For those who have any concerns about her welfare I would like to make it very clear that, all joking aside, Greedy Cat is a well looked after and well loved pet.
I rescued her in 2006 and you can read more about that in her blog article on The Amber Cat. She shares her house with me, 2 other cats and a small, elderly, blind dog and she is very much the leader of the gang.
She suffers with a mystery skin condition which makes her rip her face apart. This can happen in a matter of seconds and her protective collar has to go back on straight away. This picture was taken in 2012 when she’d had a sudden relapse.
The ‘cure’ means she is on steroid tablets permanently. Because the steroids make her hungry she managed to put on a lot of weight. So unfortunately she has been on a diet for several years and this makes her extra hungry.
She is fed high quality cat biscuits that are hypo-allergenic, wheat, dairy & beef free. Cats get wise to tablets so hers are dispensed in a small blob of paté that glues them together, so she can swallow the whole lot in one go.
I first became aware of her strange tastes in food when I had a poorly hen. To encourage the hen to eat she had been brought inside and offered all kinds of goodies; sunflowers seeds, cherries, sweetcorn, lettuce etc. Greedy Cat had jumped up onto a chair to see what was going on. She saw food and, wanting to get involved, started to climb onto the table itself. I said to her “It’s only lettuce, you won’t want any” whilst putting a piece near her to sniff and discount. Instead she ate it.
So I grabbed the camera….
Other weird taste discoveries have largely been made when something is accidentally dropped on the floor. Only recently have I been trying her with things just to see if she will or won’t eat them. She is only given a very small portion of the food. She will never be given anything that might harm her, such as chocolate.
As she takes steroids daily she has to have 6 monthly vet check-ups. She is very healthy otherwise. At her last visit in 2014 the subject of her age came up and how we don’t know what it actually is. The vet had a good look at her teeth and said she would be about 15 now.
She is a wonderful, loving, friendly cat and I’ve been very lucky to have her in my life 🙂