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post #1 of 23
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I went out and bought the Feline Pine litter today due to the fact that I can never find the scoopable litter that I like. The problem I have with the other scoopable litters I've gotten is that they don't tend to clump into solid enough pieces and when I go to scoop them out they tend to break and then there are little wet pieces of litter in the box, which defeats the purpose of scooping it in the first place.
Does anyone have any opinions on the Feline Pine? Also, is it difficult to switch them over to a different type of litter? We switch brands without a problem, but I know this stuff is supposed to be very different. Will they track it as much as the scoopable? I'd like to be able to put the box back in the bathroom, but I need to know if this litter is as kickable, lol, as the clumping stuff. THANKS!!!!!
post #2 of 23
I switched to Yesterdays News.. I LOVE IT!! It's not clumpable.. But you have NO smell at all!!
post #3 of 23
Some folks (and their cats) love Feline Pine. Those who don't make these observations: hard on the feet if your cat is a flinger, and the hard pellets end up on the floor around the litter box, cat wouldn't bury it's poo requiring person to scoop after every poo, didn't like the sawdust that the pellets disintegrate into once wet.

Cats - one can conjecture that some who won't use it, don't like the feel of the hard pellets on their feet. I never could get Alix to be specific with her complaint

Those who did like it - liked the odor control re urine due to the product breaking down into sawdust-type consistency, which they found easy to scoop up.
post #4 of 23
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Originally Posted by Pat & Alix
Some folks (and their cats) love Feline Pine. Those who don't make these observations: hard on the feet if your cat is a flinger, and the hard pellets end up on the floor around the litter box, cat wouldn't bury it's poo requiring person to scoop after every poo, didn't like the sawdust that the pellets disintegrate into once wet.
Those are the exact reasons why I hated it.
post #5 of 23
I tried a bag in one of my litter boxes in the house. The box I chose had previously been the most used box and the cats started avoiding that box entirely once it had feline pine. I suspect it was the smell - they would go to the box, give it a sniff and walk away. I only saw one cat venture inside of the box, turn around and exit. I had it up for about a month.

It is a great concept and if your cats like it - go for it! Mine were too finicky to use it.
post #6 of 23
I got a bag of it a few weeks ago. *I* loved it...it smells SO good and I love the idea of it turning into a kind of "Mulch", for my acid-loving plants...BUT.

Mashka didn't agree. First off, she tried to EAT it--actually consuming several peices before deciding she likes her kibble better. And she refuses to use it. Fortunately, I had another litter box with normal litter... So I've got a bag of it and nothing to use it in...maybe I'll just use it as mulch anyway... Hmmm...
post #7 of 23
I think it works best when you start 'em off young with it. Obi has no problems with it at all, and he doesn't fling the pellets outside the box (and even if he did, it's less mess than flinging gravelly clay outside the box!). I do love the urine odor control, and because the pellets don't stick to his poo, I can scoop it out, shake it free and dump it in the toilet to flush! Yay (Obi likes to watch this process)!! And then I don't have to worry about a bunch of clay bits and cat poo ending up in a landfill. Instead I have sawdust, which can be used as mulch, composted, or even if it is thrown away the sawdust in a landfill doesn't bother me much 'cause it'll biodegrade better. But if your cat won't go for it, then you're out of luck, because THEY ultimately make that decision!!
post #8 of 23
Tried it when it first came out ... Kandie did one of these ... didnt last long went to clay again now we are using a clay and scratch blend soon to be all scratch great stuff low odor and great clumps... oh yeah less tracking and it is cheap..
post #9 of 23
I have my kittens on one similar to it and they go okay in it although they prefer Char's clumping litter to this one.
post #10 of 23
I've used Feline Pine for my cats, and it's worked well.

It's very important to introduce the pine litter slowly, following the directions on the bag. Put a thin layer of pine underneath the cat's regular clumping litter when you fill the box. The cat will mix it in when he uses the box, and you can gradually increase the proportion of pine while decreasing the amount of regular litter while the cat adjusts. Taking the time to make the change slowly will greatly increase your chances of success - if you just suddenly change from clumping litter to the pine, odds are that a cat won't use it because the texture is very different from clumping litter. Even then, though, some cats just don't like it, and won't use it. If given a choice between a box of clumping and a box of feline pine, most of my cats would prefer the clumping litter. But they will use the feline pine too.

I like it because it doesn't track as much as the clumping litter, because of the size of the pellets. My cats also don't seem to delight in tossing it out of the box like they do clumping litter - there's less 'digging to China'. The pellets will turn to sawdust as they absorb urine, though, so you need to be sure to shake the box regularly so the sawdust falls to the bottom, and change it when it becomes more sawdust than pine or you'll end up with sawdust tracked everywhere. The solid waste needs to be scooped out regularly, and it helps to use a scoop with extra-wide slots because of the size of the pine pellets.

Feline Pine is also nice if you have wood floors, because any litter that gets tracked out is less likely to scratch your floors than the clay or crystal litters.

