Why does my mint plant smell like cat pee?
Also, are there plants that smell like cat pee?
You likely smelled the common boxwood, or Buxus sempervirens—a leafy green landscape shrub that's often planted into hedges or trimmed into topiaries. Their leaves contain an oil that, when heated by the sun, smells akin to your kitty's urine.
Likewise, why does my plant smell like pee? Some people love it, but roughly a quarter of the population likens it to the smell of manure or urine. The odor is due to indole, a chemical that's also given off by E. coli.
Hereof, is the smell of mint bad for cats?
Essential Oil and Liquid Potpourri Poisoning in Cats. Many liquid potpourri products and essential oils, including oil of cinnamon, citrus, pennyroyal, peppermint, pine, sweet birch, tea tree (melaleuca), wintergreen, and ylang ylang, are poisonous to cats. Both ingestion and skin exposure can be toxic.
Why does my cat love the smell of mint?
Some kitties dislike the smell and with good reason: peppermint contains salicylate, a chemical also found in aspirin and poisonous to cats. Other cats are attracted to peppermint because it contains compounds similar to nepetalactone.