Halitosis (bad breath) is a dental condition that affects not only humans, but cats as well. Cats are not expected to have odor-free breath, but breath with an unpleasant odor should raise concern. If your cat's breath gives off an extremely strong odor, it should be checked for possible underlying health problems.
Several factors can contribute to your cat's bad breath, including:
- Poor dental hygiene, which can lead to bacteria buildup that produces an unpleasant odor
- Dental or gum disease, which can result from plaque or tartar
- Your cat's diet or something skin-related
- Serious medical issues, such as abnormalities in the mouth, gastrointestinal tract, respiratory system, the liver, or the kidneys
- Cancer of the mouth
Whatever the cause of your cat's halitosis, it should be given immediate attention.