Why Cats Hate These 6 Smells


A common question, either for training cats or just to know more about your feline pal, tackles smells that cats hate. The ancient Grecian Historian Plutarch once noted that cats were the pinnacle of cleanliness and that they would go mad at any unnatural smells. This article aims to give you some idea of common smells your cat will avoid.smells-that-cats-hate

The first thing to note is that a cat’s sense of smell is about fourteen times stronger than a human. This is largely because a cat’s entire nasal organ is so much bigger than that of a human—despite the demure outer appearance, a cat’s olfactory system extends through nearly their entire head. Your cute kitten’s little head is essentially a giant walking nose—just keep that in mind.

Your cat’s sense of smell helps in:

  • Survival—a cat can smell potential Enemies and dangers coming. Cats (along with snakes, lizards, and a large number of other mammals—though sometimes underdeveloped in them) have an organ known as the vomeronasal organ (popularly known as Jacobson’s organ). This essentially is a very strong receptor, primarily of pheromones, which are the chemical forms of communications between animals. This helps your cat sense predators (almost in what seems to a human like a “6th sense”), competition, mates, and prey. This gland is located in your cat’s mouth, which is why they will often seem to grimace or smile when sniffing out particular odors. Your cat may seem to grimace at certain things, but it does not necessarily mean it is one of the smells that cats hate!
  • Hunting—even before your cat’s eyes were open, his nose was leading him to food—just born, kittens will locate their mothers and, more importantly, the nearest teat. Unlike primates, cats are largely olfactory hunters, whereas we humans are greater visual hunters (though cats are like most mammalian predators in that they, of course, see better at night than humans, because of their double reflective eyes). That is not to say cat eyes are inferior, but rather than relying as strongly on central vision for details, a cat’s eyes largely find their use detecting movement, not colors and details.
  • Social Interaction— Cats who are spraying are actually sending a complex message to other cats in the area. They are saying “hey this is my space, bugger off or I scratch you” or “I’m a single male cat, in my late 3’s. I have a steady family, and my turn-ons include long strolls through the yard and a sunny driveway”. Cat spray is not one of the smells that cats hate, rather it is a manner of cat-mail
  • Sexual Reproduction—the above mentioned Jocobson’s organ is primarily thought to be used for pheromone detection. Female cats, when “in heat” excrete a very powerful chemical signal that male cats can detect over miles. Male cats also, when they spray, leave behind a message about themselves that helps the female cats determine their qualification as a mate. Warning: does not work for humans. My girlfriend is still rather peeved about that.

Cats do have olfactory preferences, largely due to various evolutionary impulses. Whether it is foods they cannot digest or various potentially dangerous chemicals, a cat will avoid certain scents.

Smells that cats hate:

  • Citrus—lemons, limes, oranges, and the like famously are cat repellents
  • Bananas—rubbing a banana (or citrus) peel on a couch might keep your cat off (though it will start to smell like old rotten bananas).
  • Dirty Litter Boxes—they do not smell great to humans either, but this is a particular smell that cats hate. A dirty litter box could drive your cat to make their own litter box, out of a rug or your favorite sweater left lying on the floor.
  • Cayenne Pepper—as well as mustard and a variety of spicy foods (capsaicin is a toxin after all)
  • Some Soaps & Deodorants—be careful what you clean your cat’s bowl or litter box with, because some cleaners will scare your cat away.
  • Certain Plants—lavender, rue, geranium, absinthe or lemon thyme are examples of smells that cats hate in the plat world. Remember, of course, some plats cats love. Things like catnip (part of the mint family) and spider plants have a mildly hallucinogenic effect on your cats, and, like some of us in college, cannot get enough of them.

Remember, of course, cats are like people in that these are the typical smells that cats hate, but cats are still individuals. Some might dislike some more than others. So if you are trying to find a way to keep your cat from using your prize flowers as a litter box, you may need to try several different odors in different amounts to find out what works.

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How Much Does A Cat Cost Per Month?


I really wish there was a flat dollar amount that I could give to people when they ask how much does a cat cost per month.  But, there isn’t.

Now you ask.. Why?  Because it depends on several

If you’re looking for a flat monthly amount, I can tell you from my experience, be prepared to spend near $100 a month on your cat.  If you have more than one (1) cat, the cost definitely increases, but there are certain things that the cats can share.  Read on to find out how much a cat cost annually and what factors make the difference.

What does it depend on?

1) Whether you have an indoor or outdoor cat:

In general, indoor cats will cost less because they do not have to get as many shots and treatments as outdoor cats do.  An outdoor cat is required to get certain vaccines (shots) and use a flea protection liquid on a monthly basis.

Sad story follows – read at your own risk:  Outdoor cats also run the risk of getting in an accident, or a fight with another animal, which could lead to cuts, broken bones, blood, and possibly death (we’ve lost a cat to the pizza guy’s car :()

Outdoor cats will rack up those veterinary and medication bills more than indoor cats.

The indoor vs outdoor cat factor is probably the most important when trying to figure out how much does a cat cost a month, but these other factors can make an impact as well…

2) Which breed of feline do you have:

Some breeds of cat will eat more, therefore have to use their litter more often, which means you have to buy more food and cat litter.

Other breeds will be very playful, and thus you will find yourself inclined to buy cat nip and toys for them to play with.  On top of that, some cats need to exercise their claws, so your couch might take a beating or you will have to buy a scratching post.

Some breeds of cats will shed more than other, therefore cleaning your home becomes more expensive over the months and years, which could really mess with your accounting.

3) The behavior of your cat:

Going along with the differences that each breed of cat brings – every cat’s personality is different.

If you have a mischievous cat, you may find yourself buying new lamps, chairs, and carpet more often than your neighbor.

There are probably more factors that determine how much you will be spending on your cat every month or year.  Make sure you let your friends know that you know how to determine how much a cat costs per month.

Please comment below to share your opinion and thoughts – everyone’s experience is different and we can all learn from one another!

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