Why Does My Cat Smell Like Poop?

Why Does My Cat Smell Like Poop?

If you’re anything like me, you want to snuggle and cuddle with your best feline friend. But if Kitty smells like poop, the unpleasant aroma is a real nose-pincher.

In this post, we are going to discuss the reasons that may be causing the smell and what you can do to rectify the situation.

Matted Bum Hair

Long-haired cats such as the Persian can develop mats if their coat goes ungroomed, or if the cat is not able to reach its hindquarters to groom itself properly. This could be due to being overweight or having health issues. When these thick mats develop they can trap the feces in the fur.

To combat this problem be sure to groom your cat from head to toe, paying particular attention to the region around the anus. Keeping this free of mats or even long fur will help prevent any feces from getting caught.


Loose or watery stools can all create a problem when it comes to your cat’s aroma. Like the previous point, diarrhea can get caught in the fur around and down the back of your cat’s hind legs, which will indeed emit a foul smell. If you can bathe your cat, do so to remove the feces. You can also use pet wipes and gently cleanse the area and/or trim the fur.

If your cat has diarrhea for more than 24 hours, be sure to get him checked out by a veterinarian. Long bouts of loose stools can quickly dehydrate your feline, which can lead to other serious health issues and even death.

Cat Litter Frolicking

Cat Litter Frolicking
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Some felines, especially kittens, find a good frolic in the cat litter a pleasurable experience. Of course, if the cat litter contains poop and your cat plays in the litter or rolls about in it, the odor can stick to its coat. If this occurs try to distract your cat when it starts the litter frolic by using a toy. If the frolic has already occurred and your cat smells, use a pet wipe to clean away the offending aroma.

Digestive Issues

If your cat smells like poo and you’ve checked him over for visible feces and can’t find any, he may have a case of gas. Flatulence in felines can be caused by a number of digestive issues such as;

  • Dairy products
  • Food containing high amounts of wheat, corn, soybeans, and other fiber
  • Overeating
  • Food that has spoiled
  • Eating too fast
  • Hairballs
  • Food allergies
  • Poor digestion
  • Intestinal parasites

If you think your cat may be suffering from gas watch his diet carefully and read the labels on the cat food bag for fiber-fillers. Switching to a new brand of cat food with less fiber and more protein may solve the issue, but be sure to do so slowly over a week’s-time by mixing the old and the new food together, gradually increasing the amount of new food with each feeding.

If your cat is a food-gobbler, feed him smaller meals throughout the day to prevent the buildup of gas in the intestinal system.

If you’ve monitored your cat’s diet, dealt with any hairball issues and the gas still persists, check with your veterinarian for a further diagnosis.

Goodbye to That Poopy Smell

Nobody wants a cat that smells like poop. Follow these suggestions to pinpoint the problem and take the appropriate actions to say goodbye to that poopy smell…your cat will be thankful you did, too