Our cats are our best friends, but sometimes they can get bad breath. Cat bad breath is not something cat owners should ignore. It can be a symptom of a health problem that cat owners should take seriously and have taken care of by a veterinarian.
Cat owners must find out the reason for their cat’s bad breath and when they should take them to the veterinarian to rule out any possible health problems.
What causes bad breath in cats?
There are several different causes of cat bad breath, but the most common cause is periodontal disease.
If your cat has bad breath or cat halitosis, it could be a sign that your cat has tartar buildup in her teeth and gums. This causes bacteria to grow that then release waste products. These waste products give off a foul odor.
If your cat has gingivitis or periodontal disease, these can be remedied with regular professional teeth cleaning.
Another common cause of bad breath is something caught in a cat’s teeth or under their gums. Other potential causes are tooth decay and tumors in a cat’s gums.
Watch for these oral problems in your cat
Cat owners should watch out for swollen jaw, drooling, bad cat breath, difficulty chewing, change in appetite, and inflammation of the gums. Periodontal disease is an infection of the tissue around the teeth caused by cat dental problems and can become serious.
Cat owners should always take their cat to the veterinarian for dental care if they notice these symptoms, especially cat bad breath. Regular teeth cleanings by a veterinarian are essential for cat oral and dental health.
Bad breath in cats can also signify kidney problems, liver problems, diabetes, or oral trauma. For these reasons, it is important not to ignore bad breath in cats.
A veterinarian should check consistent cat bad breath.
Cat halitosis prevention
Brush your cat’s teeth regularly – Regular teeth brushing is recommended for cat owners to help cat oral health and cat bad breath.
Some cat owners think that their cat will not allow them to brush her teeth, but according to the National Council of Cat Veterinarians’ Cats: Make Their Own Rules brochure, most cats can eventually become quite accustomed to it after initially being frightened.
Cat toothpaste is designed for cat use, and cat owners should not use human toothpaste.
Choose cat food that reduces tartar buildup – Choose a cat food with higher protein content and fewer carbohydrates, and low-quality filler. Dry food can help keep their teeth clean.
Fresh water – Make sure your cat always has access to fresh, clean drinking water.
Dental chews or treats – These can reduce or eliminate tartar buildup in your cat’s teeth. Dental treats are recommended over dental water additives.
Dental toys – Dental cat toys have a rough surface that rubs the teeth while your cat plays with them. This could help get food particles and debris off their teeth.
The Veterinary Oral Health Council only accepts dental products that are safe and proven to reduce cat bad breath and oral disease, based on scientific studies. Accepted products are listed at VOHC.org, or ask your veterinarian for recommendations.
Yearly vet checkups – Have your cat’s teeth and gums checked by a veterinarian at least once per year.
See a veterinary dentist if cat halitosis is severe or home remedies are ineffective.
Cat bad breath treatment
- You can clean the cat’s teeth with cat toothpaste at home. Some cat owners find it difficult to brush their cat’s teeth. For these people, a professional dental cleaning may be the best option when dealing with cat halitosis.
- You can use pet dental wipes to help remove bacteria and tartar from tooth surfaces, but they are not enough to make cat halitosis go away unless you brush your cat’s teeth regularly at home.
- If cat halitosis is caused by cat oral trauma or disease, cat owners should have the cat checked out by a veterinarian.
We hope you found this article helpful in learning more about the causes, treatment, and prevention of bad breath in cats. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact your veterinarian for advice.