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post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
Polly and Prego both eat Science Diet right now. (Prego eats lite and Polly gets kitten.) After reading a lot of threads on this board, I was thinking I might try switching them to Nutro next time I need to buy them a new bag. Would a by-product-free food (like Nutro or something else) will make a less stinky poo? I know it's never going to smell like roses I want to add canned food too, which leads me to my next question.

Second question....Every time Prego gets canned food it gives him the runs. His tummy is very sensitive. I only tried Science Diet before, but maybe another brand would work better for him? He has chubby tendencies, so I'd like to keep him on a light food. Should I try other brands and see if he still gets the runs or just stick with dry food? Polly has never had canned, but I don't anticipate any problems.

Sorry for the descriptiveness of this post
post #2 of 25
Never thought of SD as such a great food - Royal Canin is much better. But since you have 2 cats with diffrent needs due to age, etc. why not switch to one that is for all stages of life and holistic, less filler (Carbs) better for Prego to keep his weight in check, they will eat less because of the high quality of food and have less and better pooooo.

At the top of my head here are some;


Life's Abundance
Felidae
Innova Evo
Nature's Variety Prairie
Azmira
Brightlife


I use Life's Abundance - and my Loki has Food Allergies ( bloody diarreah) on anything else - but with this he is doing great.
post #3 of 25
I am a big Nutro fan. Both cats love it and litter box odor is minimal. My indoor gets Natural Choice Kitten and the outdoor gets Max Cat Lite.
post #4 of 25
Less stinky poo would be a food without lots of extras... by products corn soy plus some with too many grains ... how old are you two??
post #5 of 25
I agree...the simpler the food, sometimes, the better. You might try Natural's Balance Venison and Green Pea if you aren't sure whether or not there are food sensitivity issues going on (comes in both dry and canned).

Science Diet never sat well with my guys the one time I tried it (though I have used their prescription diets with blessedly good results).
post #6 of 25
I'm not sure about the by-products to no by-products (other than its healthier for them). But I do know the poo stinks less with raw food.
post #7 of 25
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by sharky
Less stinky poo would be a food without lots of extras... by products corn soy plus some with too many grains ... how old are you two??
Prego came from the Humane Society, so his age is just a guess, but according to what they told me when I got him, he'd be about 5 1/2. Polly is 7 months.

There are a couple reasons I think Prego has a sensitive tummy (although they didn't mention anything when I got him). 1) When I tried to feed him canned food (Science Diet), instant diarrhea. 2) If he gets into people food (by accident, I don't let him have it, he will get instant diarrhea. This result has come from cornbread (made with milk), pop tarts and some turkey jerky. (I swear Prego will eat anything he can get his mouth on.) 3) One time he had a hairball and when he finally coughed it up, he kept vomitting. I had to take him to the vet. They did X-rays and couldn't find any blockages or anything, so they gave him pepsid and Hill's Prescription Diet (the tummy one, I can't remeber which on that is). They said the hairball must have upset his tummy.

The Science Diet lite that he's eating now seems to be fine with him, but after reading this board, I want to switch to by-product free. That's why I was thinking of trying Nutro. I just wondered if I should try to get Prego on canned, or just assume all canned food will give him the runs and give up.
post #8 of 25
Try him on a canned food that has no corn (you may find corn gluten is okay), wheat, soy, no fruits and veggies, something plain and simple..rice at the most or barley. Or...just as additional protein and moisture, use the Wysong's "just meat" canned foods which are not complete but fine for supplementing which ever dry food you settle on.
post #9 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by PurrPaws
Prego came from the Humane Society, so his age is just a guess, but according to what they told me when I got him, he'd be about 5 1/2. Polly is 7 months.

There are a couple reasons I think Prego has a sensitive tummy (although they didn't mention anything when I got him). 1) When I tried to feed him canned food (Science Diet), instant diarrhea. 2) If he gets into people food (by accident, I don't let him have it, he will get instant diarrhea. This result has come from cornbread (made with milk), pop tarts and some turkey jerky. (I swear Prego will eat anything he can get his mouth on.) 3) One time he had a hairball and when he finally coughed it up, he kept vomitting. I had to take him to the vet. They did X-rays and couldn't find any blockages or anything, so they gave him pepsid and Hill's Prescription Diet (the tummy one, I can't remeber which on that is). They said the hairball must have upset his tummy.

The Science Diet lite that he's eating now seems to be fine with him, but after reading this board, I want to switch to by-product free. That's why I was thinking of trying Nutro. I just wondered if I should try to get Prego on canned, or just assume all canned food will give him the runs and give up.

Like Pat said check for those... I have a corn allergie at home that takes corn gluten meal without trouble... watch the grain leval on wet , many of them have way to much ...
post #10 of 25
I know for a fact that the poo will be MUCH LESS STINKY if you use food w/o by-products. I use Eagle Pack Holistic and my cats' poo don't stink (MUCH)) lol

I do not like Science diet and neither do ANY of my cats.

