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When can I change to scoopable litter?

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My kitten is 14 weeks old. I read that I wasn't supposed to use scoopable litter with kittens because if they ingest it it could clump in their intestines or stomach. I read it in Cat Fancy, 2 different articles by Vets. When can I change to scoopable--should I use what I'm using for the 1st year?
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I had never heard of that but apparently it is quite an issue. I found this article on the everclean.com website.

I've heard that kittens can be harmed by ingesting cat litter, especially the scoopable kind. What's your position on this?
The Clorox Company is a member of the Sorptive Minerals Institute (SMI), a national trade association that represents the producers and marketers of absorbent clay products, specifically cat litter. The member companies represent approximately 95% of clay cat litter products sold in the United States. When SMI began hearing "rumors" about clumping litter, they interviewed veterinarians, pet store owners and cat owners, asking if they were aware of any health related problems that could be directly attributed to the use of clumping litter. SMI contracted with the National Animal Poison Control Center at the University of Illinois asking them to provide names and comments of any individuals that called regarding health problems that they associated with clumping litter. Whenever possible, these pet owners and their veterinarians were contacted. Autopsies were performed on animals purported to have died as a result of using clumping litter. In every case the autopsy revealed there was some other underlying cause of death, totally unrelated to clumping litter.

SMI even spoke to the holistic veterinary practitioner who first raised this litter issue and she was not able to provide a single piece of evidence linking clumping litter with sickness or death. Even the ASPCA has no health issue with clumping cat litter and they continue to recommend it.

Despite numerous consultations, interviews and tests, neither Clorox, SMI nor any of the veterinarians with whom we have spoken, have been able to find any scientific evidence linking the use of clumping litter with the sickness or death of any kitten or cat.
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I have two kitties and have been using the clumping litter almost the whole time. I originally tried the pellets but our Snuggles would purposely eat it. I haven't seen him try to eat the clumping.
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Thanks so much for your input, BadHabit and liman, I am a first time kitten owner and I'm trying to do everything right and do everything I read in the cat books and articles. It does seem though that everything I read that says don't do, I read somewhere else that says to do it! It's a little confusing so I'm just sticking with this website and doing whatever has worked for everyone else. Thanks again--I'm off to buy clumping litter!!
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