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Why do my cat's paws smell of digestive biscuits?

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TheGirlOnTheLanding Tue 23-Dec-14 10:37:50

Is it normal or does he have cat athlete's foot? They look fine and (reasonably) clean - the claws are always a bit grubby from going outdoors - but they smell really strongly and I just figured out what the smell reminds me of.


moggle Tue 23-Dec-14 10:41:17

Well I have always though my cats smell of digestive biscuits. All over. I figured it was something in their saliva!

TheGirlOnTheLanding Tue 23-Dec-14 10:46:28

Really moggle? LandingCat definitely doesn't have that smell, except on his paws, and it's recent, or at least I've not been aware till recently. I shall have to pay attention and see if it spreads. He normally smells of my perfume or DH's aftershave, depending on whose lap he's colonised most that day.

TranquilityofSolitude Tue 23-Dec-14 10:52:43

Have you changed cat litter? They have different smells. One of them turns my white cat's paws peach. We think he looks really cute but he's less delighted.

FreudianStockingFiller Tue 23-Dec-14 10:56:53

I've just sniffed Alfie's paws. Yep, digestive biscuits alright grin

ElectricalBanana Tue 23-Dec-14 10:59:50

going to sniff 18 yr old electricalpussy's paws....i bet she wont wake up!

Fozzleyplum Tue 23-Dec-14 11:00:38

I've never had a cat whose paws don't smell of digestive biscuits.

CaulkheadUpNorth Tue 23-Dec-14 11:00:49

Catcat smells of digestives. Both his fur and his paws I love it

ElectricalBanana Tue 23-Dec-14 11:01:28

hmm...yes i get digestive biscuit but with a hint of hobnob...

might be her age

and yes she is still snoring!

Petallic Tue 23-Dec-14 11:01:44

Cats only sweat through their feet. I had one cat whose feet always smelt of cheesy wotsits. Not unpleasant - just very, very cheesy!

ElectricalBanana Tue 23-Dec-14 11:04:56

Electricalpussy did start smelling quite bad a couple of years ago and we took her to the vets - her teeth were rotten so she had 75% of them removed


MrsRosetree Tue 23-Dec-14 11:12:19

Our late cat's paws had a distinctive basmati rice smell. Quite lovely.

TheGirlOnTheLanding Tue 23-Dec-14 11:33:03

Ah, thanks everyone - and Petallic, the sweaty paws thing makes sense, we've had the heating on more than usual as I've been at home and LandingCat has spent most of the time draped along the sofa back as close to the radiator as he get without actually lying on it, so he is probably just sweatier than normal! It's not an unpleasant smell, unlike human sweatiness though.

Optimistletoe1 Tue 23-Dec-14 11:39:23

All the cats whose paws I've sniffed and there have been a few had the digestive biscuit smell!

loraflora Tue 23-Dec-14 16:13:59

Dammit, I'm now trying to sniff my cat's paws and she won't let me. Keeps lifting them away. Later I'll catch her unawares. I do like the smell of her fur but I don't now how I'd describe it. Not especially biscuity.

RubbishMantra Tue 23-Dec-14 21:41:16

Someone once told me my feet smelled of biscuits! confused

MantraKitten smelt of actual cheese all over until his fur grew in.

Just grabbed my cat for a sniff. Her paws smell of soil hmm

I want a cat with biscuit feet... hmmhmmhmmhmm

RubbishMantra Tue 23-Dec-14 22:41:37

Ah, but imagine if you dipped them in tea. Their little feet would dissolve!

QueenFuri Tue 23-Dec-14 22:53:46

Mine won't let me sniff her paws she is took busy killing my trainer [hmm I hope they smell of biscuits though!

RiverRocks Tue 30-Dec-14 15:04:02

I thought it was just mine! R-Cat always smells of digestives or another woman's perfume, but I won't go into that again. T-Cat doesn't do cuddles so I doubt sniffing him would be tolerated. How strange, biscuit cats! fgrin

catsofa Wed 31-Dec-14 01:50:31

<goes off to smell the feet of the sofa cat>

catsofa Wed 31-Dec-14 01:54:23

Um I think mine just smells faintly of sweaty cat. Also I got a slight scratch in the nostril just because terribly sweet and gentle sofa cat couldn't figure out wtf I was trying to do and pulled away in confusion at an awkward moment. I'll try to get another whiff when we go to bed.

code Wed 31-Dec-14 20:58:55

I love sniffing my kittens cheesy feets.

2kidsintow Wed 31-Dec-14 21:02:41

Is this why?

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