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RAMosley wrote at 2007-04-22 03:36:40
I have 2 cats, both 6 months old, and both react to strawberries EXACTLY as described above.

Erica wrote at 2007-04-28 17:12:54
BOTH of my cats have recently had the same reaction to fresh strawberries. Even rubbing their faces into a hand towel that touched the strawberries. I had never heard of this before - but after doing some research on the web - it looks like the strawberry plant is from the same FAMILY as catnip - so not surprising. Someone else posted that they'd allowed their cat to EAT the strawberries & then the cat had diarrhea. so I'd avoid that if possible.

StraNgeCat wrote at 2007-06-15 06:19:31
Our cat does it too!  Much more than with catnip.

virgoboy wrote at 2007-10-02 11:55:23
Hey!  I have two cats and the one just goes NUTS over strawberries, too!  He will grab the hand that had been handling them and rub his face all over it and nibble it, too.  Amazing.  His brother is interested, too but not to the same extent.  They are both still quite young and need very little to get them riled-up.  What a funny thing!

D wrote at 2007-11-06 02:01:59
I am so glad I googled this. My two cats have been doing this for years as well. They react the same to catnip its so funny! Glad to hear they are not alone! They also react this way when I bring home a bag of celery.

Devin wrote at 2007-11-09 05:16:11
My cat also is into strawberries...and catnip seems to do nothing for her.

stina wrote at 2007-12-01 17:23:26
my cat does this too, with olives and carrots as well.

reptileszz wrote at 2008-02-03 00:40:38
YES, our 10 yr old male cat is cookoo for strawberries. He is actually pretty annoying about it. He gets them all furry if we happen to leave them on the counter for even 5 min. Its VERY ODD behavior. He has taken a strawberry and ran it all over the house. weird weird weird.  

Terri wrote at 2008-02-12 21:41:42
I have a tabby and she goes crazy around strawberries.  I was eating some this weekend when she jumped on my lap and started sniffing my hand and rubbing her head on my arm. Then she laid down and rolled around on my lap. Doesn't even notice the catnip at all.

Charlotte wrote at 2008-03-21 00:37:03
I just had an experience similar to this with my 1 year old cat. That was the reason I got online to do a bit of research on the subject.

My Bob went crazy over the strawberries I brought home tonight! He didn't want to eat them, but he was rubbing against them and rolling around on the floor. It totally reminded me of when he has catnip.

Guess there is at least one other cat out there who feels the same way about strawberries!

KittyLover wrote at 2008-03-25 19:16:11
Wow...I didn't realize there would be some much information on this.  I bought strawberries last night and couldn't figure out why my cat was going crazy.  I figured she just wanted some attention from me since we just got a new puppy.  Glad I looked this up.  Ps...she reacts the same way when my friend who is a smoker comes into our house.  So Funny!!

Kate wrote at 2008-04-26 12:16:10
My cat just did a similar thing!  I got some strawberries at the farmer's market, and she jumped up on my counter, hauled one off and started flipping out!  I'm glad she's not just a weirdo.

Diana wrote at 2008-06-08 00:35:23
My 4 year old cat is also crazy about strawberries.  It seems like a new behavior because I don't remember it from past years, but this spring I've been buying lots of strawberries, and she rubs on them, will carry one away and roll on it, but doesn't eat them.  Very strange cat behavior, but at least she's not the only one!

Lizzy wrote at 2008-07-18 04:16:05
my cat does the exact same thing. He absolutely loves strawberries. He likes to rub his face all over them.

KariMari wrote at 2008-07-22 06:00:40
I haven't tried strawberries, but she goes nuts over carrots!  I snack on carrots a few times a week.  If I am not watching her she will steal my snack bag and roll all around in them!  I can't find any reasonable explanation for why she does this?!?!

Jennifer wrote at 2008-08-16 03:40:02
I have Five cats, and they do the exact same thing.

I have no idea why, but I'm doing research now.

Harry wrote at 2008-11-01 15:43:20
We have two cats who both go crazy for fresh strawberries. They roll around in the plastic clam shell container as if it was catnip.

