When No One Is Looking…

Black cat on fence

A few days ago I was eating some chicken wings at home. Before I could say “I love this hot Nando’s sauce”, one of my cats (the one in the picture above – you can see the sneaky look on her face), leaped up from nowhere, seized one of the wings in her mouth and attempted to run off with it. I managed to grab her and extract the wing from her mouth, phew.

I then looked down at my plate of wings, realised that I had put the wing back on the pile, and had no idea which was the one that had been in the cat’s mouth. So what did I do? Well nobody was around to see, so I just shrugged and carried on eating. Had anyone else been around, I may well have made a big dramatic gesture of throwing them all away in disgust, saying “Ugh! Well I can’t eat ANY of them now!”

Truth is I’ve been sharing food with cats ever since that first grubby little fistful of cat food I shoved into my mouth from the cat bowl as a toddler. I’ve never worried too much about that sort of thing. It builds immunity right? Right?! Remember I spent a year living self-sufficiently up a mountain as a child, with no plumbing or electricity, drinking raw milk straight out of goats, and eating goodness-knows-what straight out of the ground. I figure I have a pretty strong stomach. I feel the need to clarify here though, I’m actually very meticulous with food hygiene in my kitchen, so you don’t need to worry if you ever come to eat at my house. I guess I’m careful for other people, but if it’s just something for me (and nobody’s watching), I’m a lot more relaxed.

Are you horrified by my chicken wing story? Or are you thinking – yeah, I’d probably do the same too if nobody was looking…or maybe even if people were looking? What things have you done alone lately that you might not have done if someone was looking?

 

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102 responses to “When No One Is Looking…

  1. I’d have looked for telltale traces of hair, saliva and teeth marks. Failing to find any evidence of which wing had been in the cat’s mouth I would convince myself that I’d imagined the entire incident and gone back to devouring the wings. I’d also consider the “fact” that the hot sauce would kill any dangerous cat germs. Ah, the power of a Jesuit education. I can rationalize almost anything.

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  2. Those darn cats are fast! Considering it’s one of your cats, you’ve been exposed to those germs already…but I might check for the one with punctures or bite marks. HA HA

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  3. I would have let her keep it, and guarded my own more closely.

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  4. The medical world could use you as a person to develop antibodies from. You ought to have immunity against all sorts of organisms by now! And maybe even a few nobody’s discovered yet. 😉

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  5. As many cats as we’ve had over the years, it wouldn’t have bothered us.

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  6. By no means… I have the same relationship with my dogs! LOL!!!! That which doesn’t kill us…. blah blah blah!! 😀

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  7. TermiteWriter

    I’m not horrified. Didn’t you have a story similar to this regarding Cadbury Easter eggs or some other kind of candy? I’ve sort of forgotten.
    The aide who sometimes takes me to the grocery store (she’s a bit eccentric) was chastising me the other day for eating produce that other people may have handled (I often take grapes out of one bag with my bare hands and put them in another because I don’t want such a big amount). I said, “Well, I always wash the fruit.” “Oh, but you can’t get all of the germs off!” “Oh, phooey!” I said. “I’ve been eating fruit that other people have probably handled for my whole life and I’ve never gotten sick yet.” After all, if humans hadn’t developed powerful immune systems, we’d have never survived as a species.

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    • Well remembered – you’ll be thinking there of the post I did about sharing a box of chocolates with a mouse!

      Yes, I think people can become too clinical about things, and joking aside, you do actually need to be exposed to a certain amount of germs in order to build up immunity don’t you. A lot of fruit picking is still done by hand anyway, so whether or not it is touched by customers in the grocery store is kind of irrelevant.

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  8. When I was a small child I had about six little kittens in my lap while I was trying to eat a bowl of cereal. I was in the living room (where I wasn’t supposed to be) and spilled the milk. Not having on a shirt, the kitties pounced my chest and began lapping up the milk with their little sandpaper tongues. My grandmother heard me laughing and came running. I got in major trouble for eating in the living room, but worse, I got a full blown lecture on bestiality and how I could be damned to hell. Not something my little brain was quite ready to register…but I never forgot it.

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  9. That’s funny. I love how you showed that cat who was boss. I might have been like you–had it been a dog instead of a cat. I’m allergic to cats, so anything they touched, I’d steer clear of.

