A cat with bad breath yawning.

Why Does My Cat’s Breath Smell?

Many cats subsist on a diet of canned fish. It’s only natural that their breath would smell a little funky, right? Wrong. While an occasional whiff of nasty feline breath may not warrant a call to the vet, persistent halitosis often indicates a major health concern.

Why Does My Cat’s Breath Smell?

Oral Causes of Bad Breath

A staggering number of adult cats suffer from oral and dental diseases that can potentially cause bad breath. Between 50 and 90% of cats aged four years and older have experienced at least one disease of the mouth and/or teeth.

More Potential Causes of Bad Breath in Cats

Bad breath doesn’t always start in a cat’s mouth. In certain instances, foul odors have their origins elsewhere.

What Does Your Cat’s Breath Smell Like?

You can help your vet get to the bottom of bad breath more quickly by paying close attention to the particulars of its scent. Check out this quick guide to recognizing the source of your cat’s halitosis.

Fighting Bad Breath in Cats

If your cat’s breath smells especially foul, make sure to contact your veterinarian to ensure halitosis isn’t a symptom of serious trouble in their mouth or elsewhere. They’ll consult your cat’s health history and conduct a thorough examination to determine the appropriate next steps.

At home, supporting your cat’s oral health is a crucial part of pet care. It’s generally easier to prevent the health issues than cause bad breath. Regular brushing from a young age can help. Your cat will probably never enjoy having their teeth brushed, but introducing the process early can ensure it’s as low stress as possible. Never use human toothbrushes or toothpastes on your cat’s mouth! In the pet aisle, don’t forget to look for special food and treats that can help promote a healthy mouth and fresh breath between brushings.