Un chat sans parfum

After le silence total for a couple of days, Louis Catorze finally sneezed on Thursday night. So we have been giving him Metacam in his food AND HE HAS BEEN EATING IT (wish I had known it were this easy when I was Greco-Romaning it to him in the past). We have not yet attempted the sauna treatment, although it’s on the agenda for discussion at the next Boys’ Club meeting.

However, as a precaution, the vet did suggest that we do an audit of any new household or skincare products which could have caused an allergic reaction. So I have started to tighten up my usually rigorous control which lapsed a little during the summer months, resulting in a few cheeky perfumed items sneaking their way into the inner sanctum of Le Château. The lapse was partly because Louis Catorze was spending more time outdoors and therefore it didn’t matter so much, and partly defiance on my part: if Catorze couldn’t be bothered to spend time with me, I didn’t see why I should knock myself out making things nice for him and his silly nose.

It also didn’t help that the airline lost our bags when we went on holiday, and we were forced to go shopping for toiletries that didn’t fit our usual exacting specifications. Rather than throw them all away when we got back and create more unnecessary waste, I have been frantically using them in the hope that they will be gone by the time the weather turns and Sa Maj decides to return indoors.

The more time passes, the less convinced I am that his skin issues were directly caused by an allergy to scent, and I am fairly sure that his sneezing was caused by something else (most likely him just being an idiot). That said, I am not sorry that I cut down the scented products and, having got him to a healthy, drug-free state – no Gabapentin or steroid shots since summer 2017 and no Atopica since FOREVER – I am not prepared to take any chances by allowing too many of them back into Le Château again.

When I let retailers know that I’m looking for low- or no-scent products because of my sensitive-skinned cat, it’s amazing how many of them turn out to be cat people. I receive lots of nice comments and questions about Sa Maj and, if I send a photo along with my enquiry, they often say how handsome he is. (Cat Daddy: “Trust me, they’re just trying to be polite.”) And, every now and again, someone truly goes the extra mile and does this: 

Bravo et bien joué, Scent Trail. Sa Majesté wholeheartedly approves, as you can see from the photos in which he is conducting his official royal analyse de contrôle de la qualité. 

Louis Catorze loves Scent Trail and highly recommends, in particular, their lime and vetiver candle, which appeared to have a calming effect on him during his stressy, tail-chewing days. Their products can be bought here: 


6 thoughts on “Un chat sans parfum

  1. Well, he does have a penchant for lime. Now he can have it sprayed on him instead of the journey to coat himself on a neighbor’s lime tree from a fallen and overripe fruit.

    (Don’t tell the CD, but I do love his curmudgeonliness as it’s a perfect foil to include the contrapuntal attitude…good writers often use an element of friction to enhance the narrative. In this case I think it’s a natural thing, so there’s no need for the invention of it.)

    (And you’re such a lovely wordsmith, a highlight for me to get a notification a new chapter has arrived.)

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    1. Oh, Cat Daddy will always find something to complain about. He complained yesterday about the special offer on Lily’s Kitchen food even though this makes it CHEAPER for us: “£33 for a pointless piece of fur!” [It would normally have been £50.]

      And thank you for your kind words. There has been a Roi overload lately which I hope hasn’t turned people off.


    1. Haha! Yes, quite possibly! He does a little quality control test every time I place an order with them, and seems to find their products curiously irresistible!

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