Odor-able Kitty is a 1944 Looney Tunes short released on January 6, 1945 starring Pepe Le Pew, here known as "Henry" or "Stinky". Produced by Eddie Selzer for Warner Bros. Cartoons, it was directed by Chuck Jones and written by Michael Maltese and Tedd Pierce. Pierce wrote the overall story, while Maltese came up with the overall character concept. It was reissued as a Blue Ribbon Merrie Melodie in the 1950-51 season.
This is the first appearance of Pepe Le Pew and also one of the only two times in the "classic" era he confuses a male cat for a female skunk, the other is at the end of Dog Pounded (his only appearance in a Friz Freleng cartoon), where he confuses Sylvester in a phoney skunk disguise as a real female skunk.
It is also the final cartoon to use the red background blue rings. The 1946-48 and 1951-53 would use more faded versions of the rings. Also these new versions would have one red ring.
After so much abuse (being thrown out of a store, beat up, shooed from a house), a cat decides he has to do something about it. So thinking that it make things easier, the cat disguises itself as a skunk using paint and smelly substances. The people fall for the disguise and run screaming.
After raiding a meat shop, the cat relaxes on a field, happy and full. Unfortunately, its stench attracts the unwanted attention of a real skunk named Henry! The cat runs from him and hides in a tree, which Henry manages to find with ease.
The cat runs into town, grabbing a skunk fur to trick Henry into thinking that it is him instead. The cat climbs onto a tall pillar and warns Henry that if he takes one step closer, he'll jump to his death. The skunk doesn't listen, and the cat tosses the fur off. As Henry mourns the death of the supposed skunk, the cat sneaks away. This doesn't work, for as soon as Henry spots the cat, he cuddles it. Continuing to run, a dog believes that the cat is a skunk, and faints when it sees Henry. Finally, the cat disguises itself as Bugs Bunny to fool Henry. A chase ensues. Running is no use as the cat soon finds itself tired and worn out.
Henry cuddles with it until his wife and two kids interrupt! Standing in disbelief, Henry claims he was only trying to remove a cinder from a lady's eye, but to no avail. The wife beats her husband with her umbrella. The cat crawls away and removes the paint and smell, realizing that he would rather endure the abuse.
Bugs Bunny makes a cameo near the ending, but Pepe determines this to be a costume.
In this cartoon, Pepe is shown to have a wife and two children. This is the only time Pepe is married, in all other cartoons he is a bachelor.
Unlike all other cartoons where Pepe's French accent is genuine, in this cartoon his French accent is faked.