Post # 1
I desperately need your help with suggestions on kitty litter. We tried fresh step and it gave me migraines bc of the dust and perfume. So, we moved away from clumping litter to the breeze system which is pellets. I SO want to love that system, but my cat has such messy poo. What do you guys use? I need something that has no perfume smell, but will eliminate the urine smell, and it absolutely cannot be dusty.
We are going to a covered box bc we have to keep ours in our bathtub bc the dogs eat and then throw up the litter and poop all over the carpet. So, if you use a system that has a box that can keep dogs out I would love to hear about it!
Post # 3
@OtterHalf: Feline pine! I switched a few months ago and it has made a massive difference in our house. Our cats love it and the smell is much more bearable!
No advice about the dogs, i don’t have any 🙁
Edit ** – I know there are a few different brands, but any pine based litter seems to do the trick. I bought a brand once that was pine “pellets” one of cats pooped on our carpet the day after putting it in the box, so I don’t reccomend that one
Post # 4
@ToTheRiot: thanks for the suggestion! Do you find it works well when your cat has not so solid poop? Our problem with the pellets is the poop gets everywhere and then he tracks it around. Gross.
Post # 5
@OtterHalf: I think it works way better for that issue! One of cats is very sensitive to food, so if he eats too much it’s like… you know.. really runny and gross. TMI but yeah it’s helped him not be so messy. I think it clumps better because the pine isnt as heavy as the clay. It smells like trees, or like a pine air freshener lol.
http://www.felinepine.com/our-natural-litters.aspx this is what I use, the one in the box. They also have a coupon. It’s about $15.00 a box and I use coupons and pet perks at petsmart, so I think it’s worth the money 🙂
Post # 6
I use the publix brand cat litter, it’s much better than anything else I’ve tried, at least for a reasonable price. Maybe a bit dusty, but probably the second-least so of all the brands I’ve used in the past.
Just don’t ever use corn-based litter. It’s nice and all, but it attracts bugs…
Post # 7
@OtterHalf: I absolutely LOVE this cat litter: http://us.petvalu.com/in-our-store/products/cat/litter/clay-litter/once-week-clumping
I buy it whenever I’m driving by the store, which, unfortunately is not often enough. I discovered it by accident some time ago and found that it doesn’t generate as much dust as e.g., Fresh Step or Super Scoop, and it keeps the smell down so, so well. I haven’t noticed any odor at all when using this litter (the cat-urine-mixed-with-litter-despite-the-fact-that-you-just-cleaned-the-litter-box smell that I cannot stand). The package says you can skip scooping 7 days but I wouldn’t recommend doing that of course. But with daily scooping it’s worked incredibly well (can you tell how much I love this litter??).
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- Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island
I second Feline Pine or World’s Best Cat Litter. Both of these come in clumping and non-clumping variaties. If your cat has loose messy stools, I’d think clumping would work best. Also if you haven’t already, I would take your cat to the vet.
Post # 10
@OtterHalf: I second the Feline PIne. We use the pellet one- because even though it breaks down when they urinate, it’s a lot cleaner. Sometimes my cat has messy poo and it still works out just fine.
My far my favorite- tried and true for years. I have tried everything, and I always like Feline Pine better!
Post # 11
@Christy42213: I’ve been thinking about switching to World’s Best, but don’t know anyone that uses it. I really love the idea that it’s flushable and I could stop having bags of poop in my house! So it’s worth the switch?
Post # 12
I second the Dr. Elsey’s Precious cat litter, I never thought litter could be so odorless and trap the pee smell..although we do sometimes get baseball size clumps from the urine.
Post # 13
We’ve been using unscented fresh step litter with the carbon clumping. It is less dusty than the scented versions, and it really keeps scent down (the carbon absorbs scent). I know you didn’t like fresh step in the past, but I’d give the unscented with carbon a try, espcially since it’s cheap and readily available.
I’ve actually been looking into switching to something non clumping, because my cat has fur on the bottom of her paws, and if her paws are wet when she goes into the box the litter clumps onto them and it’s awful. I’ve heard that the Petco brand of newspaper pellets is pretty awesome.
Post # 14
@OtterHalf: We used to sprinkle on a fair amount of baking soda to soak up the odours- it worked pretty well!
Post # 15
@OtterHalf: you could potty train your cats. I have a sorority sister that did that with her cats. It kinda freaks me out, but then I realized at least she doesn’t have to deal with the smell.
Post # 16
@OtterHalf: I use heat pellets that are intended for pellet stoves. You can buy them in 40 lb bags at Home Depot, Lowe’s, Walmart and many local hardware stores. They cost $4.50-$5/40 lb bag. The pellets are made of compressed hardwood dust and nothing else. I use these pellets as litter for my two rabbits. The pellets are amazing at absorbing the pee smell. The pellets don’t smell like anything and neither does the litter box. If you try it, you’ll never use anything else.