Know what are the smells that cats cannot bear

Just as there are smells that they love, there are other smells that they simply cannot bear. Know what those smells are that cats do not want to feel anywhere near.

The cats are generally animal representation cleaning, and thus apply not only to personal hygiene, but also to their environment and everything that has to do with him.

Its olfactory system helps the animal to smell its enemies and detect potential dangers in its surroundings. They have a sense of smell that is fourteen times stronger than that of a human being. 

This is because, although it may not appear physically, the nasal organ of every cat is much larger than that of a person. The olfactory system of a cat is distributed over almost the entire head, which internally ends up being a whole nose.

Due to evolutionary processes cats have their respective olfactory preferences. Just as there are smells that they love, there are other smells that they simply cannot bear. Whether it's foods that can't digest, strong natural odors, or potentially dangerous chemicals, a cat will avoid certain odors and run away from them.

Some odors may upset some cats more than others, however the following list is based on a large number of cats.

Citrus smells

Cats are not fans of limes, oranges, lemons, and similar smells. In fact, there are cat repellents that contain essences like these. If, for example, you are trying to prevent your cat from entering the garden and eating all the flowers, you can spray a little orange oil or scatter some peels of those fruits. 

They also do not appreciate much the flavor, so, it is very possible that they stay away from the area where they see that there is a lot of these elements.


Although they are very rich in flavor and potassium, cats are not considered friends of this fruit. Rub (on the outside) a banana peel on the sofa or leave it for a day, if you want to prevent your cat from taking a nap and leaving its hairs in that part of the house.

Dirty litter boxes

When your litter box is dirty, for no reason will you want to get close to it. A dirty litter box could lead to your cat getting mad at you and as a scolding make its own litter box on an expensive carpet, in the pot of some exotic plant and even on clothes that have fallen on the ground.

Pine tree

Although there are natural sands that are made with this type of material, we cannot abuse the intensity of the smell, and that leads the feline to have an opposite effect, to the point of hating and rejecting the sand. 

Rotating the smells of the sand and making them more neutral, you will ensure that your cat is not saturated with them.

Bad fish

In this, cats also resemble humans. It is one thing that we love fish and quite another is that we like the smell of spoiled fish. Well, the same thing happens to cats, they hate everything that is expired. 

We recommend that you never try to give your cat a last fish, one will not eat it and two if you force it, it will surely make you sick or could even intoxicate it.


Cats don't appreciate food odors that are spicy or overly seasoned such as pepper, mustard, and even curry. Their sense of smell perceives them as toxic.

Soaps and deodorants

Strong and chemical odors are rejected by cats. Be careful with the soaps and cleaning products that you are going to choose, both for the house, as well as for cleaning your litter box, your food bowl and even for your personal hygiene. Remember that odors attract or repel cats.

Some plants

Cats love most flowers and plants, but some are simply not their favorites. Lavender, geranium, thyme, lemon are some of the plants that are on your blacklist. 

Gardeners always complain about cats because they invade gardens and make a mess. We recommend placing a couple of lavender or thyme plants to avoid a natural disaster. 

There are also a large number of toxic plants for cats, it is very convenient to avoid them, despite the fact that many of them instinctively avoid them.


Most cats are averse to the smells of some plants because they find it toxic, a typical case is the rejection by eucalyptus, since its essential oils can be harmful to the animal and he knows it. Nature is wise.

It is important to note that, as in people, nothing is universal. There will be cats that do support these smells and don't hate them, and on the contrary there will be others that don't support them.

As everything is based on experience, you can do the test with your cat, and you will quickly check if it is to your liking or not.

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