Cat Statistics

Cat Statistics


Cats can swallow and digest their food without chewing it.


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When we humans eat meals we (typically) chew quite a reasonable amount with our teeth before we swallow. Among some beneficial purposes, the act of chewing helps break larger food into smaller pieces so that, once we finally do swallow, it's a lot easier for our esophagus to carry our food down to our stomachs and easier for our stomachs to digest our meals.

But what about cats? If you've found your way here it's likely because you noticed your cat doesn't chew his or her food. You may be wondering whether this is something your particular cat does, whether it's potentially problematic, or whether it's completely normal for the furry felines under our roofs to avoid chewing food entirely. Let's jump into the facts straight away.


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