Originally Posted by iHeartU
Eww...I'll never look at a potato chip the same way again. And, about dogs eating cicadas, my dogs eat flies...I once had a dog who tried to eat bees. I have a cat who eats spiders. WTF is up with my animals eating bugs??? I feed them. They ALWAYS have food but they want to eat the bugs. Meh. Go figure.
You could as easily ask, "WTF is up with some humans not eating bugs?".
Animals eating bugs isn't the oddity. Humans (actually only some) deciding NOT to eat them is. Humans have eaten insects for millions of years, and people in many cultures still do (and not just because they can't find anything better to eat, but because they like the taste of them).
Maybe we wouldn't need so many pesticides, if the pests were seen as food, not as stuff to be killed in order to keep them from eating what we want to.
Learning to eat bugs would be hard I think, because of the social taboos. Even the ones that reportedly taste good, would be hard to eat, just because we're not used to it (I would like to taste the ants that supposedly taste like lemonade, and the tiny beetles that supposedly taste like tutti- fruity).
I always loved having a cat that liked eating spiders and other insects, because I'm a bit squeamish about killing bugs. I hate the feel of crunching them between tissue. Whenever I saw a spider, I'd sick my kitty on it (even if I had to lift her up over my head to do it).
Our current kitty isn't much help in that regard. Not only does she NOT eat bugs, she's afraid of them, so if she sees a bug she'll cry and yowl until my husband kills it (I'm not going to do it). If it's walking on the floor, she'll actually back up as she cries. I've never seen an animal afraid of bugs before.