Our cats are spoiled, and very picky about their food. This is all my fault, I think, because I felt guilty buying them the cheap-o stuff when they were kittens and always got a midgrade cat food, and now they’re conditioned to expect it. I think it’s not about the taste, though.
Specifically, they don’t like the cat food that’s all brown X-shapes. Every once in a while we have a cat food emergency and must feed them the all brown X-shapes, and they get seriously pissed. They’ll follow us around the house and yowl like neglected little alley cats, and if they hear anything that sounds remotely cat-food-like, they’ll come tearing in from the other room to see if we’ve come to our senses and gotten out the real food yet.
Weirdly, this one time I got them Iams because I read that it’s better for them and also makes their litter less – well, less offensive. And Iams cat food is a consistent shape and color, although not all brown X-shapes. It’s more like all brown oval shapes.
They were having NONE OF THAT, and I ended up wasting $24 on a bag of cat food they wouldn’t touch because it was all brown oval shapes.
Beyond this, they don’t appear to have too much of a preference. So I can buy pretty much any brand of cat food I want to, but I must inspect the pictures on the bag first to see if it’s a variety of shapes and colors, and then everyone thinks I’m nuts, but maybe not quite as nuts as if I devoted an entire web site post to the fact that my cats hate the all brown X-shapes.