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So sick of my house smelling like cat s****!!

post #1 of 32
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I've just had it, I'm seriously thinking about letting these cats go outside. My house constantly smells like cat poo and I can't take it anymore. I scoop their litter enough, that's not the problem. When they poop, it stinks up the entire house, it doesn't take long. I can't use scented litter (which actually does a decent job of controlling the smell) because it makes them sneeze to much. I'm embarassed to have friends/family come visit because of the smell. I'm sick of smelling it myself, it's disgusting. I'm just DONE!!!

No need to respond, I'm just having a tantrum and needed to vent. Sorry.
post #2 of 32
you go have a good old rant ..................aww better ? ?
post #3 of 32
Just a quick question What do you feed them?
post #4 of 32
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Just a quick question What do you feed them?
I've been feeding them the Costco cat food, which is a recent change. Before that I was feeding them Nutro Natual Choice. Now that I think about it, the litter box has gotten MUCH stinkier since I switched...do you think that could be part of the problem?? If so, I'll take the rest of that Costco bag and throw it in the garbage right this second, LOL! Thanks!!
post #5 of 32
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do you think that could be part of the problem?? Thanks!!
It can be a big part to the problem. I don't know how much you pay for their food, but i find that if you feed them a good quality food they don't smell as much.

We have a saying over here " You get what you pay for ", in other words, if you buy a cheaper brand of food, you get more animal parts in it
post #6 of 32
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Originally Posted by sarathan View Post
I've been feeding them the Costco cat food, which is a recent change. Before that I was feeding them Nutro Natual Choice. Now that I think about it, the litter box has gotten MUCH stinkier since I switched...do you think that could be part of the problem?? If so, I'll take the rest of that Costco bag and throw it in the garbage right this second, LOL! Thanks!!
Yes, I do think that that could be a part of it! It really is amazing how a higher quality food can reduce litter box odour!

Don't throw it away though! I am sure that a local rescue group would be grateful for the donation!
post #7 of 32
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Originally Posted by rosiemac View Post
It can be a big part to the problem. I don't know how much you pay for their food, but i find that if you feed them a good quality food they don't smell as much.

We have a saying over here " You get what you pay for ", in other words, if you buy a cheaper brand of food, you get more animal parts in it
I agree, and the Costco food is quite a bit cheaper than the Nutro. I thought it was good quality since the first two ingredients are chicken and chicken meal, but maybe not?? I do know the Nutro is good stuff so maybe I'll switch back to that. All I know is I have to do something about the smell or I'm going to lose my mind.
post #8 of 32
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Originally Posted by Sar View Post
Yes, I do think that that could be a part of it! It really is amazing how a higher quality food can reduce litter box odour!

Don't throw it away though! I am sure that a local rescue group would be grateful for the donation!
Thanks for the suggestion, I definitely won't throw it away.
post #9 of 32
I would also suggest you get your vet to do a fecal on them and check for worms, or possibly a mild case of giardia.
Both of those issues can cause smelly BMs too.
post #10 of 32
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I would also suggest you get your vet to do a fecal on them and check for worms, or possibly a mild case of giardia.
Both of those issues can cause smelly BMs too.
Good idea, thanks!
post #11 of 32
To help with the odor problem, use baking soda. I keep a partially open box near the litter pan, which absorbs odors just like in the refridgerator. I also keep another box nearby in order to add the powder directly into the litter. I buy odor-control litter but it still doesn't mask the poo smell. Adding the baking soda really helps cut down on the lingering odors. Doesn't matter how much you add, just whatever you're comfortable with. I do about two tablespoons (no, I don't measure) for a small pan. Very simple, very cheap, and effective.
post #12 of 32
I'd change the food and the cat litter.

My girl Gizmo used to let some mighty stinks when she used her box. Turns out she's allergic to chicken. Now that she's eating rabbit, the poo doesn't smell nearly as bad, and the smell dissipates almost immediately since I use Nature's Miracle litter (it is better on pee than on poo; the pee does not smell at all).

Other brands of litter may also do well at eliminating the smells; this is just the one I found worked best.

The dietary change is a must. Your kits are having a reaction to the food. Try a new protein source; duck or venison or rabbit instead of chicken. Turns out chicken is a common allergen for cats.

Oh, and a light lavender spray (natural only) can eliminate the room smell and won't annoy the cat. Above all else, avoid perfumed litter!
post #13 of 32
I would go back to the Nutro .... it is likely the other has something they react too... I have one girl who stink s up on chn but not rabbit or fish ...
post #14 of 32
I have a cat that I recently switched from hills Z/D food (low allergen) to Natural Balance's Venison & Green Pea formula.....and let me tell you, when Bella goes, I can't even stay in there to scoop it up right away. I have to leave the room for awhile. To quote another post I saw on this forum once...."she can peel paint off the wall!"

On a side note.....I would have thought that just like in humans, if you eat healthier food, your bowels movements will smell more. I discussed this with my mom and she agreed with me that Bella's stool would smell more since she is on a much healtier food.
post #15 of 32
I have my cats on Nutro too. Their poops are not so bad. I also have this thing called a odor absorbing sponge, in comes in a jar-it doesn't have a fragance of its own it just absorbs the smells. Worth a try.

