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What is Bad Breath?

Bad breath (halitosis) is only a real problem if it becomes chronic or is severe. Of course, your cat’s breath is most likely to smell like the food that it just ate. Some experts suggest that soft or canned foods might lead to worse breath; dry food can cleanse your cat's teeth. The following might signify internal problems - ammonia, citrus or sickeningly sweet feline breath.

Feline halitosis (bad breath in cats) could be caused by food, infections or something more serious, like diabetes or liver cancer. Chronic cat's bad breath could be due to a serious internal disease.

Symptoms of Bad Breath in Cats

Your family pet might like to rub noses with you or the kids, giving you a great chance to get a whiff of its breath. When a foul-smelling odor startles you, then your cat might have a significant problem. Here are the symptoms that may accompany bad breath in cats:

  • Aggressiveness
  • Appetite loss
  • Bleeding gums
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Drooling
  • Excessive urination
  • Irritability
  • Lethargy
  • Mouth dysfunction
  • Oral cavity lump
  • Pain
  • Pawing mouth
  • Poor coat condition
  • Putrid odor
  • Reclusiveness
  • Swelling
  • Thirst
  • Vomiting
  • Weight Loss
  • Yellow, red or runny eyes

Of course, the difficulty with bad breath is that it also might be a symptom of other maladies. Is your cat more aggressive, irritable or reclusive with its bad breath? Does your cat start to eat, then jump back? This could be due to a painful tooth infection.

Swelling could occur in the gums, mouth or stomach. Does your cat have difficulties opening or closing its mouth? Mouth dysfunction could be a sign of a more serious ailment.

Causes of Bad Breath in Cats

Kitty halitosis can be caused by something as simple as smelly food or something as complicated as liver cancer. It could be a tiny obstruction, like food, a thread or a pebble. Bloody gums could be caused by an electrical cord injury.

Plaque or tartar can lead to viral, bacterial or fungal buildup. Tiny polyps, infections or an abscess might develop. Gastric acid reflux also stinks.

Your baby cat might be teething. Normally, cats have baby teeth fall out between 3 and 6 months.

Somewhat minor ailments causing bad breath could include endocarditis (inner heart tissue layer infection), esophageal tube enlargement, gingivitis, pharyngitis (inflammation of throat), rhinitis, sepsis (bacterial colonization of blood), sinusitis, stomatitis and tonsillitis (inflammation of tonsils). Coprophagia (eating of feces) could also be the cause.

Serious maladies leading to bad breath could include the following: Bartonella henselae, diabetes mellitus (sugar diabetes), gastrointestinal, immunodeficiency virus renal failure, kidney, liver, neurological, periodontal, respiratory or skin diseases.

Diagnosis of Bad Breath in Cats

Veterinarians will conduct blood, biochemical or urinalysis diagnosis tests to determine the cause. These might include more specific FeLV or FIV tests. Ultrasound and X-rays display your cat's internal bone structure.

The veterinarian is likely to complete a physical examination of your cat's tongue, lips, gums, roof and back of the mouth. The vet might need to sedate your pet. The dental vet will also exam tooth mobility and sulfide concentrations, while your cat is under a local anesthetic.

Treatment of Bad Breath in Cats

Vets will search for any obstructions, injuries or infections. While you might want to simply give your cat human toothpaste, this is not advisable, because this is not meant to be swallowed. Also, cats don't like to have their mouths pried open forcibly.

Semi-annual professional cleansing, and polishing of your cat's teeth, gums, and mouth, is advised. Veterinarians might offer same-day blood work and general anesthetic tooth cleaning for removal of tartar, plaque, and abscesses. If severe oral disease is at fault, then tooth extraction may be necessary.

Corticosteroids and other antibiotics are used to treat stomatitis. Cancer treatment would require surgery, chemotherapy or radiation.

Recovery of Bad Breath in Cats

Of course, the recovery time for your cat will vary dramatically depending on the cause. If the feline halitosis is only due to something stuck under the gums, then your cat should enjoy a full and immediate recovery. On the other hand, liver cancer and others serious diseases could be life-threatening.

