Scent is Vital to all our Animals . . .

As Humans, we have our ability to think quickly and get out of a tricky situation. For animals, it is just their Sense Of Smell, Hearing Or Sight that make a huge difference in their survival.
Our noses can’t detect the Hundreds Of Odours like our Pets and maybe, it is a blessing in disguise, as we would have gone crazy trying to Differentiate and Understand the thousands of Good and Dirty Smells reaching our noses every minute.
Smell is normally the Most Common Basic means of Animal Communication with even the most Primitive Animals use their Sense of Smell to Detect and Understand Odours.

The ability of Humans to smell is nothing when compared to the Sense of Smell of an Animal.
There are quite a few animals with an amazing Sense Of Smell that can make a difference between Life and Death for them. They can sniff prey when they are miles away and even smell danger approaching and be able to run to safety.  Man, who ranks high up in the list of the Smartest Living Thing on the Planet, has quite an inferior Sense Of Smell when compared to ANY Animal, however Wine Tasters or Perfumers may argue with this point.

The Human nose can detect the slightest odour in its surrounding, BUT . . .

Animals with a keen sense of smell are mostly those who have a poor vision.!
As they cannot see well, they make up for their weakness by developing a heightened ability to smell. Thus, they can prevent themselves from becoming prey for other animals as well as finding themselves food easier.  Animals may use SCENTS to proclaim their Readiness to mate, to mark out territorial boundaries, to warn off Intruders and Predators or, in some cases, to Attract Prey. 

The most basic and powerful substances for the purpose of Communication is Strong Smelling BODY WASTE such as Urine and Poo!, Dung is readily available Source Of Scent used by many animals To Mark Their Territory like Male Hippos will mark by using their Dung And Flicking its tail as a kind of muck-spreader! I’m so glad humans don’t use Scent in this way . . .

Communication by Scent can prove dangerous to certain animals such as the Musk Deer and certain Civets. Their scent is so Strong and Persistent that their Glands are highly prized by the makers of Perfumes who use it as a stabiliser.  Bees, wasps, ants, moths, and other Insects rely largely upon Pheromones as a means of Communication. Rats can be trained, by the Army, to detect land mines which are normally buried deep in the ground!  Sharks have a particularly efficient Sense Of Smell and some species can detect Drops Of Blood, in the ocean, over a Mile Away. The Sense Of Smell of a Bear is 2,100 times better than humans which would explain why they like to rummage in the bins of villages close to their territories – left-over KFC must smell great to them . . .

Snakes have the most unusual means of detecting scents. They use their tongue to pick up scent particles in the air. Having flicked out its tongue the snake then returns it to a special organ in the roof of the mouth which analyses the scents collected. ~ Aquatic snakes like the anaconda use their tongue to smell in water just as well as ground-dwelling snakes!

BUT not just ANIMALS, experiments have proven that BIRDS too have a good sense of smell. Birds like shearwaters, albatross as well as the queer-looking bird Kiwi, have an acute sense of smell.

All pet owners know that our “lovely friends” CAN and DO the Most Unexpected Things . . .

 Perhaps we, as owners, need to think more about how we clean our Environments, Pet Areas, Cars, and even Ourselves.  Remember each time our pets give us “kisses”, they can pick up Any Small Particles of any Potential Dangerous and Toxic Products, we have been handling! Therefore Hand Washing after using such products, is the best practise.

Scented and more offer ONLY Alcohol-Free Aroma Oils & Perfumes which although strong, your pet does not smell any chemical compounds, and you don’t use as much scent either.

We have used Natural Alternatives to commercial products for years especially around our own pets ~ who lived well into old age. (12yrs & 16 yrs.)  You would not poison your children, well our Pets are part of our bigger family – we think so !

~~*~~ Scent and our Dogs ~~*~~

                   Did you know . . . ? Dog can smell the source of a scent over 130 miles away.

A Dog's sense of smell is completely different from a human, so it is not surprising that we have different tastes when deciding which fragrances seem pleasant and which are considered unbearable such as the smell of Urine and Faeces which are some of the smells that disgusts us most, but for Dogs, these smells provide them with vital information about other animals and their environment.

Many of the Smells Dogs Don't Like are found in our homes, these scents can produce discomfort in our Dog's nose thus showing them that this is an unpleasant living environment, showing just how incredibly strong a Dog’s sense of smell is so.  A Dog’s great sense of smell also allows them to determine exactly where these smells are located this is why Dogs are used for various jobs such as Searching For Missing People, Detecting Narcotic Substances or even Diagnosing Diseases, such as Cancer, and Epileptic seizures.

Dogs are animals with a great smelling memory similar to our own.  Just as we are able to recognize a person through images, Dogs are able to recognize us through smell. Therefore, it is essential to let an unknown Dog smell you before you stroke them and why you shouldn’t bother two dogs that are smelling each other. Having such a sensitive sense of smell, it's no wonder Dogs are excited every time they go outside, this environment exposes them to a whole world of new smells.  As with humans, every animal has their unique scent likes and dislikes. This is not an exact science therefore each pet may not find our scent suggestions mentioned here, to be to their taste and unpleasant so you might find that it is a case of Trial And Error !!

