It is a common wives' tale that putting peanut butter (or sometimes just butter) on a cat's paws will help a cat not get lost in a new environment.
Advocates of this give many varying reasons why it's true.
when they lick off the butter, they remove traces of the old territory (their comfort zone or 'home') which makes them less likely to try to stray to refind their comfort zone.
the butter and the bits of debris that will eneviatibly stick to it will annoy the cat. Thus, making the cat sit down for a minute and take in it's surroundings creating a mental map of where it's home it.
I have also been told that it helps them take in the new scents before they go to far without having a good familiarly with the scents that indicate there new home.
Putting butter on your cat's paws won't stop it from getting lost when it moves to a new home.
So, is there any real evidence that supports any of these claims? In lieu of a controlled study, is there more precise scientific reasoning that would support one claim over the others?