After a complete professional dental cleaning, your cat may be required to stay in the hospital for recuperation. Multiple tooth extractions could require the addition of fluids, pain medications, and oral antibiotics. The veterinarian will discuss what the owner can do to prevent the cat halitosis from recurring.

Bad Breath Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Carmen
Unknown
12 Years
Moderate condition
-2 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

bad breath

My husband has had this cat from day 1. Rescue her mom out of the snow. Well I’ve noticed over the last year or so her breath has gotten extremely smell. Literally smells like poop. She eats just fine but sleeps most of the day. Can’t really get her to play no matter what toy I use. No lumps or bumps any where on her body. Hasn’t been to a vet as I didn’t realize till getting on this site a simple thing could be so bad.

Please take Carmen to the vet for a sonogram. Poop smelling breath can mean intestinal blockage. That’s what happened with my cat.

You take your cat to these stupid vets, they run blood test and all, then try to sell you stupid diet food for the bad breath and something else is that they never let you know what is the cause of the problem. Even you ask them Q's but they just mumble some words under their mouth and walk away and then charge you arm and a leg for their lousy services too. very Disappointing. I think the government should put some kind of control over them.

You need to have blood work done.

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Ruth-ann
DOMESTIC
13 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Putrid breath
Weight Loss
Oily coat
Lathargic

We have an older kitty (13 years). She has always been very active & healthy. About 4 weeks ago, her breath began to smell like death; putrid! Her coat is oily & unkempt - I've been brushing her to help her. She's less active now, lethargic even.

Same thing happened with my cat this Spring about 3 weeks before she died. Terrible breath, oily coat, lethargic, didn’t want to eat. Lots of tests and blood work but the vet had no idea what it was or why she died. X-ray showed pleural effusion but couldn’t figure it out? I would think that putrid breath and the x-ray showing something in her lungs would help them know what it was. Can it really be that difficult to narrow it down to a few things? It’s terrible not knowing.

This happened to one of my cats and it was a tooth abscess. You need to to her to the vet asap.

Having blood work done is the number one step in the right direction. Expensive but worth it.

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Bubba
Ragdoll
15 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Putrid breath runny eyes and cough
Putrid breath runny eyes cough
Putrid breath runny eyes

A cough since September. Healthy visit to the vet. Cough is more frequent, eyes run occasionally, breath suddenly smells like blood decay from a meat package! Putrid! Has become more needy for me, talks more. Still plays and eats healthily. 15.5 years. Not purebred.

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FRED HREATH
GOOD MAN
4 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Happy

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Smokey
Gray and white
6 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Trouble breathing
bad breath

My 5 month old kitten has been caughing and sneezing for about 2 weeks and its getting worse. Now she is having trouble breathing throgh her nose and her breath smells foul. Im extreamly worried about her, but cant afford to take her to the vet. I have some antibiotics for cats that i got a while back while trying to rescue a stray. Should i give them to her.

Has she been vaccinated against cat 'flu? If yes, then you can try Pegasus anti-vira bac (homeopathic remedy): kinder to the system than anti-biotics and doesn't knock off the gut flora. My 16-year old had the same symptoms; it took them away in 2 days. Just dissolve 5 pills in water and administer the solution with a syringe. Or put it in a bowl if she freely drinks water.

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Yeller
Shorthair
3 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Over weight and bad breath

I have tamed and brought in a feral cat. Took him to vet for complete physical and all was well. He as of late has developed very bad breath but sometimes it’s gone then back again. Is this a symptom of any other disease besides needing his tarter cleaned off?

