Bad breath in cats, also known as feline halitosis, is a pointer that the cat could be suffering from digestive or dental disorders. Through a process of elimination in the cat’s regimen, you could narrow down the factors causing bad breath.
If you have modified your cat’s diet by introducing new types of food, a return to the old diet could be tried.
If the diet has been the same and unchanged, then the next step would be to check the mouth of the cat. Bad breath is caused by uncontrolled growth of bacteria in the mouth. When we eat, the bacteria in the mouth break down the proteins in our food. This leads to sulfur and other chemicals to be released into the air through its breath. Sulfur has a highly offensive odor.
Excess bacteria are due to poor oral hygiene. This leads to the growth of plaque and tartar on the teeth. Cats face this just as much as human beings do.
You can have the cat’s teeth cleaned professionally, although the benefits are for only for a brief period. It will inevitably repeat. To prevent recurrence, you will have to make changes in the cat’s diet. Go for cat’s food that contains enzymes, which help to prevent tartar formation. An antibacterial mouth spray may be used to prevent the cat developing gingivitis.
Brush your cat’s teeth everyday as a matter of routine. There are special toothbrushes for this purpose. This prevents tartar from forming. Start when the cat is young, as it would become accustomed to the act.
Do not clean your cat’s teeth immediately after a meal. This is so that the cat does not associate food and the toothbrush. This could give rise to anxiety which could lead to further digestive problems.
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