If your cat’s poop smells bad, then you have reasons to be worried about! The repugnant smell must be practically ruining your comfy home life. Before taking her to a veterinarian, bath your cat. That probably will give instant relief.
Diet as a Cause of Smelly Poop!
If your cat does not show any sign of weight loss or diarrhea, your vet may prescribe a change in her diet. Why? The reason is, the meat protein that your cat intakes, contains a great number of amino acids that contain sulfur, ammonia, nitrogen and other smelly gases.
When ingested, the protein is broken into the bloodstream of her stomach and small intestine and may result in stinky poop. When your cat defecates, these gases are released into the air, making a bad smell.
So, what’s the safer alternative?
Give her a more digestible diet having milk proteins or more absorbable carbohydrates. But be choosy in having the source of milk protein because your cat may have trouble in digesting milk sugar (lactose) that is found in regular milk.
So, while changing your cat’s food, check the label for ingredients.
Sometimes, your cat may eat bugs, small reptiles or rodents that may also cause extremely putrid and strong smell. In yet another case, because of their chemical contents, some vitamin supplements may be the reason for the foul smell.
So, always consult your vet before adding any food supplement to your cat’s regular diet
Parasites and Smelly Poop
As the parasitic worms cause smelling feces, de-worm your cat at regular intervals, as prescribed by your vet. It is a common feature with cats that once they have worms, they may make a comeback.
To maintain the consistency of de-worming, Jane A. Kelley, a cat expert, suggests that the parasites include protozoa such as toxoplasma, giardia, coccidian, and cryptosporidium of which coccidian parasites thrive on the intestinal tracts of young animals.
As these parasites are too obstinate to be removed, you must make use of de-wormers prescribed by your vet.
Bacteria like E.coli and Salmonella may cause inflammation which may lead to diarrhea and gas. This may also be one of the reasons to make very foul smelling poop.
Bacteria produce gases as a part of their digestion. So, more the time that elapses after defecation, more gases are produced by the bacteria.
If your cat has overeaten or eaten something in digestive or delayed-digestive, she may be subjected to conditions like mal-absorption or mal-digestion which in turn may lead to rancid smelling stools.
The unabsorbed starches and fats associated with the undigested food are the contributing factors for such smell.
Anal Sac Infection
Although common in older cats, sac infection may be found in young cats too that may lead to stringent poop smell. Take your cat to your vet who will draw out the infected element from the anal sacs and prescribe appropriate anti-biotic.
Diagnosis of Cause of Smelly Stools
Start with blood and fecal tests to check for the parasite. More tests may be required, depending on the age of your cat and the duration of her smelly poop.
Other likely complications are retrovirus infections like FIV, FeLV and hormonal abnormalities such as the excess production of thyroid.
Foul smelling stools or diarrhea may persist for a temporary period of timely diagnosis, and proper medication could remedy it. In certain cases, diarrhea may be the cause of a deeply rooted and chronic, life-threatening condition.
Therefore, don’t take the foul smell just as an unpleasant situation for you, rather a health-threatening condition for your cat.
How to Deal with bad odor?
You may dislike the bad smell of your cats. But cats drool you if you help her get rid of the bad smell that may be the consequence of an inflammatory disease, an infection or even cancer and her gastrointestinal tract is most vulnerable to these issues.
- Proper Maintenance of Diet: Look into the specific diet changes and feeding routines after consultation with your vet. You can give some digestive supplements that can minimize the bacteria inside her body. Choose the right brand of food with limited ingredients. You may refer to good journals, articles or literature on the ‘best cat food for smelly poop.’
- Litter Box: Scoop the litter box daily and sprinkle some baking soda on the floor of the litter box. Also, change the litter daily, few times in a month and scrub it from top to bottom manually. The plastic litter box can catch the bacteria and emit a foul
- Vacuuming: Vacuum the rugs, draperies, carpets chairs and couches regularly, to capture the dander and hair of your furry friend to make it free from feline features of foul smell.
- Grooming: This will remove foul cat’s smell.
Other devices you can adopt are air purifiers, furnace filters, cats’ beds and blankets. These will free your furry friend from the usual feline feature of foul smell.