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2012-03-12 09:17:41 PM  
dtdstudios.com
 
2012-03-12 09:43:48 PM  
I'm curious what tastes we humans may have lost over the course of our evolution.
 
2012-03-12 09:47:39 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: I'm curious what tastes we humans may have lost over the course of our evolution.


Well music in the last 15 or so years alone.
 
2012-03-12 10:09:51 PM  
Gimme them old time complex carbohydrates. Hit me with 'em, baby.
 
2012-03-12 10:26:01 PM  
For decades, scientists have known that cats show no preference for sweets.

Someone must have forgotten to tell my cat.

Begs for cupcakes
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// Begs for pudding pie
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// Doesn't give a fark about popsicles
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/can't leave cupcakes or banana bread out, otherwise they will get licked/nibbled.
 
2012-03-12 10:31:58 PM  

lordargent: For decades, scientists have known that cats show no preference for sweets.

Someone must have forgotten to tell my cat.

Begs for cupcakes
[a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net image 640x480]

// Begs for pudding pie
[sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net image 640x480]

// Doesn't give a fark about popsicles
[sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net image 640x480]

/can't leave cupcakes or banana bread out, otherwise they will get licked/nibbled.


Actually, the article covers that....a lot of the perceived "sweets" that cats seem to like is due to the fat content, which cats do crave.

/Yeah, yeah, I actually rtfa'd. Science geek and cat lover.
 
2012-03-12 10:33:36 PM  

lordargent: For decades, scientists have known that cats show no preference for sweets.

Someone must have forgotten to tell my cat.

Begs for cupcakes
[a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net image 640x480]

// Begs for pudding pie
[sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net image 640x480]

// Doesn't give a fark about popsicles
[sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net image 640x480]

/can't leave cupcakes or banana bread out, otherwise they will get licked/nibbled.


Do you know how I know you didn't read the article?
 
2012-03-12 10:46:16 PM  

Ed Finnerty: [dtdstudios.com image 205x254]


DAMMIT!
 
2012-03-12 10:47:37 PM  
Farabor: Actually, the article covers that....a lot of the perceived "sweets" that cats seem to like is due to the fat content, which cats do crave.

I thought it was something like that as well (long before reading the article), but, she also eats watermelon (which has no fat content).

What would she go for in watermelon? Or is she just weird?
 
2012-03-12 11:08:49 PM  

lordargent: Farabor: Actually, the article covers that....a lot of the perceived "sweets" that cats seem to like is due to the fat content, which cats do crave.

I thought it was something like that as well (long before reading the article), but, she also eats watermelon (which has no fat content).

What would she go for in watermelon? Or is she just weird?


She likes to eated her water?
 
2012-03-12 11:13:14 PM  
It's a groovy mutation.

/too obscure?
 
2012-03-13 12:07:35 AM  

FTA:

bears almost unanimously chose the sweetened liquid.

Duh
www.coca-colaconversations.com
 
2012-03-13 12:39:49 AM  

Farker Soze: lordargent: Farabor: Actually, the article covers that....a lot of the perceived "sweets" that cats seem to like is due to the fat content, which cats do crave.

I thought it was something like that as well (long before reading the article), but, she also eats watermelon (which has no fat content).

What would she go for in watermelon? Or is she just weird?

She likes to eated her water?


I had a cat that liked to tear up and chew paper. I think it was the mouth feel or the sound. Watermelon might be one of those things for your cat.

My present cat is taking a couple of liquid medications that I have to give him orally. Being a sympathetic cat owner, I tasted drops of the stuff just to see how nasty they were. They weren't that bad, but both were sweetened, which, after reading this article, makes me think the company that made them knows that humans are going to see what they're like before giving them to their animals. That or they know jack about the lack of sweetness taste receptors in domestic cats.
 
2012-03-13 12:40:44 AM  

lordargent: For decades, scientists have known that cats show no preference for sweets.

Someone must have forgotten to tell my cat.

Begs for cupcakes
[a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net image 640x480]

// Begs for pudding pie
[sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net image 640x480]

// Doesn't give a fark about popsicles
[sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net image 640x480]

/can't leave cupcakes or banana bread out, otherwise they will get licked/nibbled.


Anyone point out that he didn't RTFA?
 
Zel [TotalFark]
2012-03-13 01:32:39 AM  

APE992: lordargent: For decades, scientists have known that cats show no preference for sweets.

Someone must have forgotten to tell my cat.
/can't leave cupcakes or banana bread out, otherwise they will get licked/nibbled.

Anyone point out that he didn't RTFA?


Twice.
 
2012-03-13 02:32:10 AM  

Zel: APE992: lordargent: For decades, scientists have known that cats show no preference for sweets.

Someone must have forgotten to tell my cat.
/can't leave cupcakes or banana bread out, otherwise they will get licked/nibbled.

Anyone point out that he didn't RTFA?

Twice.


What's weird is, I don't think that guy read the article.
 
2012-03-13 03:20:10 AM  

jjorsett: My present cat is taking a couple of liquid medications that I have to give him orally. Being a sympathetic cat owner, I tasted drops of the stuff just to see how nasty they were. They weren't that bad, but both were sweetened, which, after reading this article, makes me think the company that made them knows that humans are going to see what they're like before giving them to their animals. That or they know jack about the lack of sweetness taste receptors in domestic cats.


When my kitty was on painkillers after being fixed, about ten years ago, they gave her this stuff that smelled exactly like beef broth. I never tried it myself, but she didn't mind it at all so I figured it had to appeal to the feline palate. Knew about the whole inability to taste sweets thing though.

/miss that cat
 
2012-03-13 05:47:01 AM  
my cat loves Yummy Earth organic lollipops. his favorite flavor is blueberry. he doesn't eat them but if you hold it for him he'll lick it for days.

you can't explain that.
 
2012-03-13 09:27:27 AM  
My cat likes eggo waffles. If one of the kids isn't watching their waffle the cat will some and steal it. Then he'll run around all wild-eyed holding a waffle in his mouth... till he finds a private place to eat like 4 bites worth.
 
2012-03-13 09:28:39 AM  
I guess it is worth noting that neither I nor the scientific community should consider my cat a top level predator. A top level waffle stealing lard ass... yes.
 
2012-03-13 10:46:00 AM  
My cat loves dry-roasted peanuts and Honey-Nut Cheerios.
 
2012-03-13 10:59:08 AM  
Pops (new window)

/.gif too big :(
 
2012-03-13 03:29:56 PM  

Farabor: lordargent: For decades, scientists have known that cats show no preference for sweets.

Someone must have forgotten to tell my cat.

Begs for cupcakes
[a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net image 640x480]

// Begs for pudding pie
[sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net image 640x480]

// Doesn't give a fark about popsicles
[sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net image 640x480]

/can't leave cupcakes or banana bread out, otherwise they will get licked/nibbled.

Actually, the article covers that....a lot of the perceived "sweets" that cats seem to like is due to the fat content, which cats do crave.

/Yeah, yeah, I actually rtfa'd. Science geek and cat lover.


I read that too, but it does not explain my RIP 18 year old cat who until her last days absolutely loved licking apple cores held in your hand and would trot from 40 feet away if you had cantaloupe and scream [she was otherwise a silent cat] until you gave her some cantaloupe. Got to the point it was not worth having cantaloupe in the house. I'm guessing while most such creatures lose the taste for such things during evolution, a few mutant ones still retain that taste and go for it.
 
2012-03-13 05:09:38 PM  
It makes sense that there should be some examples of working sweet taste receptors, since the change is recent (on an evolutionary time scale) and there is no selection pressure to get rid of the taste for sweets.
 
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