Created By: Forecharmer on April 11, 2011 Last Edited By: CaveCat on January 25, 2013
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Eating Pet Food

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Alice and Bob are at a party and bob starts to get a little hungry. So when he sees some food on a tray he helps himself to it. Cue Alice coming over and telling Bob he just ate the pet's food. Bonus Points if Bob just shrugs and keeps eating the food.

Similar to You're Drinking Breast Milk and sub trope to I Ate WHAT?!. This is the unintentional version of Dog Food Diet.

May be related to Feed by Example


Examples

Anime
  • Inverted in an early episode of Pokémon. Brock shows the gang the food he developed for Pokemon. The Cloudcuckoolander scientist who's joined them for the episode tries it (not accidentally, this is after Brock's shown it to the group) and says he likes it, but every other non-Pokemon character finds it disgusting.

Film
  • In the beginning of A Far Off Place Harry mistakes the cat food for pate. When he finds out what he ate, he is so embarrassed he takes another bite.
  • In UHF, Weird Al's friend accidentally eats dog biscuits during the filming of a kid's TV show.
  • Happens to Fiona's dad the King in Shrek II.
  • Happened in Superman III.

Live-Action TV:
  • On The Honeymooners, Alice takes care of a dog, and heats up some dog food on the stove. Ralph and Ed find it, taste it and like it.
  • Three's Company had Mr. Roper eat some dog food he mistook for a stew Jack had whipped up.
  • The Golden Girls has Dorothy eating some Chicken food that Rose had left behind.
  • In 3rd Rock from the Sun, when Dick quits his job at the University, the aliens are reduced to eating cat food. Sally tries to convince them that they are actually eating cat, but Mary makes Tommy gag by pointing out to Dick that "Your son is eating cat food!"
  • To Tell the Truth had one of these in the color version of the '70s...there were sample dishes for the panel, and the dog food part was only revealed later. The person who had to be identified was promoting dog food as a cheaper alternative to the high meat prices of the 70s.
  • Season 1, Episode 3 of Saturday Night Live had an early "fake commercial" for "Felina Cat Food", where a woman was asked to sample tuna noodle casserole, one made with regular canned tuna, and one made with cat food. She found the cat food version "CHUNKIER! And, uh.. CREAMIER!" ... until it was revealed what she ate.
  • Benson: Big Eater Pete sees a bowl of food on the kitchen table and eats it, not knowing that it is cat food for Katies new kitten.
  • The episode of The Worst Witch where the girls receive their cats features Miss Bat eating from a tin of cat food.
  • Red Dwarf episode Marooned features Lister and Rimmer stranded on a planet where their limited emergency supplies include tins of dog food.
  • Done on Will & Grace. Justified in that Will was so obsessed with his new dog that he was actually cooking food for it on the stovetop, when Grace came by and tasted it. Her response upon being told was a croaked-out "Needs salt".

Music
  • The last verse of Run-D.M.C.'s You Be Illin'
    For dinner, you ate it, there is none left
    It was salty, with butter, and it was def
    ...
    But Holmes, you did not read, it was a can of DOG FOOD!

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Western Animation:
  • A tragic example with Mrs. Avery in the nineties claymation sitcom/Eddie Murphy vehicle The PJs.
  • In SpongeBob SquarePants "Missing Identity", SpongeBob comments that he as been feeding his pet snail Gary for years and doesn't even know what it tastes like. He doesn't like it, but later has to keep on eating it when he retraces his steps to find his eponymous identity.

