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I just got two female kittens (sisters) a few days ago. I bought some Tidycat litter, just picked the first stuff I saw. It stinks! I can't stand the perfumey smell, makes me nauseous. The kittens don't seem to mind it though. I saw this stuff at Petco and bought some. <a href="http://www.swheatscoop.com/" target="_blank">http://www.swheatscoop.com/</a><br>
Has anyone used this?<br><br>
My last cat (RIP Jack<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> ) was an outdoor cat, I forgot how much litter boxes stink!<br>
I've been scooping the litter about 3x a day, should I be doing it more?<br>
I've read you should have more than one box for two cats, but I can't bear the thought of having to clean two stinky litter boxes!
 

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First, what are you feeding them?<br><br>
Tidy cat is one of the worst litters I have tried. I also have tried swheatscoop, and was not overly impressed. So, for now I use scent free Ever Clean (it works great, but I would like to find a natural litter that works). I am testing out World's Best Cat Litter on the kittens, which is corn based. If I end up liking it, I'll switch to that.<br><br>
The rule for number of litter boxes is one per cat, plus an extra one if you can manage it. One litter box is just not enough. You should only have to clean them once a day. Cleaning them three or more times a day is a sign that it is getting full too quickly.
 

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I'm feeding them Purina kitten food, which was what they were being fed at the shelter. I just got them two days ago, and they are on the last few days of medication for coccidia, so I didn't want to change their diet just yet. Their stools have firmed up since Saturday, so that's good! Eventually I'll switch them to a better brand of food.<br><br>
I almost picked the World's Best litter, it was right next to the Swheats scoop. Let me know how you like it.<br>
PetCo had some store brand litter that was unscented. You can buy a 30lb plastic bucket for $11.99, and bring it in and refill it when it's empty. I assume it's clay based, it didn't say. That'll be my next choice if the wheat and corn litter doesn't work.<br>
So, 2 litter boxes huh? Ugh. When they get older I'm moving the box to the cellar and installing a cat door so they can get down to it when they want to.
 

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My mom uses Feline Pine for her cat, she likes it. But I've noticed it doesn't absorb much and the pellets are big.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm feeding them Purina kitten food, which was what they were being fed at the shelter. I just got them two days ago, and they are on the last few days of medication for coccidia, so I didn't want to change their diet just yet. Their stools have firmed up since Saturday, so that's good! Eventually I'll switch them to a better brand of food.</div>
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Yep, Purina will do it. When I adopted my darling Fiona Ann (<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> she was my first cat - she is now 5 years old), they had her on that stuff. Oh.My.Goddess, it smelled like a room full of people after they feasted on beans <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> . It was a horrible nasty smell! I would have to hold my breathe when I cleaned her litter box because otherwise I would feel like throwing up <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/grossedout.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="gross"> . So, once you do the switch and they adjust to the new food, you should notice a HUGE improvement. Unfortunately, it will be rough going in the meantime! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hug2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Hug2"><br><br>
I'll be sure to let you know what i think of that World's Best Cat Litter. The kittens have only recently started peeing in it, so only time will tell.<br><br>
In the meantime, get ahold of some regular baking soda and mix it in with the litter. Works like magic! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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So it's the food. That's why I'm scooping so much. Every time one of them poops it stinks up the ENTIRE house. It's so gross, I have to scoop it right away. Sunday my dh was outside raking leaves (the bathroom window was open) and he could smell it from outside!! And once I've got it scooped, and all the litter swept up off the floor around the box, the other kitten jumps in and poops. Can't win. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Any recommendations for what food to switch to?
 

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I feed my cats raw, and their poop have very little smell. I also use the World's Best Cat Litter and love it. It's also flushable, which is very convenient since I'm toilet training my cats and they are at the stage where there's a bowl with a big tube opening in the middle with litter around it and the one cat tries to cover his business by scooping litter into the middle into the toilet.
 

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Well, the ultimate best thing you can feed them is raw if you can handle it. The next best thing to raw is Innova Evo, which I feed my cats (negatives - hard to find in stores in my area, and really pricy because I have to ship it to my house. However, worth it if you can find it in your area.). Another brand I have tried and loved is Blue Buffalo's Spa Select cat food. Here is more information on the ingrediants:<br><a href="http://www.bluebuff.com/products/basenutrition.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.bluebuff.com/products/basenutrition.shtml</a><br>
It is more readily available in pet stores, and has no animal by-products. The downside is if you feed wet cat food (as with a lot of brands right now). Blue Buffalo pulled all canned food due to product tampering by the company they hired to manufacture the canned food. They are now searching for a new company to work with to maintain their standards. However, the dry foods are fine to feed.<br><br>
The pet foods you definately want to say no to are the brands you can find in regular grocery stores (Purina, IAMs, 9 Lives, etc.). They usually contain more ingrediants that are harder/impossible to digest, which results in frequent and stinky litter box trips. It may cost you a little more to go to a higher quality food, but it will save you money both at the litter box and at the vets (cats fed healthier foods = less vet trips).
 