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Brian Helen
head
5 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

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Charlie
tabby
8 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

bad breath
Very bad breath

Very bad fishy breath.Vomiting started 1 week ago on and off. Eventually he stopped eating and wouldn't even leave the bed. Lost weight was dehydrated. Took him to the vet. Checked his pancreas, negative. Was given fluids sq as well as meds for appetite, nausea, and stomach irritation. He has improved somewhat in his appetite, drinking, and gets out of bed a bit in the evening but is still not himself at all. Very lethargic, malaise, fatigue. Has not had a bowel movement that I'm aware of as I have another cat and two litter boxes it's hard to tell but they're suspiciously empty. I am very concerned about how he's acting as it's completely out of caracter.

Take him back to the vet and have him checked for intestinal blockage

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Blake (neutered male)
Russian Blue
5 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Halitosis

Medication Used

Amoxil 3 days B4 and 3 days after
Amoxicillin 3 days before and 3 day

We have a middle age Russian Blue that we adopted a year ago. The previous owner only had him a few months and had few comments about him. After a while, we noticed a bad (poop) breath. Our vet examined him and said it was likely gingivitis, so we left him for tooth cleaning. He was placed on a hard food only diet + lots of water. Three months later, we got his teeth cleaned again by the same vet and it was just as bad. We tried to brush his teeth with baking soda and water, but only got bitten. He drinks lots of water. He has been neutered and declawed and he stays indoors. Our other cat, a tabby, has the same diet and no odor problems have been noticed with her, also declawed, spayed, and indoors only. Any help?

Check to make sure your cat is not diabetic.

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Cocoa
Maine Coon mix
3 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Nasty breath

We have a Maine Coon mix rescue. We’ve had her for about a year and a half and she’s been vetted before I brought her home and twice since I’ve had her (routinely). Her breath is horrendous! Everyone that’s gotten close enough to smell it has made a comment but her vet says it smells like “cat breath”. We feed her an all natural grain free dry food,so she doesn’t eat garbage...help!
Other than that,she’s perfect. 🤷‍♀️

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Fig
DOMESTIC
7 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bad breath, rotten egg breath
Bad Breath,

My domestic long-hair, who is lmost 7, has started having breath that smells like rotten eggs within the last year... it’s pretty strong, when she yawns, it opens her mouth near my face, etc. She has no lumps or bumps, is active, playful and just as snuggly as ever. She’s a high-energy cat and has been since she was a kitten. Took her for a check up half a year ago, vet recommended a teeth cleaning but no more. Got laid off so haven’t been able to afford it but will start working again soon and plan on getting her a cleaning with the first pay day. I’m just worried she may need more done and wondering how much a cleaning and blood work and everything else may cost? Worried it could be more then an infection or build-up of bacteria, but I’m not sure. She’s my whole world and I would do anything to keep her healthy

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heck
sian
2 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Smelly Mouth

Having Bad breath (HALITOSIS) was the end of he world for me and carrying it was hell despite all the medication I was taking. But doc Hazzan helped me with his herbal cure and for 1year now I am free nd negative. He too can do yours as well dear. Contact him today on e-mail [email protected] or call/whatsapp +2348169340571.Thank God am free today. Life is worth more than gold. Doctor Hazzan was life saving.

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Neko
Tabby Point Siamese
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Weight Loss
Wont eat hard food
bad breath

My cat Nemo has bad breath. Shes had it for a few years now but there was never anything else I noticed. This month shes started loosing alot of weight and shes always been a little chubby now she is tiny. After seeing her eat I believe eating hard food is painful to her. After reading these posts she will be visiting her vet soon

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Leo
Siamese
4 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Sleepiness
bad breath
lack of appetite

I recently adopted a kitten (4months) a few days ago. He does seem to eat much, sleeps all day, has bad breath, and seems lethargic? I can't be sure of there is something wrong with him as I haven't gotten to know him yet.

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Moose
Domestic cat
2 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
bad breath

I adopted my cat about a month ago from a local shelter and he has been having diarrhea since I got him. He is a very active and playful cat that doesn’t seem to be sick but he keeps having diarrhea. He also has fishy breath which may just be how his breath smells. At the shelter he was neutered, vaccinated, and given treatment for deworming and his food has been changed twice along with a move to a new apartment so I had been assuming maybe those were the causes, but it hasn’t gotten better yet.

