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Best Litter For Declawed Cat?

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I just adopted a 9 yo boy who is all 4 declawed. They said they've used clumping litter (Arm & Hammer) for him. Is this the best type of litter for a declawed cat? I am worried about pieces getting stuck in his paws or something (have never had a declawed cat so I'm not sure if that's possible), so if anyone has any suggestions let me know... Thanks!
post #2 of 6
I would suggest something like Yesterdays News.
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Originally Posted by notme1295
I just adopted a 9 yo boy who is all 4 declawed. They said they've used clumping litter (Arm & Hammer) for him. Is this the best type of litter for a declawed cat? I am worried about pieces getting stuck in his paws or something (have never had a declawed cat so I'm not sure if that's possible), so if anyone has any suggestions let me know... Thanks!
according to pam johnson-bennett, cat behaviorist you should use fine sand-like clumping litter. i think the best analogy is walking barefoot on a gravel road, that is what rough litter feels like to a declawed cat. my cats are all front-declawed by previous owners, and they definitely have preferences in their litter. they like tidy cats scoop (red bucket), arm & hammer unscented scoop, and the petsmart store brand unscented scooping litter. of those three, they have a definite preference for arm & hammer and petsmart unscented. tidy cats and the arm & hammer have a real fine texture, and the petsmart brand isn't real fine, but i think the shape of the litter pieces must be ok to walk on. it all depends on what your kitty likes, but i would recommend the clumping style litter because it tends to fine & sand-like.

just to add, we have tried the "natural" type litters, but my guys don't like them. they like their clay clumping litter.
post #4 of 6
Yesterday's News or Feline Pine are both great.
But really, if the cat was declawed some time ago, use anything that the cat doesn't dislike and will use without hesitation.
The only litter worries for declaws is generally during the healing process.
post #5 of 6
Charlotte was already 4-paw declawed when I adopted her. I used regular clay litter and she was ok with it, but I noticed she covered her feces much, much better after I switched to World's Best Cat Litter (clumping). WBCL is very light weight compared to regular clay. I had tried Feline Pine (pellet type) but Charlotte hated it. I have no idea if fine clumping clay litter is too heavy for your cat. If your cat doesn't seem to have any problems using it, you probably don't want to switch. I've never used a fine, clumping clay litter.
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Originally Posted by littleraven7726
according to pam johnson-bennett, cat behaviorist you should use fine sand-like clumping litter. i think the best analogy is walking barefoot on a gravel road, that is what rough litter feels like to a declawed cat.
That makes perfect sense. Tripod (obviously) is missing a leg. His front foot doesn't have all of the toes it should, so he's not really declawed, but still suffers somewhat the same way when it comes to the litterbox. He has made it very clear to me that he will NOT use the course litter or the crystals. I buy the finest I can find and he has no problem.
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