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My 6 month old kitten has the most awful, foul smelling poop.  He's dewormed and to date with all of his vaccinations.  He's been on the same brand of wet food since he was 8 weeks old and he eats 3-4 times a day and drinks plenty of fresh water.  As far as frequency, size and consistency, his poop is normal, it just smells extremely foul.  The smell actually clears the house out because it's so bad.  Is there anything I could add to or eliminate from his diet that will help control this??


My first suggestion would be to take a fecal sample in to your veterinarian to check for coccidia, giardia and other parasites. If no parasites are present then my suggestion would be to switch your kitty to a grain free, high quality canned food diet. Canned food is less processed than kibble so it's easier to digest and by removing the grains from your cat's diet you may be removing a common source of tummy upset for cats since they are obligate carnivores and they don't need the carbohydrates that grains provide. Hopefully by treating any existing parasites your kitty may have and making changes to his diet you should be able to see the odour of his stool go from unbearably foul to just plain stinky.

Hopefully this information helps. If you have any further questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me again at any time - I'm happy to help in any way that I can.

Kind regards,



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