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Risks of using chicken feed litter?

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I've read all this wonderful information about using chicken feed (crumbles) as an alternative to World's Best Cat Litter and have been so tempted to try it. However, I've been putting it off, because I remembered reading something a long time ago about the possible risk of mold.

Today, I was able to find the site that I read the info on:


And I also came across another site that gives a bit more information - the discussion starts in about the third post, with some useful information all the way down to the last post of the thread:


The same person who posted that warning also posted a similar response to another thread....with some follow up information about WBCL's response to questioning about aflatoxins. Basically, they say they screen all their corn for aflatoxin, use air tight packaging, and that it should be stored in a dry place.

You'll notice that the information in the second link is also quoted in the first link. This is about all the information I could find on the topic. Given such limited information, I am by no means trying to alarm anyone or discourage the use of chicken crumbles as cat litter. I know many people have been doing this for a long time without any problems.

I am moreso curious if there is anyone here who is able to provide more information about aflatoxin, chicken food, and cat litter. It doesn't seem to me that WBCL is really "treated" with anything to reduce the risks of aflatoxin, and they don't mention anything about it being "super heated" as was claimed in the "warnings". Basically, they said they screen for alflatoxin, which the chicken feed company said they did as well. So, basically, the only difference, other than price, of course, is the packaging. I suppose maybe the plastic packaging of WBCL might be a little more airtight than I've seen of chicken feed (paper), but that's just until it is opened anyway.

Any scientists, farmers, etc. out there who know about the risk (or non-risk) of aflatoxin in chicken feed, and how it might relate when it is used as a cat litter?
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I can only say that I personally am more comfortable using WBCL than chicken feed. Some feeds have additives that I don't want in my litter. I can't prove it or anything, but I also worry that the feed may have other "critters" in it.
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having used it on and off for a number of yrs now I am not afraid of chicken feed for litter... I will note I will only use two brands that are well known and LIST everything in it ( both are natural)... the main ingredients are corn and wheat ( obviously those with serious allergies to either should not use it ), the vitamins and minerals are likely the same premixes as cat food

Think about this ; Most cats eat chicken , most chickens eat feed of some sort

Aflotoxins are found in all grains and potato and some other things I cant think of off hand.MOST pet foods now test for them by letting bags sit for i believe 60 days then testing a sample.. YES I learned NOT to store chicken feed or any natural litter in the garage or you will get "friends"
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