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Evo dry food causing foul odors!

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
My 9 month old ragdoll has been on Innova Evo dry for about the past 3 month. In the beginning, there was a lot of black loose stool and diarrhea even though I did a 2 week gradual change over. After about 4-5 weeks her poop was back to a normal firmness, but it is still black and smelly...really smelly.

I originally feed her Nutro Natural Kitten, then switched to Blue Buffalo Spa Kitten which both agreed with her digestive system (no stink) but made the decision to feed her a top quality grain free diet.

Going back to a grain/gluten food seems wrong but is it possible my kitten is just not "built" for Evo or such a high protein diet?
post #2 of 9
Sharky is the resident food guru around here, but I can say that after EVO changed their formula [last fall] I had to stop feeding it to my cats. They were super smelly and had episodes of diarrhea. I have had success with other grain free dry foods though. When I first switched from EVO he was eating Taste of the Wild and did fine. I eventually switched to Nature's Variety Instinct, which he is doing very well on.

And welcome to TCS!
post #3 of 9
Try adding a probiotic like acidoupholous to the food. That should helpo clear up these issues
post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 
I'll give the acidoupholous a try.

I'm not sure if I've seen Instinct around here yet. I was thinking of trying these two which I know I can get locally:

Wellness Kitten Health
Natural Balance Green Pea and Duck Cat Food

What do you think?
post #5 of 9
I would opt for the Natural Balance before the Wellness Kitten as it is a grain-free. You might also consider Wellness Core instead of the kitten formula, but Core can be a little pricey in comparison with other grain-free options.
post #6 of 9
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Originally Posted by whiteforest View Post
I would opt for the Natural Balance before the Wellness Kitten as it is a grain-free. You might also consider Wellness Core instead of the kitten formula, but Core can be a little pricey in comparison with other grain-free options.
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a additional probiotic may also help
post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 
I thought I'd give everyone an update. I know a grain free is the best alternative to raw feeding but I was still concerned about the high protein levels. So in the end, I'm assamed to amdmit I went with Wellness Kitten.

At least it is Soy, Gluten & Corn free. Anyways, her digestive system seems to be back to normal in all ways, so I'm relieved

I only bought a 3lb bag so maybe when I'm low, I try to ease her back into a grain-free kibble such as Wellness Core or Nature's Variety Instinct, etc.

As for the acidoupholous, I never gave that I try. Is that something I should just give on a regular basis or only when there's a GI issue?
post #8 of 9
Do not be ashamed ... My thought is buy the best you can afford , kitty will eat and does best on ... If that is a grain containg food so be it

I use it several times a week ... IMHO you would give it for 8-12 weeks and then try to reduce it if you want... it is safe for every meal use
post #9 of 9
If grain free just doesn't work for her, then there is no shame using a food with grains. I use food with grains and my kitties are just fine. You have to feed what works the best for YOUR cat. And wellness is a great food!
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