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Isn't strong fragrance bad for cats???

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I bought Arm & Hummer High performance litter the other day. (http://www.armhammerpets.com/performance.aspxand ) And I almost threw up by the strong scent of this product.
They must have used strong fragrance or something!! It makes me sick to smell this and I would imagine the same for cat.

Back when I was in search of cat litter, I bought cheap store brand clay and ended up causing allergic reaction on my husband. (he is allergic to fragrance.)
I settled with WBCL and love it. Do most scented cat litter smell that strong??? Because of my hubby 's allergy, I have been avoiding anything scented.

I read in some web site saying covered litter box and cat litter with fragrance is for the convenience of humans and does not do any good to cats.
I totally agree. I don't really like using pit toilet in primitive camp ground. It smells bad and that's what covered littler box really is….

I am tossing this cat litter.

-Kazy
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I can not use any scented litters they make me sick. They make Coco sick too.
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Perfume is not only bad for your cat, it is bad for anything that has lungs. I guess for anything without lungs too.

http://www.ourlittleplace.com/perfume.html

I am ok with Natural fragrances made from 100% essential oils. The fragrance industry is killing us, and the populace is being brainwashed.
Your lucky your husband is allergic. It is actually forcing you to stay fragrance free.
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I dont use Arm and Hammer any more because one the smell before the litter box was used was horrible and two after it was used was even worse...Whatever fragrance is used in there does not do well with cat pee...Pretty snarky considering its a cat litter...I switched to scoop away because the smell isnt over powering (doesnt carry thru the rest of the house) and it controls the odor just in the cat room which is all I really needed. I also make sure when I do a full emptying and filling of the litterboxes I do it outside so all the powdery stuff from filling them isnt inside the house its outside and then Im just carrying litter boxes not dust bombs!
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Originally Posted by 3CatsN1Dog View Post
.I switched to scoop away because the smell isnt over powering
I have to disagree about scoop away. I used some around 5 or 6 years ago (never make that mistake again!) and items that were in the room with the litter box absorbed the smell. I was unpacking some things not to long again and could still smell that scoop away perfume on them.
I couldn't stand the smell of it on Sho's fur or on me.

Tidy cat is better, but still stinky.

gailuvscats - I agree with you about the brainwashing part. We're bombarded with all sort of advertising that things should smell like this or that. I hate things like fabreeze - it burns and leave my skin red if I come in contact with something it's been sprayed on. How safe is that?
I'm hypersensitive to scents and DH has asthma, even if we didn't have these problems I wouldn't want to have a bunch of irritating chemicals on something my cats are exposed to several times a day.
post #6 of 9
Fragrances can help with the smell. Cats have a pretty sensitive nose. If if bothers, or smells strong, to you. Imagine what a cat smells. Even moderate smelling ones may be a bit overwhelming for some cats.
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Originally Posted by chris10 View Post
Fragrances can help with the smell.
I prefer adding some baking soda to litter boxes. No scent and people have been doing it for many years. It's non toxic, too. Baking soda is used in some medications to act as a barrier and to help cut down stomach acid strength for other medications to work (or least keep them together till they can get to the intestines).
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Originally Posted by gailuvscats View Post
Perfume is not only bad for your cat, it is bad for anything that has lungs. I guess for anything without lungs too.

http://www.ourlittleplace.com/perfume.html

I am ok with Natural fragrances made from 100% essential oils. The fragrance industry is killing us, and the populace is being brainwashed.
Your lucky your husband is allergic. It is actually forcing you to stay fragrance free.
Thanks for the link. I was just thinking about this when I was putting perfume on this morning. I always do my best not to breathe any in but I told myself this morning that I'd had enough of it. Now I just need to find an alternative.
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Originally Posted by tamgirl99 View Post
I always do my best not to breathe any in but I told myself this morning that I'd had enough of it. Now I just need to find an alternative.
If you must use it, put a little on your clothes before you put them on in the morning.
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