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I have a cat whose poop smells awful. When she goes to use the litterbox, half of the house can smell it. The sad thing is that up until about a month ago that wasn't the case. When I first got by cat about a year and a half ago I fed her Science Diet and her poop smelled really bad. I researched online and was told that certain cats just have stinkier poo so I lived with it. Then I was forced to move into a place where I was unable to have my cat with me so she stayed at a foster home until I was able to get into a situation where I could have her (it took longer than expected, 7 months.) Anyway, while she was in the foster home she was fed Artemis cat food and the women who was caring for my cat said that she hadn't noticed any strong odor from Aurora's poo (but she had 24 cats so I wasn't sure if she would have noticed it if it were there.) But when I finally got her back I found that her poop did not stink. I've continued to feed her Artemis cat food but about a month ago the stink came back (after a month of it being gone.) I have not changed her food but she was recently stressed out when my mom's dog and cat moved in. At first I thought the smell came because she was eating some of their food but I've been monitoring it closely and I don't think this is the case. Is there any other reason why my cat's poop would start to smell even though her diet hasn't changed?

Also, I was thinking about trying other brands of food to see if that works. Someone suggested Wellness but I was wondering if anyone else has any other suggestions or if anyone has any positive things to say about Wellness. I need to get this smell under control. I'm going crazy. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
post #2 of 5
If the other cat and dog food is available, it's quite possible your cat is eating some of it. Is there any way you can switch your mom's cat to Artemis if they'll be with you long term? Is there a possibility that she could have been exposed to fleas or other parasites when you mom's pets moved in? If so, it would be worthwhile to have a stool sample checked by the vet. Is the stool otherwise normal (solid and firm)?
post #3 of 5
I cut and pasted the wrong question....

41. Does a stool with a foul odor indicate improper digestion?

Yes. In the intestinal track and colon undigested proteins putrefy, undigested carbohydrates ferment and undigested fats turn rancid. When the stool has a foul odor, we are having digestive problems.
post #4 of 5
Often, odor can change with food change.
post #5 of 5
Different food s have different digestion rates.. the higher the digestion the less likely stinky ...

I would suggest a basic chn and rice formula like natural choice or sensible choice ...

Wet food when it is started often causes stinkies in the beginning since it is more digestable and may cause bacteria to exist at a higher than usual amount
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