Lots of kitties live pampered lives - hence the classic quip that dogs have owners, but cats have staff.
Despite so often living the proverbial sweet life, felines actually lack the ability to taste sweetness.Why Can't Cats Taste Sweets?
While people and most fellow mammals enjoy the taste of something sugary, "cats prefer the protein and fat found in meat," says veterinary nutritionist Dr. Jennifer Larsen, DVM, PhD, DACVN, of the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at the University of California, Davis.
Not only do cats not prefer sweets, but they also can't taste them.
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"Cats lack the receptor necessary to taste sweet," explains Dr. Lisa P. Weeth, DVM, DACVN, a clinical nutritionist based in New Jersey. Thanks to certain genetic defects, she adds, feline sweet receptors are permanently on the fritz, leaving cats indifferent to sugars.So Why Do Some Kitties Like Sweet Foods?
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