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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
Still on the search for the best cat litter.. but I've realized although WBCL is the really good I really can't afford it. I haven't tried feline pine because of the tracking and dust issues I have heard associated with it, along w/ the foreign concept of it breaking down into dust seems really strange.

I am looking for a litter that I can flush down the toilet, is clumping (scoopable), and isn't dusty or tracks everwhere and is good at reducing odors. It doesn't have to be something normally marketed as litter, but something REALLY cheap, since I seem to go through it a lot.

I am going shopping later today since I am almost out of what i use now, so any replies are REALLY REALLY appreciated!!
post #2 of 17
I've been interested in this too as it would make my litter locker last longer. Actually the woman next door to me used Fresh Step and would flush the solids down and bag up the wet. I couldn't believe it until she went away and I took care of her cat - it really wasn't a lot of litter that flushed. She did it for about 3 years - but we are on city sewer......
post #3 of 17
Hmm.. You can use chicken feed (layer granules/crumbles) about the same as WBCL (doesn't clump as well). I used it, it worked, but I never tried to flush it. I'd assume that it would flush ok (just the solids and pee clumps). I bought about 40lbs for $10 which is a LOT of chicken feed...not like 40lbs of clay (larger than the 35lb bag of WBCL for size reference).

Art
post #4 of 17
Even if a litter says it is flushable, I'm not a fan of flushing. I actually almost blocked our toilet once trying to flush and I was only flushing the clumps. Plumbers are very expensive to I bag and tie and toss.
post #5 of 17
Thread Starter 
Where can i buy chicken feed?? Is it sold at normal grocery stores or places like Wal-mart, Target etc..?? I want to try this out for myself next.

Also, yesterday I randomly decided, what the heck, and bought Feline Pine. It's relatively cheap, and so far since it's still in big pellets, it hasn't been so dusty or tracked throughout the house. My apartment does smell like the woods.. luckily i don't mind that too much. I have a couple questions though:

1. Can you flush Feline Pine Scoopable??
>>I didn't get the scoopable kind b/c the directions did say anything about u being able to flush it, although it also didn't say anything against it.

2. My kitties have slight diaherra, and also one of them doesn't cover their poop.. how am I supposed to scoop the poop to flush it in the toilet because I get it wet poop all cover the scooper... yuck.

3. Do you need a special scooper?? Because my scooper catches all the large pieces of the pellets. I didn't realize they would be so big.

4. WHich one is better: Feline Pine or Feline Pine Scoopable??
post #6 of 17
FP scoopable will make your pretty white kitty orange, trust me.

FP the regular stuff makes scoops. Check out their website you'll see them there. They also have special sifting litterboxes.

Chicken feed you can find at feed stores.
post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by Yosemite View Post
Even if a litter says it is flushable, I'm not a fan of flushing. I actually almost blocked our toilet once trying to flush and I was only flushing the clumps. Plumbers are very expensive to I bag and tie and toss.
YES... NOTE most with flushable directions say wait 20 minutes to flush...
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Originally Posted by NinaBaby View Post
Where can i buy chicken feed?? Is it sold at normal grocery stores or places like Wal-mart, Target etc..?? I want to try this out for myself next.

Also, yesterday I randomly decided, what the heck, and bought Feline Pine. It's relatively cheap, and so far since it's still in big pellets, it hasn't been so dusty or tracked throughout the house. My apartment does smell like the woods.. luckily i don't mind that too much. I have a couple questions though:
Feed stores ie one with horse food... walmart s some have one
1. Can you flush Feline Pine Scoopable??
>>I didn't get the scoopable kind b/c the directions did say anything about u being able to flush it, although it also didn't say anything against it.
NOT flushable
2. My kitties have slight diaherra, and also one of them doesn't cover their poop.. how am I supposed to scoop the poop to flush it in the toilet because I get it wet poop all cover the scooper... yuck.
Use a bag over your hand

3. Do you need a special scooper?? Because my scooper catches all the large pieces of the pellets. I didn't realize they would be so big.
Go to their website ....
4. WHich one is better: Feline Pine or Feline Pine Scoopable??
I prefer the scoop
post #8 of 17
I just started using Swheat Scoop this week.

Dont know why I waited so long, my literbox is in the same room I sleep in and therefore I hate when I find a piece of litter in her water or stuck to the bottom of my foot when i get out of the shower.
Somehow the fact this is made from plants and not clay puts me at much ease.

Now I am in the same boat in that this stuff is EXPENSIVE, about 3X the price of regular scoop clay.

My question is does chicken feed have clumping characteristics?

If it does sounds like it would be a great idea to mix it with Swheat or WBCL.
Even mixing chicken feed with clumpable clay is better than just clay.

