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Why isn't there mouse-flavored cat food?

Asked by Protagoras (135points) January 2nd, 2008

Cats seem to love the taste of mice, so why don’t they sell mouse-flavored cat food?

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hollywoodduck's avatar

I’m not sure if it’s the taste of mice that cat’s go after, but rather the thrill of the hunt.

syz's avatar

Because cat food coloring, dry kibble shapes, flavor descriptions, and package design are all designed for cat owners (i.e. the buyer), not cats.

jrpowell's avatar

I have never seen a cat actually eat a mouse. I have found mice that were used as chew toys by cats. I have always had cats. I have found dead mice outside the doorstep. But, never a mouse that was eaten for mouse meat.

hollywoodduck might be right. If the cat has normal cat food it will go for that first. The mouse is a fun toy to the cat.

brownlemur's avatar

A better cat food would be one that vibrates or moves around. Imagine bits of kibble that danced around in the cat’s dish – the cat would love it. So I agree with hollywoodduck, I think it’s the thrill of the chase/hunt.

ketoneus's avatar

Who would be the taste-tester to determine that the taste was authentic? The other cat flavors – chicken, fish, etc. – are all things that humans eat and could verify by tasting it themselves.

rowenaz's avatar

My cats always enjoyed a good rodent or two..I often would step outside to find a single heart left on the doorstep as a gift. How lovely….Once I found a dead mouse on a walk with my cat. He plopped himself right down and enjoyed his meal. Blech, sorry. If there were a mouse flavored cat food, who would be the taste tester to say that yup, that tastes just like mouse…..?

gailcalled's avatar

So why is everyone suggesting that I get a cat who will solve my mice-in-car problems? I have seen mice organs displayed on carpets of houses inhabited by cats. I’d rather throw a dead mouse-in-trap away.

i guess that there is not bird-flavoured cat food either.

rowenaz's avatar

Maybe if your cat were the driver….it would be a better deal!

peedub's avatar

Maybe it is mouse flavored. Have you tasted either.

PattyAtHome's avatar

LOL thats a good question. And also why DO they have beef flavored cat food. I can’t imagine a housecat if it were in the wild would ever try hunting a cow.

Aster's avatar

I wonder why they don’t sell hotdog flavored dog food? Anyway, I think mouse SCENTED catfood would be a good idea. We had a mouse when the kids were little. Our cat knew it. She came up out of the basement with FIRE in her eyes. Within a few minutes she had the mouse in her mouth and (don’t read further if you’re squeamish) we watched her eat that mouse head to tail. I recall the head making a crunching sound and the tail just slippin on down. Disgusting.

Coloma's avatar

Over here it would be Gopher in gravy flavor that would do it for my little tigress.
That, and maybe Lizard loaf. lol

I am still trying to find the perfect, never miss, favorite Fancy Feast flavor for the little princess.

I’d say 4 out of 5 taste tests have been, what I call ” Flavor failures.” hehe

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