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Cats Employed as Taste Testers by Manufacturer — 8 Comments

  1. Monty would be a poor taste tester since he eats anything put in front of him, except beef cat food three days in a row apparently. I threw it away and served him chicken, but not in his room, he wanted it under our bed. He purred his thanks from under there for my understanding him, while my husband just shook his head.

    • Your comment makes me think how they actually do the taste testing because cats will eat a wide range of things especially when hungry. It makes me a bit fearful as to how this company measures a cat’s like or dislike of a particular taste. It is probably done in a way that is not good for the cat based on my experience of business.

  2. On a very, very small scale Walter and Jozef have been testers for cat food. I’m on a Tesco Home Panel and from time to time am sent various things to test, there is no payment for it, it’s just for the interest of testing and commenting on the products, most things are tested and used up straight away but odd times there has been bedding or a pair of jeans which I got to keep after the test. So Walter and Jozef have tried sachets of cat food a few times, sometimes they’ve obviously enjoyed it and sometimes they’ve ignored it totally(because they’re cats and that’s what cats do) but to me this is the best way to test cat food,by people volunteering, the cats not being forced to eat the food or go without and it just being one or two days testing during their normal, free, lives and preferred diets.

  3. Elisa I’m sure you read about the Hills visit and Purina visit on the blogosphere if not through Robin Olson’s article.

    They keep the cats there for their lifetimes and retire them at some stage. They get what they need but not what they want. They don’t get enough human attention for a start. Robin wrote a very good article about that in the sense that she was there where it happens and reported on it well should I say.

    I don’t like it personally. At Hills it’s similar – they are kept and retired. Poor things. They need more humans per cat. They do get everything they ‘need’ otherwise though like vet care and food and cat trees and toys and some human attention but not enough.

  4. Some pet food firms test various special diets on cats in labs, Iams is one of the worst
    I was told that they actually damage cats health in various ways in order to test the special food for that illness.
    We would never buy their food but many vets and shops do sell it of course!
    I agree with you Michael, it would be far more ethical for firms to conduct their research by having people do taste tests at home. I think anyone with a poorly cat, for example with kidney disease would gladly take the chance without being paid, of trying out a food to help their cat.

  5. I don’t think cats should be kept in facilities to taste test for commercial gain. It is wrong. That is fairly obvious. The better way would be for the company to visit local households and ask them to conduct taste tests and pay them. There are probably rules against that or it is impractical but it would be much more ethical I feel.

    • Wash away the jelly and eat some 😉 Just joking. The rendered mess is cooked at extremely high temperatures which kills all bugs etc.. “Ash” is an included byproduct listed in the ingredients. This kills taste which is put back in with strong tasting and smelling additives. This is one reason why some cats lick the jelly and leave the cardboard (the lumps of protein).

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