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I really like Feline Pine. It lasts way longer than clay litters do, even the perfumy ones. However, it does have a tendency to not work well on poop until after it's been peed in - the powder that the pellets break down into works way better on poop smell than the pellets themselves.<br><br>
It ends up costing less than cheaper litters because you use less and it lasts longer.
 

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I <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/heartbeat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="heartbeat"> SwheatScoop!
 

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Where do you all get this FelinePine & Swheat Scoop? Never heard of it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I agree with everyone else, it's not the litter...it is what your feeding them. I used to feed IAMS (still better poop than purina) but then switched to EVO after meeting the ladies on this list. I can say now there is NO detectable odor. The cats seem to be doing GREAT on it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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First of all--it's the food that is making them stink. The few times my cat had "kitty junk food" they stank to high heaven. *BUT* the WORST smell ever was from one of the most expensive dry foods on the market--the Natural Instinct Raw kibble.<br><br>
My theory is that dry food in general makes for stinky poop. The closer a food is to raw, the less stink. So, a high quality meat canned food is *closer* to actual meat than a dehydrated kibble version. I wonder if it's the water content that helps their digestive system break down the food better? Real meat canned foods or homemade meat food never stink here.<br><br>
My kitties love Natural Life canned food. So does my wallet. We buy it at Wal Mart. It's 70c a can and my two adult cats share one can a day (they get some kibble for a snack). Growing kittens might need more, I'm not sure.<br><br>
Natural Life is real meat with no preservatives or bad stuff. I am very happy with it--happier than I was with Natures Variety canned which is supposedly better. That costs twice as much and I just don't see a real difference.<br><br>
For litter--between my bunnies and my cats we have TRIED IT ALL.<br><br>
My favorite for cats is Litter Crystals. The nice thing about crystals is that they are silica based, not clay based. So, you fill the box, and the pee is absorbed rather than clumping. The poops dehydrate quickly, so all you have to do is scoop out the poops once a day and you are done. No messy clumps. About every two weeks you dump ALL the litter, rinse the box, and start fresh. You will see the litter turn yellow as it reaches it's "maximum soaking point". Oh, and you should give it a stir once a day to re-distribute the soaked crystals among the dry.<br><br>
No odor at all with that stuff! It's not cheap BUT one bag really does last as long as they say.
 

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P.S. congrats on your two babies! I always recommend adopting kittens in pairs. The sweetest, friendliest, easiest cats I've met are usually those raised all their lives with a kitty friend. Plus, they are just so much fun to watch. The games my two play are very entertaining, even as adults. They wage "fierce battles" of hunting and stalking and surprise attacks on each other, that really look terrifying, but if you watch they pause almost in mid air to grab each other by the face and do some furious licking and quick grooming as if to say "Oh, hold on dear, I was about to put you in a half nelson, but I see I mussed your fur, let me fix that first". It's a riot (and always ends with a thorough grooming of each other as if to confirm "This was just for EXERCISE of course, just to show how clever and strong we are--nothing personal of course, and as cats we must ALWAYS look our best, so let's remember to tidy up when we are done. If you look good, we both look good!".
 

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Personally, I like Fancy Feast. Not the nasty Pate looking stuff, but the kind that looks like tuna for people. It's the "flaked" kind.<br><br>
If you notice it was one of the only brands that was NOT recalled. IMO that counts for a lot.<br><br>
I buy organic cat food(dry) that is made locally here, it is high in fat and protein, my kitty ha a shiny coat, and good teeth, which I attribute to dry food.<br><br>
My 2 kitties share 1-2 cans daily and have kibble at their discretion...no they aren't overweight either.<br><br>
Oh for the OP, feline pine also comes in a scoopable version sold at my local target, wal-mart, and petsmart.<br><br>
Good luck with your kitties!
 

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I found the swheat scoop stinky. I would come in the house and it would smell like a pub! ammonia and wheat make a very yeasty smell and I really didn't like it. But that is just my opinion on it. I really wanted to like it too!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Where do you all get this FelinePine & Swheat Scoop? Never heard of it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"></div>
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I get Feline Pine at local grocery stores. Walmart used to carry it, but now has Feline Fresh (same stuff, slightly lower price).
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I found the swheat scoop stinky. I would come in the house and it would smell like a pub! ammonia and wheat make a very yeasty smell and I really didn't like it. But that is just my opinion on it. I really wanted to like it too!</div>
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That's exactly the problem we had with it! I loved how it scooped and LOVED that I could put cooking spray in the litter boxes to prevent pees from sticking to the sides, but I hated how it made my house stink up. I was so bummed out when I had to stop using it because I am all for products that are good for the environment. However, with six litter boxes in my house, it is crucial that the litter I use works.
 
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