Mews and Nips: What Food Tastes Like to a Cat


A new study revealed that cats have a much more refined sense of taste than previously thought. In particular, cats seem to be highly sensitive to bitter flavors. Of course, this is probably not news to any cat guardian who has had to pill a cat, but the discovery may also explain why cats so often turn up their noses at certain foods that may be fortified with bitter-tasting vitamins and minerals. The findings also provide intriguing clues on how sense of taste evolved in all mammals, including humans. Read more about the study on the Discovery News website.

If you missed any of the stories featured on the Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: on Sunday, I shared my experience of a weekend without Wifi, on Monday, we told you about new research that offers hope for treating oral cancers in cats, on Tuesday we introduced you to a new litter additive that prevents odors, on Wednesday, Ruby confessed her involvement in our recent internet outage, and on Friday, we reviewed The Old Man and the Cat. And don’t forget to enter our giveaway for a 3-month supply of Dookashi litter additive!

Remember Didga, the skateboarding cat from Australia? Didja has a new little brother named Boomer! In this video, Boomer is hanging out on a swing, and while I go ta little seasick watching it, Boomer seems to have a good old time!

Image via Discovery News. Look for an article on cat grass on Monday!

Have a great weekend.


2 Comments on Mews and Nips: What Food Tastes Like to a Cat

  1. Janine
    October 24, 2015 at 7:32 am (5 years ago)

    Speaking of cats not liking something bitter. It brought back this funny memory. My boy Pono was always chewing on things he shouldn’t when he was younger. I had bought a pretty silk plant to put on the dining room table and he went right to it trying to chew it. I found this stuff at the pet store called Bitter Yucky (silly name for a product). It was supposed to make things taste nasty to break the cat habit of chewing it. Well, Pono went for that plant even more after that. He acted like we flavored it up for him. He’s a stinker. I got rid of the plant after that.

    • Ingrid
      October 24, 2015 at 4:25 pm (5 years ago)

      I had the same experience with Bitter Yuck with Allegra! When she was little, she chewed on everything, and nothing stopped her, not Bitter Yuck, not lemon juice (which cats are supposed to hate,) not double-sided tape (she simply pulled it off, spit it out, and kept chewing.) Thankfully, she grew out of that phase!


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