Dear Christopher Cat
Lucy, my 1-year-old cat, has had exceptionally stinky bowel movements since she was a kitten. What should I do?
Lucy may have foul-smelling bowel movements for any number of medical reasons.
Parasites can cause stinky stools, so have your veterinarian test her fecal sample. Even if the test fails to identify any intestinal worms or other parasites, your veterinarian may decide to treat her with medications that kill the most common ones.
Overgrowth of the wrong types of bacteria in the intestines also can contribute to malodorous feces. Subdue these odor-producing bacteria with a probiotic that contains “good” bacteria. Popular veterinary probiotics include FortiFlora, Prostora and Proviable.
Lucy’s diet may play a role if the food quality is low, she’s sensitive to one of the ingredients, or the diet is high in carbohydrates, which ferment in the intestines to produce odor and gas. You might try a low-carbohydrate diet such as Natura EVO.
Finally, if Lucy is not fully digesting her food because of a metabolic problem, her stools may smell bad. Have your veterinarian do a thorough physical exam and some blood work to ensure that her digestive organs, including her pancreas, are fully functioning.