Blame evolution for finicky cats

Cats are notoriously finicky eaters, but they’ve evolved that way, according to a study published in Royal Society Open Science. Cats are hypercarnivores, requiring a 1:1 ratio of energy from protein to energy from fat, and the study showed cats will choose foods with that balance even when that food choice is less aromatic and tasty than others. Cats also are naturally neophobic, instinctively avoiding new foods because eating something with the wrong content in the wild could mean serious gastrointestinal upset. Veterinarian Martha Cline suggests domestic cats may need more protein in their diet.

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