Cats open their mouths when smelling because they have a special organ, called The Jacobson Organ, that is located behind the front teeth. Opening their mouths while smelling allows air to get to the organ which opens up ducts to connect with the nasal cavity. It is believed this organ helps the cat smell its food better, have a ‘six sense’ (e.g. knowing when earthquakes are coming), and smell out potential mates.
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