Allegedly some cats eat the pellets of the Tidy Cats Breeze Litter System

Tidy Cats Breeze System
Tidy Cats Breeze System
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This information may have been superseded by further events. It’s rather strange but some people have asked why the Cat Breeze litter system was discontinued. As far as I am aware it has not been discontinued. However, if you dig around on Amazon checking out the reviews you will find that there is a danger (and I don’t know how small it is) that cats or kittens using the litter may on occasions eat the pellets.

For a currently inexplicable reason, some cat owners claim that their cats are attracted to the pellets as food. I don’t know how the manufacturer, Purina, dealt with this issue. However, on the face of it, it’s a serious issue, quite obviously.

Blockage in cat's bowels due to eating Tidy Cats Breeze System pellets
Blockage in cat’s bowels due to eating Tidy Cats Breeze System pellets. Supplied by Jacquelyn K.

There is one instance of a cat eating the Breeze System pellets occasionally. The cat’s owner complained to customer services at Tidy Cat and was reassured that the pellets were non-toxic and would break down and pass through the cat’s system without harm. The owner relied on the information but discovered that her cat developed a bowel blockage which actually killed him. In addition, she had veterinary costs of US$3,000. The photograph above is an x-ray from that particular comment written by “Jacquelyn K.”

The reviews are generally good for this product at four stars out of five from 4,500 reviews. However, if there is even a remote danger that a cat might need the pellets and suffer an intestinal blockage then I would argue, with respect, that the product is unsafe.

I’m not sure whether this problem is linked to the question on Quora.com, “Why was the Cat Breeze litter system discontinued?” I don’t think it is discontinued but perhaps it is at a certain geographical location. Perhaps someone can enlighten me. Have you use this cat litter system?

It is a novel system in which the pellets are not soft and absorbent. The cat’s urine passes through the pellets into an absorbent pad below. Faeces remain at the top layer amongst the pellets where they can be scooped up. There is something in the pellets which can confuse some cat into believing that they are food.

Tidy Cats has another problem with cat litter namely their lightweight litter which created too most dust and which created serious health problems for cats through inhaling the dust. I have two pages on this one a review (see link above) in the other based upon information provided by an employee in the factory explains how the litter is made.

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      • MS KITTY sufferes digestive blockage/now giving her meds trying to get her to pass breeze pellets that she ate.Going back to vet 04/28/2022 for followup X-RAY when I asked Purina when I noticed her eating pellete,THEY LIED<telling me Kitty would digest.

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        • Thank you AnneMarie for sharing your experience. It is valuable. This is a very disappointing cat litter. Although all cat litter has dangers for domestic cats using it. They have their heads down in the stuff and all that dust gets kicked up into their noses. I wonder how many cats have suffered ill health because of cat litter? It is a topic which is rarely talked about in any detail. I wish you good luck and I hope that your cat’s health recovers completely.

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  1. I use pine pellets instead of the breeze pellets. Go to Victorian Gardens cattery and watch her video on her litter box

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  2. Through adoption we took a male long haired orange tabby kitten. He was about 8 weeks old when we got him. Little Buddy was his name and he was a true joy to have in our family. We fed him Whiskas milk to him and pate food. He was doing great, but fate eating one evening he began vomiting all of his food. There was some blood, as well. After three days with only water and a little milk he began recovering. We had the Tidy cats Breeze system and I witnessed him kicking pellets out of the box to play with them. I’d collect them up and put them back, but then he started eating them. After a few days I took the Breeze system out and put a regular litter box in for the cat. A few weeks went by and after eating and playing one evening he became very lethargic. It was a Saturday, so he went to the vet Monday morning. By late afternoon the vet called and said his organs are all failing, his liver, kidneys, etc. and he’ll have to be put down. I was devastated. He was gone that night. I looked up the data sheet on the Breeze pellets and the main ingredient is silica. I knew there had to be a tie. My belief is the pellets were eaten and slowly breaking down in his intestines, but the silica was reeking havoc with his organs. The silica will cut the tissues and leave scars everywhere. He was dying. So we had to put him down. I blamed myself, but actually, I think Tidy Cats knows there are issues with these pellets and they do not know how to correct the problem. So, I would never buy that litter system or those pellets again.

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    • Thank you Jeff for commenting and I’m terribly sad to read your story. I really am. It is very tragic and I’m convinced that it was the silica in this Letter. This Letter should not be for sale in my opinion. There is another page on this website and the information on that page comes from an employee of the company who makes this litter and he confirms what you have written.

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  3. I started with the Tidy cat breeze system. I noticed my cat was attracted to the pellets and would eat them. She developed a blockage in her intestines. After $600 in vet bills I was told she required emergency surgery at a cost between $5100 to $6500. I could not afford this and I had to make the horrible decision of putting her down. I was devastated and still feel horribly guilty

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  4. Here are x Ray’s this crap needs to be removed. My boy maine coon will be in the hospital for at least 3 to 4 more days breeze litter is dangerous it takes on the smell of there food from the poop. This then gets them eating large amounts of it.

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  5. I am going through this now my cat ate the breeze cat pellets. He is in the hospital getting blood transfusions due to it making him anemic. I’m up t 4,000 in vet Bill’s this litter needs to be removed. The customer service said the same thing it will pass it does not. This product is toxic.

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