5 Surprising Smells That Cats Hate

Smells Cats Can't Stand

Did you know there are smells that cats hate? Cats have very sensitive noses, and even a slightly unpleasant smell can cause them to recoil in distaste. Also, remember that cats do not like the same smells that people do, so while you might really love that expensive perfume that you bought at the local boutique, your cat's sensitive nose might not be able to handle your intense scent.

The Litter Box

Perhaps one of the smells that cats hate the most is a dirty litter box. If your litter box hasn't been cleaned in a while, your cat might rebel and start using the restroom in another place that is less appropriate. Make sure that the litter box is clean if you want your cat to use it!

Bad Fish

While cats and people are very different, one thing they can agree on is that the smell of bad fish is unpleasant. Do not try to feed your cat fish - or any other meat for that matter - that has spoiled. He won't like it, and even if you do manage to get him to eat it, it might make him sick.

Certain Fruits and Vegetables

While fruits and vegetables might smell good to people, cats have another opinion altogether. Some varieties of produce, such as tomatoes and onions, can send your cat's olfactory system reeling.

Cats Don't Like Bananas

Cats really dislike the smell of bananas and citrus. In fact, one way to keep cats out of certain places is to spray a citrus spray around the area to discourage their presence! Try rubbing banana and orange peels on furniture that you want them to stay away from.

Other Cats

While cats don't necessarily mind the smell of cats they are familiar with, the smell of a new cat in the household can send your feline into a tizzy. Worse yet, the "new cat smell" can cause your original cat to spray the house. That's a smell no one likes!

Cats and Smell

Cats noses are very sensitive, but with a little forethought, you can make your house a pleasant olfactory experience for the both of you. Remember that your cat is close to the ground, so avoid using strong smelling chemicals to clean the floors. Also avoid spraying strong perfumes or chemicals anywhere near your cat; if you can smell it, it's one hundred times worse for him! Help keep your furry friend's nose happy.

Now learn how you can turn a cat's sense of smell to your own advantage by making your own natural cat repellent.

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5 Surprising Smells That Cats Hate