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Effects of pre- and postnatal olfactogustatory experience on early preferences at birth and dietary selection at weaning in kittens.
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PMID:  19965899     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
The ontogenesis of olfactogustatory preferences has been investigated in various mammals but surprisingly not in domestic cats Felis catus. In a first experiment, we examined how prenatal exposure (25 days prepartum) to a cheese flavor via the mother's diet can influence olfactory preferences of neonatal kittens. During 2-choice tests, 2-day-old kittens oriented first toward the cheese odor experienced in utero more frequently than toward a usual pet food odor. The choice of kittens born to mothers fed with a control diet did not differ from random. In the second experiment, we assessed the role of pre- and postnatal exposure (from 25th day before to 23rd day after birth) to cheese flavor on food preferences in weaned kittens. Forty-five-day-old cats exposed to cheese flavor during uterine and postnatal life via their mothers' diet ate higher amounts of chicken supplemented with cheese flavor than food supplemented with usual pet food flavor. On the other hand, the control group did not exhibit a preference for a specific food. Our results clearly demonstrated that pre- and postnatal olfactogustatory exposure via maternal ingestion influences later olfactory and food preferences of cats.
Authors:
Aurélie Becques; Claire Larose; Patrick Gouat; Jessica Serra
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2009-12-04
Journal Detail:
Title:  Chemical senses     Volume:  35     ISSN:  1464-3553     ISO Abbreviation:  Chem. Senses     Publication Date:  2010 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-12-18     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8217190     Medline TA:  Chem Senses     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  41-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Laboratoire d'Ethologie Expérimentale et Comparée, Université Paris 13, Avenue JB Clément, 93430 VILLETANEUSE, France. serra@leec.univ-paris13.fr.
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