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Cats are attracted to food by smell, so if the food smells good they’ll taste it. An adult cats tongue is covered with rows of hooked backward pointing projections called papillae that rasp food and collect fluid. The rough center of the cat’s tongue has no taste buds, and is used primarily as a grooming tool or food grater. The cats taste buds are found only on the tip, side, and base of the tongue, inside the mouth and lips. Receptors on the taste buds make cats sensitive to the taste of water. Cats react most strongly to sour, salty, and bitter tastes. Proteins appear to activate a cats taste buds, while animal fats are registered as smell sensations. Even though cats are true carnivores, they still relish vegges and fruit from time to time
Info from… For the love of cats amy d.Shojai and Irene Gizzi.

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CAT'S BEST FRIEND: Deloraine Cattery owner Rachael Seymour cares for Smokey Jo while his owners relocate from Christchurch to Northland

Article…. The Whangarei Report, Thursday, April 28, 2011
When images of distressed Cantabrians were splashed across the media following February’s earthquake’ a Whangarei cattery owner thought ” what about the animals?”. An idea sparked in the minds of Deloraine Cattery owners Rachael Seymour and her husband David to offer free cat board to families with felines affected by the earthquake. “It was overwhelming to see the devastation and, yeah, I could’ve given money or donated cat food but where does it all go? This is what I do and this is what I can give – a free temporary home for cats,” Mrs Seymour said. “The day after the February earthquake I posted a thing on Facebook that the Deloraine cattery in Whangarei would like to offer cats belonging to the people of Christchurch free cat board if they’re coming north to stay with friends and family.” A “cat lover from wayback”, Mrs Seymour’s post was picked up on the Paw Justice and SPCA websites and shared by nine of her Facebook friends prompting seven enquiries from Cantabrians with feline friends “but only two families came – we would’ve definitely taken more,” she said. “We connected over emails and phone calls and then I picked their cats up from the airport and brought them here.”Dusty and Smokey- the two loved furballs of a Christchurch family relocating to the Bay of Island – arrived around six weeks ago. The boys Gucci and Enzo belonging to Cantabrian Ann Mason – flew in four weeks ago. “We feed the and pat them and they get groomed,” Mrs Seymour said ” We hang out with them,” her teenage daughter Mikayla added. While Smokey Jo and Dusty revelled in the scenery change Mrs Mason’s two “boys” were hesitant. “Gucci and Enzo were quite frightened when they first came in and the other two were fine. But it could be for any reason – being away from their owners, the flight. There are a lot of reasons why a cat could be upset. “You just never know what they went through, you can only bebin to imagine,” she said. But Mrs Seymour hasn’t just uilt a relationship with the four cats, which rub up against her legs, meow untill they her her full attention- “meow is cat for ‘food please”’ she said – and hover around her when she’s in their suite, she’s also created a dond with the families she’s helped. “I haven’t met a lot of them but Ann wrote me a warm-hearted letter thanking me for everything we’ve done for her boys.”

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