If your cat has been smelling your armpits a lot, this post will show you a number of possible reasons why and what you can do about them.
So, why does my cat smell my armpits? The most likely reason why your cat smells your armpits is that your cat has a strong sense of smell and your armpit area gives of a particularly strong scent.
There are actually a number of possible reasons why your cat smells your armpit and it might be due to a combination of reasons. However, there are some things you can consider when figuring out the main cause and there are some things you can do about it.
Reasons why your cat smells your armpit
Below are a number of possible reasons why your cat has been doing it and what would make each of them more likely.
A strong scent
The reason why your cat smells your armpits is likely to be that it smells a strong scent around there. Since cats have a better sense of smell than we do, if you cannot smell anything, it could still be the case that your cat does. This would be more likely if your cat doesn’t sniff other parts of your body as much.
It is marking its scent
Cats will, naturally, go around the house sniffing things and rubbing themselves against them. The reason why your cat has been sniffing your armpit area might also be that it is marking its scent on to you so that other animals are less likely to enter its territory. This would be more likely if your cat also rubs itself against you.
To find out about you
Cats have around 9-16 times better smelling abilities than humans do (source). Dogs have been shown to be able to smell disease in humans (source). While cats do not have the same smelling capabilities as dogs, some people argue that cats are also able to smell certain diseases, so a part of the reason why your cat sniffs you could be to find out how healthy you are.
To greet you
Another possible reason is that your cat is greeting you. This would be more likely if it does it more when you have just arrived home or when you have not seen it for a while. It would also be more likely if it gets you to pet it while lying or sitting down with you and it does things such as purr while doing it.
Things to consider
Below are some things to consider to help figure out the main reason why your cat has been doing it.
If your cat has always sniffed your armpit
If your cat did not always sniff your armpit area, it would help to consider what else happened when it first started. If it started doing it suddenly, it could be due to things such as being around different people and your cat picking up on their scents or because you started using a different deodorant.
What is different when your cat does not sniff your armpit
It would also help to consider the timing of when your cat sniffs your armpits. If your cat sniffs your stomach more at a certain time, it would be likely that the timing has something to do with it.
For example, if it does it shortly after you used a deodorant, it would be likely that your cat has been doing it due to smelling the deodorant.
What to do about your cat sniffing your armpit
Below are some options you have when dealing with the behavior.
Let it do it
Cats will naturally sniff and rub themselves against their surroundings a lot. It is likely that your cat has been sniffing you naturally. So, the easiest thing to do would be to just let it continue and to move it whenever it starts getting annoying.
Give it alternative things to smell
One option would be to give your cat things to be distracted by such as toys so that it is less likely to want to sniff you.
Redirect its focus
Another option would be to redirect its focus towards something else such as toys or to move it somewhere else when it seems likely to start sniffing you.