I’ve decided that cats will only eat stinky food.
Ivy and Gracie would sometimes like one type of canned food I’d order for them, for a short time anyway. Maybe a few days or so.
After that, I’d put the food down in their bowls and they’d stick their noses up and walk away. Their furry tails would be raised up in the air as if to make a catty exclamation point.
Then I was stuck with cans of canned cat food they refused to eat.
Wasted Money On Cat Food:
I bought one flavor after another. They’d eat the canned cat food for a day or so and then they were done with it.
Still, Ivy would come begging me for her canned food around 2 p.m., this after having eaten half a can at breakfast. She sure has a clock in her head for when it’s time for her next meal.
I’d open a can of fresh cat food, put it down for them and then hope for the best.
She’d sniff at it and look at me with those big green eyes as if to say: “Why can’t you get this right?”
Gracie would stand back and see what Ivy thought.
Then I finally got something right. I ordered a canned cat food that has fewer ingredients and is grain-free with no additives.
When I opened the first can I thought it stunk to high heaven. I put their separate dishes on the floor and they nearly knocked me over getting to it.
It has been a few days now and they seem quite happy with their stinky seafood cat food. I kind of gag when I pull back the tab to open a can. But for them, it seems the stinkier the better and the faster they lap it up.
Why do cats like stinky food? Is it in their DNA?
So I did what I typically do when confounded about something or other. I Googled it.
Are Cats Attracted To Bad Smells?
That’s a great question, said Google!
Cats love to bury their noses in lovely, smelly stinky things. A particular favorite is dirty undergarments of any kind. They smell for a long time, then look up with their mouth slightly open, usually making anyone seeing this bust out laughing!
Ew! That’s just disgusting.
Well, I don’t think they make cat food with a flavor called “dirty undergarments.” Thank goodness!
Right below this little tidbit online about the dirty undergarments was this question that I thought might interest you.
How Far Can A Cat Smell Its Owner?
One study found domestic cats can navigate their way home from 1.5 to 4 miles away, and so can potentially smell their home from this far, too!
And right below that information was what smell do cats hate?
Can you guess what that smell might be? Drumroll, please.
CITRUS AND BANANAS!
Now I know that citrus has a pungent scent, though I didn’t really think bananas had much of a scent at all. But I guess our feline friends disagree.
And I couldn’t help but see the Google question below that one.
10 Smells That Attract Cats:
- Mint, Basil and Peppermint.
- Floral aromas.
- Fruit scents.
I wrote that down for you in case you have any interest in what cats like to smell. But if you read that list, you can see that they left one vital scent out. Stinky cat food.
So now, armed with all this “valuable” information about your cat, you can go forth and enjoy your feline friend and all its idiosyncrasies.
As well as its smelly, stinky food.