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Does Your Feline Have Bad Breath? Here Are 3 Tips To Cure It

Dental hygiene is crucial to the overall health of your cat. Disorders such as toothaches, bad breath, and cavities can negatively impact their wellness.

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We all love our pets like they are our own children, and want to do the best we can to ensure they have a healthy life. Bad breath is more than just a smelly inconvenience, it’s a sign of much more going on in their body. Read on for the causes, symptoms, treatment options, and information on when to seek veterinary care.

Here are some common causes and symptoms of bad breath in cats:

Causes and Symptoms of Bad Breath in Cats

The cause of bad breath in cats can be hard to pinpoint. However, it typically generates from eating habits and dental disorders. The cause may be something as simple as smelly food, or as complicated as some forms of cancer.

Plaque and tartar buildup can cause bacterial or fungus build up in the mouth, creating a bad odor. Other times, your feline may be teething!

Minor ailments that may cause bad breath include:

* Endocarditis (inner heart layer infection)

* Esophageal tube enlargement

* Gingivitis

* Pharyngitis (throat inflammation)

* Rhinitis

* Sepsis

* Sinusitis

* Stomatitis

* Tonsillitis

* Coprophagia (eating of feces)

Other more serious ailments may be the cause of your cat’s halitosis. If you suspect your cat’s bad breath is due to more than just plaque and tartar build up, it’s wise to contact your vet.

Symptoms of halitosis in cats include:

* Odor

* Redness in gums

* Bleeding gums

* Reduction in food consumption

* Increase in thirst level

* Swelling of the gums

* Vomiting

* Weight loss

* Lethargy

* Pain

* More frequent urination

* Pawing at the mouth

* Poor coat condition

* Aggressiveness

* Yellow, red, or runny eyes

If you’ve noticed any of these symptoms in your friendly feline, it’s time to take control of their bad breath and cure it!

How can you take control of your feline’s stinky breath? We’ve got 3 tips that will help cure it, and make snuggling your cat far more enjoyable.

3 Tips for Treating Bad Breath in Felines at Home

1. Brush your cat’s teeth. While this may seem obvious, one of the easiest ways to combat bad breath in cats is to brush their teeth. Regular teeth brushing prevents plaque and tartar from building up. It also prevents tooth decay.

Specific toothbrushes exists for cats, but any smaller size toothbrush will do. Make sure you do use a toothpaste specifically designed for cats. Many cats prefer an odorless and tasteless toothpaste.

2. Dental treats and chew toys. There is a specific niche in the cat treat and chew toy market for bad breath. Some treats are specifically designed to target bad breath and clean teeth while your cat thinks it’s getting a tasty surprise. Toys also exist that help brush and clean felines’ teeth as they play with them. Use treats and toys as supplements to regular dental care, not a replacement!

3. Proper diet. Ensure your cat is getting a proper diet of cat food. Search for foods with little to no additives, high-protein content with real meat, and plenty of water. This will help keep their breath fresh, their coat soft, and their life long.

If making these changes and consistently sticking to them doesn’t cure your feline friend of its bad breath, it’s time for a visit to the vet. Regular veterinary visits ensure your cat is healthy and are a great way to find solutions for stubborn, stinky breath.

Diagnosis of Bad Breath in Felines

Your cat’s vet will do a full assessment in order to identify the source of the cat’s bad breath. They may conduct blood and urinalysis diagnostic tests, as well as run ultrasounds and x-rays. Of course, they’ll also do a complete physical examination of the mouth, teeth, lips, and gums as part of a dental exam.

Be Proactive About Your Cat’s Breath

Please do not let your cat’s breath get out of control! Bad breath, or halitosis, in felines can be very costly to treat. Experts estimate that treatment prices can range from $400 to $1,200! The average national cost of treating severe halitosis in felines is $850.

Take proactive steps in managing your cat’s oral health, and don’t get buried under expensive veterinary bills. Take the time to brush your cat’s teeth, provide him or her with proper dental treats or toys, and feed them a proper diet.

Their dental hygiene is so important to their overall health. Do not skimp on the proper at home steps you can take to treat your feline’s bad breath. Invest in your cat’s health, and your own wallet, by taking charge of their breath at home! Want to do more? Read these 5 extra tips you can use to ensure your feline friend doesn't have stinky breath.

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