So I have a confession. Ora is a stinky cat. She's gorgeous, but she is stinky. Not like she needs a bath kind of stinks, like she needs to brush her teeth daily kind of stinks. And it's bad. You can smell her coming a mile away. I feel bad about it, sometimes I don't want to cuddle her she smells so bad. Usually I just cover my nose and mouth with a blanket so I can avoid getting scratched and not die from her breath. I've asked the vet about it - twice. He looked at her teeth and gums, they're a little yucky but nothing so pressing that he thought it needed to be taken care of right away. His answer was, we'll bring her in for her bi-annual teeth cleaning in January and that will take care of it.
That wasn't good enough for me. What about right now? What can I do? I don't want a stinky cat! That's like having a stinky kid. Everyone knows and no one wants to say anything. I try brushing her teeth anytime she'll sit still long enough, we've yet to be successful. I've tried the minty breath treats. She doesn't want them. I've tried Greenie's treats. She knocks them on the floor for Astrea.
I've seen those ads for water add-ins. Looked like a good option, but I'm skeptical about trying a product for the first time by ordering it online. Knowing Ora, I figured one of two things would happen. Either she'd stop drinking when I added it in or it wouldn't work and I'd be out $15 or more. I was also a little concerned that because she's so sensitive it may give her a reaction. Last weekend I decided to wander through Waggers, a new pet shop and spa that opened near my house. I wasn't looking for anything in particular, but then I saw Triple-Pet Plaque Off. There were a couple other options, but based on the ingredients, this one looked like the best option. For less than ten bucks, and the option to return, it was worth a try.
So what's the result? THANK YOU to the less stinky breath gods!! It took a couple days, and she isn't yet fresh of a daisy, but she smells so much better. I can't even explain how happy I am. I think the fact that we fell asleep on the couch together this morning speaks volumes. Ora is a picky girl, she prefers to drink from a glass so by letting her have a glass of water everyday just for her, she's been drinking her water and it's great. I'm hoping that in a few more days she won't smell at all. I can't guarantee that it will work for everyone, or that it will work in the long run, but right now I'm super happy and stoked!