Thursday, July 25, 2013

Overheard in the Kitchen...

My cat likes olive oil.

See, sometimes while Bobbi was cooking breakfast, she used to give the cat a bit of bacon grease. Pretty soon, Rannie decided that any stove-centric activity must produce yummy grease, not grasping the cruel fact that there was no such thing as oatmeal grease or soup grease.

So one morning when Bobbi was cooking oatmeal, she put a little olive oil in a saucer for the cat. Apparently ever since that fateful morning my cat couldn't care less about bacon grease; she wants her olive oil in the morning and will paw at Bobbi's leg or even nip her on the calf while she's cooking breakfast until she gets her olive oil.

Now I discover that it can't be just any ol' kind of olive oil, either...

INT. ROSEHOLME COTTAGE KITCHEN - EVENING

RX: "This isn't extra virgin olive oil."

Me: "Wait, what? It's Bertoli!"

RX: "But it's not extra virgin."

Me: "I thought my cat liked..."

RX: "She likes the extra virgin."

Me: "I'll... We can..."

RX: "I prefer the extra virgin, too."

Me: "So you're saying that the regular Bertoli isn't good enough to give to the cat?"

RX: "Oh, I guess she'll eat it. Reluctantly. But she'll dig in to the extra virgin. What can I say? Your cat's an olive oil snob."
Please to be giving me olive oil? And not the cheap stuff you feed the peasants, either, monkey.

31 comments:

Anonymous said...

Kitteh has good taste ... & unclogged arteries!

Ulises from CA

Joel said...

Wow. I thought I overindulged my animals. Thanks, Tam! I feel much better about myself now.

Scott J said...

Well, I reckon that reduces the occurrences of hairball hurking.

Fuzzy Curmudgeon said...

I LOL'ed. Then showed it to my wife. More in a moment.

Mike_C said...

It's weird only if Bobbi's also slipping Rannie a little kitty aspirin and a tablet of Lipitor to go with all that monounsaturated goodness.

Fuzzy Curmudgeon said...

Wife sez, "That's funny."

BGMiller said...

If you're constantly having to add oil to your cat perhaps a trip to the vet is in order. Pretty sure a properly functioning cat with good seals shouldn't be burning oil.


BGM

Peter said...

Well, if the early bird catches the worm, does the oily cat catch the bird?

;-)

Anonymous said...

That face means business. Humans should not make that mistake again.

Bob said...

Olive Oil is one of those things that often isn't as advertised on the bottle, just as much of what passes for "beef" in the UK had a tendency to whinny when in the pre-slaughter state. And don't even get me started on all the frauds possible with the white flesh called "fish."

J.R.Shirley said...

Just...wow. And I thought M filling Stella's hoof or bone with peanut butter meant the dog was spoiled, but...wow.

Jeremy Brock said...

I've had cats that were freaks for olive oil; you'd have thought the stuff was liquid catnip. Never had one that was a connoiseur, though.

Kevin said...

We started adding chopped garlic to the dogs' food to help repel fleas ticks and vampires. Now they will ignore their bowl of kibble unless there is at least a tablespoon of garlic mixed in. It works great for fleas and ticks, but when mixed with coprophagia it is also a potent human repellant

perlhaqr said...

BGM: I laughed. Thanks. :)

Bob: Yeah, it's not just the white stuff, either. About all you can really count on is that it was actually piscine.

Kevin: Wow. That's... horrible.

Anonymous said...

And to think I thought Athena was spoiled for only begging for cooked meat (smoked turkey, ham, canned chili, tuna). I was wrong.

LittleRed1

Robert said...

One of our cats has a built-in radar that is tuned to the frequency of shrimp. If there is a shrimp out of the refrigerator, she will sense it and be there in seconds, even from a deep sleep.

Once, I had some leftovers from the chinese takeout. One piece of it was an ebi sushi. I left the table for a moment to attend to something our son was doing, and when I returned there was a ball of sushi rice and two little tiny pieces of shimp tail on the plate....

Will from Bama said...

My wife and I had a cat that LOVED cantaloupe. Every time a cantaloupe was sliced open and the aroma began to permeate the room, he would be asking for his own slice. And he always got it, too.

But I never thought about olive oil being a feline delicacy.

global village idiot said...

I can't seem to tell the difference between virgin olive oil and dockside-tart olive oil. This is probably just as well, because I buy my olive oil in 3-litre jerry cans.

In Skokie, a suburb of Chicago, there is a grocery store catering to the kajillion ethnicities in the Metro area. It has olive oil in jerry cans cheaper than I can get store-brand vegetable oil here in My Fair City. So what if it's labeled in Hellenic or Arabic?

Every opportunity we get to work in that area my colleague and I drive there to stock up not only on this but also on cheeses which are cheaper per ounce than here in Indiana, as well as the latest number of the free Russian-language gazetas they have by the entrance.

It and Uncle Fun on Belmont are the only things worth going to Illinois for.

gvi

WV: Naminam. Your bot-checker KNOWS...

Will said...

gvi:

How quickly do you go through a can of that oil?

I read a magazine article on olive oil a while back, and it pointed out that it goes bad fairly quickly. Oxidation, IIRC. Small bottles should be use within a couple weeks, once opened. Can't recall the shelf life.

I'm wondering if the larger container would degrade slower.

One thing that was pointed out is you should be looking at the bottled date, not the expiration date, since that doesn't have as much bearing on quality.

Sigivald said...

Cats love fats.

I had one as a kid that would eat olives off of pizza, for exactly that reason.

Delicious fatty deliciousness.

Gewehr98 said...

I don't even want to know where the oil filter is on that cat for the 5K mile oil change...

DaddyBear said...

When your cat sips the oil
Created by Italian toil,
That's amore!

Stretch said...

Thor, our store cat, LOVED liverwurst. But only the expensive, hand-cut deli brand. Try to pass off prepackaged stuff from the cooler?
Sniff and a tail in your face.

Ed said...

I had a girlfriend who added a fresh egg and cod liver oil to the top of her German Shepherd's canned dog food to increase the nutritional value and promote a healthy coat. Good looking dog.

Hafnhaf said...

I can picture that cat making a dash for the litter box. And not quite making it...

Unknown said...

I had a cat that loved french fries. If I came home with them, he would literally climb me to get to them. It got to be that if I was coming home with fries I had to get the cat his own small fries.

He loved pizza crust too.

Kris Kuntz said...

We had a cat that went nuts for olives. One time my husband was eating olives standing up and I watched the cat literally try to climb up his leg to get to the olives. We decided it would be much better for our own health if we offered him at least one any time they were being eaten.

Larry said...

not spoiled...just very used to getting their own way...

Les Jones said...

What Bob said. I mostly use olive oil for pan frying, so I buy the 1 gallon can for $19.99 at Kroger's. It's labeled extra-virgin olive oil. Me and Kroger's have a mutual understanding where we both pretend that's true.

Anonymous said...

My cat requires the extra light olive oil. Regular olive oil mixed into the food (for his coat, and hairball lessening) means the food is not eaten. Extra light is accepted.

global vllage idiot said...

Will, about as fast as anyone who isn't deep-frying all the time. I can go through 3 liters in a few months. I'm no foodie - never had it go bad. Store it in a cool dry place in the jerry can and it ought to last a year or so.