5 Tips to Treat Cat Bad Breath
Updated: May 24, 2022
A pet’s health can be judged easily by examining its oral health. Especially in the case of feline patients, a foul smell says a lot about their overall health and condition. Treat a tainted smell as a warning sign for periodontal disease that requires immediate professional attention. Delay in veterinary oral care treatment at early stages may lead to serious health issues in the future. This can result in shortened and poor quality of life for your cat. Solutions are many, but first, let’s first understand the real reasons behind your cat’s bad breath and plaque build-up.
Tatar formation around the teeth and gums is a result of long-formed food remnants. Every pet parent can manage and treat basic regular oral care at home which will help remove the plaque easily and will stop the tartar from developing like hard residue around the teeth. Tartars formed under the gum line can cause bleeding which can aggravate serious illness in cats. In this blog, I will share 5 easy tips to treat a cat’s bad breath which will help maintain their oral health.
1. Tasteless Water Additives
Cats are very picky when it comes to taste- be it with their food or drinking water. This technique is the most basic and easy for any rookie feline pet parent. Make this your part of a regular oral care routine to save your cat from tartar formation. It’s not always easy to brush our pet’s teeth, but a water additive can help bridge the requirement of oral care when brushing is not easy. Mix water additives in your cat’s fountain or drinking water bowl to treat plaque effectively. These are easily available at all pet shops and veterinary clinics. Remember your feline friend is very picky on smell and taste, hence choose one without strong smell and taste.
2. Dental Treats
With the advanced technologies adopted by the pet food and nutrition industries, there are many over-the-counter dental treats available for your feline friends. In addition to their daily nutrition, you can give these as treats for them to chew. While choosing a dental treat for cats, you should be careful to pick one with low carbs and more plaque-fighting enzymes. These treats are only meant to be a supplementary method for fighting plaque.
3. Oral Diets
One of the major reasons for tartar in cats is remnants of food in the mouth. If your cat is not chewing the food well and consuming its full portion, the food remnants can get stuck around the teeth and gums. Many pet nutrition companies in the market have launched a dedicated product range for pet oral care. Carefully plan and select your cat’s food. High-protein foods and real fresh meat will add nutritional value to your cat’s health. As a pet parent, you must ensure your cat is consuming enough water, which will also avoid dehydration problems. Dehydration can cause dryness in the mouth which will lead to feline bad breath.
4. Dental Sprays
Dental sprays or oral care sprays offer temporary solutions to freshen up your cat’s breath. These branded dental spray solutions contain different natural and non-toxic ingredients that can effectively neutralize bad breath and clean the cat’s teeth and gums. I use this while traveling or when giving treats or using other solutions are not suitable.
5. Routine Veterinary Check
Lastly, but certainly the most important one. Regular checks with a veterinarian will help you maintain your cat’s health. As bad breath may also indicate serious illnesses like feline diabetes, liver problems, or even kidney diseases, it is essential to get professional aid before it’s late. Through routine examinations using complex medical equipment, veterinarians identify the root cause of bad breath and treat them on time.
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