Cat Health

What Smells Do Cats Hate?

What Smells Do Cats Hate?

Having furred pets at home is so much fun. However, there are times that you won’t understand your cat, there will be times that they tend to ruin the rules and you just can’t stop them because before you knew it, they already destroyed or ate something that is obviously not for them to touch. On the other hand, there are still hacks and solutions that will certainly help you in living a stress-free life with them. If you can’t tell them what to do, then control how their mind works. Just like sounds, there are also smells that annoy feline. Ever pondered what smells do cats hate? Let’s find out.

With this, you can stop them from doing things you don’t want them to. Like scratching the furniture or ruining your couch. Because once they get a hint of the smell that they don’t like, then they certainly won’t dare to go near that place.Here is the answer for What Smells Do Cats Hate.

1. Citrus

Lime, Lemons, Lime Slices, Citrus Fruit, Fruits

Citrus just like limes, lemons or oranges is one of the smells that cats hate. However, you can use this as an advantage to control your cat’s unwanted behavior. You can rub the peelings to your couch to prevent the from going up there and scratch it all up.

You can also put some citrus skins to different parts of your house that you want your cat to keep off. This is an excellent idea if you don’t want them to keep on chewing things because cats hate the taste of citrus.

2. Pine and Cedar

Pine Cone, Cedar, Tree, Needles, Branch, Conifer

Some Pines and Cedars are even used for cat litter boxes. However, the smell used is only a light and natural one. Pine and Cedar both compliments the nose of the majority. These smells are even more likely to be the most wanted smell. You might even see your cat eating your Christmas Tree. However, too much of this smell is already irritating to the nose especially to our pet cats. That’s the reason felines often feel annoyed or irritated after they smell them.

3. Eucalyptus

Green, Eucalyptus, Leaves, Branch, Nature, Leaf

Animals are naturally gifted. They can smell what are toxic to them or not. One example is the Eucalyptus plant. We might have this plant at home because of its medicinal value which is not a good thing if you allow your cat to play around your garden. This is not a good idea to use against cats because cats do not merely hate the smell but a Eucalyptus plant is toxic to both cats and dogs.

4. Wintergreen Oil

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The nex best answer to the question what smells do cats hate is none other than wintergreen. The wintergreen oils are usually used as a flavoring for a lot of products such as cocktails and gums. By directly smelling the oil we might even get irritated by its scent, and that is what cats feel also. If you want to use this to keep your cat away from different parts of your house, you can use cotton, soak it in the oil and leave it in the area.

5. Bananas

Banana, Tropical Fruit, Yellow, Healthy, Fresh, Ripe

We surely have bananas at home especially at the top of our dining table. But did you know that you can use this for your cats? Just like Citrus, you can also use banana peelings to prevent your cat from going to places you don’t want them to go to. However, after a long time, it will smell like rotten bananas which obviously you won’t. If your kitty has adverse reactions & retreats from bananas, the chances are that he or she is reacting to its chemicals’ smell in the outer skin. Though it is not harmful to felines, it can certainly annoy them.

6. Dirty Litter Boxes

Cartoons, Constipation, Pets, Dirty, Restroom, Fun

The reason behind this is quite evident because we don’t even like the smell of dirty litter boxes. Since cat’s sense of smell is sensitive, they can get irritated with uncleaned litter boxes even though that they can smell that it is their territory. If their litter box is already dirty, they might even make their litter box using your rags at home or even your clothes left on the floor. Understand that they like to have their environment clean and tidy.

7. Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne Pepper, Chilli, Red Pepper, Hot Pepper, Mexican

Cats don’t like the smell of spices. Just like humans, our nose also gets irritated if we inhaled too much pepper. Cats also don’t like other spices such as mustard, and any other spicy foods. Talking about cayenne pepper in specific, it contains a chemical called capsaicin, which is reported to repel cats away. In fact, some commercial pet repellent products like sprays make use of cayenne pepper as one of the key ingredients.

8. Soaps And Deodorants

Soap, Horsetail, Salt, Blossom, Bloom, Wood, Towel

There are certain smells of soap that can scare your cat away. This is because they contain a lot of different chemicals that can easily deter the felines. So before buying one, you need to check it first especially if the soap you are buying is for your cat because your cat might end up being scared of taking a bath or it can irritate the kitty’s skin and nostrils  or you might end up buying a new soap bar. Though smelling a litle of them is not that harmful but it certainly can make them feel annoyed.

9. Some Plants

Gypsophila, Flowers, Ornamental Flower

Aside from what I have stated above, there are also other plants that cats hate just like lavender, geranium, rum, and absinthe. And on the other hand, there are also other plants that cats like, so don’t worry if you are both a cat lover and a garden lover.

So here are a few of the smells that cats hate. You can use this as a tip and as a warning if you are planning to have a pet cat. But you should also remember that cats are like people, some cats hate some smell too much, and there are those that can take up a little dose of each. So if you are planning to use these scents for your cat, you should do a little experiment. You can try to put different scents and see if how does each work for your cat. Also, you can do this with various dozes of each scent.

After you have observed how your pet cat reacts to this, you can continue and use this to control your cat’s behavior. To prevent them from staying at places that you don’t want them to go to, to help them avoid chewing things they should not and to assist them in from biting and scratching your furniture, couch, walls and any other part of the house that you want to protect.

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