Cynthia
post #16 of 32
There is a cat food that is all natural and is designed for indoor cats. The food has almost no smell and has almost no smell coming out. www.wildkittycatfood.com
post #17 of 32
I am currently use Arm and Hammer, the unscented kind, and what I do is I coat the bottom of the litter pan in baking soda before I put the litter in. THis seems to help a lot.

Also, if you're willing to look into diet change...a top-quality wet food, believe it or not, will lead to the cleanest-smelling box.
post #18 of 32
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Thank you so much for your replies! I will definitely switch back to Nutro and maybe look into a high quality wet food. I'm intrigued by the link in Rick Nadeau's post.

And if anyone was wondering, no, I really won't be letting my kitties outside. But there are days when I sure fantasize about it, lol.
post #19 of 32
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And if anyone was wondering, no, I really won't be letting my kitties outside. But there are days when I sure fantasize about it, lol.
We knew that wasn't ever a real threat.
post #20 of 32
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Originally Posted by lionessrampant View Post
I am currently use Arm and Hammer, the unscented kind, and what I do is I coat the bottom of the litter pan in baking soda before I put the litter in. THis seems to help a lot.

Also, if you're willing to look into diet change...a top-quality wet food, believe it or not, will lead to the cleanest-smelling box.
Wet if it is the RIGHT one( one peels walls with chn and fish combined while the other has no smell from same can ...will be less but raw is the least
post #21 of 32
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Originally Posted by SophieC View Post
I have a cat that I recently switched from hills Z/D food (low allergen) to Natural Balance's Venison & Green Pea formula.....and let me tell you, when Bella goes, I can't even stay in there to scoop it up right away. I have to leave the room for awhile. To quote another post I saw on this forum once...."she can peel paint off the wall!"

On a side note.....I would have thought that just like in humans, if you eat healthier food, your bowels movements will smell more. I discussed this with my mom and she agreed with me that Bella's stool would smell more since she is on a much healtier food.
That's interesting that your Kitty Bella stinks on the Natural Balance because my Sluggo has been on the same food for maybe a month now and his litter box stinks more too! When he was on a raw diet there was no smell, it was awesome!! But now due to his UTI we are going to have to switch again.
post #22 of 32
I have three cats, two of them have not so bad poo, and the other reeks!! He was a rescue street cat indoors now over a year, but he stinks, wonder why, all eat the same food.
post #23 of 32
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Originally Posted by gailuvscats View Post
I have three cats, two of them have not so bad poo, and the other reeks!! He was a rescue street cat indoors now over a year, but he stinks, wonder why, all eat the same food.
Just like us some digest some thing s better than others...
post #24 of 32
Ours eat Merrick wet food and there is naturally an odour when they are doing their business, but as soon as it's covered it's not bad at all.

I have one friend who I trust to tell me the truth and when I ask if she can smell cats in our house she says she honestly cannot.
post #25 of 32
My girl's poo smells like old coffee, not bad at all, since she shifted to Nature's Logic rabbit. She won't eat wet food unless it is fish, so I am not wasting money on raw food that she won't eat either.
post #26 of 32
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Thanks!
post #27 of 32
The bad smells almost certainly come from diet. Better quality food, whether wet or dry, will change this. It does sound as if your cat is allergic to something, if Gizmo's example is anything to go by.
post #28 of 32
Maybe there is something in the Costco's food that is causing an upset. While Kirklands is definately cheaper than Nutro, it is way higher quality. Kirklands is the only food where cheaper is actually better. My dogs eat it and they look gorgeous.

BTW when Ceci goes she definately stunk up the bathroom (with FP) now im using Scoop Away Fresh Scent and when she pees the bathroom instantly smells like baby powder and when she poos it smells just the tiniest bit, just enough to let me know I have to scoop.

I always have a bottle of Febreeze (I think) and I just mist up the room a bit and the smell is totally gone.
post #29 of 32
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Originally Posted by JulieKit View Post
Maybe there is something in the Costco's food that is causing an upset. While Kirklands is definately cheaper than Nutro, it is way higher quality. Kirklands is the only food where cheaper is actually better. My dogs eat it and they look gorgeous.

BTW when Ceci goes she definately stunk up the bathroom (with FP) now im using Scoop Away Fresh Scent and when she pees the bathroom instantly smells like baby powder and when she poos it smells just the tiniest bit, just enough to let me know I have to scoop.

I always have a bottle of Febreeze (I think) and I just mist up the room a bit and the smell is totally gone.
Kirkland has grades of food... the cat I was not impressed with and most of the dog s I see on it have allegy issues since the better quality is well complex... glad yours are doing well but next to dog chow it is the easiest to switch
post #30 of 32
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Originally Posted by JulieKit View Post
Maybe there is something in the Costco's food that is causing an upset. While Kirklands is definately cheaper than Nutro, it is way higher quality. Kirklands is the only food where cheaper is actually better. My dogs eat it and they look gorgeous.

BTW when Ceci goes she definately stunk up the bathroom (with FP) now im using Scoop Away Fresh Scent and when she pees the bathroom instantly smells like baby powder and when she poos it smells just the tiniest bit, just enough to let me know I have to scoop.

I always have a bottle of Febreeze (I think) and I just mist up the room a bit and the smell is totally gone.
Are you saying that the Kirkland food is better than Nutro?? It's so much cheaper than Nutro, it's hard to believe that it's actually better than Nutro too.

Just FYI, I switched my kits back to the Nutro Natural Choice and the litter box is smelling soooo much better now. I can't believe what a difference the food can make!!
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