When I was a kitten, the family dogs called me tuna breath. I realize that while dogs will always be smelly dirty pets; there are ways to help us have had breath that matches our meticulously groomed appearance. While most cats need a little help to maintain their fur coats with bad breath and dental health, we need a little help from our humans
Cat owners know for a fact that bad cat breath can be downright awful. Not that much different from bad human breath, as both are caused by bacteria found in the mouth that breaks protein down and releases the sulfur compounds out into the air. Sulfur smells terrible on its own, which is why breath containing it smells bad as well. We normally associate the bacterium that causes bad breath with cats with a buildup of tartar around the teeth. Tartar is yellow, known as a coating of bacteria, food, and minerals.
To cure your cat of bad breath, you must remove the buildup of tartar. There are several cat foods out there that reduce the buildup of tartar, many containing enzymes that will literally dissolve it. You can also give your cat treats, as many of them will help eliminate and prevent tartar. If the buildup of tartar is bad, you may need to have your cat’s teeth professionally cleaned. Once the tartar has been removed, the bad breath will go away.
You may clean the tartar off your cat’s teeth at home. There are several kinds of toothpaste available for pets, available in several flavors. You must get a mechanical toothbrush, as the motion is very important for removing tartar buildup. Toothpaste that contains enzymes will dissolve tartar, helping to cure bad breath. If you start early with brushing your cat’s teeth, you can virtually eliminate any tartar buildup that will ultimately lead to bad breath.
Sometimes, cats may have a bad odor in their mouth that doesn’t come from tartar or bad breath. In these rare cases, it can be liver or kidney disease. If you notice bad breath and it isn’t tartar, you should take your cat to the vet. Even though it may be something to do with tartar, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Your veterinarian can pinpoint the problem, let you know what the cause is – and how you should go about fixing it.