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post #1 of 42 (permalink) Old 07-08-2014, 12:28 PM Thread Starter
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What kind of litter do you use?

Ie.
Gravel
Wood
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clumping

and why? I use gravel at the moment. With Miu it only needed the poops taken out daily and changed once a week. Luka's pee smells, so I was wondering if a different kind of litter would be better for them? It is none clumping gravel I use.

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post #2 of 42 (permalink) Old 07-08-2014, 12:39 PM
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I have used clumping for years. When Gizmo developed allergies, the vet suggested switching because his skin was coming in contact with it and that may be the reason. Went to several different "natural" litters but that apparently was not the cause. Went back to the clumping clay. We clean litter twice daily and have no smell problems.

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I personally don't like the gravel kind, I need the ones that take away the pee smell. I do like feline pine, which is great if you only have a single cat, but not the best if you have more than one. I use it for my feral when she sleeps in the garage all winter, and I love it. So easy, and you have to only use a few inches of it at a time.

But I have 4 litter boxes, and 4 cats inside. My goal is to keep the boxes as close to immaculate as I can. I love the clumping ability of Scoop Away, I think it is the best, but it is very, very dusty. It does settle after you pour it, but when you initially pour it, you almost need a dust mask. It works great though. I put all 35 pounds of the box of 2 that I buy in one of the large, rubbermaid containers I use for a litterbox, and as long as you keep it 4-5 inches deep and scoop it daily, you can go a long time without having to completely clean it out. I do wipe the sides down once a week though. I don't have a lid, my cats jump in and out of it just fine. I have 3 boxes like that.

I do like World's Best Cat Litter, which is great if you only have 1 or 2 cats, I think it would work great, but for multiple cats, I think it gets gross pretty quickly.

Arm and Hammer is great also, and usually cheaper than some of the others. Tidy Cat is also really good. Those are the go to ones that I usually buy.

I did have a Breeze litter box, and it was great. It uses plastic pellets that last a month and the urine is caught on a super absorbent pad that you change weekly. There is no litter tracking, which is awesome. I loved it and was able to get my cats to use it, but they preferred the ones with clumping litter and would pick it over the Breeze, so I stopped using it. But the concept is great, and if you only have 1 cat, it would be my pick. If you are super picky and hate litter tracking, it is a great choice.
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post #4 of 42 (permalink) Old 07-08-2014, 01:11 PM
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Arm & Hammer clumping.

Keep trying other brands and always come back to A&H.
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post #5 of 42 (permalink) Old 07-31-2014, 12:32 PM
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Anyone use a disposable litter tray?

I have a Friend who uses one as she hates scooping poop etc and all she has to do is to remove a layer of litter every four days which is in a bag and get rid of the whole lot. Then there is another layer of litter in another bag underneath.

I think their are five layers in each cardboard tray and then you get rid of the tray. I think it sounds rather good especially if you hate scooping and cleaning out the boxes.

I'd be interested if anyone else has tried them before.

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What does tidy cats fall under? And is it normal for cats to bury there pee? I thought it was just poop?
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I actually use the Walmart "Special Kitty" clumping litter. It works AWESOME, I like it so much more than the scented Tidy Cats I was previously using! And it's much cheaper, only $10 for 40lbs.

Surprisingly, the Special Kitty unscented clumps AND controls the pee smell better than the scented Tidy Cats. It was almost as if the scent would just mix with the pee and create a horrid smell...

Also, Ellie liked it better as well. When I put it in her litter box for the first time she had a BLAST kneading it for almost an hour, then went straight to pooing and peeing! lol

I love the SK litter because it clumps perfectly, has almost no dust, is soft for my Ellie's feet, and controls odor.

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What does tidy cats fall under? And is it normal for cats to bury there pee? I thought it was just poop?
Yep, totally normal. Some just do their business and walk away while some go through a very elaborate of digging a hole as deep as possible and peeing or pooping then burying it.

Personally I prefer the pee and go guys because then it sits on top and can be scooped easier.

The diggers manage to get it on the bottom of the pan and you need a jack hammer to get it out.

Tidy Cats fall under clumping (if it actually IS clumping), otherwise it is just clay litter that needs to be tossed completely out ever couple days.

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Now to Walmart for the $10 kitty litter! I think I paid 9.00 the first time for a small one tray bag at Walgreens
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post #10 of 42 (permalink) Old 07-31-2014, 01:00 PM
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I use two types of litter. In the general house I for my 5 resident cats I use scoopable clay litter like Tidy Cats. I don't like how it tracks and gets all over the place but it is an acceptable price to pay for the convenience of scoopable litter. Tidy Cats costs me $5.50 for a 20 pound tub at the military commissary.

In my foster cat room where I have 11 kittens and one momma currently, I am using pine pellet horse bedding sold at feed and seed stores like Tractor Supply. It is cheap and effective - 40 pound bag costs $5. I bought 2 sifting litter pans that I really, really like and I don't waste any litter with these. I just scoop out the poop and sift the urine soaked saw dust into the bottom pan and toss it out.

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