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  10. I’ve had cats and dogs most of my life. Nothing much bothers me anymore. LOL I’m surprised the cat wanted the chicken with the sauce. Mine are too finicky to steal food. ha! I’ve shared stuff with my dog…when no one was looking. 😉

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  11. I might have given it the once over for obvious signs and then like you probably continued. Although I’m not much on chicken wings so perhaps the dilemma wouldn’t happen to me. 🙂

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  12. Reblogged this on and commented:
    Well, they say a cat’s mouth is cleaner than a human’s right? Or is that a dog’s mouth… Lol

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  13. Don’t let on to my daughter but, I’m not squeamish when it comes to my two cats. One could care less, but the male cat seems to approve of my cooking, wait till I’m not looking and has buried his face a time or two in a cooling casserole dish. Far as I know, I’ve always managed to prevent him from stealing my supper and squirt him with the water bottle. 😀 😀

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  14. Why do I love the image of you sitting and enjoying chicken wings so much? It’s so human. You did the absolute right thing. What?! Toss out a plate of wings?! Now, THAT’S crazy.

    I was having breakfast in a Manhattan diner once LONG AGO and I found a charred bug in my potatoes. It wasn’t a roach. I think it was some kind of beetle. I cut off the portion where the bug was, pushed it aside and finished my meal.

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  15. Kudos on your brave confession. Do you also let dogs lick your face? How about after you see what they eat in the street?

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  16. When I come to London to meet you, we are definitely eating out. 😉 I think I probably would have looked closely at the wings and tried to determine which one had been in the cat’s mouth based on which one seemed to be missing sauce. Then I’d make an educated guess, toss that one, and keep on going, knowing, but not worrying, that I may not have chosen correctly. As to what I do when no one is looking, I think I’d rather not leave an on-line record of that.
    Was the cat okay after getting a taste of that hot sauce?!

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  17. Way back in the 1970s my future in-laws were invited to lunch to meet my parents (a month before the wedding). My nervous mother decided to push the boat out and make Beef Wellington (remember that?) and she made a fine job of it. It was sitting on the side in the kitchen whilst we all ate the ‘starters’ (probably prawn cocktails) and the neighbours cat got in and had the BW down on the floor – Mum went in and had a coniption, my sister was summoned, she picked it up, brushed it off, cut off the gnawed bit, put it back on the dish surrounded with lots of watercress and served it with aplomb. I had no idea nor did the in-laws. In fact my Ma-in-Law raved about it for years, and about what a good cook Mum was!
    Cats are so smart, and so opportunistic. Don’t meddle in their affairs or they’ll pee on your keyboard!

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    • Perfectly legitimate to rescue that beef wellington and serve it. In fact it would practically be a crime not to. And at least she cut off the gnawed bit. I think beef wellington is making a comeback, I’ve seen it on a couple of cookery shows lately, and have been thinking I might like to have a go at making it as I never have. And the cats can help!

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  18. I ate bites of lamb stew out of the pot, but would loudly chastise any family member for doing so. Hmm, maybe that’s not weird, just hypocritical.

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  19. You’re right, Vanessa – sharing food with our furry friends builds up our immune systems! 😀 I, too, have eaten cat and dog food before (I used to love munching on dog biscuits when I was a kid!), mostly just to see what they find so great about it, and – with some exceptions, of course – I don’t see an issue with a stray lick or two from them onto my own food. Some of your readers may find this disgusting, but I once pulled a George Costanza when I was a uni student cleaning offices as a summer job. Someone had thrown into their waste paper bin a still-wrapped vending machine donut. I was a twenty-year-old who thought they’d live forever, and hungry, so I thought, What the heck, and picked that donut out of the trash and ate it. Good for you for not being squeamish! (But bad on that kitty for stealing your food! Stealing is never nice!) 😀

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    • It was still wrapped, you were good! But didn’t you wonder why it had been thrown away? That’s what would worry me. Like did they know something you didn’t? When I had my first job at 16, I worked as a receptionist, and one of the other receptionists bought this really nice lunch from the restaurant there, and brought it back to the desk to eat. I had gone off somewhere, and when I came back she had barely touched it. I offered to return her plate to the restaurant as I wanted to get a drink. While carrying her barely touched plate up, I was really hungry and couldn’t resist tucking into some of it on the way. Later when I got back to the desk she said “Well I won’t be buying lunch from there for a while, there was a big black hair in it, completely put me off.” Aggghhhh!!!!

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  20. WIth cats, I’m usually more concerned about where their paws have been (e.g. the litterbox), although if I think about it, their tongues can be found licking a few unsavory spots, too. But I tend to worry more about dogs, especially the ones that eat feces. When I was a child, I used to let the family dog lick a popsicle that I was eating, until I saw it eating cow pies. That put me off a bit. And one of my relatives got blood poisoning after her overly eager retriever was swimming with her and thought her arm was a stick that needed retrieving. The tooth puncture wounds quickly became infected and sent her to the hospital for IV antibiotics. Sooooo, wrt your experience, I may have been tempted to wash all of the wings if I couldn’t figure out which one it was and reapply the hot sauce.

