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Are Female Cats Smellier Than Male Cats
Posted by: MacMagus
Date: January 03, 2006 12:07PM
While we're on the subject of offending odors...

I notice that my female cat tends to... express herself... whenever she's feeling particularly good (usually while she's being pet. She purrs, rolls onto her back and lets loose.).

My male cats never seem to express themselves at all.

Are female cats more prone to expressing than males?
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Re: Are Female Cats Smellier Than Male Cats
Posted by: $tevie
Date: January 03, 2006 12:30PM
I've never seen any cat do that. And I've known a lot of cats over the years.
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Re: Are Female Cats Smellier Than Male Cats
Posted by: Pam
Date: January 03, 2006 12:38PM
My very first cat, a male, could clear a room when he was a kitten. Fortunately he outgrew that behavior.

I'd look into what she is eating and have a talk with her vet.
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Re: Are Female Cats Smellier Than Male Cats
Posted by: rgG
Date: January 03, 2006 12:41PM
One of our female cats will "musk" occasionally and yes it is not good. Luckily she doesn't do it often.





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Re: Are Female Cats Smellier Than Male Cats
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: January 03, 2006 12:41PM
Are we talking about the dreaded anal glands?

The only cat here who "expresses" a bit too easily (when startled in a certain way) is male.




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Re: Are Female Cats Smellier Than Male Cats
Posted by: $tevie
Date: January 03, 2006 12:42PM
From Pam's response, it looks like I misunderstood your euphemism. If you meant breaking wind, no, I don't think female cats do that any more than male cats.

EDIT: okay, looking at other response, I am now really unsure what you were talking about. What does this cat do, exactly?



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/03/2006 12:44PM by $tevie.
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Re: Are Female Cats Smellier Than Male Cats
Posted by: Jimmypoo
Date: January 03, 2006 12:42PM
have had girls for 25 years.

this is my first go-round with neutered boys (past 5).

have only seen that behavior when sick, scared, or both, in male and female.
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Re: Are Female Cats Smellier Than Male Cats
Posted by: Pam
Date: January 03, 2006 12:46PM
Now I'm confused too ;)
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Re: Are Female Cats Smellier Than Male Cats
Posted by: rgG
Date: January 03, 2006 12:48PM
Our cat that musks does it mostly when Mac's cat does, when she is getting petted or scratched and really seems to be enjoying it. It would be nice if she would find a less odoriferous way to express her pleasure.





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Re: Are Female Cats Smellier Than Male Cats
Posted by: Jimmypoo
Date: January 03, 2006 12:50PM
if you are talking about urinating, then my above post applies.

If you are talking about a really smelly output (look at the little brown eye.... if it's a puckering... visibly, then this is the anal gland issue) - then you need to have a vet "express" them for you.

You can do this too.... but the CAT's scream is enough to make you let go of it, and the BITE, if you get nipped, will have you on as much antimicrobials as if you had the latest version of syph. No kidding. As much as each cheek can handle and your delts too, if you get it in the hand, and you'll get 10 days of macrolide antibiotics on top of that.

(I once had a joint capsule punctured by a bite, and a friend in college got nipped on the very tip of his finger...it touched bone, and he ignored it for ONE day DESPITE the almost instant and massive swelling. The only way to stop the spread of infection was to amputate the finger. It will continue to spread up the limb if unchecked.)

This is NOT a joke. Cat tooth penetration into deep tissue, bone, synovial, is a very serious matter. The $30 vet visit is WORTH it.

If your cat is dragging its little arse along the floor, same deal. There are scent glands there (and do they EVER have a scent!) - and like dogs, they need an exorcist if they are not outdoors using them as nature intended.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/03/2006 12:53PM by Jimmypoo.
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Re: Are Female Cats Smellier Than Male Cats
Posted by: rgG
Date: January 03, 2006 12:58PM
I'm talking about scent marking, not peeing. Our cat can release a horrible smell from those scent glands and mark what ever she wants. I've never had to have those glands expressed and I don't ever intend to do it myself. If it gets that bad, it's off to the vet.
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Re: Are Female Cats Smellier Than Male Cats
Posted by: Jimmypoo
Date: January 03, 2006 01:01PM
If she is doing it AT ALL, it's time for the vet.

