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post #1 of 27
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I read a reply on here that said some people use chicken feed as an alternative to WBCL. Well, since I'm always trying out new stuff, I went to the local feed store and got a little 5lb bag. It was only $2.99! I took it home for my parent's to try with her cats since I just changed the litter at my place. Well a day and a half later, I can honestly say it works just as good as WBCL. It clumps well, and the odor control is slightly better. Plus, the 50 lbs bag is only $12.99. The savings come out to about $50.00.

I'm also going to try the Fresh Step Crystals. Lately Miko has been having a little bit of the WBCL stuck to his butt when he's done with his business. Argh, I wish it wasn't so hard finding the perfect litter.
post #2 of 27
Being just a city gal, wouldn't unprocessed corn feed, or the "raw stuff" attract bugs and vermin.Again I'm just a city gal who when she was younger...many, many years ago, went to a petting zoo thing on Coney Island and tried to bottle feed some milk to a turkey from a baby bottle of milk..the turkey bit into the nipple and milk went everywhere...LOL!
post #3 of 27
Thread Starter 
Hmm, we've never had problems with vermin or bugs (*knock on wood*) but that is a good point. The texture and smell of the chicken feed (which is just ground corn) is the same as WBCL. I guess I'll see how things go this week and post an update.
post #4 of 27
sounds like the chicken feed may be a neat idea, i'd be careful about the crystal litter tho, i tried that on my cat once cuz i thought it would be more cost efficient (after all the bag says "one bag-one cat-one month") anyway something in the litter made her urinate even more and i was stuck with an amonia problem! she was peeing more than the litter could absorb and it stunk! so since i've had that experience and other cats may do the same, thought i'd warn you
post #5 of 27
Thread Starter 
Turns out I won't be trying out the crystal litter. I checked around town today and the average cost was $10 for a 4 lb. bag. It would take two bags to fill the litter dome and I'd probably change it every two weeks, which is what I do with WBCL. So, I'd be spending $40 a month on litter vs. $25 a month on WBCL. I'm going to see if the boys will use the chicken feed that my parent's are using. Hopefully they will, that would save me about $12-$15 a month.
post #6 of 27
I switched my gang over to Litter Mate a few months ago. It is a powder that you add to inexpensive clay litter to make it clump. It controls odors better than any litter that I have ever used. The up front cost to start is a little high, but the savings over time are tremendous.

I figured out the other day that I used to spend $25 per week on clumping litter. Even buying Litter Mate online (you can't find it in stores) and paying for the shipping, I figured I am saving about $17+ a week which comes to about $900 per year. Huge difference!
post #7 of 27
Wow this is a neat discovery. Will try chicken feed on my cats too!
post #8 of 27
The reason I was concerned about the corn attracting bugs was this: Many years ago I had an apt that had roof access. I used to feed the birds up there..mostly pigeons. A couple of times when I bought seed for them (some corn was mixed into the bird seed) I found moth larve! YUCK, talk about disgusting..and it takes a lot for this old nurse to be grossed out. So check the bag before you purchase it.
post #9 of 27
Yeah, my mother advised me against it because I'll be attracting a lot of gross creatures with ground corn.
post #10 of 27
Thread Starter 
Just posting an update:
My parent's have successfully switched over to using chicken feed instead of WBCL. They have no rodents or bugs in their house, so that's not a concern for them. So in all, they'd be saving a little over $50 a month on litter.

As for me...
I tried it out for a week with my boys. Miko refused to use it and made it clear to me that he would not tolerate another litter change. He loves WBCL too much. Sebastian used it with no problems, and Kionu would use it only when Miko wasn't around. I think he was afraid Miko would get on his case for "not being on his side".
post #11 of 27
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Originally Posted by mikonu
I read a reply on here that said some people use chicken feed as an alternative to WBCL. Well, since I'm always trying out new stuff, I went to the local feed store and got a little 5lb bag. It was only $2.99! I took it home for my parent's to try with her cats since I just changed the litter at my place. Well a day and a half later, I can honestly say it works just as good as WBCL. It clumps well, and the odor control is slightly better. Plus, the 50 lbs bag is only $12.99. The savings come out to about $50.00.

