Causes of bad odors in cats

Causes of bad odors in cats

Pets usually do have a bad odor at times but cats are most times never a part of it. Cats always clean up and like it that way so it is pretty obvious that attention needs to be given when it begins to smell too. Foul feline smells are a sign that something is seriously wrong.

The best way for pet parents to start to determine what could be making their cats smell bad is to focus on the exact nature of the odor and where on the body it’s coming from.

Mouth Odor

A healthy feline mouth doesn’t stink, but a lot can go wrong to change that. Dental disease is the most common cause of unpleasant cat odors. Plaque and tartar accumulating on the teeth, inflamed gums, and loose teeth all provide the perfect environment for bad breath. Food lodges in abnormal gum pockets and rots, leading to bacterial infections that produce foul odors can proliferate in the unhealthy environment. Bad smells may also develop as a result of foreign material getting lodged in the mouth, trauma to oral tissues, and oral tumors. Cats with severe liver disease or an intestinal blockage may have breath that smells like feces.

Skin Odor

Skin infections often develop due to health problems such as wounds, allergies, parasites, cancer, immune disorders.

If your cat develops an abscess, oftentimes due to bite wound from another cat, and that abscess ruptures, you’ll probably notice a very foul odor associated with the pus as it drains.

Regular self-grooming is one of the reasons that cats tend to have little odor associated with their skin. When cats are sick or aren’t flexible because of arthritis or obesity, they can’t groom themselves well and may develop a greasy, unkempt coat that then carries a bad smell.

Ear Odor

Most feline ear infections also have odors associated with them. Musty smelling yeast infections sometimes develop when a cat has an allergy or other condition that alters the environment within the ear in a way that promotes the growth of yeast.

Bacterial infections can have a no obvious underling cause or be related to allergies, polyps, tumors, foreign bodies, etc., and they tend to smell fetid or somewhat sweet, depending on the specific type of bacteria involved.

When cats have an ear mite infestation, their ears typically contain a dark, which may have a foul odor associated with it.

Getting Rid of Bad Smells in Cats

Make an appointment with your veterinarian. The doctor usually starts with a complete health history and a physical examination (including a close look at your cat’s mouth, skin, ears, and hind end) and then would be able to tell you where the smell is coming from and what needs to be done next to diagnose and treat it.

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