If your cat has bad breath, it could be very serious and a visit to your veterinarian should not be put off. The following symptoms should prompt you to act immediately.
- A sweet, fruity scent could indicate diabetes, especially if your pet is drinking or urinating more than usual.
- A urine-like odor might mean kidney disease.
- A mouth odor that vets describe as "foul," when accompanied by loss of appetite, vomiting, swelling of the abdomen or yellowing of the eyes or gums, could indicate liver disease.
- Excessive salivation, drooling, swollen gums, loss of apetite could be an indication of tarter buildup and/or gum disease.
CALL YOUR VETERINARIAN IMMEDIATELY!!
Of course, none of the above may be the reason your cat has halitosis. A routine cleaning is usually all that is needed to keep kitty's breath fresh and sweet.
When a cat has bad teeth, bacteria can get into circulation around the gums. The bacteria float around the bloodstream and eventually settle on the heart valve. To help keep your cat's teeth clean, brush or scrub the teeth daily. Your veterinarian or local pet shop can recommend the necessary items.
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