Yes, cats do smell terrible.

spraycatBy Jeffrey the Barak

Despite what you think, your cat stinks and so does your home. Any cat owner reading this will immediately dive into a state of denial. They will say, cats do not smell, they are very clean animals. but they are basing such assumptions on their own senses, and these are not the senses of the majority.

In truth, not opinion, cats really do emit odors of various sorts, and like most animals, including humans, their urine and feces are very smelly. In a cat home, not only is there a cat, and a litter box, but there is also cat food, which in itself produces a house-filling stench that cat owners seem oblivious to.

When a non-cat owner visits the home of a cat owner the smells that are there to greet him or her include cat glandular spray, cat urine, cat feces, cat dander, canned cat food and also gases produced by bacteria that thrive in and on all of the above.

But the cat owner will think, Fluffy is so clean, and the litter box is so effective, and that bowl of gelatinous meat by-product on the kitchen floor smells like a rose. They are simply unable to smell what is really there.

And then beyond this nightmare of airborne bacteria, the cat people are also oblivious to the daily killing spree that their little fluffy unleashes on the wildlife of their neighborhood. Even when told that researchers have attached cameras to house cats and documented the massive daily carnage, they cannot process this fact, and continue to believe their little stinky monster just sits around purring at everything.

Of course it is easy to understand why. The reason is love. When you love your pet, you cannot imagine it as a stink-spraying ruthless killer. Even in the face of evidence, you are simply unable to believe it. That is the power of love.

But the non-cat lover will know that you have a cat, even if they never see it. They might be able to smell the cat on you when you are ten miles from home. They will almost certainly smell it in your car, even if you never put your cat in the car. Every piece of fabric or leather that you wear, contains the odor, as does your hair, as do your forearms and ankles. You are covered in it. And your friends with a good nose can smell the cat substances before all else. You smell of cat, and cats do stink.

The little fluff ball that you think is neatly licking itself clean in the corner of your living room is spraying glandular stink bombs out of its butt area when you are not looking. It is doing what is only natural in the wild, and marking its territory. We may have bred cats into house cats, but they are still cats, just like every lap dog is still a little bit of a wolf.

There is a stereotype of an older unmarried single lady, who has no romantic partner, living all alone with her pet cats. This stereotype exists not so much because these people need the company and love of the cats, as it is because the disgusting stench prevents non-cat people from wanting to be near them. Of course all the so-called crazy cat ladies reading this will again go into denial, but it can be scientifically proven that there is a terrible smell, and that it is not attractive. There, point proven.

The cat owner will find that dinner invitations are declined, human visitors have one eye on the exit door, and that the people most eager to come and hang out are not people at all, they are the cockroaches, who besides cats, raccoons and opossums are the only things that find cat food in open bowls on the floor of a warm house to have an appetizing odor.

Now clearly pet dogs and pet goldfishes etc. each have their associated undesirable odors that really don’t belong in a clean home, and indeed some humans are unable to clean away their own terrible smells, and therefore homes without any pets at all can still stink, but the cat is a very common cause of a smelly home, and in almost every case, the cat’s human companion cannot even tell the smell is there.

Some serious reasons why loving a pet cat is not a good idea.

  • Urine is deposited to mark territory. A strong smell that the owner gets used to and is unaware of, but others can smell on the property and in the clothes and hair of the owner even when they are off premises.When described, the owner is usually in denial.
  • Glandular spray is deposited to mark territory. A strong smell that the owner gets used to and is unaware of, but others can smell on the property and in the clothes and hair of the owner even when they are off premises. When described, the owner is usually in denial.
  • Cats kill other animals on a daily basis. Sometimes they keep it a secret, and sometimes they bring them home.
  • Cats vomit either dry fur balls or fur balls plus stomach acid inside the house as well as around the premises.
  • Cats damage furniture and fabrics with biting, scratching and erosion from bodily fluids.
  • Cats fight one another.
  • Cats scratch and bite people, including those who feed them and take care of them, but mainly third parties. The owners often try to overlook it as endearing play, but many people are rightly afraid of the injuries.
  • Cats are regarded as being clean by their loving owners, but this does not account for cat excrement around the building, or inside it, or the urine, or the glandular spray, or the hair that has been down into the stomach and back out, or the vomit, or the small creatures living in the skin and fur, or the dander, or the shed hair, or the bacteria deposited on all hard and soft objects that cats comes into proximity with. These substances are not only smelly, they can cause allergies and transmit disease. Evan swabs taken from the ceiling of cat’s homes test positive for this bacteria.
  • Cats can transfer disease to humans. Diseases include Lyme disease, Bartonella Henselae (Cat Scratch Fever), Bubonic plague, Rabies, Campylobacteriosis, Leptospirosis, Pasteurella Multocida, Salmonellosis, Toxoplasmosis, Ringworm, Roundworm, Tapeworm, Hookworm.
  • Cat litter does not work. The litter box smells, very strongly. It is somewhat better than having cat urine and feces directly on the floor but it mainly serves as an illustrator to the level of denial that the loving cat owner has. They view the tray of piss, poo and granules as a normal thing to be inside their home, and often it is located in close proximity to their human food preparation area. Salad anyone?


