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What causes sweet smelling or flowery smelling breath in a

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What causes sweet smelling or flowery smelling breath in a sick cat
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 7 years ago.
Hi there,

It is possible that what you are describing is the smell of acetone, or ketones, that can be found in a sick diabetic cat or a cat that is not diabetic but is not eating and is breaking down lots of fat for energy.

If possible - this kitty should see a veterinarian as soon as possible for evaluation.
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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
It doesn't smell like diabetic breath He has been to the vet and diagnosis has been hemabartonella. however although his PCV has increased he is out on his side, he is not absorbing sub-q fluids and has a sweet or flowery smelling odor not only from his mouth but his skin.
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 7 years ago.
If he is "out on his side" - I would recommend veterinary evaluation right away. With hemobartonella, otherwise now known as Mycoplasma Hemofelis - this could mean that he is not feeling well because he is more anemic.
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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
He has been hospitalized since Monday, I am force feeding and checking the anemia 2-3 times daily. I really just wanted another opinion on what could be causing the smell.
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 7 years ago.
Sounds like the kitty is getting some good care!

I all of the literature that I have - the only report of the sweet smell being related to illness is acetone/ketone related.
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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
ok well thanks. I have worked for a vet for over 10 years and have never smelled anything like it. With him not responding I didn't know if it was a sign of something I missed.
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
ok well thanks. I have worked for a vet for over 10 years and have never smelled anything like it. With him not responding I didn't know if it was a sign of something I missed.
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 7 years ago.
No - I dont think so!
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The above is given for information only. Although I am a licensed veterinarian, I cannot legally prescribe medicines or diagnose your pet's condition without performing a physical exam. If you have concerns about your pet I would highly advise contacting your regular veterinarian.
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