Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Bad Breath in Cats

A cat's breath may not smell like peppermint, but if you notice a consistent problem of bad breath, also known as halitosis, it's essential to try to find the cause. Most often, bad breath is caused by a build-up of odor-producing bacteria in your pet’s mouth. Adding a high quality probiotic, such as Power Probiotic is always a good idea because it populates your kitty's mouth with "good bacteria".   Bad breath is often due to the build up of acid stomach so using the Power Probiotic will help relieve your cat's tummy problems and help freshen breath at the same time.  Talk to your veterinarian about your cat's bad breath as it could be a warning sign not only of acid stomach but of other more serious  medical problems such as stomatitisan upper respiratory infection, digestive problems, or kidney issues.

A visit to your veterinarian is the best way to determine the cause and seriousness of the condition. Your veterinarian will perform a physical examination, and may need to run standard laboratory tests such as testing your cat's blood and urine.  Your veterinarian will want to know information regarding your cat’s diet, oral hygiene, exercise habits and general attitude and behavior. 

Here are the signs to watch for:
  • Excessive brownish tartar on your cat’s teeth, especially when accompanied by drooling, difficulty eating and red, inflamed gums, could indicate serious dental or gum disease.  Cats with stomatitis need a special diet and supplements such as Notatum and Power Probiotic can greatly help.
  • Breath that smells like urine can be a sign of kidney disease.
  • Unusually sweet or fruity breath could indicate diabetes, particularly if your cat has been drinking and urinating more frequently than usual.
  • An unusually foul odor accompanied by vomiting, lack of appetite, and yellow-tinged corneas and/or gums could signal a liver problem

Your vet's findings will dictate the treatment plan. If it is determined that plaque is the cause, your cat might require a professional cleaning.   If the cause is gastrointestinal, try Soothing Digestive Relief and Power Probiotic help improve tummy rumbling, diarrhea, acid stomach which can all affect your kitty's breath.  Gastro ULC is also very helpful for cats with acid stomach.  

If your kitty has bad breath and you need advice, please email Ask Ariel at