OLFACTORY SENSE, TASTE SENSE, TOUCH SENSE
Cats perceive their environment differently than we humans do because of their distinct senses. They access the world in which they live based on their senses. The multitude of stimuli encountered and the way in which the cat’s senses are stimulated are a good indicator for her well-being. Discover the uniqueness of each sense of your cat so that you can see the world as it sees it, better understand it, and strengthen the connection you have.
SHARP SENSES, PERFECTED THROUGH EVOLUTION
Cats can perceive ultraviolet rays, their sense of smell is 14 times stronger than that of humans, and their hearing is one of the most sensitive in the mammalian family. However, they cannot perceive the sweet taste, but they compensate by the tactile sense especially developed at the level of the tongue, paws and mustache. Because, ROYAL CANIN® developed nutritional formulas in the form of moist food, which stimulates the smell, taste and tactile sense of cats, as a result of feline expertise and the latest research on palatability. The moment of feeding is a perfect opportunity to turn a simple nutritious meal into a rich sensory experience, full of novelty and pleasant discoveries. That way, the cat won’t
he had only a satisfied appetite, but he would enjoy food that would increase his well-being.
The sense of smell is the super power of your cat. It is her most developed sense and plays an important role in feeding, communicating with other cats, breeding and social organization. The cat’s olfactory epithelium is endowed with 200 million olfactory receptors, compared to humans, who have only 5 million. The first contact that the cat has with food is through the numerous and powerful olfactory receptors. The more you smell the food, the more molecules you will perceive, and the olfactory perception will be prolonged during the tasting of the food. However, if a food really attracts her, she will smell less and consume it faster. Range ROYAL CANIN® SENSORYTM Smell (find products here) It is created with an aromatic profile based on fish, which is very attractive for cats. The manufacturing technology allows the flavors to spread faster and more intensely, turning the cat’s mass into a feeding experience full of sensory stimuli.
The unique taste of cats is the reason why they will not eat any food. Because they have only 470 taste buds, compared to the human 9000, they are very selective in terms of food preferences. The perception of salty taste is limited and they are not happy with the bitter or sour taste, and the sweet taste is not perceived at all. Because the feline species is predominantly carnivorous, cats prefer meat-flavored foods associated with umami taste. Even if their sense of taste is limited, it is a specialized one, because of all the flavors they have developed a specific sensitivity for umami. Of
that, the range ROYAL CANIN® SENSORYTM Taste (find products here) is formulated with the help of an aromatic profile based on poultry meat, which stimulates the cat’s sense of taste.
THE TOUCH SENSE
Cats are animals with a special sense of touch and have developed many areas that are sensitive to touch, such as paws, robes or mustaches. However, the area with the most tactile receptors is the oral cavity. This plays an important role in how the cat interacts with the environment and especially with food. That’s why feeding is a sensory experience for cats. The chemical and physical interaction of food with the cat’s oral cavity, from the first contact to its consumption, influences the feeding experience. The unique texture of wet food formulas ROYAL CANIN® SENSORYTM Feel (find products here), in the sauce, it is creamier and persists longer in the cat’s mouth. The meat strips are also cut with a “natural” look, providing textural variety during feeding. These characteristics of the food are particularly attractive and will pleasantly surprise the cat, and the tactile perception of the different textures will turn the feeding experience into a moment of unexpected discoveries.
Enrich your cat’s life with discovery, providing not only nutritious food but also sensory diversity, a source of stimuli for her unique senses, which will create a real feeding experience and enhance her well-being.