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Cat Litter: from free bags to $1.4bn business — 12 Comments

  1. well the stuff we get is budget kitty litter with crystals and got a big bag of pet team stuff today. Tried jasmin out on dirt, but found doesnt take the smell away. Shes prob ready to just go outside soon but still keep a litter for her in case. The others all go outside now. Am really impressed with her as she just so confident and even if the others dont want to play with her she still doesnt care. She loves it when i clean her litter box up and gets rather excited heres a pic below what shes looking like now. Was great to see on the page today a picture which is possibly what jasmin gonna look like of the tortieshell.

  2. Clay cat litter is a fantastic invention for indoor cats. However, one needs to be careful with clumping clay litters. I tried the regular Tidy Cat clumping litter and it became a sticky, tar-like goop that stuck to my cats’ paws and wouldn’t come off even with soap and water. Just think cats are constantly licking themselves clean and anything that sticks to them, they will ingest it. Ever since that experience I avoid all Tidy Cat litters like the plague. I do use a clumping clay litter but I pay more for another brand.

    I think everyone on this forum is very experienced with cats but another thing to watch out for is kittens and clumping litter. Kittens are frail. The stories of kittens becoming ill and dying from blockages due to ingesting clumping litter are numerous and heartbreaking. After they are a little older it’s ok.

    To Ruth’s point about the 2 cats that died from lung issues, I can see how that can happen because cats are low to the ground and they kick up the litter and breath it in. The problem is even worse with a covered box. What a shame though.

    I had not thought about it before but the amount of money spent on litter is truly big business. For the sake of comparing notes, I spend $50 per month on cat litter ($25 per cat). Anyone else want to share how much they spend?

    • Thank you for this comment. The truth is we don’t fully understand how, at least potentially, dangerous cat litter is. You never know, it may cause some idiopathic illnesses (illnesses with an unknown cause). I use wood-based litter. I think it’s better but this is a personal preference.

      As you say cats can jump into a litter tray and start sniffing because their odour is in the tray and when they sniff they could inhale minute particles of dust from the clay or wood or whatever substance is being used. These minute particles could be ingested. In addition, the particles become adhered to their paws. They lick their paws and ingest the particles that way. I think more research needs to be done on the potential health hazards of cat litter. No doubt big business will be against it because, as I say in the article, it is massively profitable business.

  3. Just seen this warning on facebook from someone in Texas, so I’m sharing it here:

    PLEASE DUMP THIS STUFF OUT!!!!!! I belong to a small group of cat lovers (around 450 members). Two cats dead within a couple days – from using the same litter brand! Both cats that passed away developed lung issues within one containers use, one was 14, one was just 1 yr old. Neither lived together. The vet in both instances blames the litter. I’ve contacted Tidy Cat and they are trying to get a hold of the pet owners for investigation of this issue. It is <<<>>> this specific formula in question at this time.

      • Dee, I whined about them using Fresh Step at the shelter I volunteer at because of dust and the close confined quarters for the cats. We had cats with teary eyes and sniffling and sneezing. It wasn’t bad at all compared to TC Lightweight. It is the worst litter I have ever used for dust.

        I normally use Dr Elsey’s and liked the TC because of the weight. I am getting older and those 40# bags feel
        much heavier than when I was younger. I am using Dr Elsey’s again.

        • I’ve tried Dr. Elsey’s Cat Attract and didn’t care for it. Not enough odor control.
          I’m not a fan of Freshstep either.
          I’m using Scoop Away right now. It’s not too, too dusty. The scented is overpowering, so I’m mixing it half and half with unscented.

          • Thanks for the tip on the Cat Attract. I only use Dr Elsey’s Precious which comes in the blue bag. I don’t like the strong perfume smell either.

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