I also love that I will be able to compost it. Always felt guilty putting a 15lb paper bag of litter in my trash can.
post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by Yosemite View Post
Even if a litter says it is flushable, I'm not a fan of flushing. I actually almost blocked our toilet once trying to flush and I was only flushing the clumps. Plumbers are very expensive to I bag and tie and toss.
I found breaking apart the clumps prior to flushing solves the clogging. And if it does clog, you just have to wait a bit for the litter to break down. I can't see having any sewer problems with WB as it turns very soft in water, maybe even dissolves. And WB really isn't that expensive if you factor in how long it lasts.

I just switched from WB to Precious Cat(clay) as one of my cats wouldn't use the litter box. At first I hated the idea of having a unflushable litter but after a week I really didn't mind. Now I just flush the solids and place the pee clumps in a biohazard trash can, which never seems to smell, even after a week.
post #10 of 17
If you live near an HEB grocery store or a Walmart, look for Fresh Results cat litter. It's made from corn cobs and is scoopable, lightweight, flushable, and is not dusty. It comes in a purple bag with a white cat on it. A 10 pound bag is $5 - $6 here, and will fill an ordinary-sized litterbox. A jumbo litterbox takes 2 bags. As long as your cats aren't allergic to corn, it's the best natural litter I've found so far. It does track, but using a litter mat by the box will help with that. Don't use Astroturf mats or mats with hard ridges or bumps, as they hurt cats' feet - this type of mat catches litter without bothering paws: http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...amily&keepsr=1

Others here have posted that it's pretty much the same product as the Nature's Miracle cat litter that can be found it pet supply stores.

Feline pine regular is good and has become my main litter since one of my cats has developed an allergy to corn. My only complaint with it is that the cats tend not to cover their poop thoroughly with it, so it sits there and stinks until it's scooped out & flushed.

I've never tried Feline Pine Scoopable, as I can see from the texture that it would track like crazy. WBCL is prohibitively expensive for a 4-cat household, so I've never tried it (and don't plan to, now that we have the corn allergy issue). Swheat scoop was OK, but since my cats pee on the sides & in the corners of the box, I had a lot of trouble with it sticking to the sides, even with non-stick spray. Plus, it's rather expensive too. Chicken crumble didn't work for us because one of my cats liked to eat it.
post #11 of 17
I've used the "fresh results" litter, but found the faux pine scent overwhelming...extremely strongly scented.. That said, it clumped about as well as FP scoop.

Chicken feed does clump, just not quite as well as WBCL. The clumps need to sit and "dry out" for a while to be very stable and you can, if not careful, break them apart easily. BUT it does clump... Better than papurrr IMO.

Not sure on whether or not it flushes, but if it's like WBCL, should flush ok. When I flushed WBCL clumps...Let them sit in the toilet for litter over 2-3 minutes and they had already broken down before I flushed. I have not tried flushing FP scoop as of yet.

FP scoop DOES track badly and at times, my kitties will walk around with an FP dust "mask" so it's easy to tell that they've been to the box recently. I would love to use a mix of WBCL and chicken feed, but one of my cats *might* have a corn allergy, so no corn for me right now

Art
post #12 of 17
You can buy the crumbles at a FEED store.
post #13 of 17
I prefer the scoopable stuff. I tried the flushable stuff and it clogged up my grandmother's toilet. Maybe it's because her house is older or something, but that soured me on the flushable stuff.

I go through the self-checkout at walmart so that I can bag my own stuff. I leave there with plenty of plastic bags. Scoop, bag, toss.
post #14 of 17
Thread Starter 
Is the Fresh Results litter pelleted like feline pine or little granules like WBCL?

And I'm a little confused.. it's made from corn but smells like pine?? interesting!

oh.. and since I have no idea what chicken feed looks like.. is it granular too.. or pellets??

and thank you guys for answering all these litter questions!!
post #15 of 17
If I remember correctly, Frest Results is just like Nature's Miracle which is pelleted like large grains of sand. I found it tracks more then the usually litter and had a strong smell which bothered me. Have you tried Swheat Scoop? It doesn't clump as well as WB and is a bit sticky but isn't too bad overall.
post #16 of 17
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Originally Posted by NinaBaby View Post
Is the Fresh Results litter pelleted like feline pine or little granules like WBCL?

And I'm a little confused.. it's made from corn but smells like pine?? interesting!

oh.. and since I have no idea what chicken feed looks like.. is it granular too.. or pellets??

and thank you guys for answering all these litter questions!!
Fresh Results is little granules that are about the same size as the granules in most clay clumping/scoopable litters. It's made from corn cobs, and is scented with pine, sort of like the scent of a pine candle. The pine scent is somewhat strong upon first opening the bag & pouring it in the box, but it faded quickly (to me, anyway) and didn't bother any of my cats. I always leave a box with the usual litter in it when trying a new litter, and all the cats readily used the Fresh Results even with other litter available.

The chicken feed I tried was granular, but larger granules than the average clay scoopable litter. The cats tore into the sample bag I purchased & ate it, so I never tried it in the box, though some here have used it without any trouble or kitty nibbles.
post #17 of 17
chicken feed is almost identical to WBCL.
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