Do Cats Have a Sense of Taste?

cat_tasteWe think of cats as having extremely fine-tuned and heightened senses compared to our own. They can jump, twist, run, hear, smell, and see better than we would ever hope to.

With that in mind, it may be surprising to learn that humans have approximately 9,000 taste buds on their tongues compared to the paltry 470 that a cat has. Yikes, does that mean they can hardly taste anything?

Well, yes and no. Maybe. We can ask the cat all day long, but he’s not talking!

Cats and Tasting

Here are some things we think we know about cats' sense of taste:

With all of the felines' group and individual preferences, it is not hard to see why they have a reputation for being a bit finicky.

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