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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-08-2012, 01:26 AM Thread Starter
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For those of you that don't know, my in-laws left me their three cats when they moved. One is MIA but the other two are still in the house.

Just an fyi, I can't use clay litter. The dust makes my nose bleed and my asthma act up. The nicer "dust free" ones are ok but get to me when I have to change out the litter. I'm not going to lie though...even if I could use it I wouldn't. I like to be as natural as possible.

So when I had a cat before, I used Feline Pine. It has come to my attention that the clumping version does so because of added silica. I have also tried World's Best but it left yellow spots EVERYWHERE. I used Swheat Scoop with my rats and liked it. If they won't take to washable, I will be using Swheat Scoop.

I considered Cat Genie but am leaning towards Envirokats. Any ideas on how to switch?

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Made a new post just in case good info comes up.

For those of you that don't know, my in-laws left me their three cats when they moved. One is MIA but the other two are still in the house.

Just an fyi, I can't use clay litter. The dust makes my nose bleed and my asthma act up. The nicer "dust free" ones are ok but get to me when I have to change out the litter. I'm not going to lie though...even if I could use it I wouldn't. I like to be as natural as possible.

So when I had a cat before, I used Feline Pine. It has come to my attention that the clumping version does so because of added silica. I have also tried World's Best but it left yellow spots EVERYWHERE. I used Swheat Scoop with my rats and liked it. If they won't take to washable, I will be using Swheat Scoop.

I considered Cat Genie but am leaning towards Envirokats. Any ideas on how to switch?
to start each cat should have there own littre box avaible to them. Although I have two they tend to use eachothers its just easier to keep them cleaner longer plus some cats dont like to share, but you could always get another cat littre box (can be bought at a dollar store) if you don't have one already that is and put some of the new littre in the new box see if they take to it ? if your cats are anything like mine they wont really care about the littre and will use your littre box anyways, or you could, try mixing a little of both littres togethier.

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yeah I thought about mixing but washable plus clumping = mess lol

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-10-2012, 12:51 AM
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That surely a mess, bless your furkids. Glad we don't have much issue with this, update us if you have better solution.

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-18-2012, 02:08 PM
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Feline Pine clumping litter has NO silica in it. It uses Guar Gum to "clump" the litter. I've used this brand, and I read the label. Guar gum is (to quote a website) is "a white flour-like substance used as thickener, binder, and volume enhancer". It's used in human food, even ice cream, to help bind some of the ingredients. It's totally safe. Any ingested litter dust will either be digested or will pass through the cat's system.

The litter actually more clings together than technically clumps. I don't know how solid the clump is when it dries, as I'm always cleaning the box out before the damp litter dries.

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Guar gum is (to quote a website) is "a white flour-like substance used as thickener, binder, and volume enhancer". It's used in human food, even ice cream, to help bind some of the ingredients. It's totally safe.
Guar gum is classified by the FDA as "generally safe for consumption" for humans, which is why it's found in so many human foods. As far as animals go, it's safety could be debated. Many vets feel that guar gum is inappropriate for cats, who are meat eaters. Nonetheless, Guar gum is an ingredient found in many brands of cat food. Go figure.


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