Which Taste Can't Cats Experience?

November 06, 2018

Which Taste Can't Cats Experience?

Wondering which tastes your kitty can’t experience?

There are a lot of things that are different between humans and cats. Even though we share a few genes and survive on the same food, there are some tastes that your cat doesn’t care about simply because she can’t experience them at all.

Shocking right?

In this blog post, we will answer the question, “Which taste can’t cats experience?”in detail.

Let’s begin.

Which Tastes Can’t Cats Experience

Did you know that cats have only 470 taste buds on their tongues?

When compared to the human tongue, which has about 9,000, this is a very small number. This means that humans have twelve times more taste buds than our furry friends. This is what led scientists to believe that cats’ sense of taste was very limited.

Cats also have12 different receptors in their tongues to taste bitter things. Seven of these taste buds are highly active.

Cats Can’t Taste Sweet Stuff

Cats are obligate carnivores, which means that they have no need for---and can’t digest or process---carbohydrates. Because of evolution, Cats do not have the gene to develop a sweet tooth and can’t taste sweets.

However, cats are drawn to sweet food because they can detect the amount of fat in it.

The bitter and sour taste sensors are important in that they warn a cat of harmful and/or poisonous foods or objects.

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Summing Up

Did you know that cats can taste three more flavors of bitter than humans can?

However, there’s only one flavor that a cat’s taste bud can’t process. This is the sweet flavor. Scientists think that cats can’t taste sweet stuff because they are obligate carnivores and don’t need carbohydrates to survive.

Have questions? Leave them in the comments, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. 


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