Cat lovers are usually very particular about what they let their cats eat – and after the meaty and fishy chunks have disappeared they sometimes allow them a pussycat treat.
If your cat gobbles them up, you presume they are tasty. But not many of us have been tempted to try one ourselves.
But one owner from Michigan thought she’d have a nibble one day… and now she’s addicted and downs 900 kitty treats every day.
This bizarre behaviour was revealed on a TV programme, My Strange Addiction, Discovery Real Time.
The woman, Mary, 46 (who doesn’t reveal her surname), began gobbling down the treats after a difficult divorce. She was spending a lot of time at home with her three cats and after idly trying one of their treats one day, was soon hooked.
'They just burst with flavour in your mouth and I love them,' she said during an interview on the programme
'When I start thinking about a certain flavour of cat treat, my mouth will water,' she said.
In the programme, Mary showcases a variety of her favourite flavours from treats with a cheesy centre to beefy flavoured biscuits that she awards '10 out of 10 for crunch factor'.
Speaking on the show, Mary's brother Tommy said: 'It's gross. There are four basic food groups and cat food is not one of them.'
Unemployed Mary spends $200 (£125) on cat food for herself every month, which she admits is more than she spends on human food.
She is sure to always keep a stash of the goodies in her car, purse and by her bedside table for late-night munchies, and she says she will even gorge on cat food at the expense of what she calls 'people food.'
'There have been days when I eat treats all day long and no people food,' she says.
'The cabinet just calls my name: "Mary come eat" and I will go sit on the deck and snack.'
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