Caroline wrote at 2009-02-08 16:05:23
One of our cats also loves strawberries. If she sees a crate that contained strawberries, she'll get inside of it, rub her head on it and lick the box! I just don't know why she goes crazy over strawberries.

rascal's mom wrote at 2009-03-22 20:19:26
Shelly, YES, my cat does the exact same thing (she is actually rubbing her face in a strawberry top as I top)  We video taped her "making out" with the strawberry container!  I hope this reaches you after such a long time.

hannah wrote at 2009-04-04 15:36:40
my cat acts like strawberries are catnip as well. i googled it and found this answer. i'm happy my cat is not alone in being aroused by fresh strawberries!

ellen wrote at 2009-04-11 00:57:13
Hi. We also have noticed that our 11 year old "tuxedo" cat reacts to fresh strawbwrries as if they were catnip. Oddly he doesn't react very strongly to catnip!


Mark wrote at 2009-06-01 03:06:28
We have two cats one male on female. The mail cat goes completely ape over strawberry. He has never paid any attention to catnip. The female cat cares nothing for strawberry. The male cat also likes potato chips.

Christina wrote at 2010-03-05 18:15:09
I brought home some strawberries, and after eating one my cat would not leave me alone. She normally just ignores everyone so it was so crazy to have her following me everywhere and licking my hands, I've never even seen her take an interest in people food.  I tried to feed her one but all she did was lick it.  I had to wash my hands 4 or 5 times to get the strawberry smell off.

kiwibugs wrote at 2010-03-12 02:10:25
Today, I had a similar experience with my diabetic cat going after a box of strawberries, he rubbed on the box like crazy, scratched to open the box. When I gave him one strawberry, he kicked and chased it around like a cat toy. When I cut 3-4 small pieces and put it into his food bowl with his dry food. He ate it all!!!

I searched online to find out more about it and apparently my cat is not having some neurological problems due to his diabetes (dramatic change of taste). By the way he is also excited about celery, rub all over it and he often sits around the box where we store onions and garlic. He also munches on his catgrass. Once I have also caught him licking my green tea. Bottom line is that cats are not obligated carnivores...

Rany wrote at 2010-03-17 01:33:14
Hey Shelly. I googled and found your question. Incidently my cat also reActed really enthusiactically to a container of strawberries. Weird I thought. She, however is not a fan of catnip. She's a honeysuckle baby!


jeca wrote at 2010-04-10 18:41:41
I have a cat who LOVES strawberries! She reacts a lot like your tabby, only she will fight us for the strawberry tops when we're eating them. She will eat them whole!

I always thought there was something in the strawberries she was needing. (Iron?)

Kaye wrote at 2010-08-17 08:59:59
Hi, I realise that your post was some years ago, but I was just searching for info. after having discovered our cat reacts to strawberries in the very same way.  He absolutely loves the leaves and after rubbing his face all over them, he pulls them off and chews them.  It certainly does appear to have the effect of catnip (which he doesn't appear to react to).

crazy cat wrote at 2011-02-20 19:01:51
my cat goes nutso for just the greens. He doesn't eat them just rubs all over them.  I cut off the the tops of strawberries and give them to him.  It makes sense to me now after reading these posts, that it is related to cat nip.  He likes that too, but is crazy about the strawberries

Rita and Jerry wrote at 2011-03-24 21:55:36
Our cat did the exact same thing as yours with the strawberries.  I used Bing and entered "Cats and Strawberries" and bang it was spooky our cat's actions were exactly alike.  He rolled it around the floor like he was loaded.  Strange.  

Yesha's Pet wrote at 2011-06-01 16:40:48
Yes! I just noticed this in my cat. It's not the strawberries themselves, it's the leaves! So, you can eat your strawberries and let your kitty play with the leaves!

Ashley wrote at 2011-06-06 01:54:51
My boyfriend works in the produce dept at a grocery store and he would be so pissed when he would put his apron and hat somewhere and the cats would knock it down and then rub themselves all over it.  They'd seriously fight over who was going to get the apron or the hat.  We didn't know what it was, but I figured it had something to do with the dirt or the smell of produce.  Then last night I brought home a basket of strawberries and I left the bag with the strawberries on the floor while I put the rest of the groceries away and my cat went insane rubbing himself all over the bag and then into the bag and on the basket of strawberries!  I was like, "omg, it's the strawberry smell they're wanting from my boyfriend's apron"  So it was sooooo cool to find these posts with people with the same observations and that strawberries are from the same family as catnip.  That makes total sense as they react the same way over catnip.  I'm glad this mystery has been solved in our house haha!

allih wrote at 2012-12-04 03:45:35
My cat goes totally nuts over stawberries also. She rubs and rolls and mewls like she is in heat, and she is fixed. She will bite the box of stawberries, and try to scent them. I dont let her eat them. It's very amusing to watch.

