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post #1 of 16
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I have done a search on the forums and read a few past posts regarding this issue.

Miikka is 6 months old now and has "cat food breath" (well I cant tell if it smells more like the wet or the dry...). It is quite smelly, not overpowering but since she does sleep with me I would like a cat with pleasant breath!

As suggested by some other forum members in other posts I have checked her mouth this evening. Everything looks fine, no redness, discoloration, bleeding, gross stuff etc.

I recently took her to the vet (1 month ago) and she was given a complete clean bill of health. He checked her mouth and teeth and didnt see any problems.

She will be going back to the vet within the next month to get spayed so I will get them to take a look at this again.

In the meantime, is there any products/treats that I can give her to give her better breath. I am not sure that I would be able to brush her teeth so that is out of the question.

Any help is appreciated.

David
post #2 of 16
They actually make a breath mint for cats, that cats actually like. The only problem is I can't remember off the top of my head what it is called.
post #3 of 16
Curiosity here, more than anything else, what do you feed your kitty?

Does she get any dairy based treats/snacks?

Spotz
post #4 of 16
My cat breath smells too feed her whiskas kitten food and kitten whiskas treats.No problems with her teeth.
post #5 of 16
Why is teeth-brushing out of the question? Start with having her lick the toothpaste off your finger. Better to start at six months, than at three years with dental/gum disease.

We use malt flavored cat toothpaste, and the cats love it. They don't love me brushing their back teeth, but they don't hate me for it either
post #6 of 16
I brush my cats teeth and use those green chewy things that you buy at the pet store. I can't remember what they're called but they work wonders! I mix the green flakes in with my cats food, and they gobble them up. Peppurr and Zeus have "sweat breath", atleast that's what it smells like to me!
post #7 of 16
I have seen breath mint for cats too, but I have not taken notice of the name, I would imagine it is easy to find (because I noticed it). Hope you find a cure. Is her tummy OK?
post #8 of 16
Thread Starter 
Maybe I will take a trip to Petland before work tomorow and take a look.
As far as I know there is nothing wrong with her tummy.
I dont think she would sit still long enough to get her teeth brushed, she is very protective of herself unless I am giving her tummy rubs or holding her.
As far as what I feed her, she gets wet friskies food (a teaspoon in the morning and a teaspoon at night) and IAMS kitten formula dry food throughout the day.
post #9 of 16
Because Sophie is on the kitten kibbles, it seems to be a lot stronger smelling than Rosie's adult kibbles.

After Sophies eaten she climbs on to my shoulder to wash herself, and all you can smell are her kibbles.

I call her "Chicken stock cube breath"
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by Cilla
I have seen breath mint for cats too, but I have not taken notice of the name, I would imagine it is easy to find (because I noticed it). Hope you find a cure. Is her tummy OK?
Pit-Pat is one that they sell up on the counter at Petsmart. It is a cute little pink mint box. I put them in Dori's stocking, she wouldn't eat them, but I don't blame her. They smelled disgusting! I don't know how they could possibly help any cats breath. (I got them because the box was cute, her breath doesn't really stink )
post #11 of 16
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I call her "Chicken stock cube breath"
Lol
post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by FastDak
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Miikka is 6 months old now and has "cat food breath" (well I cant tell if it smells more like the wet or the dry...). It is quite smelly, not overpowering but since she does sleep with me I would like a cat with pleasant breath!
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In the meantime, is there any products/treats that I can give her to give her better breath. I am not sure that I would be able to brush her teeth so that is out of the question.
Any help is appreciated.
David
Our two cats used to have some bad breath from eating human-grade canned and dry cat food like Wellness and Innova. But ever since our vet recommended changing their diet to fresh meat (primarily frozen, ready-made raw meat packs for cats), their breath, teeth cleanliness, and other things have improved significantly. And of course, they have required no breath mints and no teeth brushing.

At first, we thought this was a unique thing happening only to our cats. But doing a search on the Internet revealed that other pet guardians who started their cats/dogs on a "BARF" ("biologically appropriate raw food" or "bones and raw food") or similar diet have had similar experiences. (e.g., http://www.bluequaker.com/barf_diet.htm)

With the help of a holistic vet, switching your cat to a fresh wholesome food diet might help permanently get rid of your cat's bad breath.
post #13 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the advice everyone.
I went to Petland and picked up some Pit'r Pats today. I brought them home and Miikke took them right out of the bag, and went absolutely nuts over them. Sometimes I think she will eat anything.
I have given her one already and since she is busy playing I havent had time to smell her breath. I guess time will tell.
The thing that made me laugh is that the inside of the package (other than the fishie shapes) are the same as my altoids mints.. LOL
post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by Crazy-Cat-Lover
I brush my cats teeth and use those green chewy things that you buy at the pet store. I can't remember what they're called but they work wonders! I mix the green flakes in with my cats food, and they gobble them up. Peppurr and Zeus have "sweat breath", atleast that's what it smells like to me!
Are you talking about the Greenies for little dogs by chance? That's the only thing I found at Petco matching your description and I'm really desparate to get something for my cats little toofers.
post #15 of 16
Thread Starter 
I believe the little green things are made by Perodex... I am not sure if that is the exact name but it sounds very close. They are the same company who makes the malt flavor tooth paste!
post #16 of 16
Thread Starter 
I just wanted to give everyone an update on the breath...
I tried the Pit'r Pat's and they didnt work (miikka loves to eat them).
I then tried the Perodex Malt toothpaste and tooth brush.. I havent been able to brush her teeth yet, but she loves the tooth paste! And I have noticed a complete turn around with her breath! Its now pleasant and normal! I swear by this malt tooth paste...
I am almost wanting to try it to see if it really does taste like malt :o

-D
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