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« on: August 30, 2009, 08:58:39 PM »

Hi all I am hoping to get some help with a litter for my kittens to use.

I actually use chicken lay crumbles for my cats.
I have 6 kitties and all but my two youngest who are 4 to 5 months use with no problem.

My youngest were not using litter box from the start at 8 weeks but we didn't realize this for a while. They would use it but also sometime not.
We realized they were peeing out of box when they peed on the bed a couple of times. And then on the floor a few times.

I purchased some Dr Elseys Attract litter and it has worked very well but I don't want to keep them on the clay clumping litter any longer than I have to plus my 6 year old has decided he likes to eat it soooo I need suggestions for other litters that might be close to the same texture of the Dr Elseys.

My chicken lay crumbles are very close to the same texture as Worlds Best  and Sweat Scoop so I don't think either of these will work.
I also tried Feline Pine Scoopable and its a NO GO.
I have also tried rabbit pellets and right now I have a box of Good News to try but I have my doubts there too.
But we shall see.

Anyway I would really like to use something natural and safer than clumping clay for them.
So any suggestions, recommendations, ideas and opinions would be Greatly Appreciated.
Would prefer litter I can buy locally don't want to have to order.
Thank you
mel and furries
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2009, 04:32:42 AM »

How about trying plain old sand? I use Dr Elseys regular litter and my five are doing well with it!

Good luck finding something that works for you and your cats.

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« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2009, 06:26:44 AM »

I still use Fresh Results and am very satisfied with it.  I buy it at Walmart.
It's in a lavender and green plastic bag. It's not clay - it is corn based.

"Money may buy you a fine dog, but only love can make him wag his tail." -Kinky Friedman
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« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2009, 07:20:02 AM »

Chicken lay crumbles, that's a new one for me!  I'll have to look into that, but I bet someone around here would try to eat it.  Kibble addicts on homemade food now.  Maybe your kittens don't like the smell of it?

I have 5 cats, one litter box, and limited money for litter.  I've tried most litters and just keep going back to wood stove pellets, or horse bedding pellets (same thing).  They break down into sawdust in a few days and last for about 4-5 days before needing a change.  One bag for about $5 lasts almost a month.

It might not be good for kitties who don't like the bigger particles, but if they accept things like Feline Pine (good but expensive) or Good Mews (soaked and smelly in 2 days and doesn't absorb as well as wood pellets) it would work.  Some brands are better than others. 

I tried sand but it was very soaked and smelly in just a few days.  The clumping litters run into big $$ for me and the box is a gummy mess after one week.

Maybe you can offer several litter boxes with different litters and see which the kittens like the best.  Then everyone can have the litter they like.
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« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2009, 09:16:00 AM »

I use oat bran. 

Pricey as heck, but it clumps nicely and is safe for my cat with respiratory issues who likes to stick her nose right down on top of the litter when she's digging. 

I tried other brans (rice, wheat) and they just don't clump like the oat. 

Keeping a box clean is a top priority with cats with out of box issues - maintain it as often as you can.  Also make sure you have enough boxes - some cats like to pee in one, poop in another. 

Good luck!

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