New pet owners will find it strange why they can’t give their pets human food. Even many parents of the older generation will say that their pets have no problem eating human food for so many years. Some owners will say that their pets have eaten delicious food, and they are not willing to touch dog food again. So whether the pet can distinguish the delicious food, what is delicious for the pet? Don’t be dazed by your son’s food and snacks on the shelf. I’ll take a deep look at the delicacy of pets for you, so that the owners will no longer worry about the pet’s picky food.
How do pets feel the taste? Human beings can eat the taste of food because there are taste organs on the tongue, which are attached to the tongue to form a concave convex surface, called “taste buds”; and the so-called five tastes of acid, sweet, bitter, salty and fresh are chemical substances produced after food is dissolved in saliva, which stimulates the taste buds on the tongue, so that we can feel different tastes. Like humans, pets have taste buds on their tongues, but there are only about 1000 taste buds on pets’ tongues, while human tongues have 5000-6000 taste buds to feel the taste of food. In other words, pets can only feel 20% of the taste of human beings. They can’t feel a lot of flavors like us. In addition, dogs can also distinguish four tastes: sour, sweet, bitter and salty. Researchers recently found that cats can’t eat sweetness because they lack an important protein in their genetic factors. This is the case with cats such as lions and tigers.
Second, pets have no taste nerve? Why can’t cats taste sweet? This is because cats are originally carnivorous animals. They catch mice or birds to eat, and rarely eat sweet food. Moreover, from the perspective of primitive animal habits, once wild animals catch their prey and don’t eat it quickly, they may be robbed by other animals. Naturally, there will be no such thing as slowly tasting food, and the taste will not be developed. In this way, there is no need to develop the nerve to feel sweet. The same situation can also be used to explain the development of dog’s taste nerve: after a group of wild wolves capture their prey, although they start to enjoy it by high-ranking wolf leaders, if they move too slowly, they may not even get the residue; therefore, they always eat meat with a big mouth and swallow it without any chewing; therefore, there is no need to develop taste sense. So, do pets need no taste at all? For pets, it’s much more important to identify “can eat, can’t eat” than “delicious, not delicious.”. For example, rotten food mostly contains sour and bitter taste, so almost dogs and cats can’t accept sour food; while cats don’t like the bitterness of rotten meat, so cats only eat fresh food; dogs are not too sensitive to such bitterness, so dogs will dig out things buried under the ground to eat. In addition, because the cat can’t feel the sweetness, but the dog can, sweetness is an important key to let the dog judge whether the fruit is ripe enough to eat.
What is the delicious food for pets? Generally speaking, it’s not just the “taste” that affects the pet’s perception of food, but also the flavor, taste and temperature. In particular, fragrance, some cats suffering from rhinitis can not smell the smell because of the degradation of smell, greatly reducing the appetite to eat. Dogs also judge whether they can eat from the smell. Once they feel that they can eat, it is common to gobble them up directly. It is impossible for them to taste them slowly, regardless of whether they are prepared by their owners.
4. Pets have talked so much about their likes and dislikes of food. Even if they are edible food, pets still have the difference between like and dislike, right? Why is that? One of the influencing factors: the memory of taste in childhood. The weaning period of pets is also known as the “socialization period”. The experience in this period will affect the habits of pets as they grow up. For example, a cat that only eats fish during the weaning period will grow up to dislike meat. Second influencing factor: unpleasant experience in the past. If a pet has ever had abdominal pain or other symptoms of discomfort after eating a certain food, the pet will always remember one thing. Even if the symptoms are not directly caused by the food, the pet will not eat the same food again. The third influencing factor: if you don’t eat this food, you can get something else. In addition, although it’s not particularly annoying, if you have the experience of “you can get something else if you don’t eat this thing”, pets will also firmly remember it. In addition, it seems that pets have the mentality of “other people’s bowls are more delicious” – they always want to eat what the owner is eating, which looks very delicious. After eating, they will feel like and dislike the food because of the reaction of the owner. If they are scolded, they will hate the appearance of the food. 5. Conclusion there is no difference between pet and food. Once pet has partial food, it is caused by the way the owner keeps it. Daily life should pay attention to balanced and healthy diet, from now on, let them know, as long as it is given to them, no matter what kind of food is very delicious!