oh, and scones.

crazynanna Fri 07-Mar-14 23:13:22

Likes not lives ( on twatphone)

Catsmamma Fri 07-Mar-14 23:18:53

it's when they beg for peas you have to worry. And get swipey cos you are not quick enough to share that bit of cauliflower he wants from YOUR plate....that's reuben ..idiot cat of this parish

another cat of mine used to go crazy if I bought melon...always knew it was ripe as I'd find cat bites in it. His other favourite was cabbage, raw or cooked.
another used to steal mushrooms and chase them about, "kill" them and eat them

Reuben also eats the mushrooms from the fairy rings in the garden and comes in off his trolley and lies upside down on the sofa pondering why nothing seems the right way up. He does not care for normal mushrooms at all.

And he will appear from nowhere to drink bean juice from a tin...both the tomato sauce sort and the salt water from kidney beans and the like.

Freckletoes Fri 07-Mar-14 23:41:21

LOL catsmamma! We have a Reuben-type character too! He devours my baking on the cooling rack, as soon as anyone sits down to eat he is there, nose in meal! He has to be thrown out now when we eat. I have even seen him devour chopped hazelnuts!?! Haven't seen him eat lettuce yet but he has managed tomato and cucumber! Crazy beast! grin

youbethemummylion Fri 07-Mar-14 23:48:50

Our cat eats anything and everything. She licks the plates clean after a VERY spicy curry, eats raw broccoli/cauliflower/carrots, devoured all the dried mixed herbs I spilled on the floor, loves coco pops. But when we ran out of cat food we gave her dog food as emergency measures she turned her nose up at it and ate the kids toast instead!

Catsmamma Fri 07-Mar-14 23:55:45

it's the dog who eats lettuce here. Well one of them....the other looks at it sadly

Faerie will attempt to nibble the homebaking, I'd forgotten that. She is Reuben's sister.

AND the cabbage eating cat used to love chilli, he would eat any leftovers but spit out the beans and rice and he once ate my lovingly nurtured, from seed, chillies right from the plant as they ripened. One day there were about six of them, and then suddenly they were gone.

ChubbyKitty Sat 08-Mar-14 01:37:25

Reuben sounds amazing!grin

I see a lot of kitties loving home baking and not store bought cakes. Maybe it's a sign? I couldn't tell you what kind of sign, but a sign..

Mine will lick the bowl after I've had bean flakes. Soggy bran crumbs mmmm!confused

And when DP gets home from swimming she chews his hair. Much to my entertainmentwink

Treasures Sat 08-Mar-14 01:50:45

My boy cat adores cheddar every now and then, also the occasional splash of milk. He will also scrounge for fish, chips, kebab, pizza, chilli, pasta, yogurt, ice cream... you name it, he'll beg for it! He hardly ever gets a scrap of any of these though, don't want a poorly fat cat! He also tries to eat the edge of the carpet occasionally, I have no idea what that's all about, lol!

ChubbyKitty Sat 08-Mar-14 01:59:32

Any other cats who like cardboard? I'm making some scrapbooks for my bridesmaids and one has been chewed on the cover. hmm Just one, mind.

nooka Sat 08-Mar-14 02:41:57

Our current cats only eat kibble, no interest in human food at all. Not even fish! They do hunt quite a bit though, and fat cat will happily eat the dogs food as well as his own. Dog just stands there looking at him!

One of our old cats liked to eat all sorts of weird things, cheese included. Curry, honey, syrup were all enjoyed. We used to joke that he must have lost his sense of taste, but looking at this thread it seems he was relatively normal!

