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cat behavior after bath – Bitting? Answer (sense of smell)

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cat behavior after bath – Bitting? Answer (sense of smell)

Why does the cat bite after a shower? The answer is in his sense of smell – The cat is a sensitive animal, and sometimes has seemingly strange behaviors that we don’t understand. Why does the cat bite after a shower, what does it mean?

Does the cat bite us after a shower? (Photo Flickr)

After the shower, there is always a moment of relaxation, while we dry ourselves and enjoy the sensation of steam and heat. And here he comes, our sweet and beloved cat who bites us suddenly. Why? Will it not be against our personal hygiene? No, the answer is much simpler than that, but at the same time it is strongly linked to the fact that cats are extremely sensitive animals to everything around them. So let’s find out if the time has come to lock ourselves when taking a shower, to avoid that the cat decides to bite us in the moment of maximum relaxation.

The olfactory factor

Feed the cat
The cat is very sensitive
to smells. (Pixabay photo)

The reason why the cat bites after a shower is certainly linked to its delicate sense of smell. Now, however, it is necessary to understand whether the smell is positive or negative for him. In fact, it is to be understood whether the cat loves the smell that we emit as soon as we get out of the shower, perhaps after using some particular fragrance in the shower gel and shampoo, or if on the contrary he strongly hates this smell.

In fact, cats have extremely sensitive noses, and use them very precisely. The sense of smell helps them understand the world around, from familiar and comfortable smells to those smells that alarm them. These smells help them identify people, places, objects and even food.

The smells they love or hate

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If the cat bites us, the reasons are various. (Photo Pexels)

And just like humans, there are smells that our cat likes and smells that he doesn’t like. The question now is whether he likes the smell of when we get out of the shower. There is no way to understand it for sure, a bit like what happens to humans: the cat could love the smell of our new shampoo, and respond as if it were catnip. And just as if it were catnip, it tries to sink into its teeth, inhale it deeply and absorb its scent, because as with catnip it feels a strong sense of euphoria.

Or on the other hand, he might hate him. For example, many cats don’t like the smell of cedar, which we could use to keep them away from somewhere in the house. Usually, in fact, a cat that does not like a smell keeps away from that object that smells bad for him. But if he loves us so much, he attacks us because he tries to distance us and save us from that terrible smell that he feels as a threat.

The most plausible explanation, however, remains the first: the cat loves these smells very much, is strongly attracted to them so as to lose control. Maybe not all cats love the same smells, maybe even a cat might not like catnip (it happens once in three, statistically), and is excessively attracted to other smells, like that of our new soap.

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