REMINDER: Why Clay Cat Litter is Evil

Sun, Mar 6, 2011

Litter & Hygiene

If you’ve been reading Moderncat for awhile, then you know I am against clay cat litter. There are only a few issues that I feel this strongly about and that I will use the blog as a platform for. I felt like it was time for a quick reminder on the issue, plus I have some interesting new things to share with you this week related to non-clay litter options. But first — in order to preempt the comments and emails I sometimes get when this topic comes up — I want to clarify something: I’m not saying that you love your cats any less if you use clay litter. I believe that there are several reasons why people still use clay litter:

  1. Clay cat litter is readily available in every supermarket, grocery store, mass retailer, and convenience store.
  2. It is the standard, it has been used for decades, and it performs very well.
  3. It is cheap.
  4. Many cat owners are unaware of the dangers of using clay litter because no scientific studies have been done to clearly show why it is bad. People simply don’t know.

So there you have it. Availability, performance, price, and awareness. And this is all controlled by the BIG manufacturers who have huge marketing budgets and distribution channels and who have dominated the cat litter market for years. Well, things are starting to change with several new companies now producing excellent non-clay litters and some of the big manufacturers also adding non-clay litters to their line.

So let’s start with the awareness piece. Here’s a summary of why I feel that clay cat litter is bad:

BAD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

  1. Clay is strip mined to produce clay cat litter.
  2. Used clumping clay cat litter NEVER biodegrades in the landfill.

BAD FOR CAT’S HEALTH & HUMAN HEALTH

  1. Clay litter contains silica, which is a known carcinogen when inhaled.
  2. Clumping clay litter contains sodium bentonite which expands to 15 times its volume and forms an INSOLUBLE mass when it contacts liquid. It does the same thing when cats ingest it as they groom themselves after using the litter box.

For more information about the dangers of clumping clay litters, please visit Marina Michaels’ website Catmom.com.

To address the performance issue, I have to admit, non-clay litters just don’t work as well as clay. However, I feel that if you are committed to making the switch, you will find a solution that you and your cats can live with. I have one new non-clay litter to tell you about this week and you’ll have a chance to win some to try for yourself.

The other big issue is price. Because of the smaller distribution, the non-clay litters are still quite expensive, usually around $1/lb. but with more and more people buying non-clay litter, the price should come down. I have a terrific budget busting litter tip coming up later this week, so stay tuned.

Please note: I do not allow manufacturers to advertise clay litter on Moderncat, however, sometimes you may see an ad for it in Google AdWords. I try to filter these out but sometimes they come through anyway. I do not support clay litter products.

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93 Responses to “REMINDER: Why Clay Cat Litter is Evil”

  1. 1
    J Rose

    After trying a ton of different kinds of litter, the ones I ended up using were Swheat Scoop and just plain old DE litter.

    The Arm & Hammer litter, the newer stuff that is made of corn – it actually works really well, but it’s hard to find around here.

  2. 2
    Mason Canyon

    Looking forward to learning more about new litter that’s available. The clay type can be messy too.

    Mason
    Thoughts in Progress

  3. 3
    Angela

    I guess I’ll have to buy some Feline Pine.

  4. 4
    sachie+Goma

    Hi!!1 Could you list names of clay cat litter that are out there? I am not sure which one is clay litter… Fresh Step is?

  5. 5
    Catherine

    I am SO glad you posted this – more people need to be aware!

    My boyfriend and I adopted a stray cat this fall and I was adamant that we not use clay cat litter, for all of the aforementioned reasons. We read about a safflower seed litter system but it wasn’t readily available in our area, so we ended up going with a clumping litter made from corn husks. It’s available at our big-chain grocery store, and it’s not only comparable in cost to the clay versions ($4.99 for medium bag), it’s also MUCH lighter to carry and has a nice, natural floralish scent. I would HIGHLY recommend it!

