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post #31 of 58
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Originally Posted by Mom2SalemIsis View Post
I use tidy cats also but i am not able to use the tidy lock kind because merlin refuses to use the LB if the litter has a sand consistency to it i love the fact that it covers the oders so well but wish i could scoop it(clumps). we scoop everyday because we have a small apartment and 2 covered litteboxes with 3 kittys. so far no one has said anything about smelling the LB's and in fact most of them say they wouldnt know i had cats except the fact that i talk about them as much as i do my kids lol. i wish they could make the regular multi-cat litter that clumped without making it sandy.
Hi Mom2SalemIsis. Oh boy, I know exactly what you're talking about. What's funny is I just noticed I have an empty container of Tidy Cats Small Spaces With Tidy Lock. (Just went over to look!) If you ask me why the empty container is sitting around, oh goodness I can't answer but obviously I must have tried it out awhile back. I can't remember anything good or bad about it. It was just kind of blah. I'm the type that if it impressed me I'd certainly remember. I think I will just have to experiment. But yeah, I sure do LUV the odor controlling power of Tidy Cats original formula but in terms of removing poop and pee Tidy Cats original formula gets a big fat zero (especially removing pee)

Oh, WBCL = Worlds Best Cat Litter ("best" at clumping maybe hee-hee)
post #32 of 58
I've found that the "tidy lock" version of tidy cats has a totally different texture, much less sandy than the original tidy cats. I had started out using this kind, then I got a great deal on some large buckets. Come to find out they were so cheap because they were the old sandy type tidy cats. Long story short, I've been mixing the two and the kits don't seem to mind.

The newer tidy cats is much better at controlling the liquids and it does do a great job on the smell. Unfortunately it doesn't seem to be any better in the dust department.

Since I have a cat that always has sneezing attacks in the box, I've switched one of three boxes to WBCL corn based litter. I find that this stuff is great on liquids (and it doesn't glue itself to the bottom of the box), but not so great at the solids or controlling the poop smells. Of course, he's decided this is his poop box
post #33 of 58
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I just got a 50 pound bag of the Tidy Lock on sale and I'll give a report soon. That's a cute picture of Bella the Mousey Slayer
post #34 of 58
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Originally Posted by lakeriedog View Post
I like the Nature's Miracle clumping litter, it clumps well and controls odor.
it's good to know someone likes it. i bought it for my kitten, but i'm trying to wean her off the clay stuff she's used to right now.
post #35 of 58
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Okay so here's what I think so far about Tidy "Lock"

Tidy Lock my foot - It seems the same

I do luv its power in odor control

That's the only good thing I can say about it

My opinion only

Would like to hear feedback from you all

Thanks
post #36 of 58
I don't know. I haven't found that one particularly controls odors better than the others, but then I only have odor problems for about 10 minutes right after someone :cough: leaves a huge stinker in the litter box. Honestly, I don't even know where they get those stinkers at!!!! And I didn't think it could get any worse until I let them eat wet cat food. That's the way to go about it.. if you ever need to knock someone out, just time it to bring them to my house while Bagheera's using the litter box.
post #37 of 58
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Yeah I don't know why Penny's poop is practically odorless but Daisy's WHOOOO, that's a whole 'nother story. But with Tidy Cats litter the stench is reduced by oh I'd say 80% or more thank Heaven

