Smelly Cat: When Good Pets Stink Bad
Whether or not you get the pop-culture reference, a smelly cat (or dog) is usually not a good thing. Sometimes a bad odor is associated with rolling in something stinky or a chance encounter with a skunk, but other times there may be something more going on.
When you can’t quite get rid of the odor, Dickinson Animal Hospital & Pet Wellness Center wants you to know, Smelly Cat, that it’s not your fault and we are here to help!
Smelly Cat, What Are They Feeding You?
There are many reasons that pets can stink and, with few exceptions, it usually isn’t their fault. Consider the following possibilities:
- Flatulence or abnormal stools (can result from diet changes, inflammatory bowel disease, or parasites)
- Dental disease
- Skin infections (can be secondary to parasites or skin allergies)
- Increased oil production of skin (seborrhea) due to hormonal imbalances or allergies
- Anal gland issues
- Ear infections
- Urinary tract infections
- Poor grooming habits due to other illness or pain
If you pet’s new odor is something that has seemingly happened overnight, try to think through what has changed. Did you change brands of food? Introduce a new treat? Are they scratching themselves a lot or dragging their rear end on the ground? These kinds of questions may give you some clues as to what is going on.
What to Do About That Smell
While you may be tempted to invest in a bottle of Febreze when a new pet odor arises, this is rarely a long term fix for a smelly cat (or dog).
A good bath in a hypoallergenic shampoo might be just the thing to refresh a stinky coat (call us for information about our professional grooming services). Most pets could use a bath monthly or so, and regular grooming is a good way to support a healthy hair coat.
Regular veterinary care can also help to prevent the onset of foul odors due to things like periodontal disease and parasites. If you suspect that your pet is less than pleasantly scented for one of the above reasons, it might be time to contact us for an appointment.
This is particularly important if your pet is displaying other symptoms of a problem such as loose stools, decreased appetite, behavioral changes, increased thirst or urination, or itchy, red skin.
With proper management, be it a dental cleaning, a round of appropriate antibiotics, a bath with a medicated shampoo, or a prescription food, most bad pet odors can be eliminated. The staff at Dickinson Animal Hospital & Pet Wellness Center are just the people to help you make this a reality for your furry friend!