Halitosis in Cats

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.

Why Do Cats Have Bad Breath?

December 09, 2008 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Health

Cat bad breath got you down?  I know it gets me down.  It’s hard sometimes to figure out which is worse-cat bad breath, dog bad breath, or kid bad breath.  I am very happy that I don’t have to include fish bad breath in the mix.


Dog bad breath isn’t too much of a mystery.  It is also not entirely unexpected either.  Fortunately, it’s also not that difficult a problem to overcome.  A dog treat here and there, or an occasional brushing of the teeth tends to do the job.


Cat bad breath?  For me at least, that’s another story entirely.  What causes it?  How can I fix it?  How can I keep it from coming back again?  Why is my wife not trying to solve this problem?  Is this cat bad breath because my daughter fed our cat something she shouldn’t have?  Why will these kids not pick up their toys?  I guess that’s a topic for another day.  Let’s stick with the cat.


Our cat’s name is Roary.  For a while we had an experience with cat bad breath in our house.  I don’t play with the cat too much.  Maybe Roary is a good judge of character?  To me, his breath was not that much of a problem.  Neither my son, eight years old, and my daughter, five years old, seemed very concerned about Roary’s breath.  My wife, however, was not pleased.


An unhappy wife makes for an unhappy husband.


My wife convinced me that cat bad breath could be an indicator of a much more serious condition.  We had already solved the Mystery of the Lethargic Kitty (my daughter was stuffing the poor animal behind our backs, because his tongue tickled her hand).  Did we have a new mystery on our hands?  And again, why is this my problem?


We (that’s a euphemism for me) talked to a friend of ours.  Sara works at a local animal shelter.  Compared to us, she is a genius in animal care.  The way some of those animals come into the shelter is just absolutely amazing.  She helps to nurse them back to health.  We (again, a euphemism) turn to her, often with a sad, helpless face, to figure out exactly what we need to do to keep our pets alive.  She is gifted, and tolerant of my most ignorant questions.


Sara confirmed that cat bad breath can be an indicator of a more serious condition, such as lung disease, kidney disease, lacerations or ulcerations of the gums, hairballs stuck in the throat, or some other foreign object lodged in poor Roary’s mouth. 


Sara’s first step in any diagnosis is invariably to check the litter box and the food dish.  Compare the volume of input to the volume of output, and observe any abnormalities left behind.  Roary seemed to be processing normally.  Next, we (this time Sara was there, so it wasn’t just me by myself) examined Roary’s mouth.  Nothing was swollen, cut, or missing.  There were no extraneous items that didn’t belong there.  Roary was behaving normally-still playing with the family (except me, of course).


The bottom line?  Roary had just a plain old case of cat bad breath.  I put my foot down, and mandated that my son take on the job of brushing Roary’s teeth once a week.  As long as he sticks to it, cat bad breath is a thing of the past in our house.  Mystery solved!