Bad Breath in Cats (cont.)

How Is Bad Breath Treated?

Treatment depends on your vet's diagnosis. If plaque is the culprit, your cat might require a professional cleaning. If the cause is gastrointestinal or an abnormality in your pet's liver, kidneys or lungs, please consult your vet about steps you should take.

How Can I Prevent My Cat From Having Bad Breath

Many people assume that bad breath in cats, especially at a certain age, is a “given”-but that's not the case. In fact, being proactive about your pet's oral health will not only make your life together more pleasant, it's smart preventive medicine:

  • Bring your pet in for regular checkups to make sure he has no underlying medical issues that may cause halitosis.
  • Make sure your vet monitors and tracks the state of your cat's teeth and breath.
  • Brush your cat's teeth frequently-every day is ideal. (Please be sure to use toothpaste formulated for cats as human toothpaste can upset your pet's stomach.)
  • Discuss home-use oral health products with your veterinarian to see if there's a type he or she recommends.
  • Talk to your vet about feeding a diet that will help to prevent dental disease. Some feel that the abrasive action caused by chewing hard kibble can slow down the formation of plaque.

What Happens If I Ignore My Cat's Bad Breath

If left untreated, gum disease and excessive tartar-both causes of bad breath-can lead to infection and tooth loss.