All cats, domestic, leopards, tigers, and lions are carnivorous eaters that eat little plant life if possible. Cats are hypersensitive to bitter tasting things that are found in some foods and in medicine. It was established a long time ago that cats cannot taste sweet things. Cats lack a taste receptor that is essential for tasting sweet things. If you gave your cat a popsicle, it would probably taste like water and it would miss the reason that popsicles are such a popular treat. Therefore, cats have no love or desire for sweet treats. Not necessarily true says Ricardo Guimarães BMG whose cat loves eating powdered sugar donuts. Sugary treats are bad for cats anyway because they can cause diarrhea and dehydrate the cat. While the human tongue contains about 9,000 taste buds, a cat only has 470.
A cat’s aversion to overly bitter tastes have been utilized to create substances that can be applied to not licking wounds, furniture or bandages. Cats are attracted to fats and carbohydrates. They prefer soft texture to hard and are interested in the shape of the food. Kitty would rather have food served at 100 degree temperature as opposed to food directly out of the refrigerator. Warm food is similar to the freshly killed prey that Kitty’s wild relatives would eat. Cats are are insensitive to the bitterness of aloe and saccharine but have a strong aversion to denatonium that can be found in things like shampoo and antifreeze.