BillyBanter Sat 08-Mar-14 02:48:50

My childhood cat loved cheese. sometimes we'd feed her cheese while she sat on a purple fluffy cushion, very much like how I imagine the queen eats cheese.

goodasitgets Sat 08-Mar-14 03:28:36

Animals are very bizarre. A friends horse once pinned me in a corner to Hoover up the dried cranberries I was eating hmm
With floppy ears and a look of utter bliss on her face. Now her preferred treat over polos and carrots
Cat here goes mad for scrambled eggs

cozietoesie Sat 08-Mar-14 05:39:31

I'm sorry, Catsmamma , but Reuben is a nutter.



mrsnec Sat 08-Mar-14 05:47:37

I tried feeding necat cheese as she has a good sniff when I eat it and I've often caught her trying to get her stripey paws in a lasagna or fish pie she does like the cheese temptations though and the yellow ones in her biscuits. I sometimes go through them and put the yellow ones on the top to save her the effort of sorting them I can tell that annoys her. She'd only eat actual cheese if she took it from my plate.

SomewhereBeyondTheSea Sat 08-Mar-14 08:30:46

Of my two, the grumpy tabby likes to lick buttery Marmite off my toast (yuk), and has also been known to lick the froth on a pint of Guinness (obviously I didn't approve of this either). Oh and I keep catching her in the garden, 'loving' (*squashing) my rosemary bush - the smell seems to have a catnip-like effect on her. Actual catnip does nothing whatsoever though.

The crazy black and white kitten will try and eat absolutely everything, even random bits of dirt on the floor. The worst was probably raw garlic, when it was accidentally dropped.

Personality-wise, they are basically Leonard Cohen vs Bez from the Happy Mondays.

cozietoesie Sat 08-Mar-14 08:33:16

Too right, Somewhere. Garlic is bad for them.

SomewhereBeyondTheSea Sat 08-Mar-14 09:02:18

Yes and so is Guinness grin

cozietoesie Sat 08-Mar-14 09:08:58

Did she look pie-eyed?

Weegiemum Sun 09-Mar-14 02:22:59

Cat bolted out the front door yesterday

Cheese brought him home!!

cozietoesie Sun 09-Mar-14 05:32:27

Always useful to know something like that. smile

When is his op due?

Fuzzymum1 Sun 09-Mar-14 10:42:00

When one of ours was at deaths door with kidney failure, cheese was the one thing she would eat - it's not good for them, and especially not good for her with her kidney issues but the vet said anything that would get her started eating again was good - she very rarely gets any now though, but she still begs for tit every time she sees the grater come out.

Iwouldratherbemuckingout Mon 10-Mar-14 10:33:48

Yup, mine love cheese.
And mayonnaise, and any attempt to eat egg mayonnaise needs military planning. Home made of course. I have it with prawns. They ignore the prawns.

Same with philadelphia.

Daft Maine coone boy will steal my breakfast cereal. I eat it without milk ....
Tomato based pasta sauces - yup. And margarine.
None of the three will countenance lactose free milk! I've never seen such a mixture of disgust and disappointment in my life.

I am however a very naughty mum and let them all lick the dinner plates clean.

Iwouldratherbemuckingout Mon 10-Mar-14 10:36:07

Oh yes, and old ginger cat (RIP) would steal a pizza slice from right out of your mouth!

dunmopin Wed 12-Mar-14 16:13:24

My cat only seems to like hard/ semi hard cheeses, like parmesan, cheddar, Caerphilly... if you have a bit of camembert she'll jump up to see what you're eating and then go "oh how boring" and mooch off.

cozietoesie Wed 12-Mar-14 16:48:41

I made cauliflower cheese the other night and while the dishes were extremely clean, Seniorboy polished them so well that they barely needed a wash afterwards!

RubbishMantra Wed 26-Mar-14 21:21:46

Mine purrs loudly whilst watching us eat - he may politely have a little taste if offered, but seems to prefer his own food. Oh, he does go mad for coffee though. I used to have a cat who would gobble up string if you didn't pull it out of her mouth quickly enough...

Fuzzymum1 Thu 27-Mar-14 14:37:26

Our oldest cat adores cheese - she begs and begs for it but as she's on a renal diet she rarely gets any, usually just a few crumbs that fall on the floor when one of us grates cheese.

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