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Terri, Feline Healthcare Expert
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Experience:  Expert in feline health and behavior. 20 years experience with cats.
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My 3 year old feline has had a horrible smell like rotting

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My 3 year old feline has had a horrible smell like rotting garbage coming from her mouth since she was a baby...what could it be please
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Terri replied 1 year ago.


I am sorry Chloe has this trouble.

You say she has had this odor since she was a baby, right?

Can you please tell me what she eats?

After your reply please give me a few minutes to type detailed answer or if you prefer we can speak on the phone.



Expert:  Terri replied 1 year ago.

Dear *****,

I was hoping to hear right back from you, so we could talk about Chloe.

As you know, most cats have what I call "tuna" breath. However, when there is a rotten smell that indicates an infection, a GI upset or bad bacteria. Since she has had this since she was a baby, it is possible she has a bad or broken tooth that never came in properly.

Here are things to try:

Check inside her mouth for a sore, stuck item. broken tooth or any abnormalities. Look at roof and under tongue.

If you see nothing out of the ordinary lets try a probiotic. She can have forti flora, culturelle or a half tsp of plain yogurt every day.You can also try changing her protein source. If she eats poultry try fish or beef in case its a food allergy.

Please let me know if any of these suggestions help. I will always be here for you.

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