Nan wrote at 2013-03-24 15:39:50
Hmmm, I'll have to buy some strawberries & see what my cats think about them.

One thing - strawberries & catnip are not in the same family. Strawberries are in the Rosaceae (rose) family while catnip is in the Lamiaceae (mint) family. So, while the two plants might perhaps have similar chemical signatures, they are not closely related. Just wanted to clarify that.

Patricia wrote at 2013-05-25 09:07:30
I had two cats for 17 - 18 years that would jump on the counter, something they rarely did, if a fresh packages of strawberries was on it. They would rub against grocery bags that had strawberries in them.  I gave them the tops of strawberries, the green part with a little of the fruit attached) and they rolled around in them as if it was catnip.  They would also chew them a little bit.  They reacted even more strongly to celery leaves.  After I spilled some poultry seasoning on the floor one day, I noticed that one of the two cats was especially interested in it, rolling around in it and licking it.  The two cats were sisters.

Arden wrote at 2013-05-26 15:14:10
My cat, Ernie, also reacts to strawberries as if they are cat nip. We have to make sure he's out of the house when we're working with strawberries. None of my other cats react to strawberries.  I checked with the owner of his brother, and Angus also goes nuts over strawberries. Might be some kind of genetic component.

Loki'sMom wrote at 2013-11-05 20:06:36
My cat does the same thing! He will try and steal strawberries off my plate when I'm not looking, and after I eat them he'll rub his face all over my hands. And then he'll run around the house afterwards the way he does when he has catnip. One time my boyfriend was eating those strawberry flavored hard candies that have a gooey center, and my cat took one of the wrappers out of the trash when we weren't looking and went under the coffee table and started licking it! (I took the wrapper back because I didn't know if the candy was safe for him to eat, and he gave me the "why, mommy, why?" look that cats get.)

Stacy wrote at 2014-02-25 06:21:30
My cat did and does this, it's the green leafy part on the top of the strawberry that's what their going after. My cat would rub and roll all over the box of strawberries until one day I gave him the leafy green part. He loves it!

moochn4u wrote at 2014-03-08 05:36:35
Since last yr. We buy strawberries and the min I sit down my 5 yr old cat runs around looking for the strawberries on the coffee table. One day I have her given a small piece and she went ballistic.  Almost acting like   she took an aphrodisiac.  It was funny to see her rolling around grinding her face into the carpet with the cat does funny things around food but this takes the cake

Shay wrote at 2014-03-21 16:20:50
     My two year old cat Austyn just went into my cup and drank my strawberry Mio!! It has sweetner, so I stopped him, not being sure about if it's ok for him, but funny to know all the strawberry loving cars! He's not a catnip lover. Doesn't notice it. I think I'll buy some fresh strawberries and try it out! Moo can't b good for cats,right?!

Jocvaughan wrote at 2014-06-03 02:09:42
Ya. My cats sleep with the strawberry tops when I trim them. I leave them on the counter just for this purpose. The cats can sometimes get aggressive with each other if they are exposed to the strawberries for too long. They never try to eat them, however. They just seem to inhale them.

hades wrote at 2015-04-10 20:53:21
Our cat hates strawberries and will attack upon scent of them.

Kk wrote at 2015-06-09 01:37:29
My cat attacked and scratched the bleep out of me when I picked her up after eating fresh strawberries. Very scary. I am covered in deep gouges and Neosporin

SpaghettiLady wrote at 2015-12-09 02:42:43
My cat totally goes NUTS over strawberry leaves but she is very particular about them. The leaves have to be on the strawberry and none of the strawberry can be torn or cut. She will also rub her head on the box and sometimes her gums start to bleed! I have tries other berries but she won't react at all! I'll switch the strawberry box with one with raspberries in it and she just ignores them and walks right up to the strawberries again. I feel BA for her in the winter cuz we don't buy strawberries cuz they don't look too good. But when we finally buy them, she will FREAK OUT!!!😍 try this with ur cat they will go crazy and it's SO ADORABLE!😄


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