I have used Nutro Max and now switched to Eagle Pack and it's GREAT cat food..I pay about $30 for a large bag, but when you have 11 indoor cats, you HAVE to consider the pros and cons of their food.

Sometimes I don't have money to feed myself..but my cats will eat good!! :-)
post #11 of 25
I use Nutro.
Every time my kitten poops the room is smoke screened. I have to air freshener every time
post #12 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zoggy
I use Nutro.
Every time my kitten poops the room is smoke screened. I have to air freshener every time
Kitty will be stinky for a few weeks How long have u used the nutro??
post #13 of 25
For like 1-2 months.
post #14 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zoggy
For like 1-2 months.
sorry to hyjack...

Are you using natural choice or max ... ?? if nc indoor?? or reg
post #15 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zoggy
I use Nutro.
Every time my kitten poops the room is smoke screened. I have to air freshener every time
Hmm. I use Nutro Natural Choice (wet pouch & dry kitten) and can be in the same room as the litter boxes, no problems with yucky smells. To answer PurrPaws - if you switch to Nutro, hope you have as much success as I have.
post #16 of 25
Mine have less stinky poo. I had them on science diet at first and then switched them to Nutro complete care for kittens and they love it!
post #17 of 25
Thread Starter 
I bought nutro natural choice complete care weight managemment for Prego. It says on the package that it reduces litter box odor, so I thought it was worth a try. I think switching his food will be easy; he'll eat whatever I put into his bowl.

I also bought him a Nutro pouch to try. I figure I'll give just a tablespoon or so to start out with and see how that goes. I bought Polly a kitten pouch to try.
post #18 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by sharky
sorry to hyjack...

Are you using natural choice or max ... ?? if nc indoor?? or reg
Max Kitten; Chicken and Oceanfish.
post #19 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zoggy
Max Kitten; Chicken and Oceanfish.
You may have a kitty sensitive to wheat .. try the nautral choice next bag mix them for about two weeks
post #20 of 25
Usuaslly, it's recommended to switch a cat to new food gradually. Mix the old and new foods together for several days, gradually increasing the proportion of new food while decreasing the old.
post #21 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by sharky
You may have a kitty sensitive to wheat .. try the nautral choice next bag mix them for about two weeks
Wouldn't it be better to keep feeding the kittens the same [healthy] food and let their stomachs adjust to it?
Plus, they don't have Natural Choice for kittens here.
post #22 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zoggy
Wouldn't it be better to keep feeding the kittens the same [healthy] food and let their stomachs adjust to it?
Plus, they don't have Natural Choice for kittens here.
Yes it would as long as wheat is not the reason its sensitive..
post #23 of 25
I've been feeding Blu Nutro for around 3 months and I have to spray air freshener and hold my breath when she poops! It is really, really bad.

I am currently in the process of switching to another brand, and it seems to stink less...
post #24 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by PurrPaws
Polly and Prego both eat Science Diet right now. (Prego eats lite and Polly gets kitten.) After reading a lot of threads on this board, I was thinking I might try switching them to Nutro next time I need to buy them a new bag. Would a by-product-free food (like Nutro or something else) will make a less stinky poo? I know it's never going to smell like roses I want to add canned food too, which leads me to my next question.

Second question....Every time Prego gets canned food it gives him the runs. His tummy is very sensitive. I only tried Science Diet before, but maybe another brand would work better for him? He has chubby tendencies, so I'd like to keep him on a light food. Should I try other brands and see if he still gets the runs or just stick with dry food? Polly has never had canned, but I don't anticipate any problems.

Sorry for the descriptiveness of this post
I read in a cat book once that it's not just the by-products, but anything in the food that can not be digested. Ideally, a cat's waste should just be digested matter that wasn't absorbed by the body (nutrients), which would be very little and not very stinky (of course anything that moves through bowels will be stinky )

Feces with a lot of extra junk in it will sink, and healthy feces will float. Not that I advocate seeing if your cat's poop will float... But, that is what the book said.
post #25 of 25
Felidae has a lot in it, but I've noticed the poo stinks less around here these days. My cats...and this is weird...were both SD addicts who did NOT do well on Nutro and the LB stunk a lot for the one bag of Nutro we all suffered through. Evo was THE WORST and it had no by-products. Man, that stuff could clear an entire apartment.

I like the Felidae, the cats love it too. I've had similar results with Nature's Variety Prairie, although I think they find the Felidae more palatable. I have a sensitive stomach guy who was on and off of Hill's i/d for a while and he has taken to the felidae. As for wet food, try either Wysong's just meat or Evanger's game meats. Their marketed to dogs, but it won't hurt cats. It just doesn't have the necessary supplementation to be appropriate as the only thing in the diet. Leo really likes the 100% rabbit that Evanger's sells.
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