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I used to use a lightly scented kitty litter.  A couple of months ago, the store was out, so I ended up with some really perfumed litter.  The scent got embedded in his fur, so he stunk of chemical flowers.  Ewww...

I realized that since cats wash themselves, all of this time I was forcing my cat to lick perfume.  :-X

In the past, I had tried some of the more natural brands (like the ?buckwheat? hulls and ground up pine something), but my cat never liked them even after months of forced use, so I went back to clumping kitty litter.  I now use Arm & Hammer unscented.  I'm beginning to associate scented kitty litter with animal cruelty, but I don't have a lot of ideas about what else to use.  I've thought about just digging some of the dirt up from outside (it's not fertilized or anything).

What do you use?

I really like Swheat Scoop and Feline Pine (the clumping version).  They're both natural and they both work really well.  I hate that fake flower smell, too.

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When I had a cat, 4 yrs ago  :'( (still miss him), I bought a sack of kitty litter with "special" granules that supposedly absorbed odour. They also turned his paws blue when he scraped the wet litter to cover things. As he was an albino, the blue was VERY noticeable!! I took him to the shop (a vet! but not a very good one!) and said, "WHAT is THIS??" They stopped carrying the "special" litter but they didn't give me my money back or give me a bag of regular litter. That was about the time I found a new vet.

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I too use feline pine and swheat scoop (mostly feline pine). I love that since I live out in the woods I can throw it out into the woods when it is "used up"  and they are both biodegradable. There was a post relating to this a few months ago, and there was a lot of great great info on Kitty Litter. If I have the time to find it again later, I'll post the link.... I think Idioglossia had done a lot of research on Kitty litter and had great advice....Idioglossia...where are you these days? I hope you are well!

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Cats naturally love sand when outdoors for this use (which is why children's sandboxes come with covers!) - but it is very heavy, and I think would be hard to manage.

I've heard of people using shredded newspaper, and I've tried it once or twice in a pinch - but I don't know if the newsprint is any healthier for the cats - environmentally speaking, it is a good way to reuse the paper if you still have one delivered or if a neighbor is willing to give you their old ones.

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Thanks for the advice. 

He's a very mellow cat.  I recognize Swheat Scoop and Feline Pine as the two brands I tried, but that was just after he moved in at my place (seriously, he walked through an open doorway and took over).  He hated them then, but as I think about it, that was immediately after he had been living outside so maybe he would have hated any kitty litter.

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I thought I was the only one who noticed this!! My parents use s really chemical and strong cat litter because they say that it's the only thing that will keep the litter from smelling like "other things". Though I tell you, if our cat gets sick from it, I'm going to be majorly p.o.-ed. The cat smells like the nasty perfume of the litter and I avoid her. This can't be good for them. I personally wouldn't mind unscented cat litter that smells slightly like pee or something when used, but they won't stop using the scented stuff.

I don't have a cat where I live right now so I don't buy litter, but if I did, it'd probably be unscented and I might put some baking soda in if it doesn't work.

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Thanks for the advice. 

He's a very mellow cat.  I recognize Swheat Scoop and Feline Pine as the two brands I tried, but that was just after he moved in at my place (seriously, he walked through an open doorway and took over).  He hated them then, but as I think about it, that was immediately after he had been living outside so maybe he would have hated any kitty litter.

That might be it ... one of my cats is a former outside cat and she had trouble adjusting to a litter box, too.

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What do you use?

I use the World's Best Cat Litter (http://www.worldsbestcatlitter.com/).  From the website:  "Since WORLD’S BEST CAT LITTER™ is made from all natural whole-kernel corn it is safe for cats and kittens of all ages without worry of ingestion, dust or allergy problems.  WORLD’S BEST CAT LITTER™ is clumpable and scoopable.  AND it is septic safe, so you just scoop the clump and flush* it, eliminating the need for changing the litter box!" 

I've been using it for several years now and I love it.  In addition, they have a frequent buyer's program that involves sending in UPCs and getting several $5 and $2 off coupons.  Good deal!

