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Pet Peeves: P.U. Stinky Poo

Q: My cat creates a big stink. His poop is the stinkiest of any poops I have ever sniffed! I don't want to be too TMI here, but it's so bad that it often wakes me up . . . all the way in my bedroom. Am I stuck with smelly cat here – please help?!

A: Well, I have to admit this was one stinker of a problem for me to figure out. First off, sometimes smelly waste could be a sign of a health problem (like a parasite) so it's worth mentioning on your cat's next vet visit. Try reading the label of your kitty's food. The amounts of byproducts and grain fillers (corn, cornmeal, etc.) can lead to stinkier poo as pets can have trouble digesting too many carbs – there is often some reason for that higher priced food! You should see turkey, chicken, or other meat as the first ingredient. It's possible your cat is having trouble digesting some part of his food – undigested meat protein (rich in sulfides) putrefy and undigested fats turn rancid, too. Your vet can give you the best dining recommendation – my informed friends said to try Evo or Artemis – but anyone else who has experienced (and solved) this problem, please share in your comments below!


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ameerah26 ameerah26 5 years
@Kiki Tee- You're right. I went to the pet store and just bought a ton of different foods to see what worked. And most didn't. The only two Finn's little tummy could handle- and that firmed his bowels and lessened the smell was Halo's Spot's Stew and Purina Pro Plan. We tried the Organic ones as well and my cats wouldn't go near it. It was almost as smelly as the poo!
ameerah26 ameerah26 5 years
My cat Finn has a food sensitivities. He can't eat most brand- label cat foods. They give him gas and really runny, stinky bowels. So we have to spend a lot more and by him and his brother, Declan gourmet, premium foods with whole grains in them. Both of my boys prefer it. We buy Halo or Purina Pro Plan for them. Much more expensive but definitely worth it.
Arielrb38 Arielrb38 9 years
My cats both had very stinky poo as kittens, which mostly faded as they grew. I have noticed that since switching my cats to raw food a couple of weeks ago they have been far less stinky (and happier, my cat who is very vocal with his anxiety has been much quieter). There's a wonderful by Dr. Richard Pitcairn about nutrition for dogs and cats, and how it can affect everything from the stinkyness of poo to their disposition and their risk of cancer later in life.
ALSW ALSW 9 years
I can second the Arm & Hammer litter! It's the only thing that works for our kitties and it clumps really well, which is a must with the automatic litter box.
stephcorinn stephcorinn 9 years
My cat used to have the same problem. And that was when he was eating the Evo food. But it was the Evo Raw or something like that. Anyway, I think it was too rich/had too much protein for him. The smell was AWFUL!!! We had to flush it right away and light a scented candle. (We use the Feline Pine litter which helps with smells and is flushable). We switched to Healthwise which is also supposed to be very good cat food, and his poops aren't nearly as stinky now. (As for the needing to "pull up her panties" comment, I'm not sure you've ever experienced really stinky cat poop. Our friends who would be there when our cat went to the bathroom would practically run outside. So, it can be pretty bad.)
poom poom 9 years
jessness that's hilarious! for dogs, i like wellness brand snacks and food.
Kkkkkkkkkkk Kkkkkkkkkkk 9 years
Incidentally, since Petsugar mentioned reading the ingredient list on your pet food, I have to say I really think people should do this. Usually we feed Milo Royal Canin (we changed from Iams because we read bad things about their ethics as a company) but in an emergancy on evening I picked up a packet of food at the corner shop which, when I got it home, turned out to contain 15% ash as an ingredient. Yes, ASH! So be careful!
Kkkkkkkkkkk Kkkkkkkkkkk 9 years
Well Bella, my Milo was having other poo problems that were posted about on here, and changing his food helped no end. What goes in must come out so maybe try them on different combinations of food until you get a better result. Since we solved his "messy poo" problems we've also noticed that they've become significantly less stinky. One of the things we cut out of Milo's diet was his cat milk (which he loooooved!) so maybe if your boys get cat milk you could try cutting that out? We've also changed over to a covered litter tray (nothing fancy, no auto-cleaner or anything, just a box with a lid and a door) which has a carbon filter and now we get no smell at all.
fuzzles fuzzles 9 years
