Quality cat food can help reduce cat box smells.

As mentioned, what your cats eat can affect the smell they leave in the litter box.
If you are holding your nose when your cat takes a dump, reconsider what you are offering as food. A store brand pet food may be cheaper, but that may have something to do with the amount of smell coming from the litter box. Switching to a better quality dry food can help to keep the stinkage down and keep your eyes from watering when you cat uses the box. You may need to test different foods before you find the right one for your cat, so don’t be discouraged if it takes some time to find one that the cat likes and doesn’t reek on the other side.
Kitty litter was designed to take the smell out of cat poop, so it's no surprise that…
I have noticed a sickly sweet smell coming out of the litter box today. I have 3 cats, one of which is overweight, but otherwise all are healthy and eat well. I'm just wondering if this is something I should be concerned about and what my next step would be? Thank you for your time.


Dear Mandy,

A new or strange odor from the litter box is worth investigating. Sweet-smelling urine could be a sign of feline diabetes or a number of other cat health problems.

I would recommend taking all 3 of your kitties, perhaps starting with the overweight cat, to the veterinarian for a urinalysis. While it has been generally thought that overweight cats are at the highest risk for feline diabetes, this is not always the case, so all of your cats should have a urinalysis to check glucose levels and to check for any signs of infection.

Best wishes,
Dr. Neely
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