Stinky Cats

by Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) on February 22, 2012 · 42 comments

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Growing up, our family was 100% dog people.  My dad was anti-cats because my grandpa had a cat that would pee everywhere and shred the drapes.  The cat from Hell, seriously.  So that particular cat soured my dad on all cats of all kinds, and we had a myriad of dogs instead. 

After I moved out of my parent’s house I wanted a pet, but my apartment complex didn’t allow dogs.  Not to mention they’re more dependent on us two-leggers for all things, and since I was traveling a lot for my job, a dog was not conducive to my schedule.  So I got a cat instead, since those were allowed (as long as you didn’t let it outside to mess up the greenery).  If I had to travel, leaving tons of food and water and a fresh litter box was all my cat needed, and I had a fun companion.

Fast forward to now, we have both dogs and cats.  On the cat front we have Zelda:

Link (aka Stinky Linky):
and Fuzz-Butt:

I obviously need to take more current pictures, because while Zelda looks exactly the same, Stinky Linky has grown into a big muscle-head, and Fuzz-Butt has grown into a giant fuzzball with the biggest, fluffiest tail of them all (hence the name ‘Fuzz-Butt’). 

They all get along with each other famously, though they do have their moments when insisting on annoying each other.  The one thing I’ve always been proud of is not having my apartment or house smell like I have a menagerie of animals.  I’m very picky about smells, since I’m sensitive to smell – and if I smell something horrendous, it annoys me very much.

When it comes to the cat litter boxes, the hubby has taken them on as his responsibility (isn’t that sweet?) so he’s been buying giant bags of ‘no scoop crystals’ for both cat litter boxes.  We have one litter box in the Summer House for Link and Fuzz-Butt, and one litter box in the main house for the queen herself, Zelda.  You wouldn’t think this beauty would be so stinky when she uses her litter box:

I’m here to tell you that she is.  Very stinky.  I’m not sure if it’s that she doesn’t like the feel of the crystals on her delicate paws, but for some reason when she uses her litter box, she fails to cover up the evidence. 

Since our bedroom is at the end of the upstairs hall where her litter box happens to be, if she does her business in the middle of the night, I’ll wake up from the rancid smell and have to go take care of it immediately.  Not so much fun having sleep interrupted by a stinky cat.

ARM & HAMMER® Ultra Last™ Clumping Cat Litter to the rescue:

Here’s the description:

Long Lasting Odor Elimination and Control

  • Baking Soda coated granules combined with powerful odor destroyers provide long-lasting odor control even when you can’t scoop every day.
  • ARM & HAMMER® Ultra Last™ Clumping Cat Litter creates rock solid clumps, allowing cat owners to easily remove the source of odors.
  • Moisture activated fresh scent helps deodorize each time your cat uses the litter box.
  • Among ARM & HAMMER® cat litter products available, ARM & HAMMER® Ultra Last™ provides the longest lasting odor control that will keep your home Fresh All Day™.


Did it work?  Absolutely.  Not only did it do what it claims it does, but Zelda actually covers her tracks in the litter box now.  So I guess you can say it’s been “Zelda Approved”.  No more midnight scooping of the litter box so I can get rid of the nasty smell that won’t let me sleep.

We also don’t have the moments of the horrid smell wafting down the stairs announcing that Zelda had just used her litter box (which was extra annoying when that took place during dinner time).  That makes me happy.  And the hubby’s happy since I don’t have to nag him to clean out the litter box as often as he had to before.  

If you’re a cat person, what kind of litter do you use and how often do you clean the litter box?


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1 Tracyann0312 February 22, 2012 at 1:15 am

I love the little pussy cat colored white. It is cute, and looks like lonely finding for her mother. Taking care of animals is what I love to do most although I have asthma. Either of my parents hates animals that‘s why I did not have the chance to take good care of any pets at home. You are lucky to have lovely cats with you Stacy!

2 fastest cars February 22, 2012 at 3:47 am

The third one sitting on the keypad of laptop,,,its so cute. Can i have one, please!
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3 Run DMT February 22, 2012 at 7:03 am

Awwww…what beautiful cats! We had two cats, Grace and Scully, but we had to find new homes for them when we moved. Everyone suffers from horrible allergies in this house. Now, we have one dog, Lucy and she’s almost like a cat, minus the litter box. She never barks and she’s a big furball.
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4 Run DMT February 22, 2012 at 7:04 am

BTW…Now I have that Friends’ song stuck in my head. “Smelly cat…Smelly cat…what are they feeding?”
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5 secret mom thoughts February 22, 2012 at 7:31 am

Glad the new litter works. Your cats are adorable.
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6 Jan February 22, 2012 at 8:59 am

NOT a cat person, I’m afraid, since I’m seriously allergic to them. Our poultry farmer has many barn cats, and if they are out and about when we go to pick up our eggs, I’ll stay in the car – if they touch me at all, I’ll spend the next 6 hours unable to breathe through my nose and with my eyes swollen nearly shut.
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7 Semi Domesticated Mama February 22, 2012 at 9:19 am

I have the Smelly Cat song in my head too. Ha! Thanks for hosting.
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8 Buckeroomama February 22, 2012 at 9:43 am

I read your title and the first thing that popped into my mind was the song that Phoebe (from Friends) sang, although that one was called Smelly Cat, I think. :)
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9 Tom/Introducing Mr. Cool February 22, 2012 at 9:58 am

Not really into kitties. I’m strictly a dog man, but they are cute. Have a great day! Hope your little ones are doing fine.
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10 Colleen February 22, 2012 at 10:06 am

We also have something of a menagerie and I am also sensitive to smells. I may have to check this litter out after I do a little research.

