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  •  There are health issues, documented and (2+ / 0-)
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    Amber6541, txcatlin

    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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