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YUCK!!!! Stinky Kitty Poo!!!! Do We Switch Food Or Kitty Litter?? Please help!

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
Ok, this is gross, but I need your input. My 16 week old kitten has never has poo that smells like this and we haven't changed his food. The only change that we have made is his litter. We changed from newspaper strips to Swheat Scoop. We were told by a friend that her litter box never smells and she uses newspaper strips, so we tried it. We loved it!!!! No tracking, no smell and was sooooooooo easy to clean. However, Solomon hated it and started peeing and pooing in the bathroom sink and tub. So back to litter and he immediately stopped using the sink and tub....just the litterbox. I had read and heard such great things about the wheat litter, but quite honestly, we hate it! It doesn't cover the poo smell and it doesn't clump the pee. The one good thing about it is that you can flush it....very easy to clean up that way. I am at a loss....do we switch his food to see if the smell is his food or do we try a different litter?

Thanks!
Tammy
post #2 of 18
I'll move this to health and nutrition for you
post #3 of 18
What's the poop look like? Normal brown "tootsie rolls" or is it soft, loose, light colored?
post #4 of 18
Thread Starter 
Normal color but some of it is soft....not sure why.

Tammy
post #5 of 18
I use Swheat Scoop with my 11-month old kitten (along with Nutro food) and quite honestly, never smell a thing from the litter box. My apartment is fairly small as well and even if we're right beside the litter, you can never smell it. Now I did smell some when I used a lesser quality food so I'd say the food is probably what is causing it.
post #6 of 18
I'd say it's probably the food, assuming that you've had the stool checked for parasites, which could also cause smelly excretions.
I personally was rather disappointed with the SweatScoop. I bought two bags, thinking it was much better for the environment than betonite litter, and better for the cat. Well, he didn't like it, and it was so dusty that it made him sneeze, which got me wondering if it wasn't even worse for his lungs, because I know of bakers' developing lung problems from breathing in flour. I didn't find the odor control that great, either.
What are you feeding your kitten? Has he been completely wormed?
post #7 of 18
Thread Starter 
He is currently on Purina One Kitten Food, but we have read that Nutro Max is great for less smell. So, we have talked about trying that, but didn't want to make matters worse by switching his food. Yes, he has been dewormed....by the breeder and also had a worm check by our vet and dewormed again....even though he tested negative. Our vet wanted to be on the safe side.

Tammy
post #8 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by LUVRAGDOLLS
He is currently on Purina One Kitten Food, but we have read that Nutro Max is great for less smell. So, we have talked about trying that, but didn't want to make matters worse by switching his food. Yes, he has been dewormed....by the breeder and also had a worm check by our vet and dewormed again....even though he tested negative. Our vet wanted to be on the safe side.

Tammy
Max will help with smell but Natural choice IMHO works better
post #9 of 18
Thread Starter 
Where do I find Natural Choice? Do you know what company makes it?

Tammy
post #10 of 18
Nutro makes both Max and Natural choice ... I prefer the natural choice for longer haired kids... It does a good job with hair balls as well as potty order...

I have used both on different cats ... Zoey can poop with me there and I dont have to leave... she is on natural choice ...
post #11 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by LUVRAGDOLLS
Where do I find Natural Choice? Do you know what company makes it?

Tammy
Petco or Petsmart. Anything you get at Walmart is going to be poor quality food. The better quality food will help with smell. I have a cat that is allergic to cat litter. (I use feline pine.) Everytime I change her box I put the Arm & Hammer baking soda for litterboxes in the bottom of the box. It is a little over $2 a box at Walmart and it really helps. -kd
post #12 of 18
Given the young age of the kitten, and the fact that at least some of the poop is soft, I would suspect a parasite may be the cause. If a standard clay litter isn't controlling the smell of thew poop then something sounds wrong and he may have coccidia or giardia. Note that a neg fecal test isn't always conclusive. Normal poop is tootsie roll shaped, not overly soft, and the smell should be controlled by regular litter. If you switched back to normal litter and the smell is controlled then great. Otherwise consider a parasite.
post #13 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thanks Stephen~

Hearing the word, Giardia, scares me!! I had a good friend that died from that bacteria...the doctors didn't treat him correctly.

When Solomon was using regular litter his poo didn't smell....I guess we will try that litter again.

Thanks again!
Tammy
post #14 of 18
Whens the last time you had the stool checked? You can just drop a stool sample off at the vets just ot be on the safe side. A strong odor can be from either food or parasite.

I didn't like swheat scoop. I really like World's Best Cat Litter but its pretty expensive, I find its worth the cost though.

A good quality food like whats been mentioned is a good idea but switch slowly.
post #15 of 18
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by SolarityBengals
Whens the last time you had the stool checked? You can just drop a stool sample off at the vets just ot be on the safe side. A strong odor can be from either food or parasite.

I didn't like swheat scoop. I really like World's Best Cat Litter but its pretty expensive, I find its worth the cost though.

A good quality food like whats been mentioned is a good idea but switch slowly.

He had a stool check February 22nd. Can I find World's Best Cat Litter at Petsmart or at other pet stores?

By the way, Solomon's stool was not that stinky today and it was "tootsie roll" shape.....only stinky when I cleaned it out, otherwise, didn't notice it like we had the past two days.

Thank you!
Tammy
post #16 of 18
Worlds Best is at both petco and petsmart
post #17 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by LUVRAGDOLLS
He had a stool check February 22nd. Can I find World's Best Cat Litter at Petsmart or at other pet stores?

By the way, Solomon's stool was not that stinky today and it was "tootsie roll" shape.....only stinky when I cleaned it out, otherwise, didn't notice it like we had the past two days.

Thank you!
Tammy
sounds like he's improving. when i first got Java, she had been a stray for who knows how long. she had runny stools & gas, & went thru 2 rounds of antibiotics to cure her bacterial overgrowth [that's what the vet called it]. her stools were still kind of soft, so i gave her some bene-bac - one round did the trick [just for future infomation!].
post #18 of 18
Hi there! I am very sorry to hear about the stinky situation you are having. I can tell you from my own experience with my first kitten who came from a shelter that you might want to switch food. I got her when she was 12 wks. old and I instantly started her on Science Diet, I went with that because I work as a veterinary technician and was able to get it at work. After 1 week of having her home, in my bedroom I would come home and could not even breathe because the litterbox smelled soo bad. I talked with one of my vets and then switched her to Iams. I can honestly say that we no longer have any problems and I have also added 4 more kitties to my home and have not had a problem. If you do switch foods remember to switch slowly over the course of 2-3 weeks, so to make sure that you do not give your kitty diarrhea ( another stinky problem) Good luck and let me know if there is anything else I can do to help.
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