Surprising Smells That Your Cats Hate

Cats have a surprisingly powerful sense of smell. In fact, their sense of smell is considerably stronger than that of humans.

Cats often rely more on their sense of smell than what they can actually see or touch when they are scoping out environments.

Understanding which smells cats don’t like can help you in guiding your cat’s behaviour.

The toxic herbs for cats include mint and lavender in oil form.

Certain Herbs

Strong Citrus scents

When it comes to what smells do cats hate oranges, lemons and limes are high on the list.

Experts believe it is most likely the potassium in bananas that cats can smell and which then puts them off bananas.


In general, cats don’t like spicy smells. They associate them with potential toxicity.

Pepper, Curry, Mustard and Cinnamon.

I tend to associate all of these scents with cleaning products that I personally like but my cat very much doesn’t. A small hit of their scent will usually send a cat running.

Pine, Cedar, Wintergreen and Menthol

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