Why Does Cat Food Smell So Bad?

You may not like to admit it but cat food is one of the worst smells in the world. The smell is so bad that sometimes people get allergic to it. Most of us love cats but this smell can have you reaching for the air freshener and covering your nose.

Why Does Cat Food Smell So Bad

But why does cat food smell so bad? let’s find out

Why Does Cat Food Smell So Bad To Humans?

There are many reasons why cat food smells so bad. 

The main reason is that most wet cat food is made using ‘meat byproducts’.

cat food tins

This means that the food is made using parts of dead animals.  These parts usually include bones, skin, fat, muscle, tendons, etc.

These parts are of low quality and smell awful.

When meat byproducts are used in cat food they give it a terrible smell that people find very unpleasant. If you’re wondering what these parts are you’ll need to look at the ingredients list of your cat food.

The second reason why cat food smells so bad is the artificial flavors that are added to the food.

Cat food manufacturers tend to add different flavors to their products to make them more appealing to your cats taste buds.

Instead of just selling a tin of raw meat, they like to offer a variety of different tastes such as chicken, beef, fish, etc.

This can work well if your cat likes one flavor over another but if they don’t then they will just get bored and stop eating. So, it’s important to understand that while your cat may like chicken in one brand of cat food, it may not like the same thing in another.

While these artificial flavors may smell and taste wonderful to cats, they usually have the opposite effect on humans.

What Can You Do About The Smell?

There are a number of ways to reduce the smell of cat food around the house.

Firstly, when you feed them, try opening some windows and doors so that the room that they are eating in will ‘air-out’.

air freshener

Secondly, make sure you buy a decent odor-eliminating air freshener. Just make sure that whichever one you choose to buy, is safe for animals.

If both of these solutions don’t cut it, try buying them a different brand of cat food that only contains high-quality, raw meat.


The smell of cat food is one of the worst smells in the world. It can be very unpleasant for both cats and people. But, there are many ways to reduce this smell.

If you have any other questions about your cat’s diet or the smell of cat food, please leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.