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Cats have relatively few taste buds compared to humans. Domestic and wild cats share a gene mutation that keeps their sweet taste buds from binding to sugary molecules like carbohydrates, leaving them with no ability to taste sweetness. Their taste buds instead respond to amino acids, bitter tastes and acids.
The sperm whale's cerebrum is the largest in all mammalia, both in absolute and relative terms. The olfactory system is reduced, suggesting that the sperm whale has a poor sense of taste and smell. By contrast, the auditory system is enlarged. The pyramidal tract is poorly developed, reflecting the reduction of its limbs.
- ↑ Why Cats Can’t Taste Sweets. Petside. URL accessed on 2013-01-11.
- ↑ Bradshaw, John W. S. (1 July 2006). The Evolutionary Basis for the Feeding Behavior of Domestic Dogs (Canis familiaris) and Cats (Felis catus). Journal of Nutrition 136 (7): 1927S–1931.
- ↑ (1998). Ontogenesis of the sperm whale brain. The Journal of Comparative Neurology 399 (2): 210–28.