- Nov 14, 2017
People tell me that can food, regardless of the quality, causes more poo odor than kibble. Is this true?
I could not agree more. When I got my cats, all of them were on dry food from the shelter. Not only did they poop a lot, the smell could knock a buzzard out of the sky.Having fed my cats everything from dry to wet to raw, I've found that feces smell the worst on dry food, moderately bad on wet food (less on higher quality, grain-free canned), and have zero smell on raw food. Which makes a lot of sense - the more undigestible filler there is, the more it adds bulk and smell to feces.
Our cats' boxes also barely smell and the volume of solid waste is very low, too. They eat a combination of commercial raw food, homecooked food, and a little canned food. I think the key is to keep carbs low since cats don't process carby foods well. Every cat is different but quality raw food without anything carby should improve things for you.So definitely the feces will smell much less on raw food? Okay. I guess I am going to have to slowly transition. I believe if I change the type of food too fast, they'll get diarrhea?
That's great that they already like the freeze-dried Primal! I'm not sure if you're feeding it dry or with water added right now but it's designed to be rehydrated rather than fed dry unless you're only feeding it as occasional treats. If they don't like it rehydrated from the start, you could start with just a tiny bit of water and then increase.Thanks for all this information! I will solely start feeding my kittens, yes, one is 4 months and the other 5 months, dehydrated "Primal." They just LOVE it!!! I've been mixing the Fromms kibble, which I think is causing the problem with Petcurean can food. This might also be causing the strong smell too. I will test Primal "only" for a few days to see if their stool starts smelling less offensive and poop less. Maybe it's because I usually mix all the food together. Don't know.
It usually only happens when the mother is under extreme stress or something is wrong with the kitten. It's instinctual for them to clean up the nest to prevent attracting predators. But that's not their "ultimate ideal diet"; cannibalism carries risks for all species. The ultimate ideal diet for cats would be whole small rodents and birds. But that's extremely expensive and a bit messy .I read in another thread on this website that there are some cats who eat their kittens. I guess that's the ultimate ideal food for them. Never knew mother cats eat their young. That's horrible!
Yes, freeze-dried foods aren't cheap! Do you have any independent stores in your area that you could check for prices? I get cheaper prices from independent stores than online. Primal is $26.99 where I shop. Not exactly cheap but less than what you're being quoted.Primal is just too expensive. 14 "oz" bag is $30.00!!! and it only last 1 week or so with my 2 kittens. I've check multiple websites for sales or coupons. Nothing!