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Cat Bad Breath: Causes, Home Remedies & Diet Tips

Does your kitty always have bad breath? Bad breath in cats can be caused by a variety of factors. Our natural remedies for cat bad breath can help address the underlying causes of the bad breath and improve your cat's overall well being.

See below to learn more about home remedies to get rid of your cat's terrible breath naturally.

Supplements That Can Help Cats with Bad Breath

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How to Treat Cat Bad Breath at Home

These natural supplemental remedies can be used in conjunction with the conventional veterinary treatments prescribed by your veterinarian.

Power Probiotic - The best probiotic for pets! Backed by scientific research, this powerful, multi-strain formula promotes the growth of good, friendly bacteria. Pure and natural, Power Probiotic does not contain any fillers. This cat bad breath home remedy will repopulate your cat's microbiome with good "friendly" bacteria to support a healthy mouth and immune system.

LypoZyme - This is a gentle, tasteless, easy-to-use enzyme supplement for cats that helps cats digest protein and fats. The small amount of powder in the capsule (which can be easily opened and the powder mixed into food) makes this digestive enzyme especially easy to administer to cats, even finicky eaters.

Gastro ULC - When cats have acid reflux, it can cause stomach acid to back up into the esophagus and mouth. This can lead to erosion of the teeth and other periodontal problems. Cats with acid reflux tend to have bad breath as well. Gastro ULC relieves acid stomach pain and repairs inflamed tissues. Works best when used with both Power Probiotic and LypoZyme.

Immune Support Kit - Contains three tasteless, liquid remedies that are easy to administer. These products provide immune support and can help reduce inflammation in the mouth and sinuses. Helpful for conditions such as stomatitis, rodent ulcers and oral squamous cell carcinoma, all of which can cause bad cat breath. The Kit contains:

  • NOT Drops - Natural homeopathic remedy that fights infection and supports your pet's immune system. Controls harmful bacteria and restores gut flora balance, improving digestive symptoms and immune function. Helps to relieve allergy symptoms, redness from inflammation and help prevent infections from recurring. Safe and gentle, these drops act like “natural antibiotics” and are easy to administer.

  • QUENT Drops - Natural homeopathic remedy that fights viruses and infection, especially targeting the lung and upper respiratory system. Using the NOT and QUENT together is very effective in treating autoimmune disease and respiratory conditions in cats.

  • Silver Immune Support - Silver Immune Support is an all-natural, easy to use anti-microbial supplement to help your pet recover from a bacterial infection or viral flare-up. It is a broad-spectrum germ-killer that is well tolerated even by tiny pets.

Causes of Bad Breath in Cats

Bad cat breath may indicate periodontal disease, autoimmune conditions, allergies, chronic respiratory infections or metabolic disorders such as diabetes, kidney or liver disease. Below we discuss the reasons your cat's breath stinks.

  • Feline Dental Diseases - Cat bad breath is often caused by the accumulation of odor-producing bacteria and tartar in your cat's mouth. Your pet's mouth could have a surprising number of tooth abscesses, as well as oozing pus and tartar accumulation. Getting regular dental cleanings is important, especially now that anesthesia-free dental cleanings are available in many locations. Acid stomach can cause tartar to accumulate faster on the teeth. Using Gastro ULC can be helpful in neutralizing stomach acids. LypoZyme promotes healthy saliva to reduce tartar buildup. Poor dental health can lead to serious, potentially fatal health conditions such as heart disease and kidney disease. Click here to learn more about pet dental health.

  • Feline Stomatitis & Gingivitis - Stomatitis and gingivitis are chronic diseases of the teeth and gums. They are both fairly common in cats. Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums. Bacteria on the teeth move under the gumline and cause inflammation and infection. The condition causes, bleeding gums, loss of appetite and bad cat breath.

    Stomatitis is an autoimmune condition where the cat's immune system reacts to the bacteria and plaque in the cat's mouth. The inflammation spreads from the gums to other areas of the mouth including the tongue, lips and to the roof and back of the mouth. It can be extremely painful and cats will often have difficulty eating, drool excessively, paw at the mouth and have very bad breath. These stomatitis flare-ups are directly linked to allergies. The mouth is the beginning of the digestive tract, so when cats eat foods that they are sensitive to (whether it be allergens or poor-quality food), the mouth and digestive tract respond with inflammation. By feeding a hypoallergenic diet and balancing the gut microbiome with beneficial bacteria, you can give your kitty much needed relief. The Immune Support Kit can help to calm the infection and inflammation. Power Probiotic can help boost your cat's immune system by promotes the growth of good, friendly bacteria to improve digestion and periodontal health and prevent bad cat breath.

  • Chronic Respiratory Infections - In cats, chronic nasal and sinus inflammation from respiratory infections and feline viruses can lead to bad breath. Fluid discharge and pus (a combination of white blood cells, bacteria and blood) can run down the nose and throat, resulting in an offensive odor. The combination of the Immune Support Kit along with Power Probiotic can be life changing for your kitty. By helping to prevent viral flare ups and chronic respiratory infections, you may also reduce your cat's bad breath.

  • Feline Metabolic Conditions - Diabetes or kidney disease may be why your cat's breath stinks. These metabolic disorders are associated with changes in urination, drinking and body mass. Cats with diabetes may have a sweet and sour breath, from mouth bacteria feeding on excess sugar. Kitties with kidney disease may have a metallic breath due to a build up of toxins in the body. If you think your cat's bad breath is due to a metabolic disorder, please check with your veterinarian.

Recommended Diet For Cats With Bad Breath

Cats are carnivores, but unfortunately, most cat foods are high in carbohydrates. Carbohydrates convert to sugar, weakening a cat's immunity. Digestive issues are directly linked to cat bad breath. Cats with bad breath fare best on a low carbohydrate diet made with novel hypoallergenic ingredients. Dry food is often high in carbohydrates, so feeding a high moisture diet is helpful.

Ask Ariel is dedicated to helping you get rid of your cat's bad breath naturally. Please be sure to include your cat’s diet on the order form at checkout. Our nutritionist will include diet tips on the packing slip that comes with your product directions.

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We understand how challenging bad breath can be for you and your cat. We are here to help. If you need information about a particular cat health condition and the products that can help, please email us for assistance. We do ask for your understanding, however, as we cannot provide any consultative advice due to veterinary regulations that require a physical exam.