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But, what she’s actually doing is using her tongue to direct the molecules of aroma she’s collected to the roof of her mouth. Embedded therein is her Jacobson’s organ, aka the vomeronasal organ (VNO), which identifies and interprets all those scent molecules.

What she has identified in those few seconds of lip smacking, sometimes ending in a «grimace» known as the flehmen response (which further directs scent molecules to the VNO) is a veritable buffet of smells that define my day.

She’ll catch echoes of the water I showered under (and will likely recognize it as the water she laps from the tub walls), my cologne, the rabbits and kittens I handled at the store (we used to own a feed grain store), the coffee I drank, the sandwich I had for lunch, and dozens of other smells I bring home.

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Many animals can smell the individual components of an odor, where we just smell the collective odor. We walk by a pizza parlor and smell pizza. They smell yeast, tomatoes, oregano, cheese, anchovies (eew), and a host of other individual smells.

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Science has tried to put a number on the difference between our sense of smell and that of cats and dogs, but I don’t think they’ve nailed it yet. You can get different opinions from various credible sources.

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Brachycephalics, or blunt muzzled dogs such as pugs, don’t have as sharp a sense of smell as their long muzzled colleagues, but they still have us beat by a country mile. They’re also more susceptible to respiratory problems and heat stroke.

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If there was a sure thing, it would be on the market, everybody would use it, and nobody would have a problem with varmints.

The products on the market smell lousy to us, or at least the ingredient list would canada goose outlet kokemuksia gag a maggot, but to an animal it may not be so bad.

Don’t forget, nothing smells better to an animal than the hind end of the animal in front of it. So just because it smells bad to us, it doesn’t mean an animal will find it repulsive.

By the way, arguably the most successful animal repellent on the market is predator urine. We sold coyote urine, but there are other essences available, such as fox urine and bobcat urine.

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