I have to wonder, any other cat owners notice any particular reaction of their cats towards your tobacco?
I ask because I recently ended up seeing a cat play with catnip and it reminded me of my last cat (I haven't had cats for a few years now).
I grew up with cats. Most ignored my smoking when I did it around them, they didn't seem to notice my pipes or pipe tobacco existed, and when I smelled of smoke, they didn't seem to take notice. But, one cat I had was different.
This cat loved tobacco. One day she discovered a bag of pipe tobacco and reacted to it even more intensely than she did to catnip. She would roll around on it, try to dig it out of the bag, and if I wasn't careful she would make a huge mess. I don't know if it was the nicotine, the smell itself, or something else in the tobacco she was reacting to.
After the first time I noticed it, I would occasionally expose her to pipe tobacco for my fun and to reward her (since she liked it so much). It was great fun to watch and her reaction never lessened.
She didn't only react to pipe tobacco. She loved the smell of stale tobacco as well. When I'd come home from the bars (in the early and mid 1990s you could still smoke in Maryland bars) she would go nuts. If my hair smelled of tobacco smoke she would sometimes get on the back of the sofa or chair I was sitting on and bury her face in my hair. It was funny, her whiskers tickled, and when she would chew on my hair it was very odd. It wasn't as funny when she'd start that cat kneading thing though, she wasn't de-clawed and claws on your scalp hurts. Heck, even when I'd smoke on the back porch she would react to the smell of the smoke, which is odd since animals don't usually like smoke.
Anyway, I was wondering if any other current or former cat owners ever had a cat that reacted to tobacco, or if this cat was as strange as I think she was.