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KuJu Ku

Bobtails Rule!
 
 
Purred: Thu Feb 3, '11 7:26am PST 
Ive been reminded what crappy cat food can bring to the ahhhh litter box myself, mom feeds a few outside cats friskies and supermarket cat food and I like to taste it sometimes just those few licks and bits of the garbage food make me stink to high heaven. Peeee UUUUU..

Sisfur and I are strickly grain free kitties.
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Gracie

I'm the baby,- gotta love me!
 
 
Purred: Thu Feb 3, '11 10:28am PST 
I hate to say it, but for some cats "grain free" makes poopies worse. Mom found that I'm a little less smelly now that I'm on a good low grain (basically, it has some rice) dry food then I was on a wholly "grain free" diet. We mostly eat wet, so the grain in the food gives me much needed fiber (some cats don't do mushy and offensively smelly poos while on an all wet diet, but I do red face).

You could just have two smelly boys, they might have the same stinkiness gene (are they from the same litter?).

I'm also thinking that if they have too much of one good bacteria in their intestines, that might signal that their intestines have to overwork to digest the food, which also contributes to the stinky end result.
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Gracie

I'm the baby,- gotta love me!
 
 
Purred: Thu Feb 3, '11 10:28am PST 
Ugh, catster fleas. Anyway, so not to waste the extra post, I will mention that we have found Weruva to cause us to be less smelly than before (we've tried Merrick, Avoderm, Tiki, etc.) so nowadays that's mostly what we eat, with a couple of Nature's Variety and Tiki cans tossed in there for variety's sake.

Wellness wet OTOH used to give us stinky poopies, especially the fishy flavors we loved oh so much, and then at some point we stopped eating it voluntarily (it coincided with the company being sold to a bigger company shortly before, so mom has always suspected the food underwent some manufacturing change).

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Penn & Teller

Masters of The- Multiverse
 
 
Purred: Thu Feb 3, '11 4:36pm PST 
Even the vet suggested adding some fiber or grains to the diet and that the protein rich Evo was too much. She basically said what PP said. I found that odd coming from a feline specialist but she did call grain-free a "bandwagon"
Tell you one thing though, my cats is gawjus... Just bootiful. Stinky as all get out but stunning.

Just sayin.
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kaya skye

not fighting my- demons-we joined- forces
 
 
Purred: Thu Feb 3, '11 5:07pm PST 
personally think it depends on the cat...mine did fine on pretty much anything I fed them, but TOTW is really high in protein and their poop is much less smellyway to go...however, their urine is SMELLIERcry and the cats seem thirstier...we have a drinking fountain, and they use it, and have plans to add another upstairs instead of just the gravity fountain because they drink more from the fountain...but the added thirst and stronger smelling pee does make me wonderthinking

No actual UTIs, no stones, no bloody pee...but i wonder and fret just a bit, all the same. shrug

(ps: my cats emit clouds of ammonia gas that astound the masses and require HAZMAT measures when scooping...but i must say their beauty delights the eyes and soothes the soul...hailkittykittykittyhail all hail the little stinkers...laugh out loud )
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Penn & Teller

Masters of The- Multiverse
 
 
Purred: Thu Feb 3, '11 5:23pm PST 
@Hunter you know what? I called it to the vets attention that Teller had a pimple like abcess on his anus and she couldn't see it so she thought I referring to normal cat anatomy I was like no lady I'm down at that cats butt cleaning it every day like a momma cat I know it's anatomy please stimulate and check again and then she saw it. She claimed it was from having so much diarrhea but I'm starting to lean toward an anal sac infection because hs anus is always stinking. Like I'm always wiping it clean of smudges and a vile non fecal but other kind of cheesy death like smell typical of anal sacs.
Sorry about the graphix.
There's no parasite in his system, there's an infection somewhere I know it. Wanna know the weird part? Miss Edith who sleeps indoors refuses to use the kittens' litterbox. She will use the one upstairs. Should they invade her litterbox she whines to go outside. She rules. She doesn't even use my yard (teehee)
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Penn & Teller

Masters of The- Multiverse
 
 
Purred: Tue Feb 15, '11 5:59am PST 
Sorry to necro post but I've figured out what's wrong for all of you fellow stinkers. My boys do not tolerate commercial cat food at all. They are being switched to raw food entirely which I tried as an experiment. Their stool became formed and odorless. When I tried giving Greenies as a treat it sent my super sensitive cat immediately back into diarrhea mode.
So if you are having so much trouble, switch the kitty to raw food for a few days to see if that works. It did for mine.
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Hunter- *Dreamboat- #82*

Master of- Disaster!
 
 
Purred: Tue Feb 15, '11 6:25am PST 
I tried raw with Hunter. I bought Stella and Chewy's pre-made. It was a no go. So I gave it to my Yorkie. She loved it, however gave her really really bad diarrhea and she was so bloated.

I've always wanted to try Raw with Hunter. I don't think I could do whole prey. I'd freak out. But I heard nothing but good things with Raw. If Hunter would try it, I'd be all for it. He is such a picky lil squirt when it comes to food consistencies.

I'm so glad you found out what your boys need! way to go So much better than the smell huh? Surprised you didn't go out and buy a gas mask! laugh out loud

Keep it up! Raw is so much better for them. dancingcheerhappy danceapplause
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Belle - Rest In- Peace

Chasing mice in- heaven
 
 
Purred: Tue Feb 15, '11 6:37am PST 
I have had Audrey at home for just over a month. (Still no digital photo yet though). For the first few weeks, I had Audrey on Before Grain dry (she really does prefer dry) supplemented with some Wellness Healthy Indulgence wet pouches and sometimes Fancy Feast Appetizers (which are actually decent snacks). She had very stinky and soft stool. Finally, she ended up getting explosive and messy diarrhea after several weeks. Like someone else mentioned, I put her on a food with some grains in it and her poop/litter box habits quickly improved. Before Grain is theoretically good, but it was just too rich for her. I have not settled on a specific food for her (I will probably do a rotation), but I will avoid Before Grain, which does really disappoint me. It had seemed like the perfect food (healthy, tasty, good price). As someone said, it is all about the individual cat.
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Penn & Teller

Masters of The- Multiverse
 
 
Purred: Tue Feb 15, '11 11:06am PST 
@Hunter when I tried the commercial raw food it had the same stinky effect. They are still putting stuff in the commercial food. I think the only one you are safe with is Hare-Today. I am now using Whole Foods and getting them to beat up chickens and stuff for me haha. Hunter will suprise you with his ability as a kitten to tear into some bones.
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