I'm also going to try the Fresh Step Crystals. Lately Miko has been having a little bit of the WBCL stuck to his butt when he's done with his business. Argh, I wish it wasn't so hard finding the perfect litter.
Awsome! I am planning on picking up a big bag of chicken feed this weekend, once I can find a feed store/co-op. I got some WBCL this week because of a dust allergy that I was having to the present litter being in my room and I love it! I noticed a difference right away, and I'm pretty sure it will help heal Chesters URI a little faster too.
post #12 of 27
Thread Starter 
Another thing I forgot to mention is that both the litter and corn feed are flushable. No more litter mess in the trash!
post #13 of 27
My cat is picky. Changed brands once 'cuz it was on sale and she would not burry her poop with the other brand.

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post #14 of 27
Mikonu,
Can you tell me specifically what kind of chiken feed you're using? Brand, ingredients, what it looks like?

I picked up a sample of chicken feed from the feed store & the cats tried to eat it protein is listed in the ingredients, so perhaps that's why? I'm hoping to find something to use that doesn't have added protein - Mr. is on a diet, and I don't think eating litter is too healthy for him.

Thanks
post #15 of 27
I got a bag of Layena by Purina... It was the only crumble the store had ...
post #16 of 27
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Originally Posted by sharky
I got a bag of Layena by Purina... It was the only crumble the store had ...
How has it worked for you? Have your cats tried to eat it?
post #17 of 27
its working great ... the dog tried to eat some .. but I dont think the cats have..
post #18 of 27
That's good to know - I'll try to find a sample of that kind. Thanks!
post #19 of 27
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Originally Posted by tuxedokitties
That's good to know - I'll try to find a sample of that kind. Thanks!
All feed will have protien in a crumble it is corn , just a note
post #20 of 27
hm...i'm sorrry to ask..but i dunno where exactly can i find a feed store. i live in toronto, would there be any feed store in the city??? or do i need to go to the country? can i jsut go to yellow page and type in "feed store" to find something??
post #21 of 27
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Originally Posted by Mom of Franz
Being just a city gal, wouldn't unprocessed corn feed, or the "raw stuff" attract bugs and vermin.Again I'm just a city gal who when she was younger...many, many years ago, went to a petting zoo thing on Coney Island and tried to bottle feed some milk to a turkey from a baby bottle of milk..the turkey bit into the nipple and milk went everywhere...LOL!

I live in a semi rural area and that is why I stopped using chn feed
post #22 of 27
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Originally Posted by hareting
hm...i'm sorrry to ask..but i dunno where exactly can i find a feed store. i live in toronto, would there be any feed store in the city??? or do i need to go to the country? can i jsut go to yellow page and type in "feed store" to find something??
try looking under farm and ranch supply ...
post #23 of 27
Does the chicken feed track much?
post #24 of 27
nope.. much leess than tidy cat
post #25 of 27
Are there any updates to add?? I went to a farm supply store today and they had Chicken scratch at less than $7 (U.S.) for a 50 # bag. I figure if it doesn't work I know someone who raises chickens-they would take it!!
post #26 of 27
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Originally Posted by Momofmany
I switched my gang over to Litter Mate a few months ago. It is a powder that you add to inexpensive clay litter to make it clump. It controls odors better than any litter that I have ever used. The up front cost to start is a little high, but the savings over time are tremendous.

I figured out the other day that I used to spend $25 per week on clumping litter. Even buying Litter Mate online (you can't find it in stores) and paying for the shipping, I figured I am saving about $17+ a week which comes to about $900 per year. Huge difference!
Where online can I find this?
post #27 of 27
Wow I might have to give this a try. Do you find you still dont' have to do whole litter changes because it clumps so well? Thats why I like WBCL so much is the time in maintence it saves... No need to do full litter changes, just keep adding over time.
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