    You can read some reviews about it here: http://reviews.presidentschoice.ca/6584/F16903/reviews.htm
    …although it may not be available in the U.S. (I live in Canada), the safflower system I mentioned definitely is (find out more here: http://www.smartcatbox.com/index.aspx ). I think there’s also a comparable corn version in the U.S. called World’s Best, but my understanding was that it was more expensive than clay litter.

    Thanks again for a great article!

  6. 6
    adam807

    I actually find Feline Pine to be totally effective. When I used clay litter I never used clumping, so it’s pretty similar performance-wise. And the pine has a natural smell that helps mask cat odors. You don’t need to change it as frequently, so in the end it’s not even that expensive.

  7. 7
    Linda

    I hear ya on the clay litters. I’ve been trying to get away from it myself. Living in a small apartment, I have many considerations to think about. I tried “World’s Best” and since it has corn in it, my cat tried to eat it. Returned to store. Tried Feline Pine, which had a nice fragrance, however, it was so light and airy that it flew around everywhere. Odor is a huge consideration as well, I clean the box several times a day, with some litters the odor lingers on.

    Can you suggest different alternatives to try? I’ll look for the A&H corn litter that J Rose suggested.

  8. 8
    Maggie

    Funny thing is, I’ve found that the clumping clay litters actually end up being more expensive than the pine pellets I’ve got my girls on. The initial purchase price is more, but I get 10 weeks out of a $15 bag of litter. That’s a lot longer than $15 worth of any clumping clay, at least at local prices. And it smells so much nicer, too.

  9. 9
    DawnC

    I’ve left this post before but I need to say it again. You can use CHICKEN FEED and it actually clumps! It’s made of corn and is very similar to The World’s Best Cat Litter, in fact I have a feeling that’s where they got their idea from. My aunt has been using it for years and it’s very inexpensive. I’ve found it in Los Angeles for about $12 for a huge bag. It may be even cheaper in more rural areas. You have to get the “Lay Crumbles” for egg laying hens, it’s just a little bit more coarse than TWBCL. I think TWBCL still works a bit better but if you can’t afford it this is a nice inexpensive alternative to clay! I used to go all the way out to a feed store to find it but I just realized a large local pet store closer to me carries it. I just found a site where people are talking about it and someone mentioned finding it at Wall Mart: http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=181575

  10. 10
    Midi

    Thanks for this reasonable entry! There are more and more cheap wooden litters available so I think that the situation will change quite soon, and both cats and their people will slowly get accustomed to more friendly products.

  11. 11
    paulina

    I use Worlds Best Cat Litter and it’s great!
    My cats like it, it clumps great, is biodegradable, is made from corn so is not harmful for anyone…

  12. 12
    Janice

    I’ve used Feline Pine litter for years, along with the litter boxes that are specially designed for it. People who would tell me the truth insist that there’s no litter odor in my house. It’s only ingredient is sawdust, and it’s supposedly a byproduct of the lumber industry, so no trees are cut down just to make kitty litter.

    When I adopted my adorable kitties a few months ago they arrived accustomed to Arm & Hammer clay litter, and I weaned them from that as soon as possible. Odiferous, AND weighs a ton.

  13. 13
    karen

    hmmmm … and drat. i just bought fresh step for the first time in a long time. clumps like nobody’s business–which i like. it also, though, is dusty as can be–which i hate. i generally mix arm & hammer with something like swheat scoop to cut down on the dust. i never realized the environmental ramifications (i grew up in an area that was strip mined), but i’m convinced the clay litter led to my male cats urinary tract problems–the dust, um, clogged him up.

    don’t know if i’ve tried the new-ish arm & hammer litter, but their old one worked well & i’ll definitely give the new one a shot.

    thanks for the informative post!

