It’s that time of the year when kids go back to school, leaving some parents with an empty nest. Many of our friends have collage-aged kids (including us) and Odin has this suggestion.
We of course will never have an empty nest. Merlin and me like sleeping in the classic face buried in fur position. It may look cute or funny but I have an ulterior motive.
For the past sixteen years, I’ve slept with Merlin in my arms. During the night he changes positions, but I’ve always loved sleeping with my nose buried in fur. Just as mothers love the smell of their newborn babies, I love the way my cat smells. From under his chin, the temporal glands above the eyes, his ears, belly and back all smell good. The only part I don’t sniff is his butt, but I’m well aware if he has anal glands issues. Sniffing him offers us chance to bond by scent transference and allows me to gauge his health. Whenever he’s been ill, his scent changes, subtly at first but noticeably depending on the illness.
Research shows the cats and dogs can detect illness in humans and I believe it can be the other way around. Granted, I have a highly trained nose from teaching and practicing aromatherapy for twelve years but even an untrained human nose is capable of knowing when something doesn’t smell normal.
By regularly smelling our healthy cats, we can establish a baseline of what their individual normal scent is but stay alert when something smells funky.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.