Quick Tips: Taste and Palatability

What causes a cat to choose one food over another? Researchers look at several factors.

Posted: Thu Jan 30 00:00:00 PST 2003

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Taste and palatability are not the same thing. Palatability is crucial to a cat's decision to eat something. Cats are sensitive to the taste, texture and physical shape of their food, and these factors determine palatability. Experiments show that cats surprisingly prefer a new or novel shape or flavor of food. Food ingredients that have been determined to affect palatability for cats are moisture, animal fats, protein hydrolysates, meat extracts, certain proteins and acidity. Pet food manufacturers use this information to maximize palatability when formulating diets for cats.
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Janet    Bethlehem, PA

6/26/2013 9:01:10 AM

and why do they suddenly no longer care for a long time favorite food?

janet    bethlehem, PA

1/5/2011 4:36:45 AM

important information, thank you

janet    bethlehem, PA

7/29/2009 4:26:55 AM

good article thanks

Emily    Montpelier, VT

6/15/2009 2:52:40 AM

Thanks for the information. I know my cat has certain foods she LOVES, versus food she'll barely touch. Now, I wish there was somewhere to find out the real nutritional breakdown in the cat food. Any links out there?

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