-Susan

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i'm pretty sure Idioglossia was all about the worlds best litter...

http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=14275.0

ta da! i actually found the old thread.... !!!!

i use the pine liter but i had to switch it over like the bag suggests (putting it on top or under the litter they are using) so that cory would get used to it. but once she figured out "right i'm supposed to pee here!" she uses it. only bad thing is that they track the dust from it  all over the carpet...little yellow footprints!!

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Thanks! 

Thanks for posting the link to Idioglossia's thread.  I've had very little luck on my topic searches so far. 

I looked at the World's Best Cat Litter and the nearest store is across the L.A. basin, so I will give the other two a shot.  I have three litter boxes for one cat  ::), so I can experiment with the other two and still have one box he's used to.

  little yellow footprints!!

  :) (until you have to clean them)

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Altho I used it for my ferrets - it's originally sold "for cats"  - Swheat Scoop.

No  perfumes, but really clumps well WITHOUT the clumping chemicals.
Also, there was alot less smell compared to using yesterday's news.

i was very very happy with it.  :)

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In the past I have bought swheat scoop for my kitty, but recently I switched him to "the worlds best" when the petstore was out of Swheat.  They are both excellant, but I think I prefer "the worlds best" because it's less dusty.  Kitty doesn't seem to have a preference, he'll poop anywhere!!!

K^2

Oh and if you 'oil' the litter box when you do the major dump out and scrub cleaning,  it's easier to keep clean.

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Oh and if you 'oil' the litter box when you do the major dump out and scrub cleaning,  it's easier to keep clean.

ohh, i'll have to try that. i can't figure out why they always want to poop on the BOTTOM of the box so that it sticks!

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Oh and if you 'oil' the litter box when you do the major dump out and scrub cleaning,  it's easier to keep clean.

I definitely want to try that!  How does that work?  Do I oil the box before put the kitty litter in it?  Or after I've emptied most of the old litter out and am cleaning the stuck-on stuff?  It sounds brilliant either way.  Thanks for the idea.

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Oh and if you 'oil' the litter box when you do the major dump out and scrub cleaning,  it's easier to keep clean.

sounds interesting.  but what about using nonflavored PAM instead of oil?
seems you would be able to use less oil -> less oily but still getting the non-stick results.

??

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Yup, once you've dumped the old stuff and scrubbed the box clean add a teaspoon or so of veggie oil and spread it around with a paper towel... PAM would be great (I'm just to cheap to buy that stuff).  You just want a slight sheen not an oily puddle.  Then add the clean litter. Works like hot dang.  I think I got that tip in or on the bag of swheat scoop.

K^2

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:)  Thanks!

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When you go to the World's Best Cat Litter website and look for vendors within a certain mile range, they list the vendors furthest away first, so I thought I'd have to drive 40 miles to find the litter.  It's actually sold at many places near me. 

I've been using it for about a month and I'm happy to report that my cat is not longer grooming clay out of his paws.  Thanks, everyone, for your input.

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For those of you who use Swheat Scoop...

Why does mine smell? I used it for this momma cat that we are fostering because I wanted her babies to use it (clay litter=especially bad for kittens); however, I only used it for a couple of days and it smelled AWFUL! Like, so bad I had to dump out the whole pan and start over because it made me gag (and I've had cats my whole life and never have had litter box smell problems). I clean the litter box regularly (at least once a day)--do you guys put something extra in so it doesn't smell or does momma cat just have stinky pee/poo? I haven't tried it for our cats yet because the smell from Momma's box has deterred me; however, after reading how much some people like it, maybe I'll see if I get different *results* from Lucy and Joe than I did from Momma.

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I just wanted to add that I've noticed all those eco-friendly kitty litters are sadly not AS good at odor control as their chemical counterparts. But, I won't use chemical ones simply because it's bad for the cat, bad for me, bad for the environment, etc. So, what I do is pour some baking soda on the bottom of the kitty litter box, and then pour the litter on top. That way, the cat mixes the baking soda with the litter each time he/she uses the box. I've found it to be a great odor control. I use a whole box of baking soda. Not a huge box, just one of those sizes that you get at the supermarket.

I highly recommend it.

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