Even though dogs are typically the first pets to be accused of having halitosis, cats are just as prone to bad breath, according to Your News Now, a subsidiary of the TWEAN News Channel of Syracuse.
The news organization recently aired a story about our feline friends and what it can mean when their mouths start smelling like a litter box, or worse. Now, considering what cats can reach with their tongues, it may be little surprise that they are as vulnerable to oral odor as dogs - or humans, for that matter.
However, many of the conditions that cause bad breath in cats are shared by pets and owners alike. The news station said that kitty halitosis is often due to tooth decay, gingivitis or periodontal disease, all of which increase the risk for heart disease in cats.
The source added that cat breath may also come from nothing more complex than a recent meal of milk, fish, cat food or, for outside cats, freshly consumed prey.
Although most humans rarely snack on songbirds, they can still suffer from halitosis caused by pungent food, tartar and gum disease. By using a specialty breath freshening rinse and brushing regularly, humans can sweeten their breath in seconds.