July 25, 2005
Mine'll Eat Every Other Damned Thing Though

So why isn't Fluffy interested in a single chocolate chip, while it's all you can do to keep Fido from eating the entire box? Well, according to this Washington Post article, it's because cats can't taste anything special about the cookie:

Until now, scientists have not known whether cats simply lack the lingual apparatus to detect sugar; or have functional sugar detectors on their tongues but faulty wiring from their taste buds to the brain; or -- as some might presume -- are simply too snooty to admit to such a common craving.

Now researchers studying the DNA of house cats, tigers and cheetahs have settled the question: Cats both large and small harbor a genetic mutation that renders the sugar detectors on their taste buds inoperative.

So much for my mom wanting to come back in her next life as a cat.

Posted by scott at July 25, 2005 08:06 AM

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Actually I would love to have taste buds that were inoperable for sugar detection. lol

Posted by: Pat on July 25, 2005 09:54 AM

but...but...Garrison loves my ice cream....and my milk....those dairy sugars are goooood. Bad for him but I find is hard to believe that they dontl like sweets, due to my cats will not eat kitty treats/wet food/steak/etc....but bring out those milk products. However, these are the same cats that like Olives. Go figure?

Posted by: Amber on July 25, 2005 06:43 PM

It's entirely possible they like the taste of the milk, not the sugar added in. Fats are number two, after sugar, on most species' "favorite flavor" list.

Posted by: Tatterdemalian on July 25, 2005 07:43 PM
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