We all know we shouldn’t feed our cats sweets. But do we know why cats don’t like the granulated dry kibble food as much as the wet meaty one? The reason behind both lies deep within the cat’s ability to taste different food.
All mammals have receptors on their tongues which let them distinguish different tastes. Humans, for example, can taste sweet, sour, spicy, salty and bitter food. Thanks to our tongue receptors our brain grasps the idea of the food’s taste. Cats on the other hand lack one of these basic receptors. The feline family representatives – cats, lions, tigers – can’t taste the sweet food either. Apart from the tongue receptor for sweet, they also lack the glucokinase enzyme in their livers which operates with the metabolism of carbohydrates in order to prevent the glucose from flooding the organism.
Nevertheless, many animal food manufacturers are using corn grains in their pet foods. Since cats aren’t used to that much sugar, they prefer the meat in the wet package or tin instead of those yummy looking dry kibbles.