It’s pretty much a given that cats are fickle creatures. They’re known to be fickle about their food, their litter, their toys—even who they choose to give attention to. But fickle about their owner’s breath??
Yes, cats are fickle about their owner’s breath. My first cat used smelling people’s breath like a handshake: his form of greeting people. He’d climb up on a visitor (or family member), place his front paws on their shoulders and sniff your lips until you opened your mouth. Then he’d stick his head part way in and inhale. He loved it if you’d accommodate him by exhaling at the same time. This always seemed a bit odd to me, (and my guests), but we got used to it. And that wasn’t the weirdest part. My cat much preferred morning breath to the smell of toothpaste. In fact, if whoever he was smelling had recently brushed their teeth, he’d wrinkle his face and go off in search of someone less hygienic. I can’t count the number of times I found the cat on my sleeping husband’s chest, contentedly breathing the fumes of his ‘morning after a night with the boys’ breath.
Now we have a cat who’s the opposite. She much prefers fresh breath to stinky. Maybe it’s because she’s female, but she refuses to go anywhere near my husband in the early mornings, and actually cuffed my daughter when she breathed on the cat after eating nachos. The cat prefers Crest brand toothpaste over Colgate, and if you use mouthwash as well she’s in heaven.
I doubt all cats are breath-sensitive, but for those that are, it gives their owners fodder for lots of stories!