Surprising fact…cats aren’t immune to suffering from bad breath – just like dogs. Especially when their oral care is being neglected. In fact, bad breath in cats is often an early warning sign of periodontal disease.
As always, prevention is the best method – but if your cat already has bad breath, there are definitely things you can do to turn the tides and give them the freshest of breath!
1. Brush Your Cat’s Teeth.
This is still the best way to keep plaque and tartar from building up. The less plaque, tartar, and decay – the fresher your cat’s breath will be. Start them early, when they are still kittens if possible, to get them to get used to the routine. It is best to brush their teeth daily. There are toothbrushes designed specifically for cat’s teeth, but you can also use a children’s toothbrush.
Use toothpaste for cats, and never use toothpaste that is normally for humans. The fluoride and sweeteners (like xylitol) in it can be harmful to cats, since they don’t get to spit it out like we do. It’s best to choose a pet toothpaste that isn’t flavored, because artificial meaty flavors can make their breath worse, and most animals aren’t a fan of mint. Odorless and tasteless is the way to go.
2. Use A Quality Water Additive.
These can often be a great solution, since most of us don’t have the time nor desire to brush our cat’s teeth. The important thing is to use a water additive that is specifically for animal use, and preferably one recommended by your vet.
Oxyfresh Pet Dental Water Additive has been vet recommended for over 30 years. Make sure you whichever brand you choose that the water additive that is both odorless and tasteless, so your cat won’t even know it’s there.
3. Try Dental Treats and Chew Toys.
Some treats and chew toys claim to remove plaque and tartar in pets. Every cat is different though – so experiment with a treat or toy and see if you notice a difference.
Keep in mind that these products only work as a supplement to dental care. You can also ask your vet for recommendations that would be safe for your cat.
4. Give Them a Proper Diet.
Most people say that raw and canned foods are causes of cat bad breath. Dry food may be included in the cat’s diet since it is said to reduce tartar.
Make sure that you choose high-protein food with real meat and lots of water to avoid dehydration and other problems.
5. Visit the Vet Regularly.
A check-up with your veterinarian is the best way to know what to do with your cat’s bad breath. This way, you can know if there is any underlying medical condition like gastrointestinal and liver ailments behind the foul-smelling odor.
The easiest and most effective way to get rid of cat breath, to clean their teeth, and to fight tooth decay is to use a Pet Dental Water Additive. All it takes is one capful in their drinking water each day! That’s it.