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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-25-2015, 01:24 AM Thread Starter
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Is she craving protien?

Tonight me and mom ordered some chinese for dinner... normally Boo doesnt have any interest in human food, unless its the odd little lick of butter, or the occasional olive

as my dinner i got chicken balls... we also got some veggies, rice, etc. she was meowing and going nuts, she wanted *something*....

just to see what would happen, i tried cutting open a chicken ball, and offering her a little bit of just the pure chicken in the middle (no breading)... she went absolutely nuts for it. like it was the best thing she had ever discovered. ended up giving her a few more small pieces, but i was afraid to offer too much...

i had tried this on them before though, and neither of them had any interest whatsoever.

is this a sign of a craving?
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-25-2015, 01:55 AM
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No. My cats will eat anything.

Although I've never offered them that part of the chicken.....

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They must be pretty tiny... would take an awful lot of them to make a meal....
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Marie and Mow Mow you made me really laugh out loud :0)
I think it might just be curiosity and age. Anything that walks through the door as take away and the girls want to smell it. If its got prawns Lulu always wants a little bite. Just recently we found a lovely French restaurant who do roasted chicken and Lulu now has some every time. She just sits at your feet and squeaks or will occaisionally put her paw on your knee. Who can resist that politeness.
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Hmm, well im glad i dont need to worry. it is new of her to be really curious about it beyond an initial sniff... but as long as i dont need to be worried about her, im happy

I have leftovers... im curious when i heat those up if she will be all over it again! lol
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Probably and then next time you order, when you go to give her some, she'll look at you as if you are trying to poison her LoL
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I'm not going to discount that she isn't craving protein if you have her on one of the restricted-protein prescription diets... from what I've read, human beings will start to crave things, sometimes even WEIRD things, when they have severe deficiencies in their diet. But again, I don't know for sure either way ;}

You can always try offering her some chicken the next time you get it in a meal (as long as the piece is clean of spices and wasn't cooked with onions or garlic) or you could even try a LITTLE bit of another, "regular" brand of cat food (basically not a restricted-protein one) and see if she goes nuts over that.

Cats ARE super picky and mine often decides she HATES a certain type of meat even though she devoured every last molecule of it when I gave it to her the previous week, etc. But I don't want to entirely wave off that she might be instinctively seeking out "more meat" if she's on a restricted diet.

TL;DR it's probably nothing to freak out about, but you might want to start monitoring her weight (if you can) while she's on the restricted diet. I bought a pet scale to weigh my cat when she was diagnosed with kidney disease. It measures to the tenth of an ounce and I watch my cat's weight like a HAWK since it's really bad for elderly cats to drop weight suddenly.



This is the scale I bought, but it's kind of pricey. You can probably find decent ones for far cheaper :}


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Ewww, chicken balls. I for one love giving my cats treats they love. Everything in moderation of course.

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I can't quite get the idea of a low protein diet for cats BUT mine would love any eat based treat and I'd have to fight the off.
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I can't quite get the idea of a low protein diet for cats BUT mine would love any eat based treat and I'd have to fight the off.
It's usually prescribed for kidney problems. Some veterinarians will automatically prescribe lower protein diets for any cat over age 12 or so. "Low" is relative, it's still pretty high protein compared to what we would be eating.
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