Taste of Water in the Cat: Effects on Sucrose Preference

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Science  19 Feb 1971:
Vol. 171, Issue 3972, pp. 699-701
DOI: 10.1126/science.171.3972.699


Electrophysiological recordings show that water is not tasteless to cats. Also, unlike most mammals, cats appear indifferent to sucrose, but this may be because the taste of the sucrose is masked by the taste of the water in which it is dissolved. When the water taste is suppressed by the addition of small amounts of sodium chloride, cats take sucrose avidly.