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Franny Syufy

The Nose Knows

By February 6, 2013

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Did you know that a cat's sense of smell is fourteen times stronger than a human's? That is because its total nasal organ is comparatively larger than that of a human.

Photo of very young kitten hissingCats depend on their sense of smell for their very survival; in fact it could be said that a cat's nose is its most important organ. A cat uses scent to sniff out food, mates, enemies, and to seek out his own territory, which he has previously marked. Watch a cat standing at an open door before venturing out. He'll use his nose to scope out the territory. We might be surprised at smells cats find pleasing versus those they dislike. They seem to be drawn toward the smell of sweaty armpits, and dislike the scent of perfume and colognes. But, I swear my cats can zero in on catnip from 50 feet. It is easy then to see that the world of a cat is the world of scents and odors.

A cat's sense of smell develops very early in life, even before they can see clearly. Baby Jaspurr, pictured here, hissed at me the first time I saw him because my scent was new and strange.
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