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Why do cats like fish; when cats in general hate water?...….contd
There are numerous answers to this question on the internet as there for ‘Why do fish like worms; when worms are land animals'?. Are there any other apparently incompatible combinations of food and ‘consumer’( excluding human beings) that come to mind; especially the more unusual ones and ones that don’t appear to have a rational basis.
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agentju90 answers:

why do reindeer go crazy over human urine? it's a fact! sorry, there is a mild expletive in the text below, but it is fully in context and includes the etimology og the said word. if it needs moding then please mod it, no offence was intended. the site on the link also contains some expletives, but is a very interesting site. i'll never think of rudolf in the same light again.

Reindeer games

The active ingredients of the amanita mushrooms are not metabolized by the body, and so they remain active in the urine. In fact, it is safer to drink the urine of one who has consumed the mushrooms than to eat the mushrooms directly, as many of the toxic compounds are processed and eliminated on the first pass through the body.

It was common practice among ancient people to recycle the potent effects of the mushroom by drinking each other's urine. The amanita's ingredients can remain potent even after six passes through the human body. Some scholars argue that this is the origin of the phrase "to get pissed," as this urine-drinking activity preceded alcohol by thousands of years.

Reindeer were the sacred animals of these semi-nomadic people, as the reindeer provided food, shelter, clothing and other necessities. Reindeer are also fond of eating the amanita mushrooms; they will seek them out, then prance about while under their influence. Often the urine of tripped-out reindeer would be consumed for its psychedelic effects.

This effect goes the other way too, as reindeer also enjoy the urine of a human, especially one who has consumed the mushrooms. In fact, reindeer will seek out human urine to drink, and some tribesmen carry sealskin containers of their own collected urine, which they use to attract stray reindeer back into the herd.

The effects of the amanita mushroom usually include sensations of size distortion and flying. The feeling of flying could account for the legends of flying reindeer, and legends of shamanic journeys included stories of winged reindeer, transporting their riders up to the highest branches of the World Tree.


Supplement from 10/31/2008 11:02pm:

some butterflies like human sweat. hedgehogs love creosote, they us it as an insecticide. horses and other domestic herd animals like grain. somethig they wouldn't usualy eat in the wild. chickens will eat their own eggs ( and eachother if one dies).

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funrunna answers:

Even we like what we can't normally have!

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Funnydwarf answers:

I'm afraid I can't answer your question as our cat does not eat fish, however, our neighbours have a small pond and our cat often comes home soaking wet - we assume because she has been chasing frogs!! They probably wouldn't eat other meat if we didn't feed it to them since a cat is too small to catch and eat a cow and our cat loves beef.

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