I'll choose better odor control over better handling (clumping) any day

But still, I find it interesting how 1 cat can stink and another won't. And they eat the same food...............
post #38 of 58
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Originally Posted by trixie23 View Post
Im gonna get crap for this but I like Fresh Step! I know odorless and even clump free is recommended (because of the clay... avoiding an ingestion issue) but this is what I use at the time! Im open for suggestions! I use scented because Tiger drops some serious and deadly waste!
I use the same thing and PHX loves this! I don't really get a strong odor when I use this brand.. unless its recent!! I think that the smell all depends on how often the owners take care of the box And PHX says "MEEEEEEOWWW" (that means- "good stuff!")
post #39 of 58
I used to use Tidy Cat, but they changed their formula and it smelled like urine before it ever touched the litter box. Bleh!! I switched to Fresh Step and love it! The kitty odor is completely gone and I don't gag when I clean the box anymore. I haven't noticed a lot of dust and the cats are bothered by the fragrance...I won't be going back to TC anytime soon!
post #40 of 58
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Originally Posted by mybabyphx View Post
I use the same thing and PHX loves this! I don't really get a strong odor when I use this brand.. unless its recent!! I think that the smell all depends on how often the owners take care of the box And PHX says "MEEEEEEOWWW" (that means- "good stuff!")
I think this is generally true, but in the case of Baggie's poop... no, it's just the stinkiest thing when it comes out, but about 10 minutes later, the smell has ... disappeared. I mean, I clean out their boxes about every two days, scooping.. and when I'm sitting right there, in front of the box, with my face less than two feet away, even the poopies don't stink..it's just that first 10 minutes.. PHEW!!!!!

Now, I put all the scoops in an old litter container that had originally contained fresh litter.. I line it with a plastic bag for easy removal, and then remove it every time it's full (and double line it) and *then* I get the stinky urine smell, but not so much the poop smell. It'll smell in there, probably because it sits longer, but as far as keeping the initial smell down, it works well since it's closed up until I empty the clumps into it.

But I don't particularly notice a difference between the litters.. I think it has to do, maybe with the litter box clumps being covered completely, and the disposal box not being covered at all inside.. (it does have a lid so the disposal box itself is covered, but no extra litter).

When I was lazier about the box.. I started having issues with Kahn pottying outside the box.. so I've been pretty current with it since then..the boxes were stinky then, but since it's being done regularly, no issues other than Baggie's initial poops. People need a gas mask!

note: I realize you probably weren't specifically talking to me, it was just a good post to quote..
post #41 of 58
hmm. i have no idea if that is even in my country?

I use arm and hammer super scoop..non scented. I have auto boxes so that keeps the smell down anyways, but the litter itself doesn't make me or the cats sneeze which is my major concern some litters i have tried have caused a sneeze frenzy among pets and humans here

we did try a wheat litter once but nobody seemed too impressed.
post #42 of 58
we recently tried "feline pine scoop". the guys are not impressed. it only got used after i mixed some regular scooping litter in there. and i don't think it's very easy to scoop the clumps out.

we'll be sticking with scooping clay litter, but i think i'll be grabbing arm & hammer unscented or fresh step cedar next time. last time i accidentally grabbed fresh step regular scoop--that was a mistake!
post #43 of 58
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I'm not a fan of Feline Pine. i was like what is this?! this is litter?!?
post #44 of 58
Instead of using clump litter you could go with cat box liners. It's much easier to use because when the litter box is all full, you just have to tie the bag and throw it in the trash. If the smell of the urine bothers you, you can get a cover for the litter box and also you can mix a little bit of baking soda in with the litter.
post #45 of 58
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oh goodness my money tree's all withered
post #46 of 58
if you fill the pan deeply and scoop daily, WBCL multicat is amazing. I have one cat and three pans (one on each floor) scoop daily and i throw the stuff away and sterilize the litter pans every 12 weeks. sometimes longer.

Three girlfriends have been sworn to be honest about whether my house smells and they never detect cat.
post #47 of 58
We use Fresh Step scoopable clumping litter. I'm satisfied and as long as it's maintained daily it works really well.
post #48 of 58
Arm & Hammer Super Scoop was my favorite, and is a good one- until I got the Scoop Free Auto box, and it uses crystals, and I like those a lot better than I thought I would. Marishka took to them easily, and practically no tracking with them (for me at least).
post #49 of 58
We're happy with the clumping-ness of Scoop Away, but I like the arm & Hammer stuff, too. I'm not real picky though - I have no sense of smell, so I go more for what clumps the best.

