Originally Posted by wEngelw
btw.. I had no idea you can't use clumping litter for kittens.. Really? (Never had kittens) I guess it makes sense with them being so "explorative"
The clumping litter contains something (sodium benonite or something, sp?) but it's what makes it clump.... the fear is that kittens, who explore things with their mouths, might accidentally ingest it, and it would expand and absorb water from inside and "clump" in their tummies....
There's some fear about all cats who use clumping litter, actually, as they groom themselves, ingesting the dust or small pieces lodged between their toes... and in general about clay litter because of the dust it kicks up being unhealthy for their lungs -- I'm still wrestling with all of this myself, but can't seem to find any studies done on the dangers of clay cat litter.
It freaks me out that several cat kitter brands are made from companies that also manufacture bleach -- like Clorox, however
And, while Ever Clean is the best kind I've found, I recently tried Scoop Away (Fresh Scent) (it was on sale, and I got enough to last me two months!) and while dusty, it does a good job of covering odor (doesn't have quite the same nice fresh fragrance as Ever Clean does, though) and clumps just as well as Ever Clean, IMO. But I don't think my cat smells as much as other cats. He did when I first got him home, but now his pee and poo doesn't reek, and I think it has to do with the high quality food I give him.