I have an appointment this Thursday to get him fixed and for vaccinations, finally. I'll definitely look into Nature's Miracle litter the next time I go to buy it, since everyone and their mom swears by it lol... hopefully he won't have a problem with adjusting to changing it again (though he seems to be doing fine with the gradual change from the previous litter to the pine).
I'll try the baking soda for now and see how it works... thanks for the tip. As far as food, right now I'm feeding him "Natural Ultramix" (mistakenly put Natural Balance in a previous post)... "Fortified with vitamins and minerals"... "chicken, barley, potatoes and flax, protein, omega fatty acids". My friend, who works at Petco, rescued the cat as a kitten and desperately needed to find a home. She really wanted me to feed him this stuff, probably because it's what her family cat eats (she's a health nut when it comes to her cat). But at 8.99 for a puny 3 pound bag... I find it a bit expensive (I'm not sure if that's what most cat food runs for, but it only lasts me a week or so). Is there any kind of cat food at a low price that many people seem to swear by (like the nature's miracle litter?)
Thanks again for your responses!