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Why Does My Cat’s Breath Stink?


No animal has minty fresh breath, but you also shouldn’t gag when your cat yawns in your face. Here at Village Vet of Urbana, we’ve treated many cases of stinky feline breath, and we’re confident we can help you, too.

If your cat’s stinky breath is grossing you out, contact Village Vet of Urbana at (301) 228-0681.


What Causes a Cat’s Breath to Stink?

Chronic bad breath, or halitosis, has many potential causes, including:

  • Bacteria buildup: Odor-producing bacteria that grow on your cat’s teeth and gums are the most likely culprits of bad breath. An over-abundance of bacteria can occur if you fail to clean your pet’s teeth, allowing tartar and plaque to build up.
  • Diet: Do you feed your cat lots of fish? If so, fishy burps could be the reason your cat’s breath stinks.
  • Underlying health issues: Halitosis is linked to several medical conditions, from abnormalities in the mouth to respiratory illnesses to problems with the GI tract, liver, or kidneys.

Don’t ignore your cat’s bad breath. It could be a sign of something much more severe. To speak with a vet about your cat’s breath, contact Village Vet of Urbana at (301) 228-0681.

When to Treat Bad Cat Breath

If left untreated, the condition causing your cat’s bad breath could worsen and lead to serious health problems. To prevent this, watch for these signs that you should speak to your vet about your cat’s halitosis:

  • Brown teeth: Tartar buildup makes your cat’s teeth turn brown, especially near the gum line. This problem definitely needs attention if it’s accompanied by drooling, inflamed gums, and difficulty eating.
  • Sweet or fruity breath: This may seem better than a rotten odor coming from your pet’s mouth, but saccharine breath could be a sign of feline diabetes, especially if your cat is also drinking and urinating more frequently.
  • Ammonia breath: The smell of urine in your cat’s mouth could be a symptom of kidney disease.
  • Vomiting, loss of appetite, or yellow-tinged eyes and gums: See a vet right away if your cat’s bad breath is accompanied by these symptoms because they could be signs of a serious liver problem.

If your cat is showing any of these symptoms, give us a call at (301) 228-0681 or contact us online. We’ll help you determine why your cat’s breath stinks and what you can do about it.

How to Prevent Stinky Cat Breath


If you notice your cat’s breath has started to smell, you can prevent this problem from worsening. Whether you’re trying to reverse bad breath in cats or you want to prevent this problem in your pet, follow these tips:

  • Schedule routine vet visits: Your vet can check for health problems that may be causing bad breath and perform professional teeth cleanings to remove tartar and plaque buildup. If you have specific concerns about your cat’s breath, you can bring them up to your vet.
  • Brush your cat’s teeth: You can promote fresh breath and a healthy mouth between professional cleanings by brushing your cat’s teeth every day.
  • Adjust your cat’s diet: Talk to your vet about how you can prevent stinky cat breath by changing your pet’s food while still ensuring the proper nutrition.

Dental health is often overlooked in cats, so by paying close attention to their breath and properly cleaning their teeth, you can help prevent further tooth decay.

Ready to take the next step in improving your cat’s bad breath? Schedule a professional dental cleaning at Village Vet of Urbana today!

Visit Village Vet of Urbana to Diagnose Your Cat’s Smelly Breath

A vet visit is the only way to know for sure what’s causing your cat’s breath to stink. Not only can we figure out the source of the problem, but we can recommend a personalized treatment plan.

Choose Village Vet of Urbana for all your cat’s vet care needs in Frederick County, including dental services! For answers to your remaining questions, or to schedule a visit, please fill out the contact form on this page.

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