Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Animal Doctor

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Animal Doctor

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Dear Dr. Fox: When I wash dishes in the kitchen sink, I usually add two tablespoons of Clorox bleach to the soap. At that point, my cat comes running at full speed and insists that I let her smell my hands.

When I allow her to do this, she gets frantic and begins to chew on my hands gently. The only way to stop her is to put her on the floor, or to cover her face with my hand.

She'll then bury her face in my hand and remain there a few minutes. Why is she so excited by Clorox of all things?

She has a coal-black coat and four white paws, and I wouldn't trade her for anything.

Incidentally, I don't trust people who don't like animals.

Certain odors excite cats (especially the scent of strange cats). Sometimes cats get so aroused by such odors that they'll attack their owners or a companion cat.

Various household cleaners and toiletries from hand lotion to bleach also excite cats. …

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