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    • Yes, absolutely. I’m pretty sure there’s a risk there when sharing a cat or dog’s mouth germs, but I guess I always think (not logically I know) – well I’ve done this sort of thing all my life and always been fine! Cats are the same as dogs in that it’s not just their germs, it’s what else they may have come into contact with, my cats go outside, so who knows!

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  21. I am not horrified by your chicken wing story. I am, however, horrified that you have a cat. I thought you were better than that, Vanessa.

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  22. Oh, I would have eaten it (maybe first ineffectually brushing it off with a paper towel). When I was a child, I’m told I repeatedly shared my lollipop with our cocker spaniel. I’d take a lick, then Freddie would lick, both of us very happy. My mom was horrified, but the pediatrician said the dog’s germs were cleaner than mine. Either way, I’ve shared lollipops with all my best pets since then (well, not really, but that last sentence sounded good).

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  23. I don’t mind you taking food from your cat’s mouth. What I want to know is: does she like hot sauce?

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  24. Hey Vanessa! Just saying hi. Did you ever get my letter?

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  25. I’d probably do the same thing. 😉

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  26. At least you’ve never shared chocolates with a mouse right? Me neither, I didn’t eat a perfectly good chocolate bar that had a corner nibbled out of it tonight….

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  27. I had to laugh at this, Vanessa, but you make some really important points here. When I was really young my mother told me I’d eat anything (dirt included) and when my kids were young they always played outside on the farm and ate dirt and stuff. Now we have people who keep their kids indoors and wipe everything with anti-bacterial wipes. It’s a recipe for a national health disaster. And as Carrie said above – you would have a lot of immunity to all kinds of bugs.

    I once had one of the dogs steal a pie out from under my nose – but I wasn’t quick enough to grab it back 😀

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  28. I wonder if cats ever think, ‘That chicken wing looks good, but it’s been in a human’s mouth. Hmmm…should I?’

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  29. In the USA do you have the ‘5 Seconds Rule’? this is when you or a child or anyone drops a piece of food on the floor – as long as it is picked up within 5 seconds is deemed to be ok to eat it! I don’t think there is any scientific basis for this rule, but it is widely accepted….and so far my kids have lived to their mid-thirties and we applied it all the time!

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  30. It would depend on how hungry I was…. meow…

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  31. I’d just eat it, cats mouths are probably cleaner than ours. Did you know that dogs have very anti-septic saliva? Skin your knee and let your dog lick it, heals fast – I used to do that as a child, worked.

    Now if that chicken piece had fallen into a pile of dust …..

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    • I’m rather late replying to some of the comments on this post, but I do like to reply to every comment eventually! You know it’s apparently a bit of a myth about how clean and antiseptic a dog’s mouth is – if you Google it, you’ll see lots about it. And I’m thinking that might be the same for cats, my cats eat birds and mice and shove their noses into yucky things…and yet clearly I didn’t let that put me off eating the chicken wing, so I’m not sure what point I’m trying to make here now! 🙂

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  32. I’m right with you on that one!

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  33. Ha! I love the image of you wrestling the chicken wing out of its mouth. In your scenario, I’d totally eat them!

    So, I’m curious about the hot sauce too. As I once had a kitten that was not fully weaned and it would try to nurse on any part of my body while I was sleeping. Someone suggested hot sauce would make him stop. So I slathered my arms and neck with Tobasco sauce one night and when the kitten came to suckle on my arm it let out a yelp and hid in the corner of the room that night. It never did suckle again but did seek it’s revenge by dumping all my houseplants over and spreading the dirt all around.

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    • Hi Mrs. P, I’m finally replying to comments here! I’m laughing at the thought of you slathering Tabasco sauce on yourself before going to bed – many people slather moisturising cream on before bed, but for Mrs. P it’s hot sauce instead! 🙂 Poor kitty!

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      • Well…it worked! I totally understand the delay in reply. Summertime is so busy it’s hard to get onto the blog site long enough to read or even post blogs. I hope that your delay was for good fun and business rather than troubles. 😀

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  34. Awwwww, love your little sassy kitty. CUTE.
    Of course, I would’ve eaten it. I’d NEVER waste a chicken wing. Never! x

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    • I know, no matter what right? I had a bit of a similar thing happen yesterday with a duck breast and a little kitty’s tongue, but this was pre-cooking, so cooking would have killed any germs…pretty sure of that 🙂 x

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