Do you know why your cat has bad breath?

Do you know why your cat has bad breath?

20 January, 2017

Although there may be many reasons, most times we have bad breath due to poor dental hygiene. Plaque is usually the cause of our breath smelling bad, and no matter how hard we try on our own, we can’t keep plaque at bay without your help. So, now you know, keep our mouth clean, because we will always appreciate your doing so, and you won’t have to put up with bad odors when cuddling with us.

Just the same as for your teeth, my human friend, the bits of food lodged in between our teeth adhere to the plaque, making it a great place for germs to grow and turn into tartar. Tartar contributes to our having bad breath and, if not taken care of properly, can even cause sore, diseased gums. So, now you know, you have to help us get rid of that tarter on our little toothies.

If you get us into the habit from the time we’re small, brushing our teeth weekly will be a somewhat puzzling yet not unpleasant time for us. You should start off performing this task by using a dry piece of gauze, and when you see that we’ve gotten used to the gauze fabric, then add the special cat toothpaste. Over the course of time, you’ll be able to change over from the gauze to a baby toothbrush or a special cat toothbrush.

You must always use cat toothpaste, given that your toothpaste is really toxic for us. Although if you prefer to use the toothbrush and toothpaste, you can opt for getting some specially-designed cat oral hygiene products. There are special foods, powders for mixing into our food, dental treats…

Prevention is of prime importance for keeping us totally healthy. In those cases in which the tartar has built up on our teeth, you’ll have to take us to the veterinarian for ultrasound cleaning or, in more severe cases, to have the damaged tooth removed.

In those cases in which our oral hygiene is perfect but we still have bad breath, we’re most likely experiencing some gastritis, pharyngitis or kidney disease, so you’ll have to take us to the veterinarian right away to put a stop to whatever the problem may be.
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