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Not sure how good those Littermaids are, says they require good premium litter but then I read some vets are against the clumping kind because a harmful active ingredient gets inside their system from grooming hair.

Don't have the kitty yet, but when he/she arrives he'll do his business right next to me in the bathroom and been thinking isn't it just easier to flush the stuff down too like we do ours? I know some litter would kill the plumbing systems, but there has to be a safe litter to do this?

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some litters are flushable, but they're really expensivie, if you want to do away with litter you can train your cat to use the toilet
 

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I use clumping litter for my adult cats. Kittens however shouldn´t have clumping litter since they tend to eat litter. And I guess everyone can imagine what happens in the tummy of a kitten when the clumping litter starts to clump :(

But when the kitty stops eating litter you can start using clumping litter if you want to. I find clumping litter to be the easiest way to keep the litter box clean and fresh, but that´s me.
 

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Cyprian said:
some litters are flushable, but they're really expensivie, if you want to do away with litter you can train your cat to use the toilet

I used to by Misty flushable litter, and it was only like 3 or 4 dollars for a 10 lb bag....It made too big of a mess though, she would fling it everywhere, so I switched back to clay.
 

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i was using clumping and had to switch to clay when lola came home with me. i just switched them both, because lola likes to use big kitty's box. actually, it's quite devious... she poops in it and then pees in hers so it's nice and clean... :twisted:

vet told me the same thing, clumping litter is dangerous when injested. it's actually no more work. i still scoop out hard stuff, and change once a week. they seem to really like the larger texture, anyway.
 

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marwood71 said:
i was using clumping and had to switch to clay when lola came home with me. i just switched them both, because lola likes to use big kitty's box. actually, it's quite devious... she poops in it and then pees in hers so it's nice and clean... :twisted:

vet told me the same thing, clumping litter is dangerous when injested. it's actually no more work. i still scoop out hard stuff, and change once a week. they seem to really like the larger texture, anyway.
Clumping litter can be dangerous for kittens but an adult must injest a whole lot of litter to get sick and adult cats normally don´t eat litter. The litter that gets stuck in the fur is not enough to harm a healthy cat.
 

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I use clumping litter and have never had a problem with it. I find it to be much easier to clean up than the non clumping.

Back when I just had Fallon, I used the pine pellet litter and I liked that alot. It helped to cover up the smell and was supposed to be good for the enviroment.... Don't know how true that is but it's a bit more expensive than the clumping stuff so once I adopted more cats I had to switch.
 

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Jessica said:
I use clumping litter and have never had a problem with it. I find it to be much easier to clean up than the non clumping.

Back when I just had Fallon, I used the pine pellet litter and I liked that alot. It helped to cover up the smell and was supposed to be good for the enviroment.... Don't know how true that is but it's a bit more expensive than the clumping stuff so once I adopted more cats I had to switch.
I would like to be able to use pine pellets (for enviromental reasons) but me cats refuse to use it.
 

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My adoption agency uses the Feline Pine stuff - they have a deal with the company and they get it for free. Anyway, the stuff grosses me out. When I volunteered there, there was ALWAYS a lot of diarrhea to clean up and it was mixed in with this pine stuff that looked like mushy cap'n crunch cereal....ewwwwwwwwwww. *shudders*
 

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that's gross! no more cap'n crunch for me! i just signed up to volunteer at the MHS (humane society.) hopefully, they'll have something for me to do around there. :D
 

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I'm so glad I don't eat cap'n crunch anymore hehe but use to when a kid.

marwood I'm sure they'll have plenty for you to do! congrats on volunteering :D

Well I started this post/thread last week when I didn't have one yet, but was wondering what brand/kind to get to prepare. Got the kitten, and ended up getting this stuff Lasting Pride scoopable & flushable litter. Figured since kitty will be spending first week or so in bathroom I mine as well try the easy stuff first and see - she's gone #1 & #2 in the box - I'm so happy, watta relief! I was worried because it's in a bag and didn't see it until got home and opened, it's VERY fine like sand hence flushable I suppose, while the litter they use at the pound is much bigger like rock pebbles.
 

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well. it's quite easy to see why clumping litter is bad.

that stuff clumps to be hard. it gets stuck on a kitten/cat's paws. cats naturally lick everything off. so they ingest it.

you're not even meant to flush clumping litter cos it blocks plumbing. (my toilet overflooded once). now can you imagine that inside your cat's intestine's? how is that stuff meant to get out of your poor kitty's body?

a key ingredient in clumping litter is betonite (or something liek that) and basically that's the stuff they use to make cement. that's like concrete inside a cat's body. especially bad for kittens.

and all the dust. you'll find it dusty when you pour clumping litter. now your cat will like to go in and pee on this nice clean litter. they breathe in this dust that contains clumping ingredients. not good for lungs.

i used to use clumping litter until i read more on it. now i switched to the regular non clumping litter (can't afford the organic environmentally friendly stuff.) it's more difficult to clean, but it's a living creature's health we're talking about.
 

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Cyprian said:
I used to by Misty flushable litter, and it was only like 3 or 4 dollars for a 10 lb bag....It made too big of a mess though, she would fling it everywhere, so I switched back to clay.
We used to get a flushable litter too (made out of recycled paper). I liked it because it actually smelled good (had a slight perfume smell). But my cats would fling it around too so I had to go back to the regular clumping litter.

And having 4 cats, I've found that Fresh Step does the best job of keeping the smell under control.

-Chelle
 

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well. it's quite easy to see why clumping litter is bad.

that stuff clumps to be hard. it gets stuck on a kitten/cat's paws. cats naturally lick everything off. so they ingest it.

you're not even meant to flush clumping litter cos it blocks plumbing. (my toilet overflooded once). now can you imagine that inside your cat's intestine's? how is that stuff meant to get out of your poor kitty's body?

a key ingredient in clumping litter is betonite (or something liek that) and basically that's the stuff they use to make cement. that's like concrete inside a cat's body. especially bad for kittens.

and all the dust. you'll find it dusty when you pour clumping litter. now your cat will like to go in and pee on this nice clean litter. they breathe in this dust that contains clumping ingredients. not good for lungs.

i used to use clumping litter until i read more on it. now i switched to the regular non clumping litter (can't afford the organic environmentally friendly stuff.) it's more difficult to clean, but it's a living creature's health we're talking about.
I don't have any problems witht dust with my clumping litter. The brand I use doesn't raise dust.

I have both clumping and non-clumpig litter at home for the moment since I have kittens (they use the litterbox with non-clumping) and I find it harder to keep the litterbox clean and fresh with the non-clumping litter.
 

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yeah i have to say it's very true. non clumping is a pain to clean. swheatscoops, a clumping but non betonite litter, is supposedly extremely good. but way out of my budget.

that having been said, my cats used clumping for a couple of years and they're ok. but i would definitely keep kitties away from it. i'm mostly worried about ingestion so i'd rather play it safe than end up at an emergency vet.

apparently you should keep post surgery cats away from clumping too.
 
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