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A friend of mine found a kitty abandoned on the side of a busy road and I ended up adopting her. She is AWESOME and I love her and she has a home with me, period. The issue is her poopie is so stinky...im not really keen on a smelly poop box in my house, even though its tucked away in the guest bedroom closet. How do you guys feed your cats, or use litter, to keep the odor down? I clean out poos daily, and change it entirely every three days.
 

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It may be her food. When we first rescued my Jean Claude( who was found by the roadside as well, by the way), I fed him canned food, and his poop was like nothing I've ever smelled! I switched to a natural dry food and things got better. This probably sounds silly, but when I can, I stand by with my scoop and flush the poop down as soon as he goes. There's also a great product called FON (feline odor neutralizer) that most vets sell or you can purchase online that is a fantastic odor killer. You can spray a little over the litter and it will kill the smell. It's a bit pricey, but works on cat box smells and lasts a long time.<br>
NOW- having said that, I will tell you that it may just be that she's one of those cats who has stinky poop! My Rhett has this problem and I've just had to learn to deal with is as best as I'm able. Good luck and congrats on your new kitty!
 

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I clean the box every day and don't use clay cat litter.
 

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Sprinkling baking soda on it helps.
 

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I guess cleaning at every opportunity, and also I find those crystaline litters to be very good. Though i havent had to put a litter tray out in years, my cats use the garden.
 

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We had a similar issue. Suddenly adopting a pregnant cat earlier this year. Because we didn't want her getting pregnant again (apparently they can within days of giving birth) she had to use kitty litter for 6 weeks and now because we have kept a kitten we still have the litter box.<br>
We have found that the ONLY way to keep the smell under control is spending a bit (quite a bit) more on the expensive odour control kitty litter. We empty it 1x per day and never change it all over (coz its clumping, so once you remove the dirty bits its essentially clean) rather we just take the dirty bits out and add more clean stuff if the levels are getting low.<br>
We have found that this way by buying the expensive indoor odour control stuff it still works out cheaper because we don't have to change the whole litter box 1x/week as we previously were doing to attempt to control the odour (with little success). AND best of all, it doesn't smell AT ALL. Works wonders.<br>
The expensive stuff that we buy is crystal litter stuff - its fantastic. The paper stuff we were buying was the smelliest and the clay stuff wasn't great either.
 

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I use both Arm&Hammer and Tidy Cats deodorizers. They can be pretty expensive, but I get them at Target. They're cheaper there than anywhere else.<br><br>
If I run out of those I use regular baking soda which is cheaper. My only complaint about baking soda is that it tends to come out in a lot of little clumps, and I have better things to do than spend my time breaking up baking soda clumps with the litter box scoop. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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My Mandi (RIP) was the worst smelling cat E-V-E-R, but she had inflammatory bowel disease for five years before she died in April. All of the suggestions here are good ones. I just discovered "World's Best Cat Litter" and I find that works best for me. I agree with scooping the litter as soon after the cat goes. That helps a lot. I also use the old match trick...if the odor is lingering for more than a minute or two, I strike a few matches and blow them out...the odor is gone instantly. I like to light candles if I am going to be home for a while, too. I have had great luck with this.
 

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I've started using "Worlds best cat litter" too because my sister gave it to me. I also sprinkle in some deodorizer. And I bought this thing for the bathroom that is supposed to absorb odor/give off a fresh scent. All of those things have been working pretty well so far, but I live in a tiny apartment and it's not quite as odor free as I'd like, even with scooping it out often.<br><br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>NZVeggie</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3003640"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
We had a similar issue. Suddenly adopting a pregnant cat earlier this year. Because we didn't want her getting pregnant again (apparently they can within days of giving birth) she had to use kitty litter for 6 weeks and now because we have kept a kitten we still have the litter box.<br>
We have found that the ONLY way to keep the smell under control is spending a bit (quite a bit) more on the expensive odour control kitty litter. We empty it 1x per day and never change it all over (coz its clumping, so once you remove the dirty bits its essentially clean) rather we just take the dirty bits out and add more clean stuff if the levels are getting low.<br>
We have found that this way by buying the expensive indoor odour control stuff it still works out cheaper because we don't have to change the whole litter box 1x/week as we previously were doing to attempt to control the odour (with little success). AND best of all, it doesn't smell AT ALL. Works wonders.<br>
The expensive stuff that we buy is crystal litter stuff - its fantastic. The paper stuff we were buying was the smelliest and the clay stuff wasn't great either.</div>
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I like this idea a lot. Thanks! Once I go through this clay litter, I'm going to try this.
 

