Halitosis (Bad Breath) in Cats

Halitosis (Bad Breath) in Cats

Halitosis, or bad breath, is an unpleasant odor coming from your cat’s mouth. Usually halitosis had oral causes, although sometimes it can be caused by other disease processes.

There are several products on the market to help you deal with bad kitty breath including cat toothbrush and paste, cat treats that can help minimize tartar or freshen cat breath as welll as kitty breath drops.

It is first important to understand and treat any underlying diseases that may be causing the foul odor. These include:

What to Watch For

Diagnosis of Halitosis in Cats

Veterinary care should include diagnostic tests to determine the underlying cause of the bad breath and help guide subsequent treatment recommendations. Some tests may include:

Treatment of Halitosis in Cats

Optimal therapy of any serious or persistent medical condition depends on establishing the correct diagnosis. There are numerous potential causes of halitosis and before any treatment can be recommended, it is important to identify the underlying cause. Initial therapy should be aimed at the underlying cause. This treatment may include:

Home Care

Home care recommendations will depend on the underlying cause of the problem. Some steps that you can take to help eliminate your cat’s bad breath include: