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(Newsday)   Researchers now understand why cats are such finicky eaters. Here comes the science   ( divider line
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2005-07-25 06:56:13 AM  
"Because cats can't taste sweets, they're cranky,"

I completely understand. I absolutely must have a daily chocolate fix.
2005-07-25 07:52:00 AM  
Can they explain please why my swine cat insists that no flower ever be left standing in a vase?
2005-07-25 08:13:58 AM  
All of mine like the foil from a Hershey bar. What's up with that Mr. Researcher?

/Got almost nothing.
//The first slash got lonely.
///Gang bang!
2005-07-25 08:21:13 AM  
I used to have a cat that would go nuts for chocolate. We had to hide and secure it, she destroyed a chair cushion once trying to get to some M&Ms that had fallen inside the chair. We first discovered her obsession one Christmas when someone gave us a bunch of tree ornaments made from Hershey Kisses. She ate them all.
2005-07-25 08:26:10 AM  
I used to have a cat who loved a sweet cantalope. Of course, she was a bit strange (even for a cat); she used to like to sit next to the lamp with her head in the lamp shade.
2005-07-25 08:33:17 AM  
Your cat wants a sweet receptor?
2005-07-25 08:53:13 AM  
they needed a study to tell themt hat? most cats don't like sweets. duh. a few do, and the ones who do reeeeeeeeaallly do.

but really...nothing better to spend the money on?
2005-07-25 09:12:56 AM  
I see where my cat licks. He can't be too finicky.
2005-07-25 09:24:33 AM  
nbrfwhoooo: I see where my cat licks. He can't be too finicky.


As a kid I had a cat that could somehow tell the difference between vanilla and chocolate pudding within 3 seconds of opening it, even from another room. He was all black but he enjoyed him some vanilla. Probably got it from watching too much porn. He also learned to cross under the street through a drainage pipe after seeing the other neighborhood cats get squashed.

Pretty smart for a cat. Not smart enough to have opposable thumbs and toilet paper, though.
2005-07-25 11:17:01 AM  
I thought it was because they have a scent organ on the roof of their mouth that gets sensitized to foods that they are accustomed to eating, and "rejects" things they're not used to.
2005-07-25 11:44:33 AM  
I had a cat once that would eat Icy Hot.
/I'm serious.
2005-07-25 12:55:51 PM  
"Now, there's a scientific theory explaining, at least in part, why cats have such snobby eating habits: genetics."

er, yeah. Genetics would have been my first choice, as opposed to, say, reading about it in the cat newspapers.
2005-07-25 01:50:43 PM  
If I were to shed hair into my food all the time, I'd get pretty finicky too.
2005-07-25 01:52:07 PM  
Cats are such finicky eaters because, let's face it, nothing tastes good after spending the day grooming oneself. Can you say regurged hairballs?
2005-07-25 01:52:41 PM  
And I thought my cat was the only one who liked cantalope...
2005-07-25 01:54:00 PM  
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2005-07-25 01:54:13 PM  
My cat really enjoys house flies but won't eat earwigs or bees. Probably a good thing about the bees though.

"Your pretty uppity for someone who eats bugs all day".
2005-07-25 01:54:46 PM  
I once had a cat that would stick his head into the bag of cat food and eat until he just about couldn't move.
2005-07-25 01:58:06 PM  
Garfield was never finicky about what you feed him, as long as it's lasagna.

/got next to nuthin'
//cue fat cat pics
2005-07-25 01:58:13 PM  
your dog wants a sweet sweet cat
2005-07-25 01:58:49 PM  
Ahh cat stories..... I got a cat that will not drink out of his water dish unless he sees me put fresh water in it...stupid cat, oh and he likes potato chips....
2005-07-25 01:58:58 PM  
I like cats...they taste just like chicken.
2005-07-25 01:59:07 PM  
The only reason the cats in my house are still alive is because my wife is still alive. I hope that they have made retirement plans if she happens to expire before me.

/Hates cats.
//Loves "Please Uncle Sam Say Yes"
///Slashes rule!
2005-07-25 01:59:50 PM  
One of our four cats likes to lick banana pepper juice off of a plate, you know the little yellow colored hot-pepper rings in a jar.
2005-07-25 02:00:51 PM  

My cats eat ANYTHING. You can not leave your plate in my house for more then five seconds or you will have a cat in your plate, happily chomping on whatever food that you thought was yours. We have to put plates/books/coasters on top of our glasses or the two cats will take a nice big slurp as they walk past. The don't beg at the table, no, they are too good for that. They either wait for your back to be turned, wait til its ungaurdedly sitting in the kitchen later, or they'll just jump in your lap at the table and nonchalantly steal the food from directly under your nose. And they are the kind of cats who will just eat and eat and eat. They are food ninjas.

Their favorites?
Tomato sauce
Vanilla ice cream

The only thing I've ever seen one of them reject? Onions. Polly got into a bowl on salsa left by an unsuspecting guest and ate everything except the onions. They were just sitting at the bottom of the bowl in a neat little pile, completely licked clean.

Ninjas, I tell ya...
2005-07-25 02:00:55 PM  
My cat's breath smells like cat food.

/...and cat ass
2005-07-25 02:00:55 PM  
damageddude, forcebender

Canteloupe? Straaaange cats. Had one that couldn't get enough watermelon - that I understand.
2005-07-25 02:01:41 PM  
Is it me, or does making authors pay for their own publication seem screwy to anybody else? Granted, this study's inocuous, even if it is corporately sponsored, but this just seems like another conduit to advertising by megacorporations who want to justify their products with pseudo-scientific backing.
2005-07-25 02:01:50 PM  
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"There is no cure for cancer."

