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Each cat in Australia eats 13.7 kilograms of fish a year, while humans on average consume about 11 kilograms of fish and seafood each.

Each cat in Australia eats 13.7 kilograms of fish a year, while humans on average consume about 11 kilograms of fish and seafood each.

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"Australian pet cats are eating better than their owners," Friggin felines are messing with our fish supplies and denying third world countries

GOURMET meals dished up to pampered pets could be threatening world fish supplies, Victorian scientists have warned. 2,48 million tonnes of “forage” fish ie sardines, herrings and anchovies, are being consumed by the world’s cat population via the cat food industry, each year.That means about 13.7 kg per putty cat, purr year. Note, that is, only if you have an Aussie cat, not all global cats are so lucky (or included in the study).

With ongoing debate about how to manage marine resources, the Deakin scientist said more research was needed to determine how much of the fish in cat food could be replaced by fish offal and other meat byproducts.

"I think giving a nice chunk of fish to a pet is important to satisfy the personal hedonistic needs of the owner, not the nutritional need of the cat," he said. "Cats will be very happy to eat the offal from a trout."

Calculations by Deakin University researchers show an estimated 2.48 million tonnes of forage fish are used each year by the global cat food industry.The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

The report draws attention to the cat food industry's use of forage fish, which includes sardines and herrings and is considered a limited biological resource.researchers have discovered that cats eat 2 and a half tons of real fish each year and not only that, it’s the good stuff. In other words cats are eating fish that could be consumed by humans when they could be eating the guts, heads and the rest of the offal.

"The average Australian eats 11 kilograms of fish and seafood a year, compared to pet cats in this country which eat 13.7kg," he said.

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"In many cases they are eating better quality fish than their owners.

"Good fish is being wasted because of some pet owners' hedonistic needs when feeding their pets."

Leading this fishy business is the US, where more than 1.1 million tonnes of small forage fish, including sardines, herrings and anchovies, go into cat food.

Across Europe the figure is close to 870,000 tonnes, while almost 34,000 tonnes of the increasingly limited biological resource was imported into Australia each year to satisfy feline appetites


Compared to our 9000 taste buds, cats only have 473, making their sense of taste pretty poor compared to ours. In a way they make up for it by having more complex amino acid taste receptors - so they may be more sophisticated in how they can taste meats.
Cats also have a special organ in the roof of their mouths called a Jacobson's organ that is linked to the nasal passage (if you've ever seen your cat inhale air with its mouth open and tongue curled up - it is is using this organ to smell). Although their sense of taste is not as strong as ours (except perhaps meats), their sense of smell is a lot stronger. Both a cat's sense of smell and sense of taste are registered in the same areas of the brain and are closely linked. So, in essence with all those factors combined, cats "smell-taste", which makes how something smells almost more important to kitty than how something actually tastes.
Fish have high fat content (good fat - mostly omega 3 fatty acids which probably taste great to kitty's sophisticated amino acid taste receptors), and fish also have a very strong smell (apparently a "good" smell to cats) - a combination that is almost irresistible to most cats.


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