Why does a cat have bad breath? What causes and how to eliminate bad odor

Ihor Romanko

Why your cat has bad breath
Why your cat has bad breath

Cats are cute creatures that love to yawn in their owners' faces. However, if you notice that your cat's breath has changed dramatically or become unbearable, it could be a sign of a serious health problem.

The most common cause of bad breath in cats is dental and gum disease, zaxid.net writes. If you don't brush your cat's teeth regularly, plaque and tartar can accumulate on them, leading to gingivitis and stomatitis. These diseases are accompanied by inflammation and bleeding of the gums, as well as the release of an unpleasant odor.

Other possible causes of bad breath in cats include:

  • Respiratory tract infections, such as rhinitis, sinusitis, bronchitis, or pneumonia.
  • Diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, such as gastritis, gastroenteritis, or pancreatitis.
  • Liver disease, such as hepatitis or cirrhosis.
  • Kidney disease, such as glomerulonephritis or pyelonephritis.
  • Diabetes.
  • Cancer of the mouth or other organs.

If you notice that your cat's breath has changed, it is important to see your veterinarian. The doctor will conduct an examination and prescribe the necessary tests to determine the cause of the unpleasant odor.

To prevent the development of dental and gum problems in cats, you should brush their teeth regularly. To do this, you can use special toothpastes and toothbrushes for cats. It is also important to feed your cat high-quality food that does not contain a lot of sugar.

Earlier, we told you how often you should feed your cat.

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