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Smelly cat - what are they feeding you?

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We have had Bonnie in our lives for about a month now (she was found as a stray at 12 weeks old) and one thing that is unbelieveable is the smell she has when she's using the litter tray. It really is quite unearthly!

Under vet advice, she is not allowed wet food, we do not allow her scraps of any kind and she is fed on Iams complete, which is helping her to fill out and look less like a skeleton and more like a kitten.

What can we give her to stop these dreadful pongs? What she leaves in the litter tray looks healthy enough (pardon for those with a sensitive tummy!), but it just stinks to high heaven - none of the other cats smell like this and we have seven in total!

Any advice?

post #2 of 5
There are several companies that make good products to help you with your problem. If you go to this link and look around, you will be able to find some help for your kitty. Then you will be able to feed her whatever she needs to make her fat and sassy. The first listing makes a product you add to your cat's food to help.

Stain and Odor Control
post #3 of 5
Hmm, off the top of my head, don't feed her a kibble that has high waist products, to cut down on how much she poo's! lol, and don't feed her anything with a fish product in it. That can make them more stinky.
post #4 of 5
Remember it takes awhile for the good food to settle in the system. Any time you change foods it can cause a smelly side affect. It give it time for the kitty to adjust and try to stick to one food.
In the mean time maybe place a deoderizer near the cat box and try arm and hammer litter deoderizer.
Good luck with the new kitty.
post #5 of 5
I am not fond of Iams at all. If you check the ingredients -

"Chicken, Chicken By-Product Meal, Corn Grits, Corn Meal, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Fish Meal (source of fish oil), Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of vitamin E, and Citric Acid), Dried Beet Pulp (sugar removed), Dried Egg Product, Natural Chicken Flavor, Potassium Chloride, Brewers Dried Yeast, Calcium Carbonate, DL-Methionine, Choline Chloride, Salt, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Niacin, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Acetate, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Panthothenate, Biotin, Rosemary Extract, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement (source of vitamin B2), Vitamind D3 Supplement, Insoitol, Folic Acid, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Carbonate."

Too much corn and also by-products and fish meal which may be adding to stinkiness.

If you are shopping at Petco they have a brand called Natural Balance, which is a little pricier but my cats eat a ton less than when they were on Nutro Naturals which is still a pretty good food. We have no litter box stinkiness.

Natural Balance
"Chicken, chicken meal, brown rice, duck, lamb meal, potatoes, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols, vitamin E, and rosemary extract), canola oil, oatmeal, fish meal, brewers yeast, dried skim milk, natural flavor, dried eggs, flaxseed oil, kelp, garlic, dl-methionine, glucosamine hydrochloride, cranberry powder, grapeseed oil, lecithin, parsley flakes, tomato pomace, taurine, zinc sulfate, vitamin E supplement, niacin, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin A acetate, riboflavin, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin D3 supplement, biotin, vitamin C supplement, yucca schidigera extract, folic acid, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (a source of vitamin K activity), pyridoxine hydrochloride, ethylene dihydriodide, sodium selenite."

Other easily available brands that are pretty good - Nutro Naturals, Nature's Recipe, some of the Royal Canin lines. Just take a look at ingredients, you want mostly meats without by-products, avoid corn (I know some disagree but I find that it makes pets gassier and more poop) although corn gluten isn't so bad.
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