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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-09-2014, 02:20 PM Thread Starter
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Litter questions

I've always been afraid to use clumping cat let after reading an article about a cat who ingested it from living their paws and it impacting their intestines. I read this a long time ago . . . Is that really a concern? I've been using wood pellets but they are horrible for tracking and recently switched to yesterdays news but the urine smell is awful with this stuff.

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-09-2014, 02:27 PM
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I think the issue is for young kittens possibly EATING the litter since they tend to check everything out with their mouths. THAT would probably cause digestive problems.

For older kittens and cats, though, clumping is fine. I'm sure there are cases where a cat has had problems in isolated events (like: cat jumps in a wet tub, then goes to the litter box, then the wet paw gets covered in litter, and then he licks, etc) but it is not the norm.

Millions of people use clumping litter. If it were a big problem, we would hear more about it.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-09-2014, 06:31 PM
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Hi melgrj7

I used pine pellets too, but if you think that tracking is bad from that, the clay is no better! I'd much prefer wood pellets as well, but had to resort back to clay because I had litter box avoidance from one of my kitties recently. To rid of tracking, I can only say, sift twice a day (morning, evening) to lower the chances of sawdust particles getting on your floor.

For your concern with cats ingesting clay, I personally have had no problems with that with my two kittens. I've had them since they were 8 weeks and 11 weeks old. I too, worried about the ingesting but they seemed to know what that stuff was for. They both like to dig! What I don't like is that it's very heavy, usually dusty, and tracks a lot! I use the unscented ones, and as long as I scoop at least twice a day, and keep the box clean the smell doesn't affect me. I have one box in my bedroom, too. Might I add, they're eating raw now, so poop hardly smells, thank goodness! The good thing about scoopable clay is that you can actually see how much urine they are producing, and it's just faster to sift thru than the pellets.
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