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post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 
I've heard that clumping litter isn't safe to use, and can possibly cause health issues with your cats. I myself have been using it for years, and have never had any problems with it. Have any of you ever had any problems, and what's your opinion regarding it?



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post #2 of 29
Clay ??

natural ??
post #3 of 29
The only things I've heard are in regard to new mommy cats and new baby kittens. At least one book I read mentioned that some cats will choose to deliver in the litter box. If it's clumping litter she may not lick her babies clean. Kittens have a tendency to try to eat everything, including litter. If they get enough of the clumping type it can clump in their stomachs and cause a blockage.

This is all hearsay since I haven't had either a new mom or a kitten that is just learning.

I have switched to the non-clumping type just as a precaution because I have one cat who is going to deliver any day now.
post #4 of 29
Clay clumping kitty litter can be harmful if ingested. Think about it...what happens when they peed in it? If they ate it?

I do not use clay, as it was causing breathing issues for me....as well as for some of my kitties.

I use Swheat Scoop litter.

And GoldyCat is right on the mother/kittens thing. Kittens will try to eat the litter & it's best that it is either non-scoopable clay or a "natural" type litter. I've litter trained kittens on Feline Pine pellets or Yesterday's News pellets.
post #5 of 29
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Originally Posted by sharky View Post
Clay ??

natural ??
I didn't know there was a choice, so I just went to check the bag: it's clay. Is there a difference?

I've been using it all along with the kittens, and haven't had any problems. I didn't know that there could be problems till just recently, when I clicked on a TCS link regarding cats not using the litterbox. I've been trying to find ways of potty training Cassidy (one of the kittens) and that's when I came across the litter issue....
post #6 of 29
How old is she ?? they make a cat attract formula for kittens which I would assume is safe
post #7 of 29
The real dangers - for kitty AND you are explained here, and some alternatives listed.

Methinks "Cat Attract" is actually a brand name - but, think twice if it's silica-based.
post #8 of 29
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Originally Posted by BLAISE View Post
The real dangers - for kitty AND you are explained here, and some alternatives listed.

Methinks "Cat Attract" is actually a brand name - but, think twice if it's silica-based.
yes cat attract is a brand
post #9 of 29
I have been using clay litter and have never had any problems with it.
post #10 of 29
I quit using clumping litter years ago because I was told its not safe. My Cats would eat it and it could clump inside them. These were the clay litters. The corn based clumping litters are ok.
post #11 of 29
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Originally Posted by sharky View Post
How old is she ?? they make a cat attract formula for kittens which I would assume is safe
The kittens are now 4 months old.

I've tried the Cat Attract stuff, and it made no difference.
post #12 of 29
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Originally Posted by mews2much View Post
The corn based clumping litters are ok.

Someone else recommended using the corn-based litter also. Where can you but it? I had my s/o check to see if they sold it at Wal-Mart (he works there), but he said they don't carry it.
post #13 of 29
There are several kinds of non-clay based kitty litters that I can think of.

Yesterday's News
http://www.yesterdaysnews.com/?D=862493&T=4528524

Feline Pine (Pellets or Scoopable)
http://www.naturesearth.com/

World's Best Cat Litter (corn based)
http://www.worldsbestcatlitter.com/

Swheat Scoop (wheat based)
http://swheatscoop.com/

You can use Chicken feed you get from a feed store. Hopefully, all those links provide you with a "Where to Buy" page.
post #14 of 29
I like clumping litter because it picks everything up better, it's a lot easier and quicker
post #15 of 29
How can you tell if a litter is clay-based, other than just looking at it? I don't see any description on the bag.

I tried the corn-based World's Best litter when Shareena was about 3 months old, and she hated it. Of course, I didn't know anything at the time about changing it over gradually. I just cleaned out the litter box and put the new kind in. Then I dumped the kitten in the box hoping she would know what to do with it. Would you believe it? She hopped right back out, turned around, and scraped her paws off on the edge of the litter box.

Five hours later I had a desperate little kitten on my hands. I had to go out to the dumpster and retrieve the old litter. Poor kitty was trying to crawl into the plastic bag before I even got it open.
post #16 of 29
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Originally Posted by GoldyCat View Post
She hopped right back out, turned around, and scraped her paws off on the edge of the litter box.

Five hours later I had a desperate little kitten on my hands. I had to go out to the dumpster and retrieve the old litter. Poor kitty was trying to crawl into the plastic bag before I even got it open.
That's funny!

It reminds me of the time I bought one of those "self-cleaning" litterboxes when I had to have back surgery, and I knew I would be laid up for quite awhile. I figured having one would help me out tremendously: boy, was I wrong! The thing had an electronic "rake" that was supposed to scoop the waste into a tray after the cat was finished using it - but it didn't work that way. The stupid thing would go off before the cat was even finished going - thereby scaring the you-know-what out of them before they were even done! By the time I gave up on the darn thing and replaced it with the old litterbox, my poor furbies all had to go so badly that they all piled in the litterbox at once!


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How can you tell if a litter is clay-based, other than just looking at it? I don't see any description on the bag
I just looked on the bag. There should be a list of ingredients on the bag somewhere..
post #17 of 29
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Originally Posted by white cat lover View Post
There are several kinds of non-clay based kitty litters that I can think of.