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Dexter
Siamese
3 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

bad breath

I have a 3 year old Siamese rescue. All of a sudden he started he started sneezing and coughing. That lasted two weeks. Then I noticed he had horrible bad breath like RANCID. I was going to bring him to the vet. The other day I saw something in his water dish. Turned out to be a chunk of his tooth!! He is on grain free hard food and only 3 years old! We were able to look in his mouth and saw blood on his top back of his mouth. How on Earth does this happen to a 3 year old cat? Also, he is eating and acting normal. Can some kind of upper respiratory infection cause his teeth to rot? What do I do?

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Greyson
Maine Coon
9 Months
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Aggressiveness, Bad breath, knots
Aggressiveness, Bad breath
Aggressiveness,

my 9 month old female cat has a couple of knots on her throat and horrible breath. She is aggressive most of the time. She bites a lot. I had her shots and she is fixed. I asked the dr. to look at her then and he said it was her teeth it would go away. When we had her fixed she was 3 months old. Its only gotten worse. She also had a hernia that was fixed at the same time I had her spade. Please help me. I love her so much. I don't have the money to keep taking her back to the dr but I will if I have too. I just don't want it to be cancer.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3320 Recommendations
Without examining Greyson I cannot say what the masses around the throat are or which structures they originate from; lymph nodes, salivary glands and other structures are in the throat which may cause a variety of different issues. If her breath is smelling bad and there are masses around the throat, I would recommend you visit another Veterinarian for a second opinion. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Harvey
Uncertain
5 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling
Putrid smell
Poor hygiene

I have a younger cat who we rescued and after having him for over 3 years his breath has progressively worsened. It has a fishy rancid smell as if there is infection or death. He frequently drools and does not clean himself very well if at all. Our other cat eats the same diet and cleans himself very well and has wonderful breath.

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FILIP
Maine Coon
6
Mild condition
2 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Running Nose

my cat Filip who is 6 years old start having very running nose 3 months ago, I went to Vet, he told me that was just a cold, so no medication, 2 weeks after he give my cat yearly shots, week two weeks after my cat still was having running nose and stop eating, we end up in emergency 2 times, pictures of he abdominal was taken, nothing was find, on the day they were about to put feeding tube, he started eat on his own:) Since that I was twice to Vet,first proscription was prednisone - which helped little, than we try Viralys, but no improvement, than famicicovir which stop the running nose for 3 days and last two days he was on was congested bad. Now Im giving Filip Doxicilin first day. He still has running nose, clear discharge, but all the time, he was very active before now he is lot less, when he is breading he make noises, I know he has bad nos congestion, from time to time his nose is very hot and very dry. As I mention, he has taken picture for abdominal, longs, he was check for leukemia, all looks good... but he is not himself. Also from time to time he has very bad breath. Please help. Thank you!

Beata

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3320 Recommendations
There are various causes for the symptoms which you have described which include dental issues, infections, allergies, foreign objects, parasites, tumours among other issues; if Filip is blocked up with his nose it may be worth trying to keep him in the bathroom whilst you shower as the humid warm air may help loosen any discharge in his nose offering temporary relief. It seems that your Veterinarian is treating for everything as there doesn’t seem to be a specific underlying cause, a antihistamine (cetirizine 5mg per day) may help but first wait to finish the current course of treatment with doxycycline. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you:)

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Little miss
Domestic cat
7 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Bad breath no other symptoms eats

I have a kitten she is 7 months she has a polyp removed it was benign but now her breath is starting to smell again the vet gave me an antibiotic it works for a little bit and now her breath smelling again

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1610 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Without knowing where the polyp was removed from, or how long ago, i find it difficult to comment on what might be going on with her. Sometimes polyps can recur, but I'm not sure if that is what is causing her bad breath. It would be best to follow up with your veterinarian to see what the source of the problem is, and if further care is needed for her. I hope that everything goes well for her.

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