Cats are known for their sensitive noses, and they often react to smells in surprising ways. In particular, cats may gag when smelling certain scents. While this behavior can be concerning for owners, it is not necessarily a cause for alarm; some common triggers can explain why cats gag at smells.
What Causes Cats to Gag?
The most common reason that cats gag is because of their sensitive sense of smell. Cats have an organ called the vomeronasal organ which allows them to detect pheromones from other animals or plants as well as chemical signals from food sources, both of which play a role in determining whether or not something is safe for them to eat or investigate further. When cats encounter a scent that is unfamiliar or unusual enough to trigger this reaction, they may gape and even gag in response.
Another possible explanation for why cats gag at certain smells could stem from instinctual behavior such as hunting instincts or territorial defense mechanisms. For example, if your cat catches wind of another animal nearby, he may gape and make loud noises like growling and hissing with the intent of making himself appear larger and more intimidating than he actually is so that the potential threat knows who’s boss!
Common Triggers For Smell-Related Gagging
There are several things that can trigger a cat’s gagging reflex when they come across new scents. Citrusy odors such as lemons and oranges tend to be particularly offensive since cats’ heightened senses make them quite aware of how strong these types of fragrances really are! Other examples include perfumes/colognes (especially those with heavy floral notes), cleaning products like bleach or ammonia-based solutions (which have an extremely pungent aroma) ,and even human foods like onions which contain sulfurous compounds that irritate felines’ nostrils – all leading up to coughing fits and sometimes even vomiting if ingested accidentally!
In addition to these strong scents triggering reactions from your furry friend, there exists evidence suggesting that stress plays an important role too: when feeling overwhelmed by any kind environment (e.g., being around people during socialization sessions) – cats will gasp rapidly due its attempt trying regulate breathing rate back down again – perhaps causing temporary bouts with airway constriction leading up into choking episodes accompanied by retching sounds & visible throat contractions while trying expel whatever has been caught inside her larynx area prior succeeding at regaining control over respiratory functioning once again…
How To Reduce Smell-Related Gagging In Cats
If you’re concerned about your cat’s reaction to different smells there are some steps you can take reduce the likelihood that she’ll experience gagging episodes in response: firstly avoid exposing him/her any overly potent fragrances [like citrus] within close range proximity unless absolutely necessary – especially if already confirmed reactive prior contact attempts under similar type scenarios before hand; secondly keep household area ventilated via open windows whenever possible plus also try maintain reasonable cleanliness standards indoors too – air purifiers/dehumidifiers could prove most useful here depending on current climate conditions outside [i..e wetter environments posing greater mold risk levels etc]; finally consider investing ionizers designed specifically combat airborne bacteria pollution levels using electric currents within device itself – these devices use negative ions convert contaminates present atmosphere into harmless substances instead thereby greatly reducing chances suffering adverse reactions caused coming direct contact noxious particles floating through air while looking after pet’s physical well being same time …