Yesterday's News
http://www.yesterdaysnews.com/?D=862493&T=4528524

Feline Pine (Pellets or Scoopable)
http://www.naturesearth.com/

World's Best Cat Litter (corn based)
http://www.worldsbestcatlitter.com/

Swheat Scoop (wheat based)
http://swheatscoop.com/

You can use Chicken feed you get from a feed store. Hopefully, all those links provide you with a "Where to Buy" page.
Thanks for posting all those links! I'm sure they'll help..
post #18 of 29
I use cat attract and kitten attract all of the time. I like how hard it clumps and it is low tracking. I have never had an issue.
post #19 of 29
I have used the ordinary WalMart clumping litter for 10 years and never had a problem with it. Only when somebody has had surgery, of course, then it's shredded newspaper.
post #20 of 29
I used to use Scwheat Scoop and I found it incredibly dusty. It was so dusty my cats kept getting dust faces and I thought they were going some place in the house that had a lot of dust or something (they liked to get up over the kitchen cabinets). It was the litter.

World's best is my favorite but it's also very expensive so I couldn't continue to use it.
post #21 of 29
I have also been using Special Kitty clumping litter for quite a while, and the cats are very happy with it. In fact when we tried to switch to WBCL in both boxes, I almost had a riot on my hands. Only one of them was ok with the litter, the other's patience was wearing thin when we started to transition the upstairs litter box. So it was back to their fave clay clumping litter. What kitty wants, kitty gets.

We had better luck with the cats liking Swheat Scoop multicat. However it lasted the same amount of time as Special Kitty while costing a multiple of it. So we switched back to Special Kitty scoop.
post #22 of 29
We tried Sweat Scoop and Wbcl but my Husband hated both so we went back to Yesterdays News. They would stick to the bottom of the pan. I have used Feline Pine also. Its so hard with Coco because so many litters set her Asthma off. The Feline Pine sets it off also.
post #23 of 29
My cats are allegic to any sort of clay litter....plus, I juts HATE the smell!
post #24 of 29
I use a fine clumping clay litter for Nikita.

She's very picky about litter and will go in my bed or on any plastic left lying around if it's not the litter she likes, and she likes the fine grained clumping clay litter.

It's a fairly expensive brand but very low dust and absorbs odor well as well.

but yeah.. as mentioned before in this thread. What kitty wants, kitty gets. When it comes to litter anyway.
post #25 of 29
I use Nature's Miracle. It has very little dust, negligible, and it clumps well. It's 100% natural (corn based) but does not track little yellow paw prints all over. It's also flushable and it covers odors pretty decently. It also has a nice pine scent.

I used Swheatscoop for a while, and it worked well, but I did not like that the pee would stick to the bottom. It made it *really* hard to scoop out.

With the Nature's Miracle, I gently shake the litterbox from side to side and front to front to loosen the clumps because my cats always pee against the walls of the box and that way the clumps don't break apart.
post #26 of 29
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Originally Posted by KittKatt View Post
Someone else recommended using the corn-based litter also. Where can you but it? I had my s/o check to see if they sold it at Wal-Mart (he works there), but he said they don't carry it.
Wal-mart carries a corn based cat littler called Arm & Hammer Essentials. It works great ... we use it with a bit of Feline Pine ( not the pellets ).

we are doing a full change of the boxes today its day 18 and they are just as freah as day one.
post #27 of 29
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Originally Posted by KittKatt View Post
Someone else recommended using the corn-based litter also. Where can you but it? I had my s/o check to see if they sold it at Wal-Mart (he works there), but he said they don't carry it.
arm and hammer s natural one ( it s name and label changed ) is corn based ...
post #28 of 29
I switched to The Breeze because I was worried about the dust & Artemis's asthma. I love it!

However, as long as you've got adults that don't eat litter and don't have any other problems with the litter, I think that clumping clay litter still works quite well. There are other options, some of them that even work better for certain people and cats in certain situations, but I still think that clumping clay makes sense as the default litter. Given more time and more published peer-reviewed literature on long term health consequences of all kinds of litter (including asthma and clumping clay), that might change, but I don't think of using clumping clay litter as being generally a bad thing for a cat's health. Generally a bad thing for the environment (which I suspect is also true of The Breeze), yes, but the jury appears to still be out on health.
post #29 of 29
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Originally Posted by Enuja View Post
I switched to The Breeze because I was worried about the dust & Artemis's asthma. I love it!

However, as long as you've got adults that don't eat litter and don't have any other problems with the litter, I think that clumping clay litter still works quite well. There are other options, some of them that even work better for certain people and cats in certain situations, but I still think that clumping clay makes sense as the default litter. Given more time and more published peer-reviewed literature on long term health consequences of all kinds of litter (including asthma and clumping clay), that might change, but I don't think of using clumping clay litter as being generally a bad thing for a cat's health. Generally a bad thing for the environment (which I suspect is also true of The Breeze), yes, but the jury appears to still be out on health.
I agree. I tried all of the natural litters on the market because of the environment but none of them held up like Dr Elsy's. With 6 cats I need hard clumping, easy scooping and dust free. When I had only Mary I loved Feline Pine. But as I added to the family it did not hold up smell wise.
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