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I heard some theories that normal cats are not smelly, and odor is caused by some abnormal conditions such as illness, lack bathing or lack house cleaning, is it true?

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Yes, this is true. Cats keep themselves quite clean, so that even an "alley cat" will not be smelly. If a cat stops cleaning itself, that is normally a sign of illness, or a physical problem that makes it difficult for the cat to bathe itself (for example, the cat may be severely overweight, which makes it less limber).

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  • A friend of mine named her childhood cat "talcum powder" because that's what she thought he smelled like. Having had my face buried in my own cats' fur, I think she has a point... Healthy cats are a lot less smelly than most dogs and some people. – keshlam May 3 '16 at 15:45

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