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Why does my cat smell bad?

Some cats seem to smell bad, and others do not.

I have three cats and only one smells bad (it’s the male, by the way!).

Some cats dig around in the litter more than others — an obvious reason why your cat may smell bad.

If your cat is not grooming himself often, he may smell worse than if he did groom himself. If your cat’s breath is bad, grooming may have the opposite effect. He could simply be spreading his bad breath all over his fur.  You  may be interested in reading more about why your cat has bad breath.

Some owners consider bathing their cats if they smell really bad.  However, most cats don’t like having a bath.  Read more about why cats hate water and information about how to bathe your cat.

If bathing your cat is not an option, you could consider a variety of waterless bathing products.  Recently, I have tried Furminator Waterless Deshedding Shampoo Conditioner, and Pet Head Waterless Shampoo.

Furminator waterless deshedding shampoo and conditioner

Furminator waterless deshedding shampoo and conditioner

Pet head waterless shampoo

Pet head waterless shampoo

The furminator product has a fresh scent that is strong enough to make the cat smell nice, but not too strong (in my opinion anyways).  The Pet Head product has a very strong blueberry scent.  I like the smell of it, but I’m not sure if the cat does.

As you can see, kitty still doesn’t look too impressed with this waterless form of bathing:

Cat scared of pet head waterless shampoo

Cat scared of pet head waterless shampoo

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Why does my cat have bad breath?

This is a very common issue.  Many cats have bad breath.  Your cats breath should smell like the last thing he or she ate.  So, if your cat just ate a bowl of cat food, your cat’s breath should smell like cat food.  If there are other foul odors coming from your cats mouth, he could be suffering from dental issues.

What causes bad breath in cats?

Cats can have bad breath if they suffer from periodontal complications or disease.  This is similar to the reason why humans may have bad breath if they suffer from gingivitis.  Gingivitis is very common among cats.  Gingivitis can contribute to your cat’s breath problem.  However, your cat’s breath will probably always smell like cat food immediately after he eats cat food!

There are a few things that you can do to reduce the smell of your cats breath:

  • feed your cat a dental food
  • brushing your cats teeth
  • have your cat’s teeth professionally cleaned

What is dental food?

There are numerous cat foods that can prevent or slow down the impact of various periodontal diseases and complications.  The foods generally work by cleaning the teeth and massaging the gums while your cat eats.  There are both foods and treats that you can feed to your cat to improve his oral hygiene.  These foods and treats are great because it is easy.  And let’s face it — not every cat will let you brush his teeth!  You can now let the food do the brushing for you!

What do I need to brush my cat’s teeth?

Before you can brush your cat’s teeth, you will need the following tools

  • a toothbrush for your cat
  • toothpaste that is suitable for cats (do not use human toothpaste or baking soda)

How do I brush my cat’s teeth?

You must start very slow, because teeth brushing is not a natural thing for your cat.  It is best to start this process when your cat is young, but adult cats can learn to accept the process as well.  You must have time and patience — don’t give up.  Teeth brushing will improve your cat’s health and reduce trips to the veterinarian.

To brush your cats teeth follow the steps below.

  1. First of all, pick of a time of the day for teeth brushing so it becomes a part of your pet’s routine. You should try to brush once/day, or a few times each week if you are not able to do it every day.
  2. Treat your cat to some tasty food after teeth brushing so your cat looks forward to the brushing.
  3. To get started, offer your cat a taste of the toothpaste.  It is important to find a toothpaste that your cat likes, or he may never want you to brush his teeth.  Teeth brushing should be a somewhat enjoyable experience for your cat.
  4. Before using the toothbrush, first try gently rubbing the toothpaste on the gums and upper teeth of your cat, using your finger.  Your cat must get used to this feeling before you try to use a toothbrush in his mouth.  Slowly increase the amount of time that you do this.  After a couple weeks, you may be ready to attempt the next step.
  5. Now try brushing very gently with the soft bristled toothbrush. Be very very gentle.
  6. After you cat has accepted the step above, you are ready to continue with your teeth brushing routine.  Great job!

Teeth brushing should take no more than 30 seconds. The upper teeth are more important for preventing periodontal disease. Teeth brushing can prevent disease, but sometimes professional cleaning is still required. However, teeth brushing can reduce the frequency, and possibly severity, of professional teeth brushing.

What’s involved in professional teeth cleaning?

Professional teeth brushing of cats is quite intense (i.e. usually requires general anesthesia), and often involves the following steps:

  1. Oral examination (awake, and then under general anesthesia)
  2. Remove plaque and tartar above the gumline
  3. Remove plaque and tartar below the gumline
  4. Polishing
  5. Irrigation
  6. Floride treatment
  7. Post operation examination
  8. Recovery at home
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Why does my cat fart?

Are you sure it is your cat farting, or is someone blaming your cat? Humans very frequently blame their pets for farting when really it was the human that stunk up the room!

You might be wondering… do cats fart?  Cats do fart! If it was indeed your cat that farted, he probably farted for the same reasons that human beings fart. Your cat most likely is not digesting food properly. This could be influenced by diet as well as the health of the digestive system. Some foods take longer to digest than others and may ferment in the stomach or intestines, causing a build up of gas.

How can I stop my cat from farting?

You probably cannot stop your cat from farting, just like you cannot stop yourself from farting. However, you can probably reduce the frequency that your cat farts, or perhaps reduce the level of stink! You can reduce the amount of gas that your cat needs to pass by feeding a high quality food. You can also restrict milk intake because the lactose in milk can contribute to any digestive problem. If you let your cat outside, your cat may be eating other sources of food such as birds, mice, and bugs. This could be another reason why your cat is farting!

Farting is indeed normal, but why does my cats farts stink so bad?

Cats are carnivores and are generally on a diet rich in protein. Protein-rich diets produce small amounts of intensely stinky gas because proteins contain lots of sulfur. Because there is only a small amount of gas, your cat’s farts are probably silent most of the time. Silent but deadly, of course!

There are a number of possibilities that can explain why cat farts can smell so bad and are so silent but deadly:

  • cats don’t feel embarrassed about farting so they just let it rip (like kids do!)
  • the amount of gas produced is extremely potent, even though it is a small amount
  • the gas is released more slowly when cats fart due to the horizontal orientation of their gastrointestinal system

We all hate when our cats fart, but how do our cats feel when we fart?

Believe it or not, your cat might actually like the smell of your farts (gross!). You may notice that your cat starts sniffing the air after you fart. If your cat runs away after you fart, the noise may have scared him — or, your farts are really really stinky! If your farts are that stinky, you probably should not be complaining about your cats farts!

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