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A cat’s ability to pick up the scent of an item has been likened to the human sense of smell, which is a key part of our sense of taste, according to a study published today in the journal PLOS ONE.

The findings, which may help pet owners with chronic allergies and other conditions, could also help veterinarians diagnose problems with cats.

The study, led by scientists from the University of Queensland and the University Of Auckland, looked at the ability of three species of cats, the domestic cat, the farm cat and the wild cat to detect odors.

They found that the domestic cats had the most effective and long-lasting detection ability, with the farm cats and the domestic wild cats using the same detection methods to locate a new scent.

The scientists tested six different scent-detection techniques in four different species of domestic cats.

All of them were tested by the same person, so it was impossible to compare them.

The domestic cats did not discriminate between smells of a variety of odours, so they were the most successful at sniffing out odours.

But the farm and wild cat noses were much better at detecting the same scent, with their noses working together.

This is similar to how humans detect the scent in different areas of the body, such as the nose and ears.

“It’s not a single ability, it’s a group of abilities that work together to solve a problem,” lead author Dr Kate Williams, a research fellow at the University’s School of Veterinary Science, told

“They are the same animals but have different ways of detecting smells.”

Dr Williams added that it was possible that a species of cat might have the ability to distinguish between different odours by using a sense of scent rather than a sense in the eyes.

“We don’t know if that’s because they have some other kind of sensing in their brain, or if they’re just able to use the nose to discriminate between odours.”

What’s more, the ability could be an important part of the cat’s immune system, and might be useful for detecting food odours from other species.

The researchers found that all three species are capable of picking up on other odours that are similar to their own scent, such that their noses can detect the odours of several other species in the environment.

Dr Williams said the ability was similar to what humans use to detect the smell of other animals, such an animal’s feet, ears or other body parts.

“If you’re able to recognise that a cat is not only smelling the same thing but it is also able to distinguish it from other smells, that’s very powerful,” she said.

“And that’s one of the reasons we’ve looked at different species to see if we can detect different odour signals in them.”

The study has been published in PLOS One.

Dr John Wilson from the Institute of Science and Technology Research, a part of University of New South Wales, said the findings showed that there are many different species and species of animals that use different senses to detect different smells.

“What is interesting is that the ability seems to work with other species, such a fish or a spider or a mouse,” Dr Wilson said.

He said there was also evidence that other animals have the same sense of smelling, including humans, cats and dogs.

Dr Wilson told the findings suggest that animals with different sense organs may be able to detect certain odours in other species as well.

“You might be able in your cat to tell the difference between a fresh tomato or a new one, or a rotting leaf,” he said.

The ability of the domestic and wild cats to use their nose to pick out different odors was similar in that they both relied on the same smell-detecting systems, Dr Williams told, although the farm-cat did have a different sense of the sense of touch that the wildcat did.

“The farm cat has a sense that it’s picking up odours on the skin, whereas the wild cats use their sense of sight to detect smells in the air,” Dr Williams explained.

The team is now planning to conduct further research to determine whether the ability is more complex than it is initially thought.

“To do that, we need to get a lot more sophisticated in our work to see what is going on in the brain and what the underlying mechanisms are,” Dr William said.