  14. 14
    Babs (formerly Kush's Human)

    Litter boses specially designed for Feline Pine? Really? I need to know more!
    We use clay litter (non-clumping). After reading all the review on this site a couple of years ago, I decided that the only one that would really work for use is Feline Pine. Unfortunately, KK’s urine breaks it down really quickly, and we’d end up with a soft mess in the bos. I got scared that it would stay on his paws and he’s end up ingesting it, so I went back to clay litter. If there’s a box that would help with this I would love to know about it.

  15. 15
    WhiskaKids

    We switched to the Arm & Hammer corn litter and it works great. Smells better also, to a point, and it “clumps” just fine. It’s a lot lighter to carry & the clay stuff was always just – nasty!

  16. 16
    Macha

    #7, was the Feline Pine you tried the clumping version? I agree that it is far too lightweight and makes a mess. I haven’t had that problem with non-clumping pine litter.

    There was a really annoying segment on a recent episode of Animal Planet’s “Must Love Cats,” that I suspect was paid product placement for Fresh Step. They evaluated clay, wheat and a third type of litter (not pine) on the basis of absorbency and clumping, and pronounced the Fresh Step clay the best. No other factors were discussed- not environmental or health concerns, or even odor control or cost. Sigh.

  17. 17
    Teresa Ann

    I use green tea litter.
    When I cannot order it in time for change time,I go to PETCO and get yesterdays news.
    Both are pricey,but so much more safe and healthy.
    Green tea litter lasts 3 weeks if you scoop dilligently,so the price comes out to the same..
    Also,brands like Feline Pine have additives similiar to pinesol,which are so bad for anyone,let alone a cat,to inhale.
    Some cats get sick from it.

  18. 18
    Teresa Ann

    I’ve also seen wood shavings used for barns and horse stalls used at shelters.
    They change it daily .Very cheap.

  19. 19
    Brenda @ Split Rock Ranch

    I switched to Wheat Sand awhile back and absolutely LOVE it! It clumps as well or better than clay litter, it has no dust and controls odors extremely well. I highly recommend it. 20 pounds of Wheat Sand lasts far longer than twice that weight in clay litter.

  20. 20
    Jenny

    I was using World’s Best for several months and liked it. However, one of my cats always had urine on him after using the box. We had to wash him every single time. I finally figured out that maybe the litter wasn’t pulling the urine away from him fast enough.

    I decided to go back to clay. I tried Ever Clean and it works perfectly. I would much rather be on non-clay, but I can’t have cat pee on our furniture and bedding all of the time. It’s disgusting!

    Also, Ever Clean is way better at keeping the litter box smell away!

    So, if there is a non-clay litter out there that will absorb urine quickly, I’ll give it a try!

  21. 21
    Laura

    I’m currently using a clumping clay litter, but I’ve been trying to switch to something better for a while. I was really hopeful about World’s Best, but it got moldy after a few days, even though I cleaned it very frequently (and the area where the litter box was kept was not particularly humid). Has anyone else experienced this?

  22. 22
    Inda

    Thank you for writing such a clear and thoughtful post on this topic! I look forward to your upcoming post on litter alternatives. I am going to hope that you’ve found a good scoop litter that I haven’t yet tried! lol.

    I love World’s Best cat litter for the odor control and ease of scooping. It also does not have an overpowering scent by itself. If only this worked for all my cats, I’d have no problems! But one of my cats turned out to be allergic to corn and she got all itchy and miserable and started peeing in the bathtub! EEk! I moved on to Swheat Scoop but it doesn’t clump very well, turns into a gummy mess, and my allergic cat had the same itchy and redness problems again. I also tried paper pellets but I really don’t like the non-scooping cat litter. Also it is no good at absorbing odors. So I am currently using Feline Pine Clumping Formula. The bad news is, it is so-so at clumping and it takes a long time to scoop (I have to scoop twice a day), and it gets everywhere. Really, everywhere. There is a lot of tracking, so it seems like I am always sweeping and vacuuming. On the positive side, the scent is not bad. I prefer the sawdust smell to a chemical or false floral. A box of the stuff is really light, so it’s easy to haul out of the closet and refill the litter box. And so far it’s the only litter my sensitive cat can use. I am keeping my fingers crossed that there will be more alternatives soon!

