Cat Food And Cable TV

Is this a new show on TV? No, it is not. When I was a year old my mom heard a knock at the door and decided to go see who it was. It turned out it was a representative of a cable company asking everyone to sign a petition requesting that our isolated part of the mountain now be serviced with cable. Today it may seem odd to contemplate there was a time when cable did not exist everywhere, but back in 1979 many isolated placed did not have cable, and only a few people had satellite dishes. Most of us made due with an TV antennas that allowed us to get two or three stations out of Bakersfield, which was much farther way than the closer major networks that broadcast out of Los Angeles. With the transition to from analog to all digital broadcasts it is phenomenal to realize that a short while back cable was a novelty.

My mom was so engrossed with talking to the young man and signing the petition that she did not see me go out on the porch and start eating cat food. Being a toddler I remember thinking that was the perfect time to try it because no one was watching. The good news is cat food will not kill you, but I would not recommend consuming it as it does not taste very good. Many kids have ate cat food and live to tell the tale, so if you come home one night and discover your child ate cat food do not panic, they will be okay!

What Is It Like To Eat Cat Food?

Once upon a time as a very mischievous child I decided to try cat food, much to my mother's chagrin.  However, what parents do not know will not hurt them, right?
Once upon a time as a very mischievous child I decided to try cat food, much to my mother's chagrin. However, what parents do not know will not hurt them, right?

I will admit this was not the last time I ever tried this "delicacy", but at the time my mom was disgusted because we were vegans and did not even use eggs in the house. So as you can imagine your child eating cat food would be quite a shock. On top of that my mom was afraid that cat food might do permanent damage to a child, so she called my pediatrician just to make sure I would be okay. She laughs years later to think how she overreacted at the time, but when you are a new parent you have to learn these things.

The cat food incident is one of my earliest memories and I still recall my mom's horrorfied voice as she discovered me with a mouth stuffed with cat food. She rushed me to the sink and insisted I rinse the entire contents out of my mouth, and chided me for eating this horrible substance. It may be for the cat, but is sure was not for a human. At the time it seemed fun to me because the cats did it and I wanted to see what it was like. Unfortunately this would not be the last time I tried cat food, but it would be the last time my mom knew about it for along time. When I was about five an older friend came over and suggested we all eat some of the cat's food. My first childhood memory of my mom's horror to discover that I ate cat food ensured I would never share this event with her, or not until a much later date.

Once when I was seven I decided to experiment and see what it was like to be a dog and a cat. I put out two small paper plates with cat food and dog food on each respective plate, and I sampled a bit of each one. Part of my investigative research was to discover why dogs seemed to prefer cat food whenever they had the chance to sneak it, and why our cats were always sneaking dog food. At the time of my little taste test I concluded cat food tasted better and had a more fishy taste, whereas dog food was harder and more grainy. Years later I want to gag when I think back to the times I tried cat food, and my mom laughed when I shared this story with her tonight.

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Comments 16 comments

James 7 years ago

Funny story about eating cat food. I did the same when I was about six.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thank you James!


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sugardemon 7 years ago

I just stumbled upon this and I laughed a lot. Kids are funny. I'm glad you shared.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Yes thinking back on the times I tried cat food it is pretty funny. My mom just about died when she discovered I did this the first time. Later on when I tried it I did not tell her actually because I knew she would be upset. I feel kind of grossed out today thinking about how I tried cat food back in the day.


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mayhmong 7 years ago from North Carolina

hey sweetie pie!

Was researching about the best cat food for my cats and found this hilarious hub!? I can't believe you actually ate cat food on several occasion, and lived to tell the tale?! I have to agree with you that cat food would taste better than dog food. No, I did not eat either one! Its just the fact that our dog prefers the cat food over her own.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi Mayhmong,

I know it crazy for kids to try and eat cat food, but I knew quite a few kids who lived to tell the tale. Of course this was back in the seventies and eighties, and now a days with the cat food and dog food scares that would probably be a scary thing for parents. It tastes gross remembering back, but it tastes better than dog food. I liked to give my dog healthy human options because I knew what he was eating did not taste very good.


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mayhmong 7 years ago from North Carolina

maybe your dog should try cat food. ;)


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

You know we eat the same stuff that's in cat food every day of our lives. It's just in another form


wordscribe41 7 years ago

I ate cat food after being dared by my big sister (no surprise there). I literally sat down on the floor and ate it like a cat. I think it was some Purina product. I recall it being quite salty. Too funny.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi Wordscribe,

I have heard quite a few of us have done this as kids, and I do remember it being salty and sort of gross. Would never eat it now :).


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donotfear 7 years ago from The Boondocks

My daughter used to get dogfood out of the bag then go somewhere, hide, and eat it! She actually liked it and thought it was funny when she did this. She was about 3 at the time. Ugh! She lived...........


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

donotfear,

True people live through eating cat or dog food.


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prettydarkhorse 17 months ago from US

I will like cat food better, I like more fish, lol


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SweetiePie 17 months ago from Southern California, USA Author

Up until the age of eight I do admit I would sneak cat food from time to time, and I liked the fishy taste. Today it grosses me out that I ate cat food, but if cats can eat it, I guess humans can to. However, I would not recommend it for most people. I see a bit more adventurous than some.


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Aya Katz 11 months ago from The Ozarks

This is a very interesting story. I do wonder if cat food might not contain more fat than dog food and hence be more nutritious.

I have lots of cat food that I bought for Nile the cat, and if he does not ever return, I might have to give it to my dogs, instead. But for the time being, I am still waiting to see what happens.


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SweetiePie 11 months ago from Southern California, USA Author

Yeah, I think the cat food is more nutritious. I noticed growing up the dogs ate the cat food more than vice versus. I hope Nile returns.

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