Three Smells Cats Hate the Most, and Why?


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Each one of us has certain fragrances and aromas, which we find irresistible. But there are also stenches which we absolutely abhor. Similarly, cats, too, have certain smells that they like and those that they really hate.

While it's important to learn about the smells they enjoy, its more so necessary to identify the smells cats hate; because these smells not only pose an olfactory discomfort, but they may also lead to illness in your cat.

Here are three smells which you should never expose your feline to:

  • Citrus โ€“ lime, lemon, orange, mandarin & grapefruit

Topping the list of smells cats really detest, is citrus.

Felines absolutely hate any citrusy smell. In fact, citrus smells are so famous for being hated by cats, that companies make cat repellants using citrus-derived enzymes. While citrus fragrances aren't toxic, they may cause acute discomfort and irritation in their nose and throats, if your cats are sensitive, to begin with.

Although the definitive reason for this dislike isn't known, some scientists believe that the very strong smell emanated by citrus fruits and vegetables may be too much for the sensitive olfactory cells of the cat. After all, cats have one of the most sensitive noses in the animal kingdom. So a citrus smell can feel like a painful onslaught.

  • Feces and urine smell from dirty litter boxes

Everyone knows that cats are clean animals. But their obsession with cleanliness is so strong that it extends to their immediate surroundings too. Give a cat an uncleaned litter box, and in all probability, she will give you a look of pure contempt and walk away.

Cats hate the lingering smell of feces and urine. Even the slightest smell can put them off. They'd rather go on your new carpet, than seat themselves in something so smelly.

Its very important that you clean and wash your kitty's litter box every day. Nothing less than a deep clean will keep your cat happy. The litter, too, should be changed every two weeks; earlier, if you have multiple cats.

  • Lavender

Us human beings have such a loving relationship with lavender; that we often find it shocking that other animals do not share our feelings. Your cat is one among them.

Lavender (even dried leaves, oils, and balms) contain two chemical compounds called linalyl acetate and linalool, which are absolutely deadly to cats. Ingesting lavender (either as food or as an essential oil) can lead to lavender poisoning in cats and cause digestive stress, respiratory problems, and an elevated heart rate. But call it a miracle of God or the power of evolution; cats have an in-built radar for lavender, and they actively avoid getting anywhere near the plant. So, in all likelihood, they'll avoid any space that smells remotely like lavender. Even so, as a general rule, avoid spraying lavender-scented room fresheners or using lavender detergents. It would help if you also steered clear of having lavender plants in your garden too.

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