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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-06-2004, 09:45 PM Thread Starter
 
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Have you ever heard of a cat eating clumping litter??

When I read this I thought "what nonsense," why would a cat EVER want to eat that? Have you ever heard of such an accident??
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-06-2004, 09:55 PM
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Kittens tend to ingest litter when first learning to use the box which can be very dangerous. I think this is why they discourage the use of clumping litter for kittens. I supposed cats can also ingest litter while grooming, etc.

I have heard of cats ingesting the litter and it being dangerous. I personally don't know of any cats that actually take bites of the litter, but I'm sure it has happened before.
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I've read that using clumping litter (especially with kittens) can be dangerous as it will remain in their intestinal system and cause severe internal damage. The clumping litter will block up the kitten's insides and you might not even know anything is wrong until it's too late. Cats are better about proper litter etiquette (i.e. not eating the stuff ), but it's still a good idea to stay away from clumping litter just to be safe.

On a side note that may be of interest: I recently read that celophane, when ingested on accident by cats, turns into a glass-like substance in kitty's tummy and causes fatal internal damage.
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post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-07-2004, 12:27 AM
 
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My cat has never done that but is it dangerous for dogs? Why my dog runs for the litter box is beyond me.
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Never seen a cat eat the litter, but it can't be good. My Mom's dog used to get the, umm, poop out of their cats' box and eat it though. Ewww! LoL!
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I remember when some of my guys were kittens and they tried to eat the litter
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Never seen a cat eat the litter, but it can't be good. My Mom's dog used to get the, umm, poop out of their cats' box and eat it though. Ewww! LoL!

My dog does the same thing! i keep the box in my cat's room (really my guest room, but she has made it her own) and I have a baby gate so she can get in and out by jumping over on to the chair and he can't get in. Every now and then i have moved the gate for some reason, and wouldn't you know every time he heads straight for the box and grabs himself a tasty treat. Yuck! I chase him, but he is too fast for me, and i am not sure I want to be the one pulling his mouth open for that anyway.....
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Never seen a cat eat the litter, but it can't be good. My Mom's dog used to get the, umm, poop out of their cats' box and eat it though. Ewww! LoL!

My dog does the same thing! i keep the box in my cat's room (really my guest room, but she has made it her own) and I have a baby gate so she can get in and out by jumping over on to the chair and he can't get in. Every now and then i have moved the gate for some reason, and wouldn't you know every time he heads straight for the box and grabs himself a tasty treat. Yuck! I chase him, but he is too fast for me, and i am not sure I want to be the one pulling his mouth open for that anyway.....
LOL! So gross! Guess they find something appealing in it??? hehe.
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post #9 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-12-2004, 06:46 AM
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Yes it happens! It is dangerous for kittens to ingest it. Try using Yesterdays News cat litter make from recycled newspaper. They are made into tiny pellets plus no unhealthy dust either
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post #10 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-12-2004, 02:50 PM
 
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Our kitten ate her litter a few times when she was really little. I was sure to use regular clay litter because I knew it could happen. She only did it for a short while and now I can use whatever I want.

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My Mom's dog used to get the, umm, poop out of their cats' box and eat it though. Ewww! LoL!
Funny.....I had a German Shepherd/Collie mix many years ago that when she got older (around 11) she started to eat her own poop! We had to watch it too because we'd walk her on a leash...it was tough trying to stop her. Our vet said it was not too unusual and that it was usually a behavioral thing. Personally, I thought it came with senility. Whatever caused it, I don't know for sure but it was most definately gross!! Our daughter was in diapers at the time and the dog would tear apart the garbage to get to her diapers! Eeewww!
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