sense of smell

A grey cat and an orange cat smelling each other's face against a white background.

Study: Bacteria Change the Smell Cats Use to Communicate

Caitlin Dempsey

A published study analyzed the microbiome and chemical composition of anal gland secretions used by domestic cats to communicate.

Closeup of a gray tabby cat's face.

How Well Can Cats Smell?

Caitlin Dempsey

Cats have a keen sense of smell that they use to hunt, determine enemies, and find mates.