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Re: Are Female Cats Smellier Than Male Cats
Posted by: rgG
Date: January 03, 2006 01:05PM
No JP, she just does it when she "likes" you. She isn't butt scooting or anything and it isn't bothering her. She just had her check up at the vet. It seems to be a voluntary thing. It doesn't happen often, thank goodness.
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Re: Are Female Cats Smellier Than Male Cats
Posted by: $tevie
Date: January 03, 2006 01:05PM
Wow, I've been around literally dozens of cats in my lifetime and I've never seen a cat scent mark like that. Live and learn.
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Re: Are Female Cats Smellier Than Male Cats
Posted by: MacMagus
Date: January 03, 2006 01:11PM
> okay, looking at other response, I am now really unsure what
> you were talking about. What does this cat do, exactly?

Expressing anal glands.

She's not ill. They're not swollen. She just does it, then looks a bit embarrassed like a girl who pees herself while laughing.

This is how it typically happens: I'm laying on the couch, she jumps up and cuddles against my belly. I pet her. After awhile, she just lets one loose. It's not noisy like a fart. There's just suddenly a terrible odor.

Then I have to get up, wash my hands and change my shirt because the odor attaches to everything within a foot or so of her.

Until recently, all of my cats have been boys and I thought that expressing anal glands was one of those myths that cat-haters spread around.
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Re: Are Female Cats Smellier Than Male Cats
Posted by: Jimmypoo
Date: January 03, 2006 01:14PM
getting the cat excitied can just make the things pop a few drops.

My first girlie I had for 10 years before it was clear they were clogging, and so the vet gave them a squeeze. These days, for annual visits, I just get it done, male or female.

I don't want that stuff on me or anything I own if I can prevent it.

They need not be swollen or in pain. It is a maintenance thing, like @#$%& on a horse. It's gotta be done, you just don't have to be the one to do it.
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Re: Are Female Cats Smellier Than Male Cats
Posted by: Jimmypoo
Date: January 03, 2006 01:15PM
btw.... ask Wurm about this.

his wife takes him in at least twice a year for the same thing.
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Re: Are Female Cats Smellier Than Male Cats
Posted by: rgG
Date: January 03, 2006 01:22PM
MacMagus,
Yes, that's it exactly. That's what ours does. I have had to do the change clothes and wash them immediately thing, too.
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Re: Are Female Cats Smellier Than Male Cats
Posted by: Guitarman
Date: January 03, 2006 01:33PM
damn thats just nasty. I'm glad i hate animals.



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Re: Are Female Cats Smellier Than Male Cats
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: January 03, 2006 01:38PM
The animals are glad, too.





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Re: Are Female Cats Smellier Than Male Cats
Posted by: $tevie
Date: January 03, 2006 01:38PM
Smelly cat, smelly cat,
What are they feeding you?
Smelly cat, smelly cat,
It's not your fault.

They won't take you to the vet.
You're obviously not their favorite pet.
You may not be a bed of roses,
And you're no friend to those with noses.

Smelly cat, smelly cat,
What are they feeding you?
Smelly cat, smelly cat,
It's not your fault.
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Re: Are Female Cats Smellier Than Male Cats
Posted by: Guitarman
Date: January 03, 2006 01:55PM
. "The thing you've got to remember about WASPs: They love animals and can't stand people," ~ Gordon Gecko "Wall Street".



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Re: Are Female Cats Smellier Than Male Cats
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: January 03, 2006 03:49PM
An oldie but goodie:

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Re: Are Female Cats Smellier Than Male Cats
Posted by: dmann
Date: January 03, 2006 09:14PM
Thank G-d my cat has never done that. I'd never even heard of it until this post. My gassy dog is bad enough... smiling smiley

DM
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Re: Are Female Cats Smellier Than Male Cats
Posted by: Phy
Date: January 04, 2006 01:20AM
I've been owned by cats for many years and none of them has ever done this... that I am aware of. I'd probably notice, huh?
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Re: Are Female Cats Smellier Than Male Cats
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: January 04, 2006 02:47PM
Phy, there is no way to NOT notice, unless you have no sense of smell at all.



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Re: Are Female Cats Smellier Than Male Cats
Posted by: PeterB
Date: January 04, 2006 03:07PM
ka jot, I resisted the temptation to put up that Boston post. It's the Grossest. Pet. Story. Ever.




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Re: Are Female Cats Smellier Than Male Cats
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: January 05, 2006 03:40PM
Peter, someone had to do it.





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