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I have an almost 6 month old kitten with bad breath and I don't know why. I did a web search on the causes and I came up with tooth decay, diet, and young cats loosing their baby teeth. I'm hoping the baby teeth issue is what the issue is.

I don't think it could be tooth decay because of her age, and she eats Nutro Complete kitten food dry/wet.

I'm wondering if I should chalk it up to her loosing her baby teeth, or could it be something else?
post #2 of 12
More than likely it is from her losing her baby teeth and adult teeth coming in. However, if in doubt, it is always best to ask her vet!!!
post #3 of 12
I would agree that it is most likely to be new teeth coming through.

Another cause of bad breath can be digestive problems, how are her bowel movements? If there is any sign of stomach trouble I would get her to the vet.

BTW, a question of my own - I have had Radar since he was 8.5 weeks old, he is now 7 months, I look at his teeth regularly, yet I have never noticed him lose any baby teeth or grow his adult ones - is this normal
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Thanks for the responses. Her bowel movements look fine. While I was reading about kittens loosing their teeth, they said that often times it happens unnoticed by their owners. Reasons being is the baby teeth are so small, and they probably swallow them sometimes when eating. And unless you know the little tooth feel out then you wouldn't know to look for the big one growing in.
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Originally Posted by Epona View Post

BTW, a question of my own - I have had Radar since he was 8.5 weeks old, he is now 7 months, I look at his teeth regularly, yet I have never noticed him lose any baby teeth or grow his adult ones - is this normal
I never saw Polly's either. Cats seem to be very sneaky with the growing of new teeth.
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Thanks for the responses. Her bowel movements look fine. While I was reading about kittens loosing their teeth, they said that often times it happens unnoticed by their owners. Reasons being is the baby teeth are so small, and they probably swallow them sometimes when eating. And unless you know the little tooth feel out then you wouldn't know to look for the big one growing in.
I wanted to keep his baby teeth, the way I have kept feathers from all my birds
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I wanted to keep his baby teeth, the way I have kept feathers from all my birds
Oooo. That is sad. Maybe you can keep her . . . . . I'm sorry I can't think of anything except toe nail clippings or fur after a good brush, and that just doesn't seem the same.
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Oooo. That is sad. Maybe you can keep her . . . . . I'm sorry I can't think of anything except toe nail clippings or fur after a good brush, and that just doesn't seem the same.
Bag full of toenail clippings and shed fur doesn't really have the same ring to it does it!
post #9 of 12
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No, it really doesn't.
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Bag full of toenail clippings and shed fur doesn't really have the same ring to it does it!
We get rabbits in our yard that try to eat our plants, so we sometimes save fur from brushing to put around our yard. It works pretty well!
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We get rabbits in our yard that try to eat our plants, so we sometimes save fur from brushing to put around our yard. It works pretty well!
Well see Epona, we weren't so far off base. You could utilize some in your yard, and hold some back for yourself. If anyone ask what it is, you can tell them its to keep the rabbits away.
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Well see Epona, we weren't so far off base. You could utilize some in your yard, and hold some back for yourself. If anyone ask what it is, you can tell them its to keep the rabbits away.
That would work perfectly if I had a yard If I said that was why I kept fur to anyone who knows where I live they'd think I'd lost the plot
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