Kitty’s Sensitive Nose
Photo provided by Friskies Explorer Selef.
A cat’s nose is one of the cutest noses in all of the animal world. I love watching a cat gently investigate an object using that incredibly sensitive nose. His nose is an amazing information-gathering piece of feline equipment. It’s much more sensitive than the sniffers located on our own faces. I can’t even imagine how the world would seem to us if we had the type of scent sensitivity of that of our feline companions. Wow!
Since your cat’s nose is so sensitive, it’s good to be mindful of the products you use around your environment and how your cat might feel about them. For example, let’s start with the most sensitive subject for many cat owners: the litter box. If the box has an unpleasant odor from not being kept clean and YOU can smell it, can you imagine how it offensive it must be for a cat? Also, when it comes to all the additives that are available for adding to litter, consider how strong those scents must be to a cat, especially when his nose gets so close to the litter itself when he’s in the box taking care of personal business.
Carpet cleaners, air fresheners, fabric refreshers and household cleaners are just a few of the things we commonly use around our homes. Be aware of how highly scented they are, so use them within reason.
When I do in-home consultations with clients I sometimes find plug-in room fresheners that have been placed right by the litter box in order to mask odor. The last thing kitty wants to smell when he approaches his litter box is the strong scent of roses or lavender.
Remember, your cat’s nose is a finely-tuned part of his sensory system. Help him enjoy his environment by not overwhelming that cute little nose with too much scent. Nothing smells better to a cat than the scent of a clean litter box, his comfy bed, his favorite toys, his loving owner and his favorite food.
Have you watched your cat as he investigates scents?
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