|Purred: Wed Jan 15, '14 9:49am PST |
|I currently use a combination of plain ole generic clumping litter mixed with Arm and Hammer's Essentials litter (it's made of crushed up walnut shells and smells like flowers). The Essentials is nice, keeps the smell issue down naturally (except when I wonder what on earth got in his food), and is SUPER light, so I don't break my back hauling the bags up the stairs to my apartment....
But with Cricket's healthy urinary tract, it doesn't really clump up enough. The clumps just kind of go limp and crumble or paste to the bottom of the box,and make it nearly impossible to clean without doing a full litter change. It also tracks a lot, and if your cat likes to dig to China, due to how light it is, litter will fly. But, when mixed (about 75% walnut, 25% plain), the clumping issues go away. Tracking I deal with with ginormo mats that slip under his boxes to try to catch the stray bits. Mixing also helps with the cost. At my grocery store (which recently discontinued Essentials), it was about $13 for a 10lbs bag. The big honking cheapo stuff I mix it with was like, $4. Mixing stretches out the supply and lessens how often I have to do a full dump of the boxes, since I can clean them out with a scoop more efficiently.
I wish I could use some of the popular other alternates, like FelinePine or Yesterday's News, but I'm allergic to pine and Cricket already has issues with being attracted to paper to do his business (worst case: He dragged my W-2 off of my desk and dragged it to his litter box, shredded it a bit, then marked it. Thankfully, my taxes were complete by then, but ).
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