Frankie the Sniffer

Lately, “taking Frankie for a walk” has become “taking Frankie for a smell.” It seems he has to stop at every bush, shrub or flower and give it a good long sniff before we can move on.

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That means I have to stand and wait for him to do his business, even though Frankie’s “business” is to smell every plant in the neighborhood.  cat Frankie smelling plant cat Frankie smelling plant

I can’t imagine what he is smelling that would be alluring to a Frankie smelling plant cat Frankie smelling plant

Maybe he was a gardener in a past Frankie smelling plant cat Frankie smelling plant

Or maybe he thinks he’s a dog and just has to smell Frankie smelling plant cat Frankie smelling plant

When Chris goes outside he will eat some grass but he does not go out of his way to sniff plants. What do you think? Is your cat a plant sniffer?


41 thoughts on “Frankie the Sniffer

  1. onespoiledcat

    Teddy loves to sniff…..I know in our case it’s because critters have been out and about in the yard and he MUST know where they invaded his territory……deer, squirrels, dogs, other cats, groundhogs, skunks, bunnies – we’ve got it all so there’s an abundance of SNIFFABLES here!


      1. Charles Huss Post author

        Thanks. I have personally seen more than one animal pee on car tires in parking lots. I think it is common. Then those cars drive home smelling like dog or cat pee.

  2. weggieboy

    My cat Dougy is a sniffer, too! What’s the brand of that cat harness? I’ve had bad luck with others, but this looks like a good, secure one. I think both my kitties might enjoy spending time outdoors if I can control them this way, and I could use the walk myself.

    Ift goes almost without saying Frankie is a beautiful cat because that’s pretty much a given with ginger tabbies, but he is quite beautiful! (No, handsome isn’t the right word for a male ginger tabby cat. Their beauty transcends gender!)

    Incidentally, this was a great treat today! One Frankie photo would have been great, but this series really stands out as one of the better series (any topic) I’ve seen today.

    1. Charles Huss Post author

      Thank you. I like to use the word photogenic for Frankie. By the way, the harness is called bark appeal, I think. I’m not home so I can’t look. Anyway it is extremely easy to put on, there is a Velcro clasp around the neck and another around the belly, but he can get out of it if he pulls backward hard enough. He hasn’t figured that out yet so he typically doesn’t pull backward unless I’m giving him resistance and I try not to give him too much resistance.

  3. weggieboy

    Reblogged this on weggieboy's blog and commented:
    I love ginger tabby cats, having had one myself (the late Louie the ginger cat), so this post was a real treat for me today! Frankie is one beautiful cat!

    Charles asks the question about whether your cat(s) is/are “sniffers” on their walks. What do you say?

    Also, I recommend anyone following my blog check Charles’ blog out. It’s on my “favorites” list.

      1. Photofinland by Rantasalot

        No, he was afraid of being abandoned, so he just didn’t walk at all, just crawled to the door. Now it is his third summer with us, so he has learned to trust that we don’t leave him alone and now he enjoys walking and sniffing outside. We don’t know what has happened to him before he walked to our yard and straight to sit on my lap. He was highly educated as a home cat, he knew what is allowed for cats, and his nails had been cut. We tried to find his home, but nobody missed him. I walked from house to house, nobody had seen him.

    1. Charles Huss Post author

      I think it is called bark appeal. It is very easy to put on but it can also meet easy to get out of. When I’m walking him I have to be careful that he doesn’t pull very hard backwards.

    1. Charles Huss Post author

      I thought so as well, especially since we have a lot of dogs in the neighborhood. It just seems he’s smelling higher than a dog or cat would pee, especially since we have no Stray Cats around anymore and most of the dogs are little.


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