  23. 23
    Sarah

    For anyone who is interested, I use a brand called Fresh News which I order from Amazon. It’s $15 for a 25 lb bag and is made with recycled newspaper. Yesterday’s News is another similar brand but it isn’t eligible for free delivery on Amazon Prime like Fresh News is. It is virtually dust free, there is NO ODOR and it doesn’t track. The only down side is sometimes it’s hard to see which part of the litter is wet, it just expands and gets darker. I have two cats and they use the same litter box and there is never any odor.

  24. 24
    Cindy

    My only devil’s advocate comment is if there are “no scientific studies done to clearly show why it is bad” then how does the anti clay movement have the empirical evidence to say it is bad as well?

    We’ve tried feline pine and it was 10x messier than litter. It was everywhere in our house like sawdust on the floor of a country western bar. HA!! Our cats wouldn’t go in the boxes with the corn products. I’m not sure why.

  25. 25
    Galley

    The Arm & Hammer corn-based litter works very well, and is dust free. It’s $7.99 for a 10.5 lb. bag at Target. One bag can last a month.

  26. 26
    gretchen

    Catherine, the link for the president’s choice litter seems to stop at the review. I can’t see where they sell the product, any help would be appreciated.
    thanks

  27. 27
    Lisa

    Thanks for emailing this to me as it is a great reminder that cheapest isn’t always bestest! This was additional great information I did not have.
    I am a fan of World’s Best and Feline.
    Love them both.

    Have a wonderful week,
    Lisa, Madi and Abi
    http://krittersthattwitter.com

  28. 28
    Erica

    I sort of feel in a quandry. I definitely don’t like that clay litter is made by a process that is harmful to the environment, and that breathing it can be harmful, but non clay litters are both more expensive and don’t work as well. I tried World’s best, since I had been hearing some good things about it, but it seems since the commercials came on tv they changed the formula, or something. It doesn’t clump well or control odors for me. If someone comes up with a good non clay litter, I would definitely switch, but until then, I’ll have to stick with clay litters.

  29. 29
    miryam

    Feline’s pine litter boxes are key. They work better than the VanNess sifting litter boxes with feline pine. I also have a box with cedar litter. I think they pee in the feline pine box for the most part and poop in the cedar filled box. They do prefer the softer feel of clay (or cedar) but will use pine if that’s all there is.

    I do think however the dangers of ingesting a little bentonite clay might be overstated since it is sold by health food stores for ingestion for detoxification purposes. That said there may be other things in the clay litter or lack of purity of the bentonite that make it harmful to ingest.

  30. 30
    Julie P

    I agree the clay clumping litters work great, but I have not been using them for a long time due to the environmental/health factors. I really liked World’s Best, but then my kitty developed a cough and after going to the vet and having an echo cardiogram and and Rx for predisone later he stopped with the cough. BUT, I also switched his litter to Nature’s Miracle. It clumps (not as good as World’s Best), it is environmental friendly, made of corn cob fibers and dust free. I don’t smell any litter box smell either. It still sticks some on his paws as I find particles around the house. It’s not perfect, but it has helped with kitty’s coughing and he is no longer on predisone.

  31. 31
    Stephanie

    OMG- I am so confused! I recently switched to Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Ultra thinking it’s the safest & wanting the best for my babies. I’ve read horrible reviews about World’s Best Cat Litter as some cats actually EAT it since it’s made with corn & has caused severe blockages that have resulted in thousands of dollars in vet bills & even death in some cases! :(
    PLEASE tell us what is safest for our babies & what is recommended. It would be VERY MUCH appreciated & thank you for this information! :)

  32. 32
    Lulu Bassington-Harris

    I’ve always thought clay cat litter too disgusting for words, never knew it was dangerous too. I always use a wood based cat litter, from sustainable sources, it simply goes to sawdust when it’s wet, the odour problem is minimal, and it empties easily with no yucky tray to clean out,.

