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Could I get some input about clumping cat litter?

post #1 of 19
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This may or may not be the right place for this thread, but I have some questions about cat litter. For perhaps a month I've been using Tidy Cat Scooping-Small Spaces litter. The label says it is clay litter. When I had to leave him at a boarding facility (not my choice, but that's another story), the lady said that if Jeremiah licked himself, it could clump up in his insides. I hadn't thought of that happening, but it does make sense.

Can that really happen?

If so, could I get some suggestions as to what would be a safer choice? I love the way it clumps, but would rather not use something that would bind up his little insides.
post #2 of 19
Yeah the clumps could bind up his insides.

I don't use clumping litter and never will.
post #3 of 19
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Originally Posted by WellingtonCats
Yeah the clumps could bind up his insides.

I don't use clumping litter and never will.
I didn't know that. So, even Swheat Scoop isn't safe? What do you recommend as litter, Sam?
post #4 of 19
That`s the first time I`ve heard that....and will pass that info on to some friends who use it!
I don`t use it, as I can`t stand when they track it out on the bathroom floor....would rather it was the bigger pieces of cheap litter, cause it`s heavy enough it stays by the litter pan, is easy to see, and does`nt spread all the way across the floor before i know it and feel like i`m at the beach! (I keep a childs toy broom and dust pan beside my "pooper-scooper" and can just sweep the little bit of litter up and toss it away with the poops every time I scoop.)
post #5 of 19
I use wood pellets in one very big peices not a clumper more of a if its sawdust scoop it... the others I use Pa purr... made from recycled paper , non clumping does a little and the clumping is extra strong I mix so that it is nt to costly..
post #6 of 19
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Originally Posted by SnowLeop
I didn't know that. So, even Swheat Scoop isn't safe? What do you recommend as litter, Sam?
sweet scoop would nt likely cause problem since it is wheat and would digest if kitty eats some..
post #7 of 19
I found a low cost great litter that I like that is BOTH clumping and bigger granules so its not tracked all over the floor and they obviously can't lick on their coats (its too big). Its Pet Valu (Canada) house brand.
post #8 of 19
Colleen, the only type of clumping litter we have here in NZ is basically sand and I've know many kittens that have died from eating it. We don't have swheat scoop here.

I use this stuff called Vitapet, not sure how to describe it apart from little white rocks.
post #9 of 19
i've used the clumping now for several years with no problems at all, not even when Cable was a kitten. the problem would be if you didn't scoop often, because then there are clumps & things that can adhere to the cat. if you're not a frequent scooper, you should probably use the non-clumping litter, which comes in clay, paper, corn - lots of kinds.
post #10 of 19
Both cats will only accept clumping litter, but it's difficult for me to recommend a certain brand, since I live in Europe, and even those brands that are also available in North America are usually sold under another brand name here. At the moment I'm using a Canadian litter that is sold here as "Golden Grey". Both cats like it, and it forms small, hard clumps, but I've found that the two of them have smelled like baby powder since using it. I'd rather that their litter didn't have such a profound effect on their "body odor".
post #11 of 19
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Originally Posted by Loveysmummy
\tI found a low cost great litter that I like that is BOTH clumping and bigger granules so its not tracked all over the floor and they obviously can't lick on their coats (its too big). Its Pet Valu (Canada) house brand.
We used to buy that - its great as 'regular' clumping goes

I use Worlds Best - so I wouldn't worry too much if they do ingest some when grooming etc - but I have heard of cats getting quick sick from the clay and sand types.
post #12 of 19
I started out using a clay clumping litter and heard the same thing about it possibly getting into his digestive system and forming clumps. I also found it very dusty and Bijou was sneezing. I switched to Swheat Scoop and found it was also dusty so now use World's Best and don't have to worry any more about him ingesting it and no more dust problems.
post #13 of 19
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Originally Posted by Yosemite
I started out using a clay clumping litter and heard the same thing about it possibly getting into his digestive system and forming clumps. I also found it very dusty and Bijou was sneezing. I switched to Swheat Scoop and found it was also dusty so now use World's Best and don't have to worry any more about him ingesting it and no more dust problems.

I actually found the opposite! I tried World's Best Litter and found it too dusty. You could see Nakita's paw prints everywhere - our computer table, on our bed sheets, etc. I tried two bags of it and couldn't figure out why it was so dusty when everyone else who uses it loves it. Maybe it was a bad batch?

Then I tried Sweat Scoop and found it was the least dusty. No more paw print tracks!
post #14 of 19
Interesting how everyone has different experiences. Bijou's litter is on the floor beside our dresser and our dresser was always dusty with Swheat Scoop and not so with WB.


Whatever works for you and is best for the kitties has got to be good regardless of which one you use.
post #15 of 19
I had never heard this either.......I use a mixture of Attract litter and Tidy Cats small spaces as well and haven't had a problem...

Its very low on dust, which i like...and its non scented which the kits like, and my cats haven't had any binding issues.......

We did try that "Feline Pine" (which is like pellets) for a bit, which I say i did like, and so did the cats...but when Emmet got sick it was hard to monitor his urination, because the pellets did not make it as obvious as clumping litter.....so we switched back to clumping..........
post #16 of 19
I found Swheat Scoop and World's Best to be around the same in dustyness (neither were that dusty) but I hated cleaning Swheat Scoop it sticks too much and the clumps never seem to dry properly so you have to scrape ewww.

Worlds Best does track a little more being lighter but it gets vacuumed up and doesn't hurt my feet like clay when tracked out!
post #17 of 19
That is so weird...I've never heard that about the scooping litter. My vet has never said anything against it either. Of course though, I've never flat out asked her.
I did try the regular non-scooping and wound up hating it because Luna would track it all over the bathroom (where the litter box is). Then when the bathroom floor got humid or wet, it would just melt to the floor and was a bear to remove.
post #18 of 19
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Originally Posted by Russian Blue
I actually found the opposite! I tried World's Best Litter and found it too dusty. You could see Nakita's paw prints everywhere - our computer table, on our bed sheets, etc. I tried two bags of it and couldn't figure out why it was so dusty when everyone else who uses it loves it. Maybe it was a bad batch?

Then I tried Sweat Scoop and found it was the least dusty. No more paw print tracks!
Haven't seen you in ages - welcome back! will you be posting new pix of the lovely Nakita soon?
post #19 of 19
I prefer the cat litters made of wheat and corn, but have found it's a good idea to totally empty out the box once in awhile, rinse it out and put in fresh litter. This will prevent any possible mold problems. I didn't know this until a Vet tech mentioned it.
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