Meet the UK’s only vegetarian cat – a rescued tom who turns his whiskers up at everything but organic fruit and vegetables.
Fussy feline Dante balks at any traditional cat food and his current favourites include melon, bananas, broccoli, rhubarb, asparagus, aubergine and Brussels sprouts.
Dante, two, was found close to starvation as a kitten by owner Becky Page.
Becky, 21, who grows her own fruit and veg at home in Tasburgh, nearNorwich, said: “I tried feeding him meat, fish, everything else cats like, but he turned his nose up.
“Just when I thought nothing would work, he wolfed down a plate of veg I was going to throw out. I have to smuggle bits of meat in among the veggies so he gets all the nutrients he needs. But sometimes he spots the meat and leaves it. He has a unique appetite – but he’s certainly healthy.”
Experts are baffled. Maggie Roberts, director of veterinary services at Cats Protection, said: “This is extremely rare. Cats are obligate carnivores and cannot be vegetarian.”
Well, tell that to Dante and see if it gives him paws for thought