  33. 33
    Entropy

    “2.Used clumping clay cat litter NEVER biodegrades in the landfill.”

    Uh….clay’s a friggin’ mineral. It doesn’t biodegrade *anywhere*.

  34. 34
    Jodi

    I use clay, so I am really looking forward to your posts on alternatives. I never realized it wasn’t good for planet and kitties.

  35. 35
    Bell

    I’ve never tried clay litter as I’ve always been warned off it. I live in Australia and have been using WonderWheat for a while now and the cats really like it. Its easy for them to dig around and it clumps really well. Its biodegradable, flushable, organic and safe for kitties if they accidentally eat it. http://www.wonderwheat.com.au

  36. 36
    Jenny | Floppycats.com

    Kate – Someone above my comment mentioned that “Must Love Cats” had featured the “benefits of clay litter” and I wondered (when I read this post in my inbox this morning) if you watched that show on Saturday and therefore it inspired the need for this post!

    The jury is still out for me on the non-clay litters. I have not found one that I like. We are currently using Swheat Scoop. I am not sure how the cats don’t get it clumping and expanding in their systems – since it is a clumping litter as well.

    I agree with Entropy in post #33 – my boyfriend actually said the same thing.

    As I think I’ve mentioned, Charlie and Trigg used WBCL and they were very itchy – I think allergies are an issue with the wheat and corn stuff. So I am not sure if there’s a great solution. However, we are going to product test a new litter coming up called “Purr & Simple All-Natural Cat Litter” – it is made from tree-nut shells!

    Here’s a line from the promo piece, “Purr & Simple uses locally grown tree-nut shells — the fibrous product provides twice the odor control, half the dust of other litters for minimal tracking and is 100% biodegradable.”

    I hope the Purr & Simple is the answer to our woes.

    Thanks,
    Jenny

  37. 37
    Ashley M

    I’ve tried to switch away from clay litter several times BUT I have a picky calico who rejects everything that is not Tidy Cats unscented. No matter what I try she just starts peeing outside of the box. All I have to do is even throw in one scoop (e.g., of corn-based litter) into the Tidy Cats and she refuses the litterbox. Has anyone else had this problem and successfully found their way around it? Would love any and all advice! Thank you.

  38. 38
    Joe B

    after a long period i finally made the jump and bought a cat genie. I always thought that it was going to be a scam and that it was going to be riddled with problems and that i would end up just cleaning (and fixing) a bigger more complex thing just as frequently. Boy was I wrong.

    It really works incredibly well, its completely automatic. i practically have zero interaction with litter now and to make it even better its way more environmentally friendly. the litter is always clean and there is never a smell of cats in the house. im happy and the cats are happy.

    i can not recommend this thing enough, it just works!

    there is a bigger up front cost, but if you are buying a quality non-clay litter 2 times a month, the cost ends up being the same.

    before this we were using swheat scoop and i agree with most of the other posters that it works very well. you should try to get the multi cat formula as it clumps better, but both formulas works very well.

  39. 39
    DJB

    @Mary,you hit it on the head. The author disproved their own health argument by saying “no scientific studies done to clearly show why it is bad”.

    There’s a comprehensive litter article written by a vet at http://www.catinfo.org/?link=litterbox
    One point she makes is:
    I attended a seminar on feline respiratory diseases a couple of years ago. The speaker noted that they see more asthma in cats on corn and wheat-based litters than they do on the more inert clay litters. I did not find this surprising given that corn and wheat are hyperallergens.

    I’ve used scoopable clay, crystals, Feline Pine scoopable (never again – it tracked horribly and the pine shavings stuck to my cat’s fur, even around her eyes!). I’m currently using a corn-based product, but am tempted to try the Dr. Elsey’s clay litter mentioned in the article. We’ve used it at the large shelter I volunteer at and when I refilled some litter boxes I was surprised at how little dust it contained.

