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Everything you wanted to know about CAT LITTER but were afraid to ask.

Re: Everything you wanted to know about CAT LITTER but were afraid to ask.

Postby Icon » 04 Sep 2015, 10:24

I have four cats. I triple bag and use a 14 capacity bag in a pedal lid waste basket. Arm and Hammer multiple cat litter box, 5 litter boxes in total, all lined with a layer of Arm and Hammer litterbox deodorizer, all set in the balcony.

I so much wish the cats could also take the raw meat diet...
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Re: Everything you wanted to know about CAT LITTER but were afraid to ask.

Postby hansioux » 04 Sep 2015, 10:37

Icon wrote:
I so much wish the cats could also take the raw meat diet...


My cat has been on that for a couple of months. Although her annual checkup revealed that her kidney numbers slightly higher then normal. The vet said prescription cat food, I decided to just let her drink more water. To get her to drink the water, I give her all chicken can food that she like, save a tiny bit and mix that into her raw meet for dinner. I add water to both that adds up to about 100mg worth of additional water. Going back for a checkup this weekend. Hope her numbers return to normal.
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Re: Everything you wanted to know about CAT LITTER but were afraid to ask.

Postby tommy525 » 04 Sep 2015, 13:13

If you want to flush it , you must use flushable liter. And actually best not to flush the pee balls down the toilet. Too big.

Just flush the poopoo (which is the super stinky part). The pee balls can be put out with the trash daily.

USe the clumping corn liter. That is the number one best all around. Better then anything else I have tried. And I have tried them all.
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Re: Everything you wanted to know about CAT LITTER but were afraid to ask.

Postby Mucha Man » 04 Sep 2015, 14:57

Tommy, just so you know, there are a lot of reports of the corn going toxic in the presence of moisture. Which yeah, is the normal condition of a litter box.

I switched to wood after I read enough credible reports on the dangers of corn.

Astonishingly, on one cat supply blog they claim they contacted the company abotu this and the reply was that in their tests the corn did not go toxic but may "in the presence of moisture." Seriously, WTF?
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Re: Everything you wanted to know about CAT LITTER but were afraid to ask.

Postby hansioux » 04 Sep 2015, 15:07

the toxicity is caused by aflatoxin, which is a type of mold. It's also common in a lot of the foods both for humans and pets. Peanuts frequently gets aflatoxin growth and can cause serious damages to the human body. Dry pet food left too long in the damp environment also can get aflatoxin growth, and damages pets' liver and kidneys.
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Re: Everything you wanted to know about CAT LITTER but were afraid to ask.

Postby tommy525 » 04 Sep 2015, 23:32

Hadn't heard about the corn liter going toxic. That is new to me. I do carefully get rid of all the pee spots, even tiny ones. So the liter should be quite dry. I've been using it for years to no ill effect.

I have only one cat and even so I completely empty the tray and clean and dry and put fresh liter in, once a month. The rest of the time i refill as needed.

Was using clumping clay for years. And there is a lot of clay dust in the house, which i probably breathed as well. Used the pellets from old newspapers, used pine pellets (they don't clump as well, just reduce to fine dust). And so far, the liter from corn is the best performing all around.

As for water. Yes they say it's best to never even give dry food. Cans or the raw diet is the way.
My cat won't eat anything else PERIOD, other then dry food. And he is specific as to what brand.

But luckily I have been taking to adding a bit of water to each of his meals (he gets 3 scoops divided into something like ten mini meals). So this way he is actually drinking about a cup of water a day.

Which is good. He was drinking quite a lot from his bowl anyway. But this is one way to make sure he is drinking a lot of water.

He won't eat canned food, but adding a bit of water to his dry food at each feeding seems to work.
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