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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-16-2005, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
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Why sniffing & baring teeth? WEIRD!

Weird question: why do my cats sometimes smell my clothes when I've been to other homes or outside and then bare their teeth? I am assuming they are smelling something or someone but then after a good number of sniffs they look up at me with their mouth half open and their lip pulled back. STRANGE! They look like they're mad or scared. Anybody seen this before?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-16-2005, 02:57 PM
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They have sent glands in their mouth, they use these to get a better smell.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-16-2005, 03:27 PM
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lol I call it stinky face They're trying to get a better whif of the smell, and there's a gland in the roof of their mouths for scent!


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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-16-2005, 03:35 PM
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Not a weird question, perfectly natural, lots of people ask the same thing all the time.

And another "yup", it's a common thing. They want to get a really good whiff of an interesting smell. It's called a flehman response. Here's a good article on it, although they spelled it wrong: Your cat's sense of smell.
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