I have a great brown spotted Oriental cat who is a one year old. To make a long story short, I didn't use clay litter until he was about 8 months old, but when he reached that age I went with clay and then 4 months in he could not digest or vomit the clay litter and had to have surgery -- $3,000 (USD) surgery.
Orientals lick their paws and cannot pass the clay like a normal bigger cat could. He is fine now and all back to normal. So please only use blue crystals or "world best cat litter" made out of Corn. I hope this helps.
He is great, he is always around me, on me, and talking to me. He's a great dog, I mean cat!
Hi Steve.... thanks for this really interesting information.
I had not thought about the dangers of cat litter from that perspective.
It would be nice to investigate this a bit more to try and better understand the problem.
For instance, are there other cat breeds who might have a similar problem?
And what exactly is going on in the digestive tract of an Oriental Shorthair cat that is not going on in other purebred cats?
It has also prompted me to ask if the problem is more widespread than we imagine.
Anyway, thanks a lot for sharing. I am pleased your cat is now OK - but what an almighty vet's bill!