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post #1 of 55 (permalink) Old 06-25-2007, 05:54 PM Thread Starter
 
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Medicated Start & Grow chicken feed for litter.

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Does anyone know if it's ok to use the medicated kind of purina chick feed as litter?

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NON-medicated is recommended.
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post #3 of 55 (permalink) Old 06-25-2007, 07:59 PM
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Probably very unlikely that it would be a problem, but I say better safe than sorry. Even if the cats don't eat the feed, they may lick their paws and get a miniscule amount of the additives.

I ended up buying laying mash (crumbles) because all of the starter feeds offered at my feed store were medicated. But I'm glad I did. The starter feed is much finer and might be dustier and track more. And if you look at World's Best Cat Litter, it is a crumble rather than a fine, crushed corn product. I'm overjoyed, to say the least, with the laying mash!

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post #4 of 55 (permalink) Old 06-25-2007, 10:29 PM
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I am glad to see someone posted this question. I actually just found a feed store that was fairly close to me (about 15 miles, but I'm in NY and it's hard to find a feed store when you live this close to the city) and purchased a 50lb bag of "crumbles". I haven't opened it yet, so I'm not quite sure of the difference in what it looks like, though they did tell me it was more absorbant than the regular feed.

All their feeds seemed to be medicated with the exception of a pellet type. (pellet type of feed that is...never knew that existed, they told me it was made with pine - so I suspect it may be comparable for those that use that Feline Pine litter)
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post #5 of 55 (permalink) Old 06-25-2007, 10:57 PM Thread Starter
 
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Is there a difference between laying mash, layers mash, and crumbles? I'm not sure what I should be looking for.
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Is there a difference between laying mash, layers mash, and crumbles? I'm not sure what I should be looking for.
I too am confused by all the names, but I believe that laying mash and crumbles refers to one in the same, but never heard of the layers.
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Mash and crumbles are pretty much the same thing and bigger particles than the starter feeds. They are usually made through a heat process that makes them "extruded", and they are more porous. I've never used starter, but I'll bet the crumbles absorb much more quickly and therefore clump better. I know the laying mash I use clumps better than any scooping litter I've used.

Laying mash, laying crumbles, layers mash --- all names for feed intended for egg-laying hens.

Normally, the only livestock feeds that are medicated are for young, growing stock (starter or starter/grower feeds). Because of USDA requirements, food animals can't be given antibiotics within so many weeks of slaughter. The same would apply to laying hens, because the eggs must be antibiotic-free.

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Ahhhh....*city girl sees the light now* Thank you!!
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Elsie, I'm glad you're here.

You, too, Julie and Ken
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post #10 of 55 (permalink) Old 06-26-2007, 10:17 AM
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Elsie, I'm glad you're here.

You, too, Julie and Ken
Is that so? Well then, why is it that I get the tiny-tiny font like you don't want anyone else to know you are saying so???
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