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post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
Does anyone know any breath freshening treatments for kitties? I can get something at the vet, right? Is it helpful, or is there something better out there?

Sara has horrible breath, I dont think it is significanty worse than normal cat breath, but wowzers! Sometimes you can smell it on her coat after she has been cleaning herself and it is not the most pleasant thing to wake up to?

Just wondering if anyone had any suggestions.

Thanks!
post #2 of 16
Before you attempt to sweeten her breath, try and find out what is making her breath stink- worse culprits are rodent ulcers, abcessed teeth, sickness, or bad food
post #3 of 16
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Originally Posted by hissy
Before you attempt to sweeten her breath, try and find out what is making her breath stink- worse culprits are rodent ulcers, abcessed teeth, sickness, or bad food

rodent ulcers??
post #4 of 16
has nothing to do with mice or rodents


http://www.thepetcenter.com/gen/eulcer.html
post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 
ok, thanks!

I feed her Nutro, and i looked at her gums and teeth, they all appear to be normal, and as far as i know, she isnt sick. Should i take her to a vet to make sure though?
post #6 of 16
When you looked at her gums ... did you see any deeper pink or red at the gumline, where the gums meet the teeth?
post #7 of 16
Chucky gets bad breath every once and awhile, it seems to subside but I am not sure either what causes it. I think I better do some checking....
post #8 of 16
Regular tooth brushing prevents bad breath.
post #9 of 16
I don't brush any of my cats' teeth, as I got them all as adults and one has to start that when they are young. I'd probably lose an arm if I tried to start now. But I just took Purdy to have his teeth cleaned a couple of weeks ago, and man! Is there ever a difference in his breath! Red Cat is due, too, after he recovers from his colitis. And after I recover from paying all these vet bills this past month.
post #10 of 16
a vet check is a good idea.. since cats by nature do NOT have bad breath ....
post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by gayef
When you looked at her gums ... did you see any deeper pink or red at the gumline, where the gums meet the teeth?
her back teeth on the left upper side are red at the gumline... that is the only place that looks different from the rest
post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by mferr84
her back teeth on the left upper side are red at the gumline... that is the only place that looks different from the rest
OK, then she has the beginnings of a sub-gingival infection and needs a dental cleaning and sub-gingival scraping. The infection is what you are smelling. How old is your kitty?
post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by gayef
OK, then she has the beginnings of a sub-gingival infection and needs a dental cleaning and sub-gingival scraping. The infection is what you are smelling. How old is your kitty?
almost 11 months
post #14 of 16
Wow, that is really young for this to be happening ... it is common in Siamese and some of the Oriental breeds. My own Lexus must have a dental cleaning and scraping at least once a year even though my vet argues with me about it. If not treated, the infection can spread and go throughout the system. And many studies have linked chronic gingivitis to early chronic renal failure. The cleanings can help prevent this.
post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by gayef
Wow, that is really young for this to be happening ... it is common in Siamese and some of the Oriental breeds. My own Lexus must have a dental cleaning and scraping at least once a year even though my vet argues with me about it. If not treated, the infection can spread and go throughout the system. And many studies have linked chronic gingivitis to early chronic renal failure. The cleanings can help prevent this.
i am calling my vet right now... thanks for the info!
post #16 of 16
You are certainly welcome. Best of luck.
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