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Tobie C.,SPF Diana | Peron F.,SPF Diana | Larose C.,SPF Diana
Animals | Year: 2015

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. © 2015 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. Source

Becques A.,SPF Diana | Larose C.,SPF Diana | Baron C.,SPF Diana | Niceron C.,SPF Diana | And 2 more authors.
Applied Animal Behaviour Science | Year: 2014

Palatability of pet food has been mainly assessed by intake ratios. In the present study we have searched for behavioural clues of food palatability in domestic cats Felis catus. Two diets differing in palatability (Very Palatable Kibbles and Low Palatable Kibbles) were evaluated by a panel of 17 cats using an automated feeding station and video recordings. The cats tested each diet in two different sessions, with only one diet during a given session. A session lasted for two consecutive days with food continuously available during 20. h per 24. h period. At each of their visit to the feeding station, the quantity of food eaten by a cat, the speed of consumption and the latency to eat were recorded. The behaviour of the cat was also analysed for each visit. All the cats made at least four visits to the feeding station during a 24. h period. We compared the different quantitative variables between the two diets for the first three visits and for the last visit of each of the two days of a session. Our results showed that, as expected, cats ate more VPK than LPK. Addressing behavioural patterns, the length of sniffing was significantly reduced with VPK on the two first visits of the first day, suggesting less hesitation in this situation. Neither the latency nor the speed of consumption was affected by the palatability of the kibbles. © 2014 Elsevier B.V. Source

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