How to Cure a Cats Bad Breath

Cats usually exhibit bad breath to some extent because they are carnivores.  Therefore, it is quite normal that they exhibit a bit of odor after a meal. If your cat is consistently producing bad breath, it can be alarming. This disorder is called feline halitosis (consistent bad breath) in medical language. It is an alarming sign concerning your cat’s health because it can be a signal that some underlying medical problems exist.

Symptoms of feline halitosis

Oral discharge (that may not be blood), difficulty in eating food, facial swelling, pawing at the mouth, nasal discharge and excessive drooling.

If you observe any of these signs in your cat, this may be an indication of bad oral health. Your cat may be suffering from some oral infection. Bacterial presence can cause serious problems in a cat’s body. It can travel via the bloodstream to other parts of the body. In addition to oral infection, a number of other disorders can cause bad breath; for example, lung cancer, bleeding stomach ulcer, uncontrolled diabetes, and kidney disorder.    

Cure/Treatment of bad breath

The choice of treatment is based on causes of the disease. If an illness such as a bleeding stomach ulcer or lung cancer is the cause of bad breath, a specific treatment will be implemented to cure the disorder. Even when your pet is suffering from an incurable disease, you can take some necessary steps to reduce or to control the halitosis. A best treatment that you can give to your cat is to take it to a veterinarian doctor. In addition to this you can take following precautions at home, to help cure your pet.


Cleanliness is half the problem concerning health. Keep your pet and its belongings neat and clean. You should keep the water bowl clean, and should supply always clean and fresh water. Cats are not good consumers of water but dehydration can produce a bad smell.

A cat’s oral health is as important as it is for humans. You can use a cat toothbrush and toothpaste to clean their teeth. This will give you an opportunity to look into the cat’s mouth to locate other illness like loose teeth, redness, swelling and painful areas. You should use a specially designed toothbrush that slips over your index finger. Do not use toothpaste for humans, as it is advised to use flavored pet toothpastes. You softly pull back the cats lips and rub the brush outside of teeth. The best time for brushing teeth is half an hour after the meal. There are rinses, dental gels, drops and spray for reducing bad breath that can be applied manually or added to water or food, depending on the product. Make an appointment to see the veterinarian for an oral examination. A proper medication can cure most of the oral disorders.

Chewing bones or chewing toys are helpful in avoiding tartar build up. In the selection of bones to keep in mind are bones that will not splinter nor are too hard. Cats easily swallow small bones such as fish or chicken. Hard shark bone may fracture the pet’s tooth. The solution to the problem is that you should supervise when your pet chews any bone.

Good diet

In addition to cleanliness, healthy food promotes body health. You can feed your cat with freshly cat grass, which has breath-refreshing chlorophyll. You should avoid supplying caffeine, onions, grapes, candy and gum liver and dairy products. Dry foods reduces the chance of tartar on the teeth. While choosing dry foods for your pet, select high protein food. Some good quality foods for cats are Castor and Pollux, Inova EVO, and Wellness core.

Home remedy to cure cat’s bad breath

Garlic and Fenugreek tablets are helpful in putrid smell in cats. These tablets are available at food stores or any health store. One tablet that contains 16 mg of powdered fenugreek and .22 mg of essential garlic oil is enough for a 10 kg animal.


Feline halitosis can be sign of a serious health issue. If your cat is producing fruity breath this could be an indication of diabetes, especially, when the cat is drinking and urinating more than average. Urine-like smell can be clue of kidney disorder. Unusual putrid smell along with vomiting could be a sign of liver disease. A quick visit to a veterinary can nip the problem in the bud and can save your pet from serious issues.


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