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I like this idea a lot. Thanks! Once I go through this clay litter, I'm going to try this.</div>
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You might consider wheat litter, we never smell anything, it's better for the environment, and it clumps as well as others.<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Clay, chemical and fragrance free. Ordinary clumping litters contain chemical additives and flowery fragrances. They also make clouds of clay dust when poured. Not Multi-Cat Swheat Scoop Litter! Its natural wheat enzymes work around the clock to eliminate odor, no matter how many cats you have. While natural wheat starches form firm, solid clumps as soon as they come in contact with moisture.<br><br>
Safe for the environment. If you’re an eco-conscious shopper, you’ll be glad to know that Multi-Cat Swheat Scoop is 100% biodegradable as well as compostable. You’ll also appreciate the fact that it’s made from a renewable resource – wheat grown right here in the U.S.</div>
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I've started using "Worlds best cat litter" too because my sister gave it to me. I also sprinkle in some deodorizer. And I bought this thing for the bathroom that is supposed to absorb odor/give off a fresh scent. All of those things have been working pretty well so far, but I live in a tiny apartment and it's not quite as odor free as I'd like, even with scooping it out often.<br><br>
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My problem exactly. I have a tiny house, four rooms around a small foyer. I'd love more space for my little family.
 

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I hode by doze. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br><br>
Seriously, I don't think my sense of smell is very acute. I use a pelletted litter made from recycled paper, but I only have one cat now- the most I've ever had at one time was 3, and I think I was using a clay litter formulated for multiple cats then. My sister uses a clumping clay litter, I think- although she has 3 cats, the litterbox doesn't smell bad.
 

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Good food is very important! I tried the cheaper food before and the smell and almost diarreah of the poop was horrible! (yes I did it slowly). They also ate much more.<br>
I get California Natural- definitly no corn, soy or wheat. Brown rice is easily digested with quality grade meat as first ingrediant-no by-products or meal.<br><br>
I hate the scented litters-your cats nose is right there, and much more sensitized to smells than ours.<br><br>
I LOVE Sweat Scoop! Not the multiple cat one-that stinks-the regular formula. It clumps pee, and is easy to shake off. You can put poops down the toilet. They have a card in each bag and when you save 12 you send them in for a free bag.<br><br>
My cats are all rescues and a couple appartently had Giardia-a water bourne parasite. It lives in their intestines and can be dormant for some time without symptoms. Their poop went from normal to smelly and then loose with some blood. A simple stool test is needed. It doesn't respond to wormers.<br>
You do have to get it wormed-worms will cause stinky poop.<br>
Just being new to the home can cause changes too.<br><br>
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My problem exactly. I have a tiny house, four rooms around a small foyer. I'd love more space for my little family.</div>
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Same here. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I use both Arm&Hammer and Tidy Cats deodorizers. They can be pretty expensive, but I get them at Target. They're cheaper there than anywhere else.<br><br>
If I run out of those I use regular baking soda which is cheaper. My only complaint about baking soda is that it tends to come out in a lot of little clumps, and I have better things to do than spend my time breaking up baking soda clumps with the litter box scoop. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"></div>
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i get those also and I was afraid to mention yet LOL.
 

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I decided to try felinepine, the generic Publix version. I got to talking to this lady and her husband at the store and they went on and on about how it was a godsend and there was NO ODOR at all. AND it was relatively inexpensive at 3.89 for 7lbs. So we will see. I'm gradually introducing it to the clay litter and will eventually only use that. Will keep you guys posted! Thanks for all the advice!
 

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Yes please do let us know! Feline Pine is a lot cheaper than SweatScoop from what I've seen, but I was a lil hesitant about how well it works, especially since I get to odor with sweatscoop.
 

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When I had rooomates (we each had a cat or two) we converted a closet into the litter room. That contained most of the smell. Then we burned incense everyday to cover up any nasty odors.<br><br>
When I lived alone I had an automatic litter box that I kept in the bathroom under the sink. I put stuff that smelled good in the bathroom (potpourri and stuff like that). I also left the fan on 24/7 in that room.<br><br>
Now, my husband scoops the boxes (the auto litter box broke after many years) once a day. And I just got a Scentsy wickless candle to make the house smell nice.<br><br>
(We use corn litter because it's the safest for the other family members - dogs - who might come in contact with it.)
 
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