Cats can be picky when it comes to food. Did you decide to change the brand of cat food because there was a promotion at the store? Think again, there’s a big chance your cat will say no. Are cats just being cats or is there more to this than meets the eye? Here are five facts about your cat’s sense of taste:
- Cats vs. humans
Compared to humans, cats are faster and have superior sense of smell. But when it comes to tasting, humans actually take the upper hand. Let’s take a closer look at their taste buds. Humans have roughly 9,000 taste buds, while a cat only has 473 taste buds. Besides that, they are only located on the tip of their tongue. Apparently, 473 taste buds are still enough to be picky!
- Cats don’t have a sweet tooth….
This might come as a surprise, but cats lack the ability to taste sweetness. You might hear some people claim their cat is a big fan of ice cream, candy or other sweats, but it has nothing to do with having a little sugar addict walking around at home. They are probably drawn to the fat content of the food, something cats can easily detect. Cats are natural carnivores and driven to consume meat. Biologically speaking, there is no reason for them to have a sweet tooth.
- … but they are sensitive to bitter tasting things!
Unlike sweetness, cats are highly sensitive to bitter tasting things. You might see the flehmen response (remember our last blog?) when they smell or taste bitter things. One of the explanations is that their bitter taste protects them against eating poisonous plants.
- When it comes to food, size matters!
As a cat owner, you have probably already noticed that the size or consistency of the food plays a big role when you serve it to your purry friend. They prefer large pieces over little crumbs almost any day. Soft food usually also comes out as a winner compared to hard food. This is why wet food is popular among most cats. Try to vary the shapes from day to day or week to week, your cat will show more interest in its food!
- Hot N Cold
As you might expect, next to taste and size, the temperature also plays a big role. The preferred temperature for cat food is roughly 86 degrees Fahrenheit or 35 degrees Centigrade, which is the same temperature as the cat's tongue and increases the smell of the food. Other theories describe this is also linked to the temperature of a freshly-killed prey.
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Think about these interesting facts next time you serve dinner to your cat!
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