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People sometimes ask me why I use natural litters instead of clumping… - Moggy Meadows
May 28th, 2004
01:23 pm
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People sometimes ask me why I use natural litters instead of clumping clay.

This little description is precisely why.

(Gratefully snagged from kittiejournals.)

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From:nerdinium
Date:May 28th, 2004 04:00 pm (UTC)
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From the article it seems like just the kittens are affected by it - would adult cats get sick also?
From:festinalente
Date:May 28th, 2004 07:38 pm (UTC)
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is natural litter more expensive? Bison and Phoebe are pooping/peeing machines. I go thru 4 litterboxes full of litter a month. I'm naturally more inclined to spend more $ on their food than their litter. They have NEVER had problems with Tidy Cats (which is clumping) and I always examine Phoebe's hairballs - and they are all fur.

Just wondering how much more expensive natural litter is.
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From:moggymania
Date:May 28th, 2004 08:23 pm (UTC)

Oooh, cost-efficiency graphs, mark me a dork! lol

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In terms of cost-per-pound, the natural is more expensive. OTOH, in terms of the cost-per-*day* it was less expensive; I found that Swheat Scoop and World's Best both could absorb more water with less litter than the clays did. It doesn't sound like a big deal at first, but with 21 cats worth of pee to deal with, you'd be shocked at how it would add up. *grin* Just estimating as I'm a bit too out-of-it to do math accurately, I'd say that the final cost for Swheat Scoop is perhaps 1/4 to 1/3 what I would spend per month on clays. (I am trying World's Best Cat Litter now, too; it'll take another month or two for me to know its cost-efficiency per pound ratio.)

I only had problems with one cat using the clay -- my gray-blue kitty Max kept getting "constipated" (blocked up) when I was using it. :-p I first stopped using clay in part because the dust set off my asthma, and constantly blowing gray snot out my nose (like I said, 21 cats worth makes things easier to notice) was freaky. I also thought it was creepy that in my father's chemical business people are required to wear heavy-duty HAZMAT masks for handling clay dust to prevent their lungs, yet it wasn't supposed to be an issue with cats.
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