Originally Posted by NinaBaby
I thought I would just start a new thread with this. To those that use or have used chicken feed as cat litter I have a couple of questions:
1. What type/kind of chicken feed is best to use (specific brands/companies etc..)
2. I read somewhere that it will form weevils if not stored properly, so how do you store it?
3. Does it have clumping properties? And can you flush it?
4. How does it compare to WBCL
5. Is it dusty? And tracks?
Today, I bought a small bag of both chick starter (much finer texture and less crumbly), as well as Chicken Crumble from a local feed store. I decided to try this after finding out that my cats 'love' the Arm and Hammer Essentials, which is a similar concept. However, in reading reviews of that product, I came across the chicken feed option.
So far, I have noticed that the cats (I have two) both used the chick starter right away. I added a bit of baking soda to it to assure they did not want to eat it and to help control odour. (Not sure though if they would have eaten it anyway)
I tried 'trial piles' on plates by simply pouring water on both samples first, and found that the finer textured chick starter seemed to bond together much better probably due to its finer texture. I am not yet 100 percent sure how it will hold up when scooped though, as even the finer textured chick starter seems a little less 'tight' than the Arm and Hammer variety; maybe I just did not wait long enough. My cat peed and pooped in the larger container right away (I am only sampling the finer textured baby chick starter in the litter box after the experience I had with the plates), and I could not help but immediately attempt to remove it (well maybe it was about 5 minutes after). It was a clump, but a softer clump, if you know what I mean. I do think I should have more in the litter box, as there is only about 1.5 inches when dumping the sample in, and that might help too.
I was assured it was not medicated, and the price will be, for a 25 km bag, about 13.00 at a local Purina farm supply store here in Ontario, Canada.
I noticed that this blog topic was a little dated, so if anyone has previously read this blog and has more experience than myself using chick starter as litter, please do let me know.
By the way, on another topic, I was also tired of having my dog's ears treated very often for infection, and came across the Blue Power Ear Treatment online, used my poor dog as a Guinnea Pig, but I must say, it is AMAZING, and so cost effective. It is good for both regular maintenance, but when I was bad and neglected more routine cleaning and an infection developed, it cleared it RIGHT UP. You can google the term. I did use Witch Hazel instead of Isopryl Alcohol though, as I thought it might be nicer for the ear.