Why Does My Cat’s Breath Stink?

Cat mouth wide open. Photo CC-BY-SA Marco d'Itri

Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: Why does my cat’s breath smell like bad fish? ~ Amanda Siouxsie: Well, Amanda, we don’t know whether you’re joking or not, but this is definitely a legitimate question. The answer is, your cat’s breath should not smell like bad fish! Thomas: Honestly, we know you humans don’t appreciate [...]

Why Does My Cat Have Bad Breath?

Bengal cat on fleece blanket

Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: My cat, Buster, is a five-year old Bengal. I got him when he was about a year old and he was in very poor health; he was too skinny, he had ear mites and eye “boogers,” and he wasn’t neutered. I got all of that taken care of immediately, [...]

How can I treat my kitten’s gingivitis?

Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: My 7-month-old kitten, Frosty, has gingivitis. Her vet instructed me to brush her teeth daily and come back in 6-12 months to check her gums. I know gingivitis is common in cats, but the vet said it was uncommon in kittens, which worries me. I did have Frosty tested [...]

Why does my cat’s breath smell like fish?

Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: What causes a cat’s fur to stay wet after they groom themselves? The cat also has a fishy smell on her breath. (She doesn’t eat anything fishy.) ~ Emily Siouxsie: Emily, one of the reasons our fur stays wet for a little while after we groom ourselves is because [...]