What cats don't like the smell of: what an owner should know about

Yulia PoteriankoLife
Nature warns cats of danger through their sense of smell

The arrival of a cat in the house involves some changes in the habits and behavior of all household members. For example, we will definitely have to give up some smells, because cats perceive aromas differently than we do, and some smells can cause them not just disgust, but real stress and even poisoning.

OBOZREVATEL tells about the scent that irritates cats the most. It is even used to educate the animal.

We are talking about the smell of citrus fruits. Whether it be lemon, orange, tangerine, grapefruit or any other member of this family. The reason for this dislike is that the citric acid contained in these fruits is toxic to cats, so evolution has taught them to avoid contact with the dangerous substance as much as possible. Particularly because of the smell. However, this scent can be used to discourage the cat from using certain corners as a toilet or scratching the furniture. Just put a piece of citrus fruit or a couple of drops of citrus juice in these places and the cat will make a beeline for it.

It is also important to know what other scents disgust cats. All items that spread these smells are toxic to furry cats.

Essential oils

Volatile organic compounds contained in essential oils can cause severe poisoning in cats. Therefore, light the aroma lamp or turn on the diffuser only if the animal is not in the room where the device is working.

Hot pepper

The substance capsaicin, which gives peppers their pungent taste, is also toxic to cats. Therefore, a pinch of ground chili can also be a good deterrent for an animal. But large amounts should not be used.


Vinegar is often used for cleaning the house. But be aware that it can be toxic to cats. If you have such an animal, the residue will have to be washed off particularly carefully.

Ground coffee

Caffeine is toxic to cats and can cause poisoning. Therefore, it is better to keep animals away from freshly ground beans and even from coffee grounds. At the same time it can be sprinkled on pots with houseplants, if you want to protect them from fluffy, who wanted to arrange there a playground or toilet.

Previously OBOZREVATEL discussed why cats make noisy concerts with screams in the middle of the night, and what makes cats suddenly jump up and run around the house.

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