I have wanted to try some of the "alternative" litters - Feline Pine or Yesterdays News - but I'm afraid my cats wouldn't recognize them as litter.
post #50 of 58
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Originally Posted by Abigail View Post
if you fill the pan deeply and scoop daily, WBCL multicat is amazing. I have one cat and three pans (one on each floor) scoop daily and i throw the stuff away and sterilize the litter pans every 12 weeks. sometimes longer.

Three girlfriends have been sworn to be honest about whether my house smells and they never detect cat.
Good suggestion. Unfortunately for me, Daisy doesn't really cover her poop all that well. So far the Tidy Cats litter is doing a superb job re: odor so I'm just gonna stick with it. I'd like to "havidol" as my friend says but sometimes I gotta learn the art of compromise. Tidy Cats for this house
post #51 of 58
Has anyone used the crystal litter? I found it really controls odor, but am worried about it harming my cat. She started having loose stools a few weeks after we switched. It could be co-incidence, but that's the only thing in her littlle kitty world that changed...

Thanks for your input!
post #52 of 58
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Originally Posted by imogen View Post
Has anyone used the crystal litter? I found it really controls odor, but am worried about it harming my cat. She started having loose stools a few weeks after we switched. It could be co-incidence, but that's the only thing in her littlle kitty world that changed...

Thanks for your input!
I would think that if she had ingested it, it would be more likely to cause consitpation. I have never had a problem with the crystals, but I use them to mix with regular clumping.
post #53 of 58
I like Arm & Hammer clumping litter the best, for Multiple cats. The problem with that is there is a good bit of dust from the baking soda. Worlds Best was also good except it didn't control oder at all! :/

imogen - I started using Crystals in our kitten litter box lately, and I love it. It controls odors wonderfully and is so easy to maintain/scoop. We are sort of experimenting with it right now, and seeing how long it lasts, since it is pricey we want to find out if it is worth the price.

So far, though, it is!

I can't imagine why it would affect your baby's bowels, though. Maybe she got into some table scraps she shouldn't have?
post #54 of 58
I am now using Swheat Scoop mixed with Arm & Hammer. It controls odors great for me, but I only have one cat to worry about.

Oh and I hate Feline Pine because it doesn't clump. The smell was always nice though, but a real pain to clean in my opinion.
post #55 of 58
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Originally Posted by trixie23 View Post
Im gonna get crap for this but I like Fresh Step! I know odorless and even clump free is recommended (because of the clay... avoiding an ingestion issue) but this is what I use at the time! Im open for suggestions! I use scented because Tiger drops some serious and deadly waste!
I use Fresh Step clumping litter and don't really care if I catch crap for it! As you said, it controls odor extremely well and my cats like it. If I try to get another brand, they rebel. Especially Peaches. She'll start pooping in the bathtub until I change it back to Fresh Step. I've never found another litter that controls odor nearly as well. Haven't had any luck with Tidy Cats (worse smell at my house), ARm and Hammer or Swheat scoop. But I think it could be different for a cats body chemistry. Why not? It is for humans with perfume and even some of the foods we eat (especially garlic and onions).
post #56 of 58
I was surprised to find an inexpensive clumping brand called "Exquisi Cat" works VERY well. I get the fresh scent. It is a more course litter and, I think, is the Petsmart brand. It is less than Fresh Step or Arm and Hammer and works better for my cats.

Having a cattery, I have tried almost everything. This is still my favorite. Now, if they would just make those automatic litter boxes with a battery, I would be VERY happy.
post #57 of 58
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Originally Posted by TwoFlower View Post

I can't imagine why it would affect your baby's bowels, though. Maybe she got into some table scraps she shouldn't have?
Me either! But, it does seem to be a problem. She was better, but now that she's better I tried the crystals again (they do REALLY control odor) she's having trouble again. I guess it's back to the clumping. Here, the only choice is a brand called Pipi Bent (how funny is that!).

Thanks!
Kate
post #58 of 58
I use Tidy Cat - Multi-cat scoopable with "immediate odor control" it is the _best_! One of my boys could go and do his thing in the box and you would never know it.

Downside - the litterbox doesn't stink so we sometimes wait a tad bit too long to scoop.
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