Has your cat been smelling strange? It could be due to poor hygiene or health issues. If your cat is smelling bad, you should try to figure out the cause of the odors, and make sure to get it taken care of. Here are some simple methods to help you get rid of your cat's stinky smell.
(If you are looking for tips on keeping your house smelling fresh when you have a cat, you can check out our tips on How To Get Rid of Pet Smells.)
1. Look Carefully At Your Cat's Grooming
Most cat's are pretty efficient at keeping themselves well-groomed, but not all of them. If your cat isn't properly grooming himself, it's time to step in and take action. This means that you might have to bathe your cat yourself.
Not every cat will tolerate a bath. If your cat hates water, try a waterless bath product like Bio-Groom Waterless Cats And Dogs Bath Shampoo. Also, it's important to make a habit of brushing your cat daily to remove excess dirt and fur. There are some great cat hair brushes on the market. My two favorites right now are the Kong Groom Zoom for Cats and Christina's Perfect Pet Brush. If you have a long-haired cat, it might also be necessary to trim the fur underneath the tail to remove any feces buildup. Safety scissors like this one will be helpful if you need to do some trimming.
2. Check For Bad Breath
Bad breath indicates a need for better dental care. If your cat has bad breath, consider starting a regular dental regimen. Apply toothpaste to your cats teeth, and rub the outside of them with your finger. Once your cat is used to your finger, you can begin using a cat toothbrush like the Bamboo Quadbrush. If possible, start this routine at an early age, and do it about 30 minutes after every meal. Never use human toothpaste as it can cause health problems for your cat. A good cat toothpaste like CET Poultry Toothpaste should do the job. Or you can just get a good total cat teeth kit. There are also a huge selection of dental cat treats available that can help with dental hygiene.
3. Put Your Cat On A Healthier Diet
A good diet means good health. If your cat's feces or breath smells particularly stinky, consider what you're feeding your furry friend. For the best diet possible, consider feeding your cat a raw diet, or an organic, grain-free and corn-free cat food like Open Farm Homestead Chicken & Turkey Recipe or one of our Top 5 Best Recommended Cat Foods.
4. Stop The Spraying
Cats spray naturally to mark their territory, which can cause some bad smells in your home. If your cat is spraying, consider taking him to a vet to see what can be done. Depending on the circumstances for why your cat is spraying, you can take some simple steps to try to minimize spraying. Also, spaying or neutering cats usually takes care of the problem.
5. Screen Out Possible Health Problems
Your cat might be exhibiting bad smells because of a health problem that you're not aware of. Potential health problems that might cause bad smells include swollen or infected anal glands, skin or ear infections, kidney problems, some cancers, or oral disease. If you can't figure out the cause of your cat's bad smell, take him to a vet so you can be double sure that it's not because of a serious health issue.
With these home remedies, your cat will be smelling better in no time. Do you own a smelly cat? What have you done to fight the odor coming from your cat?
Originally published August 2012 and updated April 2017.