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5 Weird Smells My Cats Are Crazy About

I like the aromas of flowers and freshly baked apple pie. My cats prefer wet swimsuits and freshly worn shoes.

Angie Bailey  |  Sep 17th 2014


Cats can be little weirdos, at least in the eyes of us humans. They are entertaining, though — there’s no doubt about that! I love watching the little things they do, especially when they don’t know I’ve got my eyes on them. I always wonder what they’re thinking, and what drives them to do certain things. I know a lot of it is because they’re cats and it’s instinctive, but I still like to imagine they’re thinking human thoughts, because that’s way more entertaining to me.

I love it when they totally get off on certain smells — ones that I’d never care to whiff. Here are five of them:

1. Invisible spots on the carpet

You know when cats start sniffing a certain spot on the carpet and then do that open-mouthed breathing? And you look and don’t see a single thing? Of course there’s something there that only they can sense, but it’s funny watching them go nuts on what looks like an invisible spot. There was probably a cat butt sitting there earlier. Mmmm … cat butt, my favorite. Let me roll around on you, my precious.

2. My hair

Cosmo likes to smell and chew on my hair, especially when it’s wet. I can only assume he likes my hair product, or that he’s grooming me. Sometimes I do need grooming, so it’s probably a good thing he’s jumping in there and doing something about it. I love hearing the sniffing sounds as he takes in the hair that’s close to my ear. Maybe it’s his way of telling me he wants to go to beauty school.

3. Wet swimsuits

They go nuts for the wet swimsuits, and I know it’s the chlorine. If the suits are on the floor, they’ll even roll around on them. Cats gettin’ high on the chlorine. Post-swimming, it’s like an opium den in my bathroom.

4. My breath

Occasionally when I’m holding a cat, I’ll breathe in their face and they lean in and curiously sniff. They’re probably trying to piece together what I last ate. And I’ll bet they’re also kinda jealous if I ate something like chicken or tuna. They wish they could absorb the smells and enjoy the meal through me. You know, like the gum that Violet ate in Willy Wonka. I’d be the gum.

5. Shoes

Cats enjoy a nice stinky shoe, don’t they? I’ve even seen photos of cats asleep with their face buried inside a well-worn shoe. I would never, ever place my nose anywhere near a smelly shoe, especially one from my 16-year-old son. Of course, his are the cats’ favorite. Teenage-boy stink must be a delicacy. Phoebe will stick her head inside one of his shoes and breathe deeply. I have a feline version of Blue Velvet going on in my house.

Do you cats love weird smells? Give us some examples in the comments!

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About the Author: Angie Bailey is an eternal optimist with an adoration of all things silly. Loves pre-adolescent boy humor, puns, making up parody songs, thinking about cats doing people things and The Smiths. Writes Catladyland, a cat humor blog, Texts from Mittens (birthed right here on Catster) and authored whiskerslist: the kitty classifieds, a silly book about cats wheeling and dealing online. Partner in a production company and writes and acts in comedy web series that features sketches and mockumentaries. Mother to two humans and three cats, all of which want her to make them food.