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  •  A practical pootie litter question. My new pootie (6+ / 0-)

    has some kitty litter that is odor control. The kitty litter has an annoying perfume smell. She is not an outside pootie. Is there a good solution?

    guns are fun v. hey buddy, watch what you are doing -- which side are you on?

    by 88kathy on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 05:10:13 PM PDT

    •  "Odor control" is a racket afaic (7+ / 0-)

      It's just godawful, eye-watering, throat-burning tutti frutti on top of perfectly good unscented cat litter. I cannot imagine it's good for the cats to ingest when they wash the dust off their fur and the bits of litter out of their feet.

      I've switched one of my cats from baking-soda-laced Arm & Hammer unscented scoopable (some batches unacceptably dusty :P :P ) to a recycled paper litter, something like Yesterday's News. Big, dark pellets that look like rabbit chow; it can be a bit messy if your cat likes to kick litter out of the pan; and because of the dark color it's difficult to figure out what to scoop except for obvious poo; but for 1-2 weeks it is very impressively odor-free IMO, then it starts smelling like urine.


      by raincrow on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 08:51:33 PM PDT

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      •  Thanks, you are right about the odor and I never (3+ / 0-)
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        thought about the dust. Frankly being a gardener, cat poo is preferable to that tutti frutti stuff. Will give it a try. I was even thinking of just using shredded paper from the paper shredder. That might be a mistake though because It might go everywhere.

        guns are fun v. hey buddy, watch what you are doing -- which side are you on?

        by 88kathy on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 09:20:28 PM PDT

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        •  There are health issues, documented and (2+ / 0-)
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          undocumented from various cat litters. Clumping litter contains bentonite clay, which swells and can cause intestinal blockage in kittens (and grazing dogs) who ingest enough of the particles. It also adsorbs nutrients, etc., on its way through the cat. I have not seen any research yet (links, anyone??) but have read numerous claims that clumping litter is responsible for a marked increase in irritable bowel, vomiting, respiratory distress, and immune suppression; and that switching cats off of clumping litter alleviates these conditions.

          The silica dust in litters that contain "magic odor crystals" can cause pulmonary silicosis in cats every bit as much as silica inhalation causes it in humans. I won't touch the stuff.

          The oils in litters made from pine and cedar can cause liver damage to cats.

          And the corn litters can cause immune responses and worse (other grain based litters may also cause allergies, but corn seems to be generate the most internet warnings). I've also seen reports cats who sickened, and some who died, from suspected mycotoxin poisoning from molds widely prevalent in corn. As soon as urine hits the corn, molds begin growing and are quite dangerous.

          So that leaves old-fashioned plain, stinky pulverized clay (which can be deodorized a bit with a reasonable amount of baking soda), paper-based litters, and wheat- and oat-hull based litters (the latter 2 assuming no grain allergies). None of them are ideal, but at least they aren't going to damage your cats' health....


          by raincrow on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 12:52:16 AM PDT

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