Hope this helps
post #11 of 23
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Ok, I guess I was a little too anxious to have them use the new litter right away, esp. since I hate the scoopable so much. Well they both inspected it quite a bit trying to figure out what it was Tuesday night, but they did use it. Not thrilled but they did use it. Milo much more willingly, bc I actually saw him use it several times and even went #2 in there (I'm sure those treats really encouraged him ). So I figured we were ok, but then I got home from work and what should I see on my rug I'm 98% sure it was Pixie since I know for a fact Milo used it. I didn't think she'd be so resistant considering she used regular clay litter up until a few months ago when we moved. So now I'm back to mixing the 2 litters in the one box for the moment. The other box is all the Feline Pine. I really want them to use this stuff, since it doesn't smell at all (!!!) and it doesn't go everywhere. Wish me luck!!!
post #12 of 23
In my litterbox room of my apartment, I have a big box full of regular litter, sometimes clumping and sometimes non-clumping, and another large box full of Feline Pine. I just started doing this a few months ago and my cats ONLY urinate in the Feline Pine and poo in the regular litter. So it works well for me. I love that it doesn't smell. I am always looking for the cheapest way out when it comes to litter (not with food though, I am really picky with that) and Feline Pine is not really the cheapest, but for my cats, it lasts longer then regular litter so it's ok.
post #13 of 23
in malaysia we have pinacle pine litter which is the cheapest and the best
but its hard to find than feline pine
many of my forum fren recomand feline pine or pinacle pine becos they absorb odour greatly
if i use the pine since my kitten arrive, will she reject it?
post #14 of 23
I tried Feline Pine about 1.5 years ago. Charlotte didn't like it. She found other places she preferred to urinate and deficate. I even tried to slowly switch it over in the course of a month. Nope. Couldn't convince Charlotte to use it. World's Best Cat Litter is what Charlotte has been using (and Izzie).
post #15 of 23
i hated it and so did chloe. once it was wet, my entire apartment smelled like moldy wet sawdust.
post #16 of 23
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Originally Posted by StMatthew
I got a bag of it a few weeks ago. *I* loved it...it smells SO good and I love the idea of it turning into a kind of "Mulch", for my acid-loving plants...BUT.

Mashka didn't agree. First off, she tried to EAT it--actually consuming several peices before deciding she likes her kibble better. And she refuses to use it. Fortunately, I had another litter box with normal litter... So I've got a bag of it and nothing to use it in...maybe I'll just use it as mulch anyway... Hmmm...
My cat didn't like it either. He is not picky, and would use almost any litter I give him, but he didn't like this one. He would meow for a longest time and look at me like I am crazy or something. So, I am not using it anymore.
post #17 of 23
Thread Starter 
I really loved the idea of this litter, it's just too bad the cats hated it so much. The box in the bathroom with the Feline Pine hasn't been touched since I changed the other box back to scoopable litter. So any opinions on other non-conventional litter that may be a bit closer to scoopable in texture, etc? I really need something that clumps well (if a scoopable type) and doesn't track as much. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!!!
post #18 of 23
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Originally Posted by milopixie
I really loved the idea of this litter, it's just too bad the cats hated it so much. The box in the bathroom with the Feline Pine hasn't been touched since I changed the other box back to scoopable litter. So any opinions on other non-conventional litter that may be a bit closer to scoopable in texture, etc? I really need something that clumps well (if a scoopable type) and doesn't track as much. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!!!

I resalize i sound nuts but I have swithed to chn egg crumbles and it is great... and saves $$$
post #19 of 23
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Originally Posted by sharky
I resalize i sound nuts but I have swithed to chn egg crumbles and it is great... and saves $$$
Doesn't sound nuts ...I did the same for a while, though I eventually quit using it.
post #20 of 23
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Originally Posted by sharky
I resalize i sound nuts but I have swithed to chn egg crumbles and it is great... and saves $$$
I'm not sure I know what you're talking about...what is it?
post #21 of 23
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Originally Posted by milopixie
I'm not sure I know what you're talking about...what is it?
It is like worlds best since itis corn, but it is feed for birds that lay eggs.. my local hareware and feed stores all carry it .... if looking ask for egg layer crumbles... I made the mistake of asking for chn feed and got some that was cracked crn as in pieces mixed with wheat..
post #22 of 23
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by sharky
It is like worlds best since itis corn, but it is feed for birds that lay eggs.. my local hareware and feed stores all carry it .... if looking ask for egg layer crumbles... I made the mistake of asking for chn feed and got some that was cracked crn as in pieces mixed with wheat..

Thanks for clarifying. I had this picture in my head of broken egg shells and I knew that couldn't be right, lol!! I'll have to look into where I could find something like that. Thanks for the ideas!
post #23 of 23
My cat likes it. He's not picky about his litter though; as long as it's in the litter box, he'll use it.

It completely masks urine. It does not cover poop smells however.

*I* like it because I can flush it down the toilet. The alternative would be to walk alllll the way across the apartment complex with a heavy bag of clay litter. It tracks no worse than the other litters that I've tried.

I tried Swheat and hated it. I use a covered littered box to control the smell a little bit and as a result, my male cat basically gets in the box, turns so that he's looking out, and goes. This means that when I get home, it's one big clump stuck to the bottom of the pan in the back. Plus, I hate that sickly sweet wheat smell.

Never tried World's Best or Yesterday's News. I don't know where I could find a feed store nearby. And Yesterday's News always struck me as a bit pricey.

If I could train him to use the toilet, I would. However, I do know that he views the toilet as a drinking fountain, so I keep the lid down to stop him from drinking out of it. I doubt it would be very healthy to let him confuse the two.
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