Community Feedback Replies: 21
  • April 11, 2011
    LordAaronus
    Happens to Fiona's dad the King in Shrek II.
  • April 11, 2011
    dalek955
    • Garfield occasionally offers Jon cracker boxes that turn out to be full of dog food.
  • April 11, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Not to be confused with Dog Food Diet.
  • April 11, 2011
    Bisected8
    Inverted in an early episode of Pokemon. Brock shows the gang the food he developed for Pokemon. The cloudcuckoolander scientist who's joined them for the episode tries it (not accidentally, this is after Brock's shown it to the group) and says he likes it, but every other non-pokemon character finds it disgusting.
  • April 11, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    Happened in Superman III.
  • April 12, 2011
    elwoz
    The last verse of Run DMC's You Be Illin'
    For dinner, you ate it, there is none left It was salty, with butter, and it was def ... But Holmes, you did not read, it was a can of DOG FOOD!
  • April 12, 2011
    elwoz
    ... do hard line breaks not work in YKTTW or something?
  • April 12, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Single hard line breaks don't work wiki-wide when they aren't a part of some special coding.

    Use quote arrows before each line.
    For dinner, you ate it, there is none left It was salty, with butter, and it was def
    ...
    But Holmes, you did not read, it was a can of DOG FOOD!
  • February 25, 2012
    tvtroper98
    Two Garfield examples I can recall of this trope are July 8, 1984, where Garfield switched the labels on cans of tuna and cat food, only for Jon to make a tuna casserole using the cat food, and November 9, 1986, where, as dalek955's example said, Garfield gave Jon a cracker box that turned out to be full of dog food.
  • February 25, 2012
    fulltimeD
    • Live Action TV: In Third Rock From The Sun, when Dick quits his job at the University, the aliens are reduced to eating cat food. Sally tries to convince them that they are actually eating cat, but Mary makes Tommy gag by pointing out to Dick that "Your son is eating cat food!"

    • Western Animation: A tragic example with Mrs. Avery in the nineties claymation sitcom/Eddie Murphy vehicle The P Js.
  • February 25, 2012
    Jordan
    Nevermind. Missed mention of that above.
  • February 25, 2012
    Arivne
    The OP Forecharmer hasn't posted here since it was created in April 2011, so this is Up For Grabs if anyone wants it.
  • February 25, 2012
    chicagomel
    To Tell The Truth had one of these in the color version of the '70s...there were sample dishes for the panel, and the dog food part was only revealed later. The person who had to be identified was promoting dog food as a cheaper alternative to the high meat prices of the 70s.
  • February 26, 2012
    nitrokitty
    Will need a non-dialog title or Fast Eddie will Kill It With Fire.
  • February 28, 2012
    SingingRain
    • In Sponge Bob Square Pants "Missing Identity", SpongeBob comments that he as been feeding his pet snail Gary for years and doesn't even know what it tastes like. He doesn't like it, but later has to keep on eating it when he retraces his steps to find his eponymous identity.
    May be related to Feed By Example (another YKTTW).
  • April 25, 2012
    katiek
    Season 1, Episode 3 of Saturday Night Live had an early "fake commercial" for "Felina Cat Food", where a woman was asked to sample tuna noodle casserole, one made with regular canned tuna, and one made with cat food. She found the cat food version "CHUNKIER! And, uh.. CREAMIER!" ... until it was revealed what she ate.
  • April 26, 2012
    Mauri
    As in the Dog Food Diet trope says it is edible and a good option for the poor budget individuals. If you notice the Bear Grills survival show you would see the pet food as a real step up to a lot of things he picks for a meal.
  • December 15, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Benson: Big Eater Pete sees a bowl of food on the kitchen table and eats it, not knowing that it is cat food for Katies new kitten.
  • December 15, 2012
    triassicranger
    Live Action Television
    • The episode of The Worst Witch where the girls receive their cats features Miss Bat eating from a tin of cat food.
    • Red Dwarf episode Marooned features Lister and Rimmer stranded on a planet where their limited emergency supplies include tins of dog food.
  • January 25, 2013
    Duncan
    • Done on Will And Grace. Justified in that Will was so obsessed with his new dog that he was actually cooking food for it on the stovetop, when Grace came by and tasted it. Her response upon being told was a croaked-out "Needs salt".
  • January 25, 2013
    Larkmarn
    Well this is presumably moot since it got launched with one hat, but... I think this needs a better title that differentiates it from Dog Food Diet, something to highlight that it's accidental.
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