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Bad breath in cats is not a problem to be ignored. Often bad breath is a symptom of a more serious health condition such as kidney disease, diabetes, dental disease, or even cancer. Always take your cat to the veterinarian if he or she is exhibiting halitosis.
Ailments such as kidney disease and diabetes tend to weaken the immune system, increasing susceptibility to infection. These infections, especially if they occur in the mouth, can also produce unpleasant odors. Odors released from non mouth related infections or conditions can travel up to the mouth and produce bad breath in cats.
Usually cats have a slight odor to their breath. This is especially true if your cat is on a fish based diet. This is also due to the fact that most cats don’t get their teeth brushed. If halitosis is caused by inadequate dental care, a professional cleaning may be in order. After start a regular routine of teeth brushing to prevent the reoccurrence of bad breath. You can find cat toothbrushes and toothpastes at most pet suppliers. Never use toothpastes formulated for humans on cats as some of the ingredients can be toxic.
Other methods of prevention of halitosis include diet changes, the use of treats, and hydration. Kibble is great because its rough texture allows it to the clean the teeth. There also other cat treats available that works to improve and maintain dental health. As in humans, bad breath tends to sneak up on cats when they are dehydrated. Always keep water in the bowel for whenever your cat is thirsty.