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Posted January 27, 2015 by Rat
Not a great subject for my first blog entry, but mama and I have questions. I've been visiting the litter box a lot and a few days ago, mama saw blood. I've been to the vet and have an infection I'm now on medication for. But there's a problem. Something called transitional cells were found in my pee. It wasn't a sterile sample since I left it on the table for them oops, but I don't doubt the test. Thing is, it COULD be from the infection if it's been going on longer than mama noticed. Otherwise, it's really bad news. It's possible it's cancer, a kind that causes tumors in the bladder. Does anyone know about this? Any cats out there who've had it or know one who did? Mama's looking into diagnosis options, but she wants information of any type before deciding. I go back next week for a recheck after I finish the anti-biotic. Thanks for any help you can give!
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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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