| Why cats don't go for sweet foods
||[Aug. 7th, 2005|07:31 pm]
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Now, scientists have discovered why cats prefer dining on meat and fish - they cannot detect sugary foods due to a defect in a key taste receptor gene.
Fascinating. I wonder if I have a defect in my taste receptor gene, and that's I haven't a sweet tooth, either? Or...maybe I'm a cat. Heh.
Thanks to zahzeh for this article.
i think you are a cat. for sure.
But if all cats are like that, why are they calling it a defect rather than a characteristic?
That's like saying females are "Y chromosome defficient". Hello?
well, if all cats are like that, but all other mammals can taste "sweet", that would suggest that while it's a characteristic of that species (or genus) but that it resulted from a defect in one of the ancestral proto-cats that wasn't present in other earlier mammalian species. it's kind of like saying that humans have a defect in that they don't grow fur all over their bodies (we, our): it may be a bug, it may be a feature, but at root it's a mutation. :P
The next question is, why? and was this linked with anything useful for cats?
Mutation , variant, different setting is ok. But "defect" attributes a negative spin to it.
What's next? genetic engineering to correct the defect and create a race of cats that gathers honey?
maybe my new kitty can't taste "sweet" but he can sure dish it out.
My old cat used to love eating chocolate. Maybe it was the milk?