One of the classic motifs in cartoon shorts is the character who is spellbound by food. The smell of bacon cooking wafts past the nostrils of the sleeping character, causing him to levitate out of bed and sleepwalk after the source of the smell.
That's how it is with Billy and cheese. I was making chicken parmesan for dinner the other night. No sign of him while I sliced the chicken, diced the onions for the sauce, cooked the tomatoes .... but as soon as I got out the mozzarella and the parmesan, Billy materialized right next to my feet. "Hi Mom! Got any for me?" And yes, I do usually drop a few crumbs into his bowl.
I tell him he's very spoiled. Fresh mozzarella? Fresh grated parmesan? Some cats live with humans who stock Velveeta and Cheez Whiz. He meows and asks for more cheese.