February 10, 2009 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Diseases
Most of the cat owners find halitosis (oral malodor) is a significant problem in their cats. As they percieved, halitosis in cats is a serious problem. As a cat owner you should know about halitosis in cats.
What is Halitosis?
Halitosis is a condition which causes bad breath in cats. This is a manifestation of more serious dental disease and may be the first clinical sign that owners report to their veterinarians.
Oral or non-oral factors are responsible for bad breath in cats. Non-oral factors include systemic diseases and gastrointestinal diseases.
The main cause for cat halitosis is the microbial flora of the mouth. Other reason for bad breath in cat includes saliva pH and glucose concentration. In general, the saliva with high glucose concentration and low pH prevents odor formation. Whereas the cats are having saliva with low glucose contration and alkaline pH, which will increase the odor of the cat’s mouth.
Halitosis in cats is also associated with periodontis and gingivitis.
How To Prevent Cat Halitosis?
Cat Halitosis is not so different from human bad breath. Cat owners know for a fact that cat halitosis can be downright awful. If possible, brush your cat’s teeth daily, which will help eliminate and prevent tartar.
Hill’s Feline t/d (from the veterinarian) and Science Diet Feline Oral Care (from the pet store) holds good to contain cat’s bad breath as these substances require more chewing than ordinary cat foods and very helpful to prevent cat’s bad breath.
Provide at least one or two enzyme-treated dental chew biscuits daily for your cat. This will help to prevent cat halitosis.