Medical Term for bad breath in cats: Halitosis
- The most common problem associated with halitosis.
- It is generally caused by the accumulation of dental plaque (bacteria).
- Breeds with flat-faced features (brachycephalic), such as Persians and Burmese cats, are prone to periodontal disease.
A fruity smell on cat’s breath along with other signs such as weight loss, may be an indicator of diabetes.
Lymphocytic plasmacytic stomatitis
This is a severe condition that causes chronic inflammation of the gums and other soft tissues of the mouth, halitosis, drooling. Cats may stop eating due to pain.
Other causes of bad breath
- Mouth cancer.
- Tooth resorption.
- Food stuck in their teeth.
- Digestive problems.
What you can do if your cat has bad breath
- Keep an eye on your cat’s oral hygiene and if you detect bad breath, go to your vet immediately
- Slowly introduce the habit of brushing your cat’s teeth at least once a week with a cat friendly toothbrush and toothpaste to avoid any further consequences.
- In addition to treatment depending on the reason for your cat’s halitosis, other measures must be taken: Keep your pet hydrated to help fight the build-up of bacteria and feed your cat with an appropriate diet to avoid allergic reactions or digestive problems.