/so, um, let's focus on cats' eating habits instead
//more of a dog person
///likes cats just fine though
////with bbq sauce
2005-07-25 02:02:03 PM  
The Public Library of Science aims to make such research freely available online and was launched out of frustration with rising subscription costs... Instead of charging a subscription fee, the nonprofit organization charges authors $1,500 per paper submitted.

Can someone help me out? This seems to me like a really bad idea, but I can't quite put my finger on why.

/ maybe I'm just old
// I hope Fark doesn't start charging for links submitted!
2005-07-25 02:02:27 PM  
2005-07-25 02:03:03 PM  
My cat freaks out over orange sherbert ice cream. He hates all other kinds, but loves him some sherbert.
2005-07-25 02:03:19 PM  
My cats not finicky, hell she'll steal the food off my plate if my back is turned for 2.3 seconds. Caught her running off with the roast beef from my Arby's sammich, and then she took my fries.
2005-07-25 02:03:37 PM  

Aren't chocolates supposed to be poisonous for cats?

Anyway, chocolates have a flavor apart from mere sweetness. Maybe cats enjoy that (it is an addictive substance). You know, like how some people drink coffee black.
2005-07-25 02:05:50 PM  
my old cat used to try to lick ben gay off me when i used it and i couldnt get her away from things i was working on with huge permanant markers.
the smell of spanish olives also had a catnip-like effect on her.
2005-07-25 02:06:32 PM  
My cat loves olives (the ones with the peppers inside). He rolls his head on the olive and when it gets good and squishy (I guess) he eats it.
2005-07-25 02:08:03 PM  
i have a white domestic long-hair with an inexplicable love of Tobasco. If the wife and I have hotwings, she'll sit at the cupboard and howl until the one of us pulls out the styrofoam container they came in so that she can lick the hot sauce of the top. Doesn't give a crap about the bones and skin, but has to have that hot sauce.

By the next morning she's turned orange because she's cleaned herself before the sauce gets off her tongue.
2005-07-25 02:08:13 PM  
RSWarrior, you know cats don't like their water next to their food dishes. If you put the dish in another room, they won't be as finickly (or you can get the 'water fountain' I have, my cat loves that)
2005-07-25 02:08:40 PM  
My cat will eat:

Bananas, rice, corn, beans, any type of pasta, macaroni and cheese, any meat, sunflower petals, rose petals, rubber bands, grass, ferns, grapes, and paper. She EATS my mail. When I used to let her out of the house, she'd literally wait for the mailman. The mailman would pet her, she'd meow at him, he'd put the mail in and walk away. Then the cat would carefully select one of the letters, pull it out, and chew one of the sides off.

I could never figure that one out. This is the beast:
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Evil little thing.
2005-07-25 02:09:07 PM  
2005-07-25 02:09:11 PM  
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/didn't find anything better
2005-07-25 02:10:17 PM  
Here comes the headline cliche...
(I know, I know, I've used them..)
2005-07-25 02:11:40 PM  
"Its sense of taste has driven it to become a meat eater," Brand said. "Losing their sweet receptor has probably changed their dietary habits."

Or those with the sweet receptor couldn't adapt to a changing food source and died off. Or they were designed that way by the Intelligent.
2005-07-25 02:12:03 PM  
My cat likes Fudgesicles.
He tries to bite off a hunk when he gets tired of licking them.
2005-07-25 02:12:18 PM  
It was tradition that, when we had pizza, we would leave the crusts in the dog's dish, because the dog loved the crust of ANY pizza.

So did the cat, even when she was a kitten. She'd pull one out, and drag it off to a hiding spot, and eat it. She always hid with her food, because another cat in the house had a habit of attacking her for no reason. Mazy especially loved to attack Binky when she was eating, so Binky took to eating dog food (because the dish was in a different room).
2005-07-25 02:12:35 PM  
Manfred Richthofen and SixCats

Snopes says:

"Do not feed chocolate to dogs or cats. If you keep a pet, do not leave chocolate lying about lest your critter help himself to it and in so doing poison himself."
2005-07-25 02:13:11 PM  

Is it me, or does making authors pay for their own publication seem screwy to anybody else? Granted, this study's inocuous, even if it is corporately sponsored, but this just seems like another conduit to advertising by megacorporations who want to justify their products with pseudo-scientific backing.

These journals still have the full peer review process so accepted articles (presumably) have merit. There's a major backlash against some big publishers among many scientific groups and pay to publish, otherwise known as open access, may be the way of the future. A lot of the big science journals charge $20,000 and up for institutional subscriptions and the feeling is that universities already pay for the research so they shouldn't have to pay for the results. , if you're interested.

/librarian who spends too much time Farking
//hopes open access brings Elsevier to their greedy knees
2005-07-25 02:13:46 PM  
If cats hate sweets why does my cat love ice cream?
2005-07-25 02:14:54 PM  
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\\surprised this hasn't been posted yet
2005-07-25 02:16:55 PM  
My brother has two Siamese cats (well, I'm thinking one of them is actually Tonkenese). In addition to chicken, turkey and tuna, one loves crunchy snack foods like potato chips and doritos -- and will grab the chips out of your hand as you are eating. This cat will also snatch away your food off your plate when your back is turned. The other cat goes nuts over cantelope and watermellon.
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