We try to find the most environmentally friendly litters we can that aren’t helaciously expensive and that Kingsley, our kitty, is actually willing to use.

11 Spray Paint Queen February 22, 2012 at 10:54 am

Our one cat doesn’t cover up his either or at least most of the time. He’s just not as tidy as our other kitty. I have to go behind him to cover it as well.

12 Renee February 22, 2012 at 10:55 am

I have two cats & I scoop 2-3 times a week and completely change the litter box once a week. I’m not sure if that’s normal. I use the multi-cat liter from Tidy Cats and it works pretty well.
I was never a cat person until I met our cats, now I am a certified cat lady.
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13 Xazmin February 22, 2012 at 11:04 am

I would just say I’m not a pet person. I used to be, but I don’t know – I guess I’ve just turned into a grumpy old adult that doesn’t want to be bothered!

That being said, we do have a dog. And she is a really good dog, and great for our family. Just as long as I don’t have to take care of her! So far – so good!

My dad hated cats and I always liked them to spite him…but I’m not much of a cat person now either.
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14 Harriet February 22, 2012 at 8:18 am

Man…you do have a full house! :)
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15 Kristy February 22, 2012 at 11:47 am

I grew up the same way – with dogs – and now I am a cat lover through and through. I don’t think I will ever own a dog.
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16 Susie's Homemade February 22, 2012 at 1:27 pm

I love seeing people enjoying their pets! I wish we could have animals but I am so allgeric.
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17 Julia February 22, 2012 at 2:59 pm

We are an anti-cat family, despite of the fact that we love cats. I have unfortunatelly a nasty cat allergy, and I hate it! Cool pics!
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18 Michele February 22, 2012 at 3:40 pm

We have a cat but I have no idea what kind of litter he uses. JR is in charge of the litter box. I can say that whatever litter he buys must be good because I can’t smell the it at all.
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19 Tatjana Parkacheva February 22, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Lovely photos of these adorable cats.

Regards and best wishes

20 self sagacity February 22, 2012 at 4:49 pm

I don’t have any pets, but good to know.
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21 Melanie February 22, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Your kitties are adorable.

I, too hate a stinky litter box.
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22 becca February 22, 2012 at 6:59 pm

my cat is such a prissy thing she refuses to use the same litter more then twice before she’ll sti

23 Sarah at SmallWorld February 22, 2012 at 11:05 pm

We used to have a cat that looked just like your Zelda–her name was Pudding. We loved her!

24 kailani February 23, 2012 at 2:09 am

We have two cats – Kaimana & Malia. Not sure what kind of litter we use but Hubby cleans out the box every night.
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25 Teresha February 23, 2012 at 6:05 am

I’m not a cat person, but the pic on Fuzz-Butt is so cute!
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26 Staci February 23, 2012 at 8:08 am

ack! fuzzbutt is SO cute!
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27 jamie February 23, 2012 at 8:16 am

oh my goodness! i need to try this. Pepper (my cat who thinks she’s a dog) will not cover her mess. I now have hope.
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28 Gone Bananas February 23, 2012 at 9:14 am

Aaaaachoooooo! I Love cats and they usually love me, but I’m so allergic! :( So I am a dog owner myself! Fuzz but reminds me of my mums cat Marmalade, not in looks, but in the fact that she has to sit on whatever you are doing in front of you! lol

29 Natalie February 23, 2012 at 9:28 am

Not a cat person myself ;( But I don’t hate them, I hate the smell as you mentioned, and I hate cat litter more, so no cats for us! Though, like you said they are really more easy to have for traveling and less work from myself. Though I still prefer pee and poop to be going down the toilet or out in the yard ;) Thanks for stopping by!
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30 Robin from Israel February 23, 2012 at 11:24 am

What a cutie that Fuzz-Butt is :).
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31 Lauren February 23, 2012 at 11:25 am

Fuzz Butt is adorable!
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32 angie February 23, 2012 at 12:03 pm

I’m all about killing two birds with one stone. :)

It’s rare to go from dog people to cat people, very cool!
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33 Pooba February 23, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Ooooh cats….I used to hate them too but now I have two! And I’ll tell you cleaning the litter box is my least favorite thing to do. Uggg! You are so lucky you don’t have to do it!!
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34 Kendra February 23, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Your cats are so cute but I am just not a cat person. And I think the main reason is the smell. So hooray for finding something to keep the smell gone!
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35 Connie Weiss February 23, 2012 at 2:41 pm

It’s been over 10 years since i’ve had a pet. I really miss having a cat to snuggle up with.
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36 GelliAnn February 23, 2012 at 7:18 pm

Oooh I love cats…Well I have 3 of them and I enjoyed reading this post here…Thanks!
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37 mae February 23, 2012 at 9:52 pm

I’m not that fond of cats but I don’t despise them. It’s just that they have a bigger tendency to be messy than dogs. But I can’t deny it, your cats are so cute that I want to take one as my pet.

38 Rachel February 23, 2012 at 10:44 pm

Add me to the dog lovers pile!
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40 Mark Smith September 4, 2012 at 9:51 pm

Cats are one of the most amazing and intelligent animals. They are cute and cuddly.

41 Soshanna October 10, 2012 at 11:06 pm

I must say your kitties names are adorable – You can NEVER go wrong with Link and Zelda.
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42 jay530ip February 10, 2013 at 5:56 pm

I was never a cat lover until I began volunteering at the SPCA. I ended up adopting my cat Anikan and fell in love. I also love dogs and would love to get one but I’m scared how Anikan will act. He is quite spoiled and territorial.
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