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Kitty with bad breath????

post #1 of 19
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I have been noticing lately that Stormy has the Worst breath. Shes a real kisser and licks us all the time but we dont normally allow her on our face but I was noticing how bad her breath is. Wondering what might cause it and how to cure it??? Im assuming its the cat food??
Thanks
post #2 of 19
Get her in to see her vet and to be assessed for a dental cleaning. Bad breath is the first sign that her teeth/gums need attention.
post #3 of 19
Lizk,
You might want to try some catnip. Cats love it and it's really good for them. It's good for her breath, and intestinal tract. I get mine at a health food store, or a large pet store should have some.
post #4 of 19
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Stormy is only 5 months old so I cant imagine her teeth are bad or her gums. Ill try the catnip as I have some in the house.
Thanks keep the thoughts and ideas coming........Do you brush your cats teeth??
post #5 of 19
Since my stinky breath cat is older, it might be less relevant, but a dental did wonders for Teddy and his breath. Also, he had a very bad URI that contributed to his horrible smell- so if your girl is sick at all, that might be contributing to it as well. We were surprised, but after antibiotics, Teddy smelled MUCH better.
post #6 of 19
If your kitty is only 5 months old and has "the Worst breath", then that is all the more reason to get her in for an assessment now. Infections in the gums can get into the bloodstream and lead to early chronic renal failure.

This really isn't something to fool around with, no matter what your kitty's age.
post #7 of 19
Actually, at 5 months old, it's probably her teething. Cats' breath STINKS during this time. Have you had her spayed yet? When she goes in for surgery you could ask them to tug out any teeth that are loose to help speed up the teething process, and to see whether there is a problem beyond that.. Otherwise, just wait it out and in a month or so her new teeth will be in and she shouldn't smell so bad.
post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by menagerie mama
Actually, at 5 months old, it's probably her teething. Cats' breath STINKS during this time. Have you had her spayed yet? When she goes in for surgery you could ask them to tug out any teeth that are loose to help speed up the teething process, and to see whether there is a problem beyond that.. Otherwise, just wait it out and in a month or so her new teeth will be in and she shouldn't smell so bad.
She is spayed already. I had hoped not to have to take her to the vet BUT I will call on Tuesday and see what they say. Shes been to the vet a few times and they have checked her totally over and they have never noticed anything before now. Im going to ask about the teething thing as well because that makes sense too if teeth are loose in there with the smell.

Thanks!!!
post #9 of 19
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Originally Posted by gayef
If your kitty is only 5 months old and has "the Worst breath", then that is all the more reason to get her in for an assessment now. Infections in the gums can get into the bloodstream and lead to early chronic renal failure.

This really isn't something to fool around with, no matter what your kitty's age.
Thats actually pretty scary and I dont want to think of that being the problem but I am going to call on Tuesday and see what the vet says.
Her breath really does smell very bad......kinda like poop.......I know gross but thats the closest thing I can think of.lol We had thought maybe from cleaning herself but once we noticed that we have picked her up at separate times and smelled and it always seems to smell like that now.
post #10 of 19
I agree with the vet check and likely teething but what is she eating??
post #11 of 19
I can remember a long time ago, yasmine has killer breath...smelled like something dead! Come to find out, she was wormy- bad!

Hope Stormys breath is better soon!! lol (not only for her but for you!)
post #12 of 19
i thought my cats breathe stunk because of the canned food i feed them. they are otherwise healthy and have gone through teething already. could food be the cause?
post #13 of 19
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by yasmine
I can remember a long time ago, yasmine has killer breath...smelled like something dead! Come to find out, she was wormy- bad!

Hope Stormys breath is better soon!! lol (not only for her but for you!)
She did have worms when we first brought her home but she has since been dewormed so that cant be the problem. But thanks.
post #14 of 19
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Originally Posted by sharky
I agree with the vet check and likely teething but what is she eating??
She eats dry cat food. Iams and Science Diet..........I had thought about it being the cat food and it still might be???
I gave her some cat nip last night and some of those cat greenies and she does smell somewhat better. lol So hopefully we shall see if she continues to improve. Im going to still give the vet a ring tomorrow and see what they say.
post #15 of 19
do you feed catnip right out of the container?? or do you put it in something??
post #16 of 19
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Originally Posted by Nutmeg
do you feed catnip right out of the container?? or do you put it in something??
a sprimkle from the container mushed between fingers ..
post #17 of 19
Cougar had bad breath when I first adopted him and I figured it would go away. But it didnt. Sometimes you couldnt tell which end was which LOL.

Anyways, I took him to the vet and it turns out he had some sort of feline gingivitits. I hadnt noticed, but his gums were a little red around the base of his teeth. Definitely get the kitten to a vet, because there is a problem. And dont be suprised if they wanna test for feline lukemia (if you havent had it done already), because oral diseases are a sign of it. Luckily all was good with Cougar and 2 weeks of antibiotics knocked it right out.
post #18 of 19
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Originally Posted by AScat
Cougar had bad breath when I first adopted him and I figured it would go away. But it didnt. Sometimes you couldnt tell which end was which LOL.

Anyways, I took him to the vet and it turns out he had some sort of feline gingivitits. I hadnt noticed, but his gums were a little red around the base of his teeth. Definitely get the kitten to a vet, because there is a problem. And dont be suprised if they wanna test for feline lukemia (if you havent had it done already), because oral diseases are a sign of it. Luckily all was good with Cougar and 2 weeks of antibiotics knocked it right out.
She has been tested for Lukemia and she does not have it but I am going to call tomorrow. Her breath does smell better today though since doing the catnip and greenies. I just rub the cat nip between my fingers onto the floor, just a little, and she rolls in it and eats it.lol I have put it in toys as well too.
post #19 of 19
I cannot stress enough how you need to get your kitty to the vet. Twitch is three years old & has not a single tooth in her mouth. She had to have all of her teeth removed due to severe dental disease. When we got her at approx. 7 months her teeth were already in poor shape. We fought dental troubles until there was nothing more we could do. It is possible that your kitty has bad teeth & getting her to the vet now may stop the progress. I know that Twitch had the worst breath ever & we keep a close eye on Lily's teeth. Good Luck!
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