    As for environmental friendliness: Clay has the strip mining issues, but I don’t think anyone has looked at how ecologically friendly/unfriendly crop-based products are.

  40. 40
    Chad

    To add to the blog post and what others have said:

    I quit using clay litter about 6+ months ago. Besides the environmental reasons, I hated how the clay dusted up into their fur and made them smell of litter box. Plus, I hate to think of how much of that dust they inhaled over several years.
    The heavy weight of it is no positive, either.

    I researched corn litters and they all seemed to have their positive and negatives. I settled on Nature’s Miracle, available at my local PetCo. I love how lightweight it is and it’s 99% dust free. No more kitties with litter dust in their fur!

    But the odor protection definitely isn’t there as it is with clay litters. However, I added Arm & Hammer cat litter deodorizer and that did the trick. So I had all the positives of corn litter, and now the odor control of clay litters.

    And just several weeks ago I tried Arm & Hammer’s Essentials corn litter and I am officially switching to that. It is very similar to Nature’s Miracle, but it’s a couple dollars cheaper and the odor control seems better. It’s only $8 for a 10.5 lb. bag at Target.

    I think the corn-based litters are a better deal. You only need 2-3 inches of it in the litter box as opposed to 4-5 inches of clay litter. I find it lasts longer than clay litter, too.

    So all in all….I’ve been done with clay litter for over six months now and I’m never going back. LIke I said, I like the Arm & Hammer Essentials, but I’d recommend Nature’s Miracle, too. Corn litters are a better value, lighter weight, better environmentally, and I believe better for the cat’s health. I definitely recommend sprinkling some deodorizer in the box after each scooping, though.

    One noticeable negative: As you’ll see others mention in reviews online, cats track more of the corn litter out of the box. Some extra vacuuming/sweeping will be in order if you use it.

  41. 41
    mel

    I would love to see a scientific paper on the health concerns around different aspects of clay litter as well as separate piece on environmental concerns in case one is better for health vs environment. I feel that too many articles on this subject prey on owners’ fear of harming their pets or the environment. I feel like the good vs. evil arguments ignore the fact that all litters can be bad in someway and impact the environment to a degree no matter what we use.

  42. 42
    Kayla

    Sometimes you can’t beat price but I know clay litter is bad. My boyfriend used to wheeze all the time from changing the litter box. When I had my 2 kittens and the were still very short, I had them on this pine litter from Planetwise Pet that I was able to get a bogo on from a regional pet store. When they got bigger and everything about them got bigger .coughclumpsandpuddlescough. I made a move to multi cat clumping clay litter. I did get that free 7lb bag of World’s Best and honestly, for us, that stuff was terrible. That was before we were a four cat house.

    Do we need to subscribe to the blog or will we be notified via email list?

  43. 43
    SuZenDu

    Cat owners should be aware that corn is one of the most common feline allergies. If you use a corn litter, even if your cats don’t actually eat it (some do), they ingest it when they groom themselves. Many cats develop health problems from corn allergies without their owners ever suspecting the cat litter. Allergy problems can also occur with any artificially scented litter product.

    After two scary and expensive UTI crises with our Siberian Cat, I went on a mission to find the best possible cat litter. In my opinion, it is Next Gen Green Tea Leaves litter, made in Japan from shredded tea leaves and wood byproduct. It has a very light, faintly herbal scent, is 100% natural, flushable, compostable and low dust. The catechins in the tea leaves control odor wonderfully without use of chemicals, and are beneficial to kitties when ingested. And the bags are so light, I can carry two at a time upstairs.

    Our cats love it and have had no recurrences of UTIs. The downside is it’s hard to find and expensive compared to most others, although if you scoop often, it lasts weeks. We buy ours a case at a time from Pet Nutrition Center. Our cats’ health is worth it to us.

