Q. My 15 year old feline has a body odor. I have given her a bath and tried using dry shampoo but it doesn't last long. Is it the food? She just stinks.
JESSICA L DESROSIERS
A. Food can sometimes cause body odor, however checking other areas of your cat's body such as her teeth and gums, and ears may give you an answer. Body odor can also occur in cases of chronic skin infections and even some metabolic/organ based issues. Ears that have infection or mites, and teeth that have heavy plaque buildup may also cause an odor to appear. Scheduling a veterinary checkup and having your vet take a look at your cat to rule out any health issues is a good idea, and if none are found, then looking to the food as a cause of odor and changing to a new diet may be beneficial.