Our experimental models in this study were cats fitted with gastric fistulae. Intravenous infusion of sulfated CCK 8 and nonsulfated Boc CCK 7 inhibited both sham-feeding and feeding in fasted cats. The threshold dose (1.2 pmol/kg.hr) required for inhibition of sham-feeding was identical to that required to inhibit feeding in the same animals. However, the gastric secretory studies indicated that this dose was 90 times lower than the threshold dose stimulating gastric acid secretion (109 pmol/kg.hr). In nonfasted animals, sulfated CCK 8 and nonsulfated Boc CCK 7 (219 and 875 pmol/kg.hr) are both capable of decreasing the food intake at different intervals following the infusion with no significant effect on daily food intake. Our findings clearly show that there is no difference in the sensitivity of CCK's ability to inhibit sham-feeding and feeding, suggesting that CCK's suppressive effect on food intake does not solely involve gastric distension mechanisms. In contrast to gastric acid secretion, the sulfate group is not a "restrictive" factor for peripherally-induced CCK satiety.