(Closed) Which type of cat litter do you use?

posted 8 years ago in Pets
  • poll: Which type of cat litter do you use?

    Clay

    Crystal

    Corn

    Wheat

    Pine

    Other

  • Post # 17
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    When I had a cat, I used corn.  It was not the least bit dusty and it really hid the smell well.  Also, I’ve never had anything that clumped better.  However, my mom tried it with her cats and they refused to use it. 

     

    Post # 19
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    We’ve used pine, corn, and all kinds of clay. We currently use (and love) Meijer brand unscented clay litter for multiple cats. I’m very sensitive to fragrance, so all of the scented litters are hell on me, and I can only imagine what they do to a cat. Pine litter sucks and doesn’t clump. My cats hated corn litter. They much prefer clay, and they’re much, much happier with the unscented stuff. They hate covered boxes, too.

    We’ve actually had lots of litter box issues with both of them, but ever since we started wet feeding 3x a week, they’ve been much better (and shinier).

    Post # 20
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    Honey bee

    I use Yesterday’s news, it’s made of compressed newspaper with no icky chemicals!

    Post # 21
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    Buzzing bee

    We used to use the crystals because it REALLY helped with odor. But those bags are so expensive.

    When we got our second cat we moved to the pine. Cleanup is super easy and the bags are 1/3 of the cost of the crystals. The pine doesn’t cover the odor very well so we just keep air fresheners in the room with the litter boxes. 

    Post # 22
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I use wheat… the brand is “Swheat Scoop”. It’s safe, doesn’t smell and flushable! Also I’ve had guests tell me  “wow, your house doesn’t smell like you have a cat… in other houses I’ve been to with cats it always smells like litter!”

    Also, it’s not dusty, but my cat likes to really kick the stuff everywhere, so I use the “booda dome” thing… it’s great! the little steps also collect any leftovers from his paws.

    Post # 23
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    We use the pine with baking soda stuff from arm and hammer. It’s AMAZING. We bought it on a whim when we got our cat spayed because we read the natural litter would be better as she healed. Well, we never went back to clay after that. It smells so fresh and it really kills odor well! My husband is in charge of the litter box and he isn’t that great about changing it often…but it never gets unbearable like it used to with the clay. And you don’t have to use as much! The bag lasts at least a month.

     

    Post # 24
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2013

    @Bichon Frise:  World’s Best… not sure what it’s made of. It seems to do the trick. We live in a small apartment so we put that Arm & Hammer freshen up powder stuff in there as well to help control any smells (as well as scooping it every time my cat goes).

    Post # 25
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    one of my cats is picky and won’t use anything but clay. she also won’t use a litterbox that has sides on it. and she won’t poop in the litterbox if there is already poop in it, she will just poop right on the freaking floor next to the litter box. she has lots of litter box issues!

    Post # 26
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I tried all the all-natural kinds (corn, wheat, pine etc.) over the course of a couple years and, in that time, they all got bugs living in the litter (I scoop daily…it wasn’t a hygiene issue, but rather an issue of eggs being in the litter when it was packaged). It was really disgusting.

    I did a bunch of research online and discovered this was a VERY common issue with the natural litters (esp. corn and wheat, as most grains have bugs that like to feed on them). So I have since switched back to good old clay. I’d rather take the natural route, but not at the risk of another bug-infested litter box. SO GROSS!

    Post # 28
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    At this moment we have clay in our cat boxes, but it’s heavy, and messy, and I think it’s still smelly.  We are switching back to corn when I buy litter next.  The World’s Best can be a little dusty (we have a black cat that comes out covered -I don’t know what she does in there), but the clay just gets everywhere!  Over the years I think I’ve tried just about everything (except pine – I don’t like the way that one smells).  Wheat was great, but I had a problem with bugs.  Crystals hurt like &%(() when you step on stray ones barefoot.  The walnut didn’t clump very well (my favorite may have been the mix of corn and walnut, but I refuse to custom mix cat litter, I have to draw the line somewhere).  I like that the natural ones are flushable, it’s much easier to clean the boxes when you’re not hauling dirty litter all over the house.  The only one I’ve had bug trouble with is the wheat, and I used the corn for years before I switched (to make sure that an issue one of our cats was having wasn’t an allergy – it was just stress, poor thing).  The lack of smell really is amazing.

    Post # 29
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    We use corn litter. It is great! I used to use the gray clay litter but that stuff clumps into cement. And the corn stuff is pine scented. I can’t remember the brand name though. 

    Post # 30
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    Newbee

    We use Tidy Cats!

    Post # 31
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    We use Arm and Hammer Double Duty.

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