In China, there isn’t much room for dogs to roam freely so many people own cats. Because so many young people don’t have children yet, they tend to spend all their disposable income to keep their cat happy.
One strange trend involves cat sniffing. Zhou Shuaibo loves sniffing his orange Tabby cat and spends hours playing with his pet every day. Burying his face in the fluffy cat body and inhaling deeply while stroking its tummy, Zhou is one of China’s many “cat sniffers,” who obsessively smell and cuddle their cats, often multiple times a day.
“As a veteran cat sniffer, if I don’t get my fix I feel absolutely terrible. I have a serious cat addiction,” says one cat-lover on Zhihu, China’s version of Quora.