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So, I've inherited a cat. A friend had to move, and her new place doesn't allow pets. I've been considering getting a pet of some kind, so it worked out well. He's a good cat. Friendly, non-needy, etc.

The one downside: he takes really stinky poops. I mean, REALLY stinky. Even though he does it inside his litterbox, which is clean and full of fresh litter, and way in the corner. His poops make the entire apartment stink like no one's business.

Okay, yeah, I know: it's shit. Shit stinks. But, while I've never owned a cat before, I've had cats over for periods of stays while friends are on vacations, sometimes for extended periods of time (including this very one a while back), and I never remember the shit stinking quite this badly, where the whole place was effected.

So, should I be concerned? Is there something wrong with this cat? Or does he just have particularly stinky poos? Or, is it just simply that shit stinks?

And yes. I know. I haven't posted in over a year, and my first post back is about cat poop.

Date: 2008-12-01 07:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] geobabe1.livejournal.com
If it's not runny or anything, it may just be a smelly cat. A covered litterbox can help to contain the stink, though you might find you need to scoop it more often if the cat is really fastidious. You might also try changing his food, though sometimes that can create more problems than it solves.

Date: 2008-12-01 07:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anamorphic.livejournal.com
Thanks! It actually IS a covered litterbox. I can only imagine what the stench would be like if it weren't. And the poops are pretty solid. I'll talk to his previous owner about the food -- I know she said he should only be eating the stuff she gave me, and it's apparently pretty high-quality stuff that he's been eating for a while. But I will check with her. Thanks for the advice!

Date: 2008-12-01 07:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] geobabe1.livejournal.com
Food can make a big difference--we used to board Scooter at a kennel and just let them feed him whatever they had on hand, and his stench was always horrifying for a couple days after getting him back.

Date: 2008-12-01 07:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sarahpolk.livejournal.com
The first thing I'd do is take him to the vet to make sure he's in good health. I'd mention that problem to the vet... it may just be the cat's diet, or there may be something going on digestively that the vet can do something about.

Otherwise, my suggestion is to teach the cat how to use the toilet. And use a toilet deodorizer like 1000 Flushes.

Date: 2008-12-01 07:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anamorphic.livejournal.com
Thanks for the advice! I'm pretty sure the previous owner had just taken him to the vet before she turned him over to me. I'll double-check with her.

Date: 2008-12-01 07:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] juniper200.livejournal.com
Some cats are just naturally horrifying. I recommend mixing in lots of baking soda with the litter, switching to the covered litterbox Geo suggests, and feeding the cat some plain yogurt, which may tame some of the stink-cultures in his gut. At the very least, he'll have had a yogurt treat -- my cat loves the stuff.

Date: 2008-12-01 07:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anamorphic.livejournal.com
I will try the baking soda in the litter idea, and giving him yogurt -- I'd not heard of those. Hopefully I don't screw them up and feed him baking soda and put yogurt in the litterbox. That would probably not be good.

Like I mentioned in response to Geo, it already IS a covered litterbox, so that's already done.

Thanks for the advice!

Date: 2008-12-01 09:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mercuryglare.livejournal.com
make sure kitty's had his poop tested. my friend had the same thing happen to her & it turns out the cat had a case of giardia.

other than that, cat food DOES make a difference - not cheap vs. expensive either. I feed my cat nature's recipe & every cat rescuer I have spoken to touts its ability to reign in the stink. I am sure there are other brands that have the right combo of fiber to high quality ingredients.

and sometimes stress causes more stinky poops & it will eventually get better.

good luck!

Date: 2008-12-01 11:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anamorphic.livejournal.com
Will do. I spoke to his former owner since writing this entry -- she had taken him to a vet pretty recently, but hadn't specifically had his poop tested. I will try to do so when I can.

It could very well be stress. He was definitely most stressed when he first came here a few weeks back, although he's definitely settling in and seems very comfortable here now, so maybe it'll get better soon.

Thanks for the advice!

Date: 2008-12-02 01:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sarahpolk.livejournal.com
"Sometimes stress causes more stinky poops"

This quote is the win.

Date: 2008-12-01 10:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] srb.livejournal.com
Cat litters can make a difference too - the silica ones (the white crystals) absorb urine quickly and dehydrate poop which makes it stink a lot less. If you're going to switch litters you should add the new kind slowly over the course of a few weeks so the cat can get used to it over time.

Date: 2008-12-01 11:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anamorphic.livejournal.com
I don't think the litter is at fault. Really, the stench is only bad right when he does it and lingers for a little while afterwards. After that, it smells perfectly fine even right next to the box, which makes me think the litter is actually doing a pretty good job.

Thanks for the advice, though!

Date: 2008-12-01 10:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rasa.livejournal.com
Look for cat foods that are low in magnesium too, that can help.

Date: 2008-12-01 11:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anamorphic.livejournal.com
Aw, but he LOVES his magnesium!

Kidding. Low in magnesium, got it. Will look for it. Thanks for the advice!

Date: 2008-12-02 01:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jamespolk.livejournal.com
Since you're responding enthusiastically to all advice, here's mine:

Stop feeding the cat. Eventually the smelly poop problem will go away.


But more seriously I would check with the previous owner to see if it has always been so awful. Ours generally isn't but every once in a while I wonder what crawled up her butt and died.

Date: 2008-12-02 02:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sarahpolk.livejournal.com
Ack! But you will have a smelly cat problem for a while!

I may try the Nature's Recipe cat food. Our cat can get really stinky sometimes.

Date: 2008-12-02 03:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anamorphic.livejournal.com
Yup, I did ask her. She says he has always had somewhat stinky poo. Of course, she failed to mention this in the sales pitch when she asked me if I wanted to adopt him.

Oh well... it's a good thing I like him. And her. I'll check with a vet, but if need be, I'll put up with the stinky poo.

Date: 2008-12-02 02:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tiny-nomad.livejournal.com
I don't have any advice that hasn't already been said, but I wanted to say "Hello!" and share my cat icon in sympathy. Neko and Monkey say hello as well.

Date: 2008-12-02 03:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anamorphic.livejournal.com
Hi! Aw, cute cat icon! I'm sure Mogwai would say 'hi' back. Actually, no, he'd probably turn disdainfully away, but he's a cat. I'm sure he doesn't mean it!
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