A few weeks ago, Jessie and I were waiting in line at the grocery store. In front of us was an old lady buying about 20 cans of cat food and one other thing (which I can’t remember what).
“Is she going to eat that?” I said to Jessie. I think I got a funny look in return.
I started thinking… was she going to eat all that cat food, or was it for her cat? Does she even own a cat? I remember hearing about old people eating cat food, but I always figured it was just an urban legend. I decided to dig around the internet and find out.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find much about cat-food-eating old ladies. But, I did find two message board threads that had some interesting comments. The first thread I came across had a great point:
I think we proved the point that little old ladies don’t eat cat food because we didn’t see lots of little old ladies die during the recent pet food poisioning calamity…if the hospitals were full of poisioned little old ladies then may be you have something…but this didn’t happen.
It’s true. We didn’t see an epidemic of cat-food-eating little old ladies in the ER during the tainted pet food scare of 2007. If old ladies did eat cat food, I’m sure we would have seen a few show up at the hospital.
After a little more digging, I came across another thread titled, “Humans eating pet food.” The first post stated, “The recent pet food recall reminded me of a medical report released many years ago that indicated pet food, specifically Alpo, is consumed at a higher rate in the U.S. by humans than by dogs.”
So maybe old ladies were eating dog food instead of cat food? I doubt it. The most surprising revelation was that many people admitted they had, in fact, tried pet food. Many had eaten dog biscuits, a future vet tried dog food, and another ate a catfood sandwich (unbeknownst to them). They said it wasn’t that bad.
Curiosity got the best of one Australian poster:
I’ve nibbled dry cat food out of curiosity – I was expecting something meaty and salty like a stock cube, but it was this vaguely salty, wheaty thing. Not much flavour at all.
So, if you’ve ever wondered what dry cat food tastes like, there you go. It looks like the urban legend is just that, a legend. I’ve come to the conclusion that old ladies probably don’t eat cat (or dog) food. The most convincing fact was that we didn’t see any show up at the hospital feeling sick with a can of Fancy Feast in their hand during the pet food scare.
On the other hand, it seems like a select group of people (many that you and I might even know) have tried pet food at one time. They probably even liked it.
If you’re an old lady reading this and really do eat cat food, please let me know. Or, if you’re not an old lady but you’ve tried pet food in the past, I want to know about that, too. I’ll think it’s gross, but I’ll want to know what it tasted like. I’m curious.