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- What Causes Cat Odors?
- Cat Odors and Bad Breath
- Cat Odors Caused by Systemic Illness
- Cat Odors from Poor Hygiene
- Help for Cat Odors
What Causes Cat Odors?
Cat odors can be due to obvious external causes like coming into contact with garbage or being sprayed by a skunk. Cats are extremely clean animals that groom themselves regularly. Any odor that is chronic or persistent is likely due to a health issue. Treatment of the underlying condition will usually resolve the odor issue.
Cat Odors and Bad Breath
Halitosis, or bad breath, in cats can be a sign of dental problems like gingivitis of the gums, abscesses or ulcers. Cats are highly susceptible to oral inflammatory diseases that lead to inflammation of the mucous linings of the mouth and gums. Oral inflammation and diseases in cats are usually due to allergies and bacterial or viral infections. In some cases, particularly foul-smelling breath may be an indicator of kidney disease.
Foul-smelling breath that doesn't go away should be treated by a veterinarian to determine the underlying cause of the problem.
Cat Odors Caused by Systemic Illness
A strange odor emanating from a cat without an obvious source or cause is likely due to systemic illness. Obese cats or those with arthritis often struggle to fully groom themselves, and there may be remnants of fecal matter and urine around their hind quarters. Lack of proper grooming can also lead to a smelly, greasy buildup on the skin and fur. Other conditions like diabetes and hyperthyroidism can cause a foul odor that seems to come through the skin. Skin diseases can cause a foul odor even with regular grooming.
Other potential health problems that can contribute to foul odors include swollen or infected anal glands, ear mites and even some cancers.
Cat Odors from Poor Hygiene
Cats groom themselves regularly and are typically very clean. Poor hygiene is rare, but can be caused by injury or old age making it difficult to reach certain areas while grooming. In this instance it may be necessary to bathe a cat gently to help them remain clean.
If your cat is usually very meticulous and suddenly stops grooming, it strongly suggests there is something wrong with his health. A trip to the vet should be scheduled immediately.
Help for Cat Odors
Cats are excellent at self-grooming, but can occasionally need bathing if they spend time outdoors, are elderly or get into something harmful that could make them ill when they groom themselves. Stinky Paws Pet Wash is completely natural, fragrance-free, pH neutral and biodegradable. It provides gentle yet effective cleansing for both cats and dogs.