|Purred: Sun Jan 11, '09 8:37pm PST |
|The thread title says it all. It was only after joining Catster that I learned that too much fish in a cat's diet is not good. Yet all the cats I've ever owned or known (both in the U.S. and Japan) love fish. I am now trying to transition my cats to non-fish foods, but they still obviously have a preference for fish.
However, the point of this post is not how to transition my cats, nor is it regarding the reasons why too much fish is bad for cats (although if someone wants to refresh us on that point, please feel free to do so).
No, the point is that why would cats show a marked preference for a food that is not the optimum choice for them. Nature or nurture? My vote goes for nature; my kittens are being raised on chicken and liver kitten food, but when they get the occasional treat of El Cheapo fish flavor canned food, they go wild with joy.
Cats have always been associated with fish. In Japan, of course, where until modern times fish was the only kind of animal protein that was regularly consumed, cats have always eaten fish (if lucky; most of them ate rice mixed with bonito flakes). But even in the West, it is almost a cliche to picture a cat next to the remains of a fish dinner. Even Catster offers fish treats on each cat's page.
So, why do cats like something that we now learn is not so good for them? We know why people like sugar; can anybody give me a scientific explanation for cats liking fish?
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