Why are pets so picky when it comes to food?

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Why are pets so picky when it comes to food?
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Have you wondered why your pets are so picky when it comes to food? Well, it isn’t just your little furry ones. As it happens, majority of pets are picky eaters and we finally have an explanation as to why it is so. It does look like even they have their preferences.

Researches and studies

Recent studies conducted by the Oregon State University, have shown that dogs are attracted to high-fat food while cats like their carbohydrates better.The research involved 17 healthy adult dogs and 27 cats during a span of 28 days and used four different kinds of food. All of them prepared in a way that they tasted equally good so that flavor was irrelevant. So, the animals could decide only based on their bodily needs.The animals had choices among high-fat, high-carbohydrate, high-protein and balanced foods. The dogs were given an hour to eat whatever they wanted, just enough to maintain weight, none more. The cats were also not allowed to overeat. But even if it is given unlimited supply of food, a cat eats only as to maintain its weight and nothing extra.The positioning of the food containers was changed occasionally to prevent any kind of bias.

Conclusions

While cats chose to consume 43 percent of their diet from carbs and 30 percent from proteins, dogs consumed their 41 percent from fats and 36 percent from carbs. Conclusions were also drawn on the basis of body mass and age. The statistics from the study showed that younger dogs with less body mass did not gravitate to high-protein food items, it was mostly popular with older dogs with greater body mass.On the cat side of the study, younger cats wanted more protein than older cats. It was found that for older cats have different gut microbiomes from younger cats, that results in difference in metabolic activities. The concentrations of sulfated microbial catabolic products – protein-breakdown leftovers were significantly higher. What it means is that it becomes difficult for an older cat to dispose off the extra protein, while a younger cat can do it efficiently.Now that you’ve surmised so much, the next time you put out a bowl of food in front of your pet and he or she takes one sniff of it and gives you a disappointed shrug (or worse, a scowl), you would know why!

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