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post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
can you use sand? like sandbox sand?
post #2 of 13
Honestly, I've never thought about it! I really don't have an answer for you, but I'm sure someone who does will be by shortly. Are you not able to find/buy cat litter, or would you just rather use sand? I'll be interested to hear if that is okay!
post #3 of 13
I'm sure that you can, I don't think that it would be harmful to the cats, but it would be pretty messy. It wouldn't mask the orders very well & it wouldn't dry very quickly... so you probalby have lots of wet sand tracked around the house.

Cats usually like sand. Everytime we had a sand pile outside, it turned into an instant litterbox from all the neighborhood cats!
post #4 of 13
You can but why??

there are plenty of alternative cat litter s that arent $$ that work well
post #5 of 13
Yup, cats do like sand, as in the commercially prepped "sandbox" sand. For the price, why not try the chicken feed laying mash? I got the idea here & my kits LOVE it! And the smell is pleasant, without perfumes. The others are right about the absorbancy of sand - it stays wet & smelly....
BTW, Welcome to TCS!
post #6 of 13
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Originally Posted by catsknowme
For the price, why not try the chicken feed laying mash? I got the idea here & my kits LOVE it!
What exactly is this? I assume you'd get it from a feed store, right? How often do you have to change it, and what is the price like? Sorry for all the questions, I'm curious!
post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by AshleyNicole
What exactly is this? I assume you'd get it from a feed store, right? How often do you have to change it, and what is the price like? Sorry for all the questions, I'm curious!
it is hen food though if you want you can get chick food ... egg layer crumble
post #8 of 13
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as to why, because its 50 pounds for $5.00 which i think is a lot cheaper than anything out there.
post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by jaycee
as to why, because its 50 pounds for $5.00 which i think is a lot cheaper than anything out there.
It may be cheap but youll pay alot in long run either with smell or constant box changing... for about 8 buck s you can get chn feed .. it clump s and 50 lbs for three boxes last a month
post #10 of 13
I wouldn't use sand.
post #11 of 13
I wouldn't use sand either. I'd use the cheapest clay litter I could find, before I'd use sand. You can get 50 lbs of a generic/store brand regular clay litter for about $8 to $10. It would at least absorb the urine & it wouldn't be as messy as sand.

The chicken feed is another good option, it's the same type of material that makes up World's Best & other corn based litters.
post #12 of 13
We used sand outdoors for a feral who was using the neighbors' flowerbeds, and it was fine. Indoors we used potting soil, and gradually switched him over to litter.
post #13 of 13
Well, my parents certainly have a stray using my little brother's sandbox as a litter box, but in all honesty, I don't know why you'd want to. In the olden days, they used sand and dirt, but...chicken feed is extremely cheap, as is plain non-clumping litter or wood stove pellets, and they'd work a lot better. If you're in a big pinch, like a cat just showed up and you're not a cat household or something, sand will do for the cat's sake.
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