Not to offend, but Bella needs to pull up her "Big Girl Panties!"
Beauty Beauty 9 years
Thanks for all of the suggestions! I used to have a Littermaid, but I was hoping that I could just use a normal litter box. Maybe I'll buy one. And big thanks to PetSugar for looking into this. She was very kind to listen to me moan and groan about the boys' toxic poo the other night!
JessNess JessNess 9 years
My dog Jeffrey's farts sometimes smell so bad that they have woken me up :rotfl:
fuzzles fuzzles 9 years
My Oliver Man is a "stinky pants" as well! A gal at my local Mom and Pop-type pet store convinced me to try Dr. Elsey's Ultra Precious Cat litter, and I can't say enough about it! A-MAZE-ING! The only downside is that it comes in a 40 lb. plastic bag. And it's not available at the "big box" stores like PetSmart or PetCo...just the smaller pet stores. It's also a little more expensive, but absolutely worth it! Hope this helps!
lilprincess lilprincess 9 years
I had the same problem. I told my vet and he said to only feed them dry food that is all one natural color, like brown. He said that multi-colored bits (like Meow Mix) have a lot of dyes in them that are hard to digest and create stinky poo. I now feed her only Iams bits and she is still smelly (her name is Binky and she's gotten the nickname Stinky Binky) but it has gotten better.
CanadianInVA CanadianInVA 9 years
I agree with the litter suggestion. My cats stink, but once they cover it up, it's not bad.
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
Or get one of those totally scary litter maid things that automagically scoops 10 seconds after the cat jumps out of the box. Always makes for fun times if kitty decides they weren't finished and jumps back in.
Brooklynbee Brooklynbee 9 years
Maybe you need to try a different litter that absorbs the smell faster and better, or use a freshener like Arm & Hammer litter freshener or Mrs. Meyers freshener. And put an air freshener close to the litter box.
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
Maybe you could put a fan next to the litter box and have it blow away from your room? It doesn't stop the stink, but at least it moves the air around faster and in another direction.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
You know Bella it just comes with having an animal in the house, i am sure if my cats could talk they would be on Humansugar talking about how myself and my husband blow up the bathroom daily, not to mention blaming them when we pass gas. I have three cats, and i scoop the litter at least three times a day. Mine are on Iams Indoor cat formula, but it doesnt matter they drop bombs no matter what i feed them. The best is when you smell it, and you go "omygod who did that" look around and the cat licking its hiney is your culprit!
Beauty Beauty 9 years
So... I'm the question-asker. Milo and Minou won't stop making the stinkiest poops! But I'm feeding them good food... they get dry Natural Balance each day, wet Evo once a week, and then they get a locally made organic raw meat food as treats. I think I'm just unlucky with stinky poop.
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
It's true; healthier food will eliminate some of the poo odor because more of it is absorbed into their bodies and there is less waste. Don't feed dry food only. Mother Nature didn't intend for cats to eat dry cereal all the time. Research!
TidalWave TidalWave 9 years
I agree, feed him better food. Also, give him some raw chicken/meats/tuna every now and then too. I HIGHLY recommend Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover's Soul for dry pet food (( or Natural Ultramix. [Sugar] is exactly right, "Chicken" or some whole meat should always be the first ingredient. NOT chicken meal or chicken by-product. also, there should not be any food colorings whatsoever. Cats love the taste of meow mix and other cheap brands but it is UHEALTHY/BAD for them. Meow mix to your cat is like McDonalds to you.
mnp mnp 9 years
My dog uses a weewee pad indoors. So, I have to control the amount of human food I give him and make him stick to eating his dog food. It controls the odor of his poop. I also make the effort of buying organic food for him. I agree with Petsugar's suggestion.
vinnie vinnie 9 years
I can't speak to the stinky poo problem, but I can recommend Evo. My 12 year old cat has always howled for more food, so I had to keep the buffet open 24 hours a day to get some peace. My cat eats less since I switched to Evo. He is more satisfied by smaller portions. I can feed him a 1/4 cup and then put the dish away. I think it's just a "cleaner" product with more nutritional value. Good luck with the stink!
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