  44. 44
    catsforme

    My cats are using Dr Elsey’s Precious Senior Cat cat litter — which is formulated to assist in preventing kidney failure and urinary infections that can lead to cats not using the litter box. The litter never sticks to the cat/her hair (especially critical for long haired cats — I have a Persian and a Ragdoll). The litter helps keep the cat clean which can help prevent bacteria from growing. What is especially great about this litter is that it absorbs urine on contact, traps it inside the crystals, has superb odor control and is the least dusty (no litter is dust free) of any litter I’ve used over the years. The crystals actually coat/dehydrate the feces, making it a breeze to scoop the feces from the box. Although an 8 lb bag currently runs $15 at PetSmart (many local pet stores will special order/meet PetSmart’s price to get your business — I found one in y area willing to do so) With my multi-cat household (I use two bags for each of my 38″ litter boxes) it will easily last AT LEAST a month before needing to be replaced. Check out this great litter at http://preciouscat.com. Precious Cat also manufactures other litters, especially Cat Attract, for cats reluctant to use the litter box, In addition there is as an excellent litter designed specifically for long hair cats. I believe Amazon.com also features this great cat litter.

  45. 45
    Troy Schultz

    I for one am dead set against the newer crystal cat litters, these are silica gel. We did try it and quickly found that we had at least one cat that wanted to eat it, it was like the old fizz candy and he likes the fizz when it was in his mouth. We quickly emptied the litter box and got rid of the crystals.

  46. 46
    Jeananne

    I use Arm & Hammer corn based litter and I love it. It cost a little more but lasts longer, so you get your moneys worth.. it controls odors better than other litter I have tried.

  47. 47
    MyKinKStar

    PetCo sells a store brand, similar to Feline Pine, which is less expensive. Regardless, it didn’t work for me or my cats.

    Using corn litter might not be such a good thing either. That is, Monsanto’s GMO are making enough money and hurting farmers. If all the cat people started using it, then it would add even more profit to them, and cause more damage to our food system. I only know what I’ve read online, without much understanding, so leave that up to anyone else to figure out.

    Alright, so most of us don’t have the funds to buy what might be considered the best of the best when it comes to cat foods and cat litter. Some products can’t be found locally either, even if the money is there to buy. We suffer enough guilt over all the cats and dogs without a home, who suffer or die, never having known a kind pat on their head. Adding more guilt onto those of us who open up our homes to as many as we can take in comfortably, by bringing up the failures of the mainstream products – items we have all grown up and used for many years, and mostly without problem – can simply be hell on us. I’m not saying we don’t want to do right for our fuzzy family members, or that educating us isn’t appreciated, just that it’s hard enough to do the best we can.

    Having said that, I hope you can understand what I’m saying and will kindly tell us which is better – Quality Food or Quality Litter? Sure I’ll guess it’s better to feed good food, but wonder how many spend big bucks on litter but still feed crap!

    It’s late and I’m rambling, but I will still click submit to send this out into the World WILD Web! Please know I’m not complaining, but sincerely asking, with much respect to you all out there.

  48. 48
    Auriette

    I have nine cats and change two very large litter boxes every day, a small box every other day, and I’m not sure how often my husband changes Jynx’s box. I wish we could find an affordable alternative. We just can’t justify paying $10 or more a bag, even though it’s not the best option for the environment or our cats.

    I can attest to the fact it doesn’t break down. We used to live in the country, and we would dump our boxes in the areas that were washed out after heavy rains, because we knew it would fill in the holes and stay there.

  49. 49
    Elise

    We are using EVER CLEAN clumping cat litter. I think it’s quite a expensive brand. Recommended by the breeder where we bought our cat. IT should be good!?

  50. 50
    Elise

    But the cat is bringing out stones out of the kitty box, I find myself vacuuming a lot. I even bought a toilet mat to put in front of the box and there is a carpet outside the box, but I still find she is bringing stones everywhere.


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