Jeffrey the Barak is not a cat lover, and is prepared for the illogical hate mail that this article may generate. He forgives you in advance because he knows it is driven by love.

16 thoughts on “Yes, cats do smell terrible.

  1. I came here because of kick scooters. I caught one of our cats spraying the tv screen one when it thought no one was watching. I think it was news that was on.

  2. Yep ever since my sister in-law got her cat I’ve noticed her, her husband and 2 kids smell awful. I’ve refused to go round ever since, and when my daughter gets back from there as she is the same age as her cousin she stinks. I make her have a bath and wash her clothes straight away, it’s disgusting.

  3. Never forget: Cats – like most animals – dont know toilet paper and like licking your hands and face… Yummy!

  4. My cat sleeps all day and doesn’t do nothing this article says, we only have one cat and I made sure I got an old lazy one because I really only want a cat the play with when I feel like it lol

  5. I totally agree. The romantic notion of having a cat is very different from actually owning one. They are nasty little creatures that will ruin your house in no time at all….. I used to have one and I am really relived now that I got rid of it. Vermin…..

  6. People with cats say “Oh they are so clean. They don’t smell”. And yet if you go to their house you smell the urine, feces, the meat they eat, the dander and hair, and the house just stinks, as do all the soft furnishings, the clothes in the closets, the bedding, the upholstery out in the owner’s car. Total stink everywhere. but “Oh cats don’t smell, they are so clean”. Disgusting little animals.

  7. This article is written by people who hate cats. How about when they take a shit themselves, probably the smell stays on walls and the air and when they do not take a bath every day. It is disgusting the hatred for these animals. Some of them they do spray walls and furniture, but not all so in synthesis most this article is a piece of hateful garbage

  8. So true. Moved in girlfriend who had cat. Biggest mistake of my life. Her place smelled so bad I ended up moving out and leaving her filthy ass. Never date anyone who owns or likes cats.

  9. Well, cat smell is totaly nothink in compare with dog smell…That’s realy foul…and because most of the dogs aren’t castrated….yuck. Even properely bathed dogs smell as hell. Just try to pet a dog and than bring your hand to your nose. You are going to faint…
    Cat ownes who are not able to properely and reguraly clean have smelly houses, but all dog owners have smelly houses. Everything there smells. Even stuff like wood, fridge…
    Truth to be told I have been to many huses of cat owner and no smell at all, but all houses of dog owner I have ever visited smelled like…like dogs…even these peope smelled.

  10. Truer words could not have been spoken. Having said that i have three cats…and can not now bring myself to get rid of them. I do believe the cat food for one leaves a nasty odor. I smell it when i enter the kitchen. I also believe that the fur they shed has an odor.

  11. I was told by my boss that I have a hygiene problem. I smell like a cat. What can I do I will not let go of my cats but I was told I smell and could lose my job

  12. I’m not really sure what kind of cats you people have or what kind of people own them, but I’ve had a cat for about a year now and no one who came over ever complained about any kind of smell. I live in an apartment, and I’ve asked almost everyone whether they sense any kind of difference in the smell between now and the smell before getting the cat. Also, I’ve been in a lot of homes with cats and none smelled so bad so as to make you leave. Yes, the food does smell a little, but nothing to make you want to run out and never come back. If the litter box is kept clean and the litter is changed regularly, there should be no problem. As for the parts about scratching the furniture, it’s all about training the fuzzy ones. They do see when they do something wrong, so with a little persistence they will stop doing it. Cats are not evil and they definitely are not foul smelling gremlins come to torture anyone who hates them… They’re just like any other animals, once you take on the responsibility to look after them, you have to go through with it :) They’re also loving (yes, they do show affection) and entertaining in their silliness.

  13. I don’t see how people think cats are clean when they dig in their poo and pee then jump up on tables, kitchen counters, computers, etc. They have poo bacteria all over their paws. Then cat people have the nerve to say they’re self cleaning and don’t need baths. *rolls eyes* Dogs are MUCH easier to keep smelling clean, and to train than cats are.

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