~~*~~ Scent and our Cats ~~*~~

                        DID YOU KNOW . . .? A cat's sense of smell is 14 times better than a human's

If you are one of those people who keep your home well scented, or commonly use Fragrance Oils for Natural Therapies, and want to use those scents that do not disturb your furry companion, Keep Reading! Not all smells cause the same effect in all Cats as each animal is different, they has their own tastes, THEREFORE a Trial is Always Advised.  Most Cats do not like Oils. Because their sense of smell is so strong, most Essential Oils could be Too Overpowering if not used Diluted in a Diffuser.

Cats are the animal embodiment of Cleanliness. These rules, which are Natural and Innate in them and don't only apply to their personal hygiene but also apply to their environment in fact everything that has anything to do with them.   As a consequence of Evolutionary processes, Cats have their own respective olfactory preferences. Just as there are plenty of smells that they love, there are other smells that they simply cannot stand! Whether its Food they can't digest, strong Natural Odours or Potentially Dangerous Chemical Substances, a Cat will avoid certain odours at all costs.

                                                  ~ * ~  Smells That Cats Hate . . . .  ~ * ~ 

~*~ Floral Aromas . . .
Many cats feel trapped by the intense smell of some flowers like Roses, Daisies and Lilies. Jasmine is a great example of a scent which, in All forms, can affect ANY Cat in a bad way. For some reason, the Oils and scent given off by this Plant, Incense or Aroma Oil form, can affect their stomach or digestive system causing vomiting, weight loss, dehydration and in severe cases death. You should make yourself aware of some of the plants which are highly toxic especially if they ingest them and keep Cats away from the plant and the scent.

~*~ Is Lavender Ok? . . .
It is well known and warned about that Lavender is Toxic to cats. As with some humans, the aroma given off by Lavender plants is a LOVE - HATE  relationship but it can be used to deter Cats as the power of attraction of this scent is Overpowering - Great is you wish to keep them out of your garden and to stop them from digging up flower beds etc.
However, like all things some Cats are not affected by Lavender. If your furry companion is one of these Cats that Love this smell, you can use it to encourage a State Of Relaxation. It has been shown that the use of Lavender scent for Natural Therapy, along with other Relaxing Techniques such as Massage can help the animal feel much calmer.

~*~ Fruit scents . . .
Fruits such as Strawberries, Peach or Watermelon, emit very distinctive and Intense Aromas that capture the attention of Cats quickly. Certain scent can certainly attract cats and encourage them to try the food, and many of them even have multiple benefits for their body, such as Antioxidant, Cleansing and Diuretic Properties, as well as Fibre and lots of Vitamins.

~*~  Eucalyptus.                                                                                                                          Most Cats do not like the smell of some plants because they are toxic. A typical example is the Eucalyptus plant, and since Citronella Oils comes from this plant, then both scents can be harmful for a Cat, trial it and see.

     

                                    ~~**~~ AND FINALLY . . . for both Dogs & Cats ~~**~~

~ * ~  Citrus scents . . .  Humans tend to love the smell of Citrus fruit. Not only is it a lovely reminder of summer, but it is an aroma which can last for a long time, this is why we often buy products that contain Citrus for a lasting fresh scent. However, our furry companions do not agree and this is one of the smells that most Dogs & Cats hate.  Citrus Fruit which emits a really unpleasant scent for them so this can be used when you wish to deter them from an area or action similarly if you notice that your Dog & Cat is attracted by the smell of some fruits, don't miss this opportunity to start to offer them as a reward when training.   In fact, most Dog & Cat Repellents contain these scents. So if, you're trying to stop your Dog & Cat eating all of the flowers in your garden, you can spray them with some Orange Oil or scatter the peel of some of these fruits around the flowers. They don't like the taste of Citrus fruits so they stay away from the area where they smell a high presence of these odours. It is such a strong aroma that, if NOT DILUTED, it can cause irritation in the animal's respiratory tract but beware some poor Oils are concentrated products which can emit a much stronger Odour than the fruit itself.

~ * ~  Soaps and Deodorants  ~  * ~
Strong and Chemical smells are rejected by Dogs & Cats so be careful with the Soaps and Cleaning products that you use, both for Cleaning the house, their litter box and food bowl Plus even your personal Hygiene Products!   As these products can mask your own smell by which your Dogs & Cats identifies you by!

~ * ~ Nail Polish ~ * ~

The smell of nail polish can be pleasant for many people but some Dogs & Cats detest this smell.  Nail polish is made up of a high number of Chemical Compounds, including Formaldehyde, Nitrocellulose, Isopropyl Alcohol and Acetate.  Dogs & Cats hate the smell of these scents and it can cause them to sneeze, itch excessively and they will remember this event.

Have you ever noticed that, after perfuming yourself and trying to hug your Dog & Cat, they reject you? Perfumes are made from a large amount of Chemical Compounds that Dogs & Cats hate.  These unpleasant smells camouflages the scent of their Owner's Natural Body Odour; a smell that comforts them. Remember that Pets recognize US by Our Smell, so if we hide it, we can’t be surprised that they will have a problem identifying us.                                                                                           

                                                                                         ~*~  Obvious But Often Forgotten . . .  ~*~  

 Household Cleaning Product or Human Medication which can be poisonous to your pets, it is so important that you always follow label ‘instructions for use’. Some of the following products may be obvious but others will make you think.