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Is clumping cat litter safe? — 11 Comments

  1. So is there any consensus as to which litter is the safest and most healthy for an indoor cat? My kitty Nikki Hana, who crossed the Rainbow Bridge four months ago, was six weeks shy of 21 years old. She used pine litter her whole life. However, the pellets were reformulated when the company sold the line to another manufacturer. The new pellets were larger and had sharp edges. I think they really hurt her feet the last few years. During the last year, after a stroke which left her very visually impaired, and bad arthritis in her back legs, she insisted on only using the floor. πŸ˜’πŸ˜’πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸΎ

  2. I also have a cat who chose a couple spots outside in the dirt where he goes; I just have to remember to let him out after he eats to use it. I do mix in some sand and keep it tidy as well. There’s also a newspaper-based litter (pellets) that I tried (for my cats) which I probably stopped using due to it just not working well, but it might be better for kittens based on what we’ve read here.

    Once a cat has chosen a spot outside (like the middle of your well manicured lawn) there’s nothing you can do to change his mind about it short of a little electrified fence and an armed guard. Even then he’ll probably still find a way to go there.

    Then there are cats who refuse to use the only place in the house for them (litter box). They do think for themselves at least, which I think is a concept foreign to many people.

  3. We used clumping litter for my first cats. My cat, Tuffy, developed mega colon which is a stretching of the colon so that the animal becomes constipated and has to eventually have enemas which also require being anesthetized. She eventually had an operation which removed part of the colon. It was a new procedure for veterinarians to perform. We were also users of the clumping litter when it first came out along with the automatic litter box cleaner. We thought this would be good for the cats to have their box cleaned immediately after use because there was an electronic eye in it. Somewhere along the line my vet realized that the clumping litter had concrete in it. We immediately stopped using it and have never used it since. Tuffy’s mother also died of a blockage and it was before practice vets outside of medical centers had X-ray equipment. As I was writing this, I just realized it might have been the litter too.

    • Sorry about Tuffy. I had a cat who suffered mega colon. I know how he suffered and I did everything I could to help him with that short of surgery. He died before that was necessary. Yes, I’ve also thought that the clay has or acts like concrete in their lungs and intestine… very bad.

  4. I use pine litter for my daughter. It is the only thing I can think of to use that is safe. Unless of course we can get our kids to use the toilet. Some do. How their parents get them to do that is beyond me.

    • Pine is a good place for bacteria and fungal spores to grow, so be sure to change it often even if it doesn’t smell bad. The manufacturers add odor control but that’s toxic as well.

      Honestly there’s not much humans do to keep cats around that isn’t toxic…

      • Damn. Well, that sucks big time! I do actually change it often. Thanks Albert. You would think they would make something safe for our kids to use??

  5. The wheat based litters allow fungal spores to grow very quickly. Warm urine and faeces create the perfect nutrient mix for these often lethal spores.

    Wood has its own fungicidal properties too.

      • Curious that.

        Conifers are known to produce sap that contains phenolics that are by nature antifungal & antibacterial. Pine disinfectants were once common.

        High note phenols are known as lethally toxic to cats.

        Could the processing of pine wood into litter pellets destroy the antifungal/antibacteral properties?

        I’m assuming that wood pellet litter is made from softwood conifers.

        Most species of trees have sap that has antibacterial/antifungal properties, according to what threats prevail in the environment.

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