Do animals have the same taste range that we do? (Sweet, salty, sour, bitter, umami/savory)

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Do animals have the same taste range that we do? (Sweet, salty, sour, bitter, umami/savory)

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No. An animal’s sense of taste is strictly determined by the diet of their ancestors, and is built to encourage or discourage eating specific foods as their metabolisms require. Cats, for instance, are obligate carnivores, and have no need or ability to taste sweet; they do not have the teeth required to eat fruit, nor did wild cats encounter fruit in their natural environment, so they over time lost their taste of sweet as their bodies evolved to stop investing the energy in growing sweet taste buds.