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Animals 2015, 5(1), 126-137; doi:10.3390/ani5010126

Assessing Food Preferences in Dogs and Cats: A Review of the Current Methods

SPF Diana, ZA du Gohélis, Elven 56250, France
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Academic Editor: Edgar Chambers
Received: 15 December 2014 / Accepted: 6 March 2015 / Published: 18 March 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Palatability of Pet Food)
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Food is a major aspect of pet care; therefore, ensuring that pet foods are not only healthful but attractive to companion animals and their owners is essential. The petfood market remains active and requires ongoing evaluation of the adaptation and efficiency of the new products. Palatability—foods’ characteristics enticing animals and leading them to consumption—is therefore a key element to look at. Based on the type of information needed, different pet populations (expert or naïve) can be tested to access their preference and acceptance for different food products. Classical techniques are the one-bowl and two-bowl tests, but complementary (i.e., operant conditioning) and novel (i.e., exploratory behavior) approaches are available to gather more information on the evaluation of petfood palatability. View Full-Text
Keywords: pet food; palatability; acceptance; preference; dogs; cats; emotional palatability; pet parenting; cognition pet food; palatability; acceptance; preference; dogs; cats; emotional palatability; pet parenting; cognition
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Tobie, C.; Péron, F.; Larose, C. Assessing Food Preferences in Dogs and Cats: A Review of the Current Methods. Animals 2015, 5, 126-137.

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