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Domestic Cats Can Taste Bitterness But We’re Not Sure Why — 2 Comments

  1. If you know cats well enough you would know they use these taste receptors for more than just food taste. It is used in relation to mating behavior. Marking of territories leaves a chemical signature which the animal will use to taste the scent to identify which animal left it and how long ago it was left. The males will also use these taste receptors to determine when a female is biologically receptive to being mated. There are other uses for the taste receptors such as predator avoidance prey location and others.

    • Thanks for mentioning this. Scent is very important. I am not familiar the concept of cats tasting scent. Cats have a great sense of smell and the Flehmen response so I don’t see the need to use taste receptors to detect scent.

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