Can cats and dogs clearly distinguish different tastes of food?

Dogs and cats have fewer taste buds compared to humans so they are unable to distinguish between different tastes as clearly as people do. Dogs possess about 1700 tastes while cats have only about 500. However, the extremely sensitive olfactory organs of these species more than compensates for their lack of taste buds. This is one important reason why pet food is made to appeal also to the olfactory senses of cats and dogs. Without a keen sense of smell, they lose the ability to differentiate between lamb, beef, pork, poultry, and other components in their diet.

Cats are fussier when it comes to their meals. If you placed canned pet food in the refrigerator, make sure to warm it a little bit before giving the food to your pet because cats hate being served cold food. Warming food also enhances its taste, flavor, and scent, making it more appealing to your furball.

Consult with your Floyds Knob, IN vet if you have any questions about your pet’s nutritional needs.

Can cats and dogs clearly distinguish different tastes of food

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