My Cat’s Poop Smells Awful! (Send Help.)

If you’re saying, “My cat’s poop smells AWFUL,” then you’ll want to read this right now. Here are 3 possible culprits for ridiculously smelly litter boxes.

My cat's poop smells awful
Boy, I mean it… my cat’s poop smells REALLY bad.

A family adopts a cute, fluffy kitty and brings him into their home with a satisfied feeling that this is the right pet for them.

All is well, except for one upsetting fact — for some reason, the newest member of the family is practically ruining their comfy home life with the repugnant smell of her poop!

Realizing that normal feces should not have such a strong odor, this family wonders what this kitty’s problem could be.


“My Cat’s Poop Smells Awful!”

The first step in resolving this matter should be a visit to a veterinarian.

If there are no signs of weight loss or diarrhea, the veterinarian may suggest a change in the cat’s diet. Meat protein contains a large amount of amino acids containing sulfur. Once the meat protein in a food is ingested, it is broken down and absorbed into the bloodstream of the stomach and small intestines. The end product of this bacterial breakdown may result in stinky poop.

A more digestible diet consisting of milk proteins or absorbable carbohydrates usually produces less smelly bowel movements. But be cautious in choosing a source of milk protein, as many cats have trouble digesting lactose (milk sugar), which is found in regular milk.

When you’re changing foods, be sure to check the label for ingredients. The meat product should always be listed first.

Parasites & Cat Poop

Parasitic worms are another common cause of terrible smelling feces. Deworming at regular intervals, as determined by your veterinarian, is a must since these tiny parasites can lie dormant for long periods of time.

Chances are if kitty has worms once, they can make a comeback, so consistency in treatment is very important.

According to Jane A. Kelley, cat expert and animal communicator, many parasites can cause intestinal worries. Among these single-celled “stinkers” are the protozoa (including giardia, toxoplasma, cryptosporidium and coccidia). Coccidian parasites are the most common uninvited guests of animals’ intestinal tracts and often occur in young animals.


Protozoa, though sometimes hard to detect when testing for intestinal parasites, cannot be killed with standard dewormers. However, your veterinarian can prescribe special medications to treat infestations.

Anal Sac Infection in Cats

One last area to check when you think your cat’s poop smells awful is a possible anal sac infection. Although it’s more common in older cats, this problem is sometimes seen in kittens as well.

It can be easily treated via a trip to the veterinarian’s office. There the vet can draw out the infection from the anal sacs and prescribe the necessary antibiotics.

With a little loving care, diet upgrade and advice from your veterinarian, your little stinker can be the purr-fect addition to your home.

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