I grew up with cats, and didn’t get my first dog until I was well into my 30’s. There was so much I didn’t know about dogs. One of those things was unusual foods they love, some of which I only related to cats eating, though some of those foods really aren’t healthy for them!
Some Dogs Love Butter
Many years ago, I was quite surprised when our golden retriever, Moses, stole a stick of butter off the kitchen counter and ate the whole thing! I certainly knew that cats love butter. We even used to “butter their paws” to help keep away hairballs. I never expected him to steal the butter, never mind eat the whole thing (wrapper and all). By the way, he was fine.
I had no idea dogs loved butter, and until Luke came along I wasn’t sure many dogs other than Moses did. Luke is often seen standing up on the kitchen counter licking the edge of the butter dish. All butter has to be kept out of his reach (as we had learned with Moses).
Luke is so in tune with butter, he can be sound asleep in the living room and all I do is take the lid off that dish, and he comes running. He even knows the sound of a stick of butter being taken out of the box! While butter in large quantities would not be good for him, I let him lick the wrapper when I open a new stick.
Large amounts of butter could cause stomach upset since most dogs are lactose intolerant, and large amounts of fat ingested by a dog could lead to pancreatitis. Since it’s high in fat, it would be especially worse for an overweight or unhealthy dog. Therefore, we indulge Luke a bit, but keep it in very small quantities.
Dogs Say: Tuna is Not Just for Cats
It always surprised me when I’d open a can of tuna and not only the cats would come running, but the dogs as well! I’d say every dog I’ve had would be happy to eat tuna, but I give the juice from the can to our cat Samantha. Some tuna is high in mercury, so all of us, human and pet alike, should not over-indulge. Again, I let the dogs lick the utensils and bowls when I mix some up, but I don’t feed them any tuna. White albacore tuna is the worst, and that is my preference for myself, so we don’t share very much. I eat it in moderation myself, and Sam only gets the juice at those times. If you want to feed your cat tuna, you are better off getting them cat food made with it.
The dogs still get their fish fix though, the Omega 3’s in fish are very healthy for them! We prefer to feed sardines and salmon. Also, when buying sardines or salmon for the dogs, I look for “no salt added” varieties. That is especially important for Cricket with her heart condition.
The Last Thing Our High-Energy Dogs Need is Coffee
When we adopted Luke, we met a rescue transport truck in Vermont that had brought him up from Alabama. It was early morning and I had a cup of coffee in the console between our seats. Wasn’t I surprised when that little puppy went for that cup of coffee and started licking at it! The lid was on with just that small opening, so he didn’t really get more than a taste.
What is most surprising about this is the fact that I drink my coffee black. If there had been cream in it, I could maybe see the attraction more. There were other times he tried to get in my coffee, but caffeine is not good for dogs, so it is kept out of reach even though I’m not sure he would still be interested. That also reminds me of the time when Cricket was a puppy and was drinking my glass of wine! Obviously, alcohol is not good for dogs either, so that hasn’t been allowed to happen again.
Cats Can Surprise Us Too
On the flip side of the coin, having dogs helped me learn that there are also surprising things that cats will eat, that I would have thought of more for dogs. The one that comes immediately to mind is pumpkin! I give the dogs pumpkin puree every other morning in their breakfast (a spoonful or two only). It’s high in fiber, good for their digestion, and they love it. I read it was good for cats too, and while Sam wouldn’t eat it when I tried it once on it’s own, I tried again just adding a little bit to her breakfast. Sam likes her wet food VERY wet, she wants much more gravy than what’s in the food she likes best. Therefore, every so often I wet her food with pumpkin and she eats it all!
By the way, I buy only organic pure pumpkin puree, the brand seen in our Amazon affiliate link below is what I use. It’s my preference to make my own pumpkin puree, and every fall I do so. I cook all our pumpkins, and then puree the flesh in our food processor. I then freeze it in containers. Unfortunately, our pumpkin crop was pretty small last fall, so we ran out a while ago. I buy the Farmer’s Market brand by the case from Amazon (I use it in the dog cookies I bake for the farm as well). It’s made in the USA, is pure certified organic pumpkin, non-GMO verified, and packed in a can with a BPA free liner.
Have your dogs or cats ever eaten anything that really surprised you, and was it good or bad for them? Tell us about it in the comments section below!