In December when I was the winner of a drawing held by Cathy Keisha to get a sample of Picky Cat food by Royal Canin, Mom was very glad, because I really am a Picky cat as far as my food is concerned, and Mom had actually almost bought a box of the food samples to try. First of all, it was really exciting that the food came by Fedex one day and was addressed to me!!!
Inside the FedEx package was a box of Picky Cat food, as well as a coupon to get a bag of my favorite food of the three possibilites. The idea behind Picky Cat is that some cats choose their food based on how it smells and tastes (Selective Aromatic), some based on how the food feels in their mouth (Selective Savor ) and some based on how they feel after they eat the food (Selective Protein).
The instructions said to put out three bowls with equal amounts of the different foods in each bowl and to feed me only that for a whole day. So Mom did that and I went straight to the Protein food and ate it up. I would not touch the others. It was so obvious I only liked the one, that Mom fed me my regular food the rest of the day. About a week later, she tried again - the first time, she put my food in the bathroom where I usually eat to keep my food away from Miss Vacuum Sweeper, but the second time she closed Audrey in the kitchen and presented me with the three bowls in a straight line in the front hallway (see photo below). Once again the only food I would even TRY was the Protein variety. She switched the positions of the bowls, and again I went for the Protein. So it seems like a no brainer.
What surprises Mom about this is that she is pretty sure, because I would not even try the others, that the only one I liked the smell of was the Protein. Yet that food is not supposed to be preferred by cats based on Aroma at all. And I couldn't have known it would make my tummy feel best later when I ate that one, because I knew from the beginning it was the only one I wanted.
So you can guess which of the three foods the humans will use the coupon for!!
Now how about Audrey? Well, Audrey likes everything that can remotely be called food. Mom and Dad have never seen her not eat anything she was given. Never. Never.! So they have not tried her with a taste test, because they are pretty sure that, even if she had a favorite, she would eat up everything in all three bowls right away, and then probably barf it back up due to an overly full tummy!
Disclaimer: We received thre Picky Cat sampler pack free of charge from Royal Canin, as well as the coupon, but that has not influenced our opinion of the food, or Mom's reporting of the experiment.