4 Reasons Why My Cat Smells Like Death


1. Faucitis

Faucitis in cats is an inflammation of the pharynx (the back of the throat).   Allergies, viral or bacterial infections might cause this condition. Together with drooling, sneezing, and coughing, a cat with faucitis might also have a bad breath.

2. Dental Infection

Periodontal disease is another potential reason why your cat smells like death. In the beginning, cats usually have reddish, irritated gums. It’s necessary to consult the vet right away as to prevent further complications.

3. Feline Calicivirus

One of the first symptoms of feline calicivirus is a very bad breath.  This virus can be prevented with vaccine shots.

4. Feline Coronavirus

Exhaustion, lack of appetite, fever, and a bad breath could indicate a feline coronavirus.  These symptoms can be relieved by strengthening the cat’s immune system.

Why Does My Cat’s Breath Smell Like Death?

A very bad breath in your cat is typically a sing that she has a certain condition that’s getting worse.  As soon as you notice this, you should take your cat to the veterinarian right away.

Can You Tell That Your Cat Is Dying By Smell?

There are some signs besides smell that indicate a cat is dying:

Changes in appearance

Changes in behavior

Loss of appetite 

Extreme weakness


Lower Body Temperature