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Can Cats Smell Bad?

You may notice that your cat spends a lot of time grooming. In fact, cats spend 50 percent of their day cleaning and licking themselves, according to Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. However, despite our cats' dedication to cleanliness, they can still emit unpleasant odors. There are many reasons why cats can smell bad, from natural odor and bad breath to infections or digestive issues.

There is a smell in the cat's mouth

dental disease

Tooth decay, decay, and gum inflammation can affect felines and cause unpleasant odors. Additionally, cats may develop bad breath due to an inflammatory oral health condition called stomatitis. If you wish, you can choose to brush your cat's teeth or give them oral-friendly food to help prevent dental disease.

ulcer or lesion

One of the leading causes of ulcers and lesions in cats is a serious disease called feline chronic gingivostomatitis. In addition to painful and hemorrhagic lesions, another symptom is bad breath. This occurs "because oral inflammation makes the cat susceptible to oral bacterial infections" Dental disease, environmental stress, and a weak immune system can trigger chronic gingivostomatitis in cats.


Cat butt smells


Like humans, cats fart (although usually less frequently). A few of the main causes of gas in cats are indigestion or swallowing too much air.


If your cat's stool looks very runny or soft, this may be a sign of diarrhea. You will also notice that it smells bad. This usually happens when your cat eats something that upsets his stomach and usually goes away within a day or two. However, if it lasts longer, talk to your veterinarian, as sometimes this can indicate a more serious condition.

anal gland secretion

Cats use scent to mark their territory. One of the ways they release this scent is through small glands near their anus. This smell has a very unpleasant odor so you will know when it is discharged. The smell of these anal sacs, although unpleasant, is an important way for cats to provide information about their age, gender, and reproductive capabilities.

perianal fistula

Perianal fistulas are red, painful lesions in the tissue surrounding the anus. Delguidis revealed that these "may produce an unpleasant odor due to tissue infection." This condition sounds unpleasant, but luckily it's not common in cats.


cat ear smell

ear infection

Any ear infection can cause foul odor. However, the odor and severity vary depending on the type of bacteria or yeast present. For example, otitis externa can cause inflammation of the ear canal, discharge, and a foul odor.

Want to keep your ears clean, free of infection and odor? Cat-friendly ear cleaning products can help with the task.

ear mites

Ear mites can cause serious problems for cats. When they burrow deep into a feline's ear, these parasites create a pile of earwax and other debris. And, you guessed it, it smells bad. Unfortunately, cat ear mites won't go away on their own, so you'll need to see your veterinarian to get rid of them.

skin infections and wounds

Everything from bacterial overgrowth to wounds to allergies can cause problems for your cat's skin. If left untreated, these areas can become infected—especially if your cat licks or paws at the area—and cause foul-smelling discharge.


How to get rid of cat odor

Regular grooming is the main way cats get rid of bad odors, but sometimes, the odor is just too much for a little tongue to handle. It's time to take a shower.

Pet parents can also clean their cat's bedding to eliminate bad odors. Did you know you should wash your cat’s bedding once a week? If their favorite blanket or sleeping pillow isn't the freshest, the odors from it may transfer to your cat's fur, causing them to stink. Parasites and bacteria can also fester in dirty bedding and cause infections.

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