This is what I feed my hedgehog. He likes it. I know that because he gets excited when I give it to him, and he eats it. That’s pretty much the extent of my knowledge as to how he feels about it. But recently I noticed they had changed the shape of the food from what I remember as being roughly non-circular to circular. My suspicions were confirmed when I noticed the bag advertised that it was in a “new shape cats love!”
Here’s the abstract of the study performed to validate this statement:
Cats were asked to express their cat food preferences. A list of cat foods of various sizes, shapes, and styles was provided. The cats’ responses were recorded and analyzed. Claude is a food driven feline and he said this study was important.
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I realize that there probably was an actual study done to determine which shape cats find most appealing (which is disturbing enough as it is). But if someone studied it than surely they must have been trying to solve a problem. Were cats unhappy with the shapes we had been feeding them? They’re one of the oldest domesticated animals – surely we must have been doing okay. What need could have possibly warranted this study? Have they simply been upset with the shapes of their foods up until now and just been too polite to mention it?
In any case, I suggest asking your cat (or hedgehog as the case may be) if they are satisfied with the shape of their current food, and if not, try switching to something round. I hear cats love it.