I applied some “Sweet Melon” hand cream a few minutes ago. My cat Emma, who had been comfortably lounging on the table in front of me, jumped up and walked away. I’d never seen such a strong reaction to a scent! I put my hands close to her to see if it was indeed the scent that was pushing her away. She moved away from my hands.
Scents can make a big impression on cats. I don’t wear scents when I groom.
It makes sense to me that cats might hate some scents. People hate some scents. Cats have noses. People have noses.