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Posted May 5, 2011 by Shadow
Thought I would start a blog on Cat litter where we can write reviews on all the cat litter that you have tried. Wish I could do some sort of statistics graph here on each product, but this will have to do.
So I will start with my experiences. We can also discuss the problems with clay vs. natural litters.
Some Clay does seem to work well, though the drawbacks are silica which can really cause problems for you and your cat's lungs. Though it seems to be a cheaper option. Wheat, or corn based is lighter, and better for lungs. Though there are concerns of aflatoxins that are in grain based products when mosisture is added. I have been trying to research this in depth about aflatoxins in grain based litter when moisture and heat are added. Then there is paper litter, silica beads litter, oh and some of us even have our cats use their own human toilet. I wonder if they flush too? mol!!
Here are my experiences thus far. (Yes I have tried all of these)

-Costco Clay litter was only 7.99$ for 40lbs
good odor control. Very dusty.

- Crystal Cat litter expensive, pretty good for odor control, but the beads would fly everywhere, finding them all over the house. Would not want my cats to ingest this if they licked themselves.

- Natures Miracle 10lbs not on sale is 14.99$ Wheat based, strong pine smell. Pee particles would not clump well. Though there is no dust at all. Is good if mixed with another natural brand.

-Swheat Scoop Mid range price natural wheat litter.
smell is a bit odd when it gets wet, it is not very dusty. If it sits too long it will stick to the bottom of pan like cement.

- Worlds Best natural corn based litter,quite expensive we paid 9.99$-13.99 for a 9lb bag its very minimal on dust, light weight, and good for odors. Can get tracked around. Cling on cats long fur. Clumps well.

-Petsmart brand Clay (Esquisi cat) affordable 11.99$ for 40lbs, very good on odor and good clumping.

-Arm and Hammer Double Duty Clay 9.99$ for 20lbs, so a little expensive. Great odor control, and good clumping, tracks around. Quite dusty.

-Arm and Hammer Essentials Corn, and Baking soda litter. 10.5 Lbs 14.99$ Has quite a strong perfumey smell to it, you can even smell it without opening the bag. It clumps ok, covers the smell, but then you get another sort of sweet awful smell. Dustless.

-Pestells Easy Clean Corn based litter (cheap) Bought at Zellars. $6.99 for 7lbs I just bought this one so I will let you know. Good price, lightweight, and dustless so far. No smell with this litter so far.

Also please feel free to add your experiences with cat litter Boxes. We just found some online (Walmart) but it is a USA site so not sure if we can order. They are nice wooden boxes to hide the actual litter box.
I sure like those potted fake tree ones that have the litter box hidden in them too.
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TBOBINA wrote at July 7, 2011
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We just found a litter in Superstore and its corn based, its called "Green Vert" it has a fresh scent and it clumps pretty darn good, and is good with odor, it was only 6.99$ for a 3.2 kg bag, compared to some of the other corn based litters, a little cheaper.
TBOBINA
Kali Kat wrote at July 7, 2011
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I'm giggling at your tags for this blog post.

I have Bengal cats that I got from a breeder. (yes I have had tons of rescues too through the years, these are the only ones I have gotten from a breeder) Anyway, they used the wheat on the kitten litter pans. I used it with mine, but when my boy was close to a year he started getting an allergy to it (runny nose). I tried pine, my cats were ok, didn't take to it that well. I tried the clump, way to dusty, made one of my cats cough. I am using the corn. I have to dump it after about 5 weeks. I wash out the pans and put all fresh in. I scoop at least 1x a day, usually 2. This is the best option in our house.
Kali Kat
Shadow wrote at May 30, 2011
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Pestells Easy Clean Corn based litter is not very good at all, all the urine does not clump and just goes into little bits, no odour control whatsoever.
We also tried the Worlds Best for multiple cats, and do not like the weird smell. The regular ones seems to work better alot better anyhow.
Shadow
Tigger wrote at May 14, 2011
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We're still on the same litterbox of the pine litter, it still doesn't stink! It's been pretty much just me using it,but it seems to control pee odors extremely well. Dad says once Cali & Sobe exhaust the clumping litter in the big litterbox he's going to try it out with them. At $2.something a bag,we can save half on the litter bill!
Tigger
stealthfur0ne@gmail.com wrote at May 8, 2011
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Our Pops likes the premium litter as there is less dust. He just got a real good deal on the store brand so... He tells us to dig less. Yeah right.

And be careful with small kittens. No clumping litter. If they eat it it blocks them up and will kill the little kit. No pine litters either. Again they eat it. We were lucky when our little Mars threw it up before it went further. They are testing things by eating. Use straight plain old clay or wheat litter until they are 12-16 weeks or so.
Happy Poops MOL
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Vinca Price wrote at May 7, 2011
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Oh, and when I have a kitty that needs a box, I use pine pellet stove fuel. Like $3 a bag, and near indistinguishable from pine litter. The kitties seem willing to use it. Scented litter makes my asthma crazy, and causes distress and behavior probs in some cats, so I stay away from it. Wheat and corn litter attracts mice, which is fun for the cats, but not so much for me.
Vinca Price
Vinca Price wrote at May 7, 2011
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Kitties Gone Green is a local brand invented by a rescuer with a sanctuary for disabled cats. It is totally biodegradable and controls scent well. It is light weight, and doesn't stick badly to the litter pan the way some do. The $ from it helps support the care of animals at the sanctuary. It does track a little bit, but I've yet to find one that doesn't! It was used at the place with 70 cats I used to cat sit at. They will expand distribution into California soon. http://kittysgonegreen.com/
Vinca Price
Erin Monahan wrote at May 7, 2011
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We've been using Cat's Pride for yrs. Odor control is good, it clumps well, bit it's very dusty clay-based :/ i'd like to try the wheat ones however, being a celiac that's a huge nono for me. I tried the Worlds Best & the cats refused to use it. Precious Cat was supposed to come out with Respiratory Relief formula in Feb but I haven't been able to find it. Finn has asthma & I want to reduce the dust
Erin Monahan
Greyson Kazanovicz wrote at May 6, 2011
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I have used FreshCat Multiple Cat Scoopable litter for all of my 7 years. Maybe I just don't know any better, but this has been ok for me. I have never ever peed or pooped anywhere but in my litter box. (Sometimes I throw up on the living room carpet... hee hee.)

I love your hat, Tigger!
Last Update on May 6, 2011 by Greyson Kazanovicz
Greyson Kazanovicz
Tigger wrote at May 6, 2011
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We usually use clumping litter,but we got another litterbox since we're 3 cats now,& Dad tried Feline Fresh pine litter because it was under 3$ a bag at the blue W store. It seems to work well with pee(no odor yet!),but I made a Mega-Poop in it,& I overwhelmed the litter. But if the poops are scooped out in a timely fashion,this seems like a good litter so far.
Tigger
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