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Your opinions on cat litter

We have only had Zero for a couple of months, and it's been a while since I've had a cat, also the ones before went to the bathroom outside.

With Zero, we originally wanted to toilet train him (which we gave up on for now), so we picked up a clumping litter that was supposed to be fine to flush down the toilet. That stuff didn't do anything to absorb the smell at all. We have two bathrooms and he goes in the second one. I would go accross the house to use our bathroom in the bedroom because of the smell. By this time, we decided that regardless of what the bag said, we didn't want to put it into our new septic system anyhow.

So we went to buy something that did the job much better. We bought a 40lb bag of Tidy Cat (multiple cat formula), realizing on our way out of the store that it is not the clumping type. We decided to keep it and try it out for now. It seems to be about half of the price per pound than the clumping type... will post what I think about it later.

What have you tried? What do you use? Impressions? Advice?

PS: Anyone toilet trained their cat or know anyone who has?

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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-01-2003, 07:49 AM
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I really have no idea what I've used. I started off with a 20lb bag of Johnny cat simply because it was on sale for $2 or $3. It worked fine but I didn't really care for all the dust thta came out of the bag. So when that was all gone I tried a non clumping, sort of sand like cat litter. It was pretty good except when Kali's paws got wet from her attempts to burry her potty, it would stick in between her paws. Needless to say, I didn't use that one too long because it tracked all over also. All in all, the last several weeks I just get scoopable cat litter, and I'm working on seeing which I like best. Another thing you can do to lessen the odor is sprinkle some baking soda into the cat litter, it helps absorb the smell I believe. There is a cat litter that has it in it that I've heard several people around this forum use and like.

As far as toilet training goes, I've never tried it. I've heard people who have talked about it but I've always been a little skeptical. There's probably other people on this forum who know people or have tried it and could probably better assist you with information you might want. Good luck with everything and have a good day.

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I will be toilet training my cats, starting in a couple of weeks. There is no way I will live with 15+ years of catbox smell in an apartment. I have seen a few websites that give really great instructions, and a few kits too. I'll look around and post some links for you. I am lucky, since my cats already are comfortable with the toilets and are really great box users.

For litter I use SWheat. It is a biodegradeable clumping litter that is 100% flushable. I think it works great on odors and is a little less dusty than the clay litters. No matter how much the package said it was ok, I wouldn't flush clay litter into a septic system either.
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post #4 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-01-2003, 02:17 PM
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So far the best I've tried is Feline Pine. It still gets stinky and is nasty to clean, but I haven't found any kind that's better.
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i live in an apartment, and i've been using swheat. it works great for me, i scoop at least once a day and just flush it. it's a little dusty on his paws, but i think that will be fixed once i get a rug or something for under his litter box.
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I have started using Arm&Hammer about a week ago. I have read previous threads on this subject. When I was ready to make the change (I had started Frosty with a Food Lion one - I was happy he was doing the job and it wasn't that smelly anyways it is just that I realized clumping litter would work better for us!) went to the store and after browsing for a while I decided on the Arm and Hammer litter (remembering Jeanie said she was happy with it). I have to say that I am more than satisfied. It has been a week and I don't believe I will need to change it nor wash the box (like I was doing before). Occasionally I get a funky odor from the box (it but it happens only if he hadn't covered up well - bc in a hurry )it is very rare. It has a clean smell to it and it clumps really good.
I have a question - when you guys are talking about toilet training - do you mean for the kitty to actually go potty on the comode? It is very new to me and I would like to know if it is possible and safe for the kitty at the same time.
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That is amazing. I appreciate that, Rayona. I will be looking into it myself!
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I have heard of that before, but never saw the directions. Smart kitty. I had one who preferred to go down the bathtub drain. She had a good idea, if only the drain had been wider!


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I use Tidy Cat-Multiple Cat. I tried the clumping, but it's messy (it tends to stick to their feet more). I tried flushing it down the toilet, but it clumped it such big clumps that it stopped up the toilet. I didn't like the idea of putting it in the trashcan outside everyday when we only have our trash picked up twice a week.
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