Have you ever wondered who does the taste test....

@CatVegas (711)
United States
January 8, 2007 12:13am CST
I wonder who does the taste test on Cat & Dog Food..The Ads read "New Improved Flavor"...Hmmm how would I know if they improved the flavor as I don't eat it and my dog or cat can't tell me. The only way they can is by not eating it. Many times I have wondered who has the job of testing the taste of pet food...
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
8 Jan 07
taste testing - a fascintating world if research and development when the taste testing occurs.  There are disappointments on the shelves when people do not buy a  product, makes you wonder about the taste testing in that case.
All the research and development dollars are ear marked for different aspects and they seem to have a scientific way of telling which foods appeal more to different animals. Now it is edible and some people on limited incomes have been reduced to consuming cat food. It does come in easy open cans! Disgusting as that is it would be something to find out which person or persons have that job of eating pet food!
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@shywolf (4529)
• United States
10 Feb 07
LOL!! That is a really funny thought. You're right, they have to have someone taste-testing it! I mean, I'm sure that they can have pets do it, but how can they really prove that the pets think that the taste is improved? Just because one cat might eat more of the new 'improved' flavor than the other, doesn't necessarily prove anything, does it? I don't know. I don't think that I would want to be the taste tester, anyway! I'm pretty sure that cat and dog food tastes pretty gross to us humans, not that I can remember ever trying the wet kind. I know that I probably ate a piece or three of dry cat/dog food, though, in my time. I also ate some of our gerbil / hamster seed food when we had those animals in our home, and lol, it was pretty good.
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@CatVegas (711)
• United States
10 Feb 07
Thank you for your respond...I have to agree with you on the part that maybe some pets taste it and they go by that, but my husband and I seen on a TV show that humans do taste test some of the products...I know I had a friend who just loved the Milk Bones for dogs. She liked the White ones (milk flavor ones).. She would eat them like eating cookies LOL...
@nibory (175)
• United States
13 Jan 07
I was sure that humans taste tested pet food but I've been searching and searching and I can't find any mention of companies doing that. I did find a couple of nuts with blogs who have done it for their own research but it seems that animals most likely are used for taste tests. They just see which ones the pets prefer. I apologize if it's not okay to post a link but while I was searching, I found a super interesting page from the Animal Protection Institute that has a lot of information about what is in pet food and whether it's good or bad. I was very surprised to find out that a lot of ingredients are not suitable for human consumption. Here is the link, I hope, for those who are interested. www.api4animals.org/facts.php?p=359&more=1
• United States
19 Feb 08
My dog wont touch dog food... those companies would go out of business if my dog did the testing!
@estherlou (5026)
• United States
8 Jan 07
Good point! You made me laugh! Not a great mind picture...some person tentatively putting a spoon of catfood to their tongue to taste test! Yuck! Some of it really smells good, though!
@CatVegas (711)
• United States
8 Jan 07
LOL that is just how I feel, I can just see someone doing a taste test with some of the cat or dog food that you need a clothes pin on your nose. But yes some of the foods really smell super good. But that is a bit scarey as we do have some seniors that have been know to eat pet food...Especially cat food, the tuna..
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@sarcos (201)
• New Zealand
30 Jan 07
They do use aniamls to test the cat and dog foods. You have the dishes with the food and you let a hugry cat in the room and they will go to the most delicious one at that time. I have seen how they do it when i have watch a program on the Tv
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@The_Eagle_1 (1123)
• Australia
10 Jan 07
I would imagine the harder a dogs tail wags the tastier the dish, and if the cat eats it without hesitation it's gotta be good!! lol But the image of a spoon taster...that brings shivers, not down my spine but up my spine!! rofl
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@nzinky (822)
• United States
9 Jan 07
I sure wouldn't want that job some of that food really has a foul smell to it........Wonder what the pay for that one would be have to be more than mim wage don't think they could pay anyone enough mone for that one.......
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• United States
8 Jan 07
Too funny, no I have never thought that far into it but yes, someone human would have to taste test it, can you imagine their total and what kind of person it takes to do such a job
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@Perry2007 (2229)
• Philippines
8 Jan 07
You love your cats & dogs. They should let you know, You must be keen observer on how they eat and react to their food, and wonder also on how they react to their foods, Maybe, just maybe thats how one knows without tasting it actually.
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@usman400 (1588)
• Pakistan
8 Jan 07
I dont know, never been for this, it must be some pet :P
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@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
2 Dec 07
I realize this is kind of an old discussion but I just had to chime in. This is so hysterically funny to think about. Maybe they do actually get people to taste test the food to see if the flavor is indeed improved or maybe they should just hire my two very finicky cats who will only eat Fancy Feast..oh, has to be the regular kind, no grilled, flaked, marinated, and no way the new Florentine versions...So they should hire my two cats as taste testers too.
• United States
11 Feb 07
I'm sure I'm going to get a lot of flack over saying this but, cat and dog food doesn't really have all that much of a taste to it! So that being said, I guess *I* could be one of those people (if indeed they're people) that do the taste tests. But I understand what you're saying, how DO they know it's better other than just whether the cat/dog will eat it or not?
• United States
10 Feb 07
Good question! It gave me a good laugh too. I've always wondered that myself. Maybe they have animal taste-testers. If they eat it up, then they know it's good. But the problem with that is that most large dogs will eat anything, and I DO mean ANYTHING! Mine will. So it could taste just like crap, the dog taste-testers eat it, and so they say it tastes good. Hmmm...
@katyzzz (2902)
• Australia
26 Jan 07
Just watch the animals response.
@Lydia1901 (16354)
• United States
11 Jan 07
That's a good one, I never thought about this too much. Now I'm wondering the same thing. So, I guess animal's food isn't bad for us after all if they have a human tasting those food for them, right?! LOL!!!