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That face!

post #1 of 24
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I was just watching Dori sniff the day bed mattress in the office and after she sniffed she looked up at me and her mouth was partially opened and it was the most awful face I think I have ever seen her make (the mattress doesn't stink I am washing the sheets and febreezed it as well). I have noticed it when she smells something closely at other times such as the carpet or dirty clothes. I was just wondering if anyone else has noticed that terrible face???
post #2 of 24
And she didnร‚ยดt say...Meow?.. I figured the face! ...
post #3 of 24
hahaha! Usually I see that if a kitty had peed somewhere. I have seen it when they sniff their Dad's sneakers. Stinky feet, Mom
post #4 of 24
My kitty makes the same face!, he does it to alot of stuff he smells. Not sure why?
post #5 of 24
My two are the same and i think it's just that their taking the smell in?, i think it's a gland that makes them do this?!.

I'll never forget when my ex boyfriends mum came to stay over for a couple of weeks. She was sitting at the kitchen table with her leg crossed over and Rosie went to sniff her foot and pulled that face!.

I thought "Wonderful if she see's her doing that she'll think her feet stink!".

They probably did as well!
post #6 of 24
But isn't it funny that they seem to do that when it is something stinky. I know I see mine sniffy another's butt and then they look up with the half-parted mouth look. I just laugh and say, "Yeah, it's doesn't smell like roses, huh?"
post #7 of 24
YES! Billy does that all the time! It's SO weird!
post #8 of 24
Unless the person who get the screwed up face knows what it means it can make us owners want to crawl into the nearest crack!
post #9 of 24
You might have seen your cat doing what's called "flehmen". Cats have an extra sensory organ in the roof of the mouth that's similar to the sense of smell except more sensitive. Whenever they come across a scent that they particularly want to sample, or perhaps enjoy, they open their mouth in what looks like a grimace, drawing air in and up into the "Jacobsen's organ". It goes along with a kind of a spacey look.
post #10 of 24
Thats the word i was looking for Tim!!
post #11 of 24
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by coaster
You might have seen your cat doing what's called "flehmen". Cats have an extra sensory organ in the roof of the mouth that's similar to the sense of smell except more sensitive. Whenever they come across a scent that they particularly want to sample, or perhaps enjoy, they open their mouth in what looks like a grimace, drawing air in and up into the "Jacobsen's organ". It goes along with a kind of a spacey look.

Wow! I didn't know that. SUSAN! I am sitting here thinking about Rosie now and cracking up because she could have been enjoying that foot!
post #12 of 24
My cats like stinky shoes?
post #13 of 24
haha my girls do that too. So embarising when its to someone that doesnt know.
post #14 of 24
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Originally Posted by captiva
My cats like stinky shoes?
It seems like all cats like stinky shoes! Don't ask me why. My mum used to have a cat that instead of rubbing around your legs in greeting would come up to you, put his head down on your shoes/feet and turn a somersault! Used to say he had a foot fetish .
post #15 of 24
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Originally Posted by RoseHawke
My mum used to have a cat that instead of rubbing around your legs in greeting would come up to you, put his head down on your shoes/feet and turn a somersault! Used to say he had a foot fetish .
Like this?

Will gives you a regular foot massage, very nice if you are barefoot!
post #16 of 24
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Originally Posted by captiva
My cats like stinky shoes?
Our RB Gryphon used to regularly sleep with his nose stuck well into Rob's beach sneakers that he leaves on the back porch to air dry. They tend to be quite sweaty and smelly. I guess the attraction was concentrated Daddy smell.
post #17 of 24
For some reason, I think they love to save and sample stinky smells. I remember a friend of mine came over to visit me once, and he was sweating and had a bit of B.O. Snoopy went crazy sniffy him, and making that face. I tried to make Snoopy leave him alone, and he kept going up to him and sniffing his underarms, and sweaty area's, and then making that face. I tend to think the smells they enjoy the most, are smells that we humans consider stinky.
post #18 of 24
Buffy and Willow don't do it as much, but if they come across a book or towel or something that Willow has peed on, they'll get that jaw-drop look. I overdid it, would save a book that Willow peed on and would make one of them smell it every now and then, so now they don't react as much. "So? It's just pee, who cares?" I still use them as my testers: if I come across a book that smells a little funky, I'll have one of the two (or both, since 2 is better and more reliable) sniff it, and if they get that look, I know it's pee. If it's something else on the book, they don't get that look. It only happens if it's pee.
post #19 of 24
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Originally Posted by captiva
My cats like stinky shoes?
Mine do! Especilly my Tiger did. She would put her head in my stepfathers steel toe boots after he wore them all day. And my stepfather was a jet engine mechanic at that time. Meaning 12hr shifts in the sun outdoors! Can we say PU!?! He used to leave them outside for that reason!
post #20 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by RoseHawke
It seems like all cats like stinky shoes! Don't ask me why. My mum used to have a cat that instead of rubbing around your legs in greeting would come up to you, put his head down on your shoes/feet and turn a somersault! Used to say he had a foot fetish .
Noodles does this too. Never thought about a foot fetish before!
post #21 of 24
mine sleep in steves shoes..even if they dont fit.
post #22 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by coaster
You might have seen your cat doing what's called "flehmen". Cats have an extra sensory organ in the roof of the mouth that's similar to the sense of smell except more sensitive. Whenever they come across a scent that they particularly want to sample, or perhaps enjoy, they open their mouth in what looks like a grimace, drawing air in and up into the "Jacobsen's organ". It goes along with a kind of a spacey look.
Ohhhhhhhhh... NEAT! Thanks for that info! That's really interesting! Billy likes my dad's HORRIBLY smelly shoes!
post #23 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by RoseHawke
It seems like all cats like stinky shoes! Don't ask me why. My mum used to have a cat that instead of rubbing around your legs in greeting would come up to you, put his head down on your shoes/feet and turn a somersault! Used to say he had a foot fetish .
Billy has a foot fettish, too. We always say that. He does that to people's feet, and their shoes, too! He once stuck his face in my grandma's tennis shoes, and got his face stuck! He got it out, but he freaked out for a second!
post #24 of 24
Both horses and cats have the flehmen reaction. It is funny when you see young foals doing it too as they learn the world about them. But I don't know if other animals do.
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