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Why Cat's Don't Like Sweets

Researchers think cats genetically unable to appreciate sweetness

 

MetPet.com Staff Writer

MetPet.com: Walking Jacket for Cats, Cat Toys and Free Gift With OrderUnlike humans and dogs, cats do not appear to favor the taste of sugar either as cakes and cookies or in sugar-laden drinks.  Those who live with cats have known this for quite some time but now it seems the gene which operates the receptor for the taste of sweetness is filled with 'errors.'

Mammals use taste buds on their tongues to taste sweetness.  Sweet substances bind to two proteins on the cell surface.  A study of cat DNA showed that the gene to make one of those proteins is defective probably rendering the sense of 'sweetness' immaterial. 

Researchers laid out plain water and sugar water for domestic cats and found that they had no preference for either.  Interestingly, cats did not prefer the plain water in which case it is likely that cats simply do not register, or are indifferent, to sweetness.  It is not so much that cats dislike sweets but that they cannot taste sweetness.

As with so many things in the world of cats, the larger cousins to domestic felines also showed the same lack of interest.  Wild cats,  lions and tigers and their kin also displayed disinterest in sweets.

Cats are quite the carnivorous animal and it is reasonable to speculate that carnivores do not need to taste sweetness in order to appreciate meat.  Interestingly though cats do enjoy chewing on grass so they do have some interest in carbohydrates but they may simply prefer the bitterness in some grasses rather than the sweetness of others.

Cats are the original low-carb dieters.  Atkins should have studied the domestic feline!

How is your cat's sweet tooth?  Try placing a plain sugar cookie (nothing with chocolate which can cause problems) next to some plain cooked chicken on a plate and see which one your cat goes for.  You can try different sweets and different meats and also rearrange which is on the left and which is on the right in order to keep the experiment fair.

If you wish to experiment, here are some tips: 

Our cats have always preferred a plain cooked chicken (either browned lightly in a pan or grilled) over rare beef (sear all sides before cutting into small chunks) which they have preferred over freshly cooked fish and that includes everything from salmon to shrimp to crab.  They do love canned tuna in spring water over nearly everything but it isn't good for them in large quantities so they get it sparingly. 

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