Why is my cat attracted to the smell of bleach?

Many people are unaware that using bleach as a repellant is counterproductive with cats since it attracts them. It is also a liquid solution that is used a lot at home, which can give rise to some unpleasant surprises if you have a cat. Let’s find out in more detail why bleach attracts kitties and at the same time see the precautions to be taken because this product is extremely toxic for all animals but also for humans and nature.

Bleach and urine markings

With bleach, we quickly enter a vicious circle if we have a cat that tends to urinate all over the house or if the neighbor’s cat regularly floods the bottom of the front door. All these very disturbing pees are only useful mark a territory. To eliminate bad odors and for the sake of hygiene, the reflex is to bleach the soiled areas. It is a mistake ! This only encourages kitties to come and urinate at the same place.

The problem is the same if you want to sanitize the kitchen worktop from time to time with a water slightly mixed with bleach, believing in this way that he can eliminate bacteria and protect the health of his family members. The cat will not make any difference between this sacred place and its litter! Let it be said… But since it is proven that bleach is not a more effective antibacterial than White vinegar, as much to resort to the latter who him, at least, does not attract cats. It’s even better than that: he has no equal to keep them away!

Bleach, an attractive scent for cats

The smell ofsodium hypochlorite (bleach) is very similar to that found in public urinals as soon as this product comes into contact with detergent residues, for example, or even with organic matter. There is indeed a chemical reaction and VOCs are released (these are volatile organic compounds) to which the cat is particularly sensitive as is the case of chlorine for example.

Faced with certain VOCs, the cat reacts exactly as if it perceived the pheromones of the urine of a congener and there is therefore a territorial or sexual behavioral response. We therefore understand better why bleach attracts cats and promotes urine markings. Bleach is therefore a good solution to clean their litter!

Bleach, a poison for cats (and dogs)

Although bleach is attractive to cats, this product is highly toxic for these animals. It is therefore necessary to use it while keeping the light hand. Care is taken not to leave empty cartons lying around because if they are within reach of a kitten or an adult cat, they may be chewed. But a few drops of bleach are enough to seriously poisoning a cat. Even diluted, bleach is extremely dangerous.

It is common for cats (or dogs) to come and lick the bleach that is in a bucket for example. The damage can be considerable. It seems fundamental to us to specify here that it is necessary to contact a emergency service at the slightest doubt, if for example the animal presents some of the following symptoms: vomiting, diarrhea, pinkish urine, depression, tremors, prostration, convulsions …

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