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Beware, cat litter can kill you, nasty stuff!!! Who uses alternatives? What do you recommend?

I was spending a lot of time at a friend's home who I knew to use natural cleaning products.  Her house had a really yucky toxic smell that I just couldn't put my finger on.  After a few visits, it clicked, it was her cat litter.  She kept her cat litter in the basement yet her whole house smelled like it and my clothing wreaked when I got home, the family would say I smelled perfumey.  BTW she keeps a beautiful sparkling  clean home, cleans the litter regularly.  So I looked up cat litter's toxicity and what the alternatives are.  It turns out that it is deadly stuff and off gases everywhere, (obviously), bad for people, bad for the animals.  See below:



Kitty Litter  

The two ingredients that make the [cat] litters toxic are crystalline silica & sodium bentonite. Clay-based cat litters contain crystalline silica, the main component in sand, rock and mineral ores. A possible health threat from clay-based litters is posed by silica dust, which can be kicked up and breathed in by both cats and humans. Prolonged exposure to silica dust causes silicosis, a cancerous & fatal lung disease. Silicosis creates inflammation and scar tissue formation in the lungs, reducing the body’s ability to extract oxygen from the lungs. As the disease progresses, pulmonary and cardiac impairment may occur to the point where oxygen must be supplied continuously to sustain life. Once silicosis has developed there is no cure for the disease; however, silicosis is preventable if one can reduce silica dust exposure. Although exposure to this dust is of great concern, the effects on cat owners exposed while cleaning their cat's litter box are virtually unknown."
Continue reading on Examiner.com Toxic cat litter - Newark pet care | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/pet-care-in-newark/toxic-cat-litter#ixzz1fx...
Of course there are also lots of chemical additives similar to toxic laundry detergents and perfumes.  


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Thanks Xenia, great to hear!  A video I watched on composting said that a farmer's feed store is a cheap place to buy pine pellets, I have not checked my local store yet but plan to soon.

Good tip on the GMO, thanks Peter!

I use litter made from walnut shells. It actually works SO well. Barely any smell and it lasts forever. One of my cats is really picky about his litter and never liked the saw dust or pellet kinds, but he uses this with no issues (:

http://bluebuffalo.com/healthy-home/naturally-fresh-clumping-cat-li...

I have four indoor cats. I now use a cat liiter made from corn. Its called "World's Best Litter". Since I switched from the clay stuff to this, about 8 years ago, there is absolutely no waste odor. There is no perfumes, no detectable dust. One of my four, who hated the clay and refused to use the pan (I had to lay down wee-wee pads for her) will use the corn litter. She obviously knew something was wrong with the clay stuff. Most Pet stores, and many grocery stores, carry this brand. It comes in a green and black bag. It seems to last longer than the clay stuff as well.

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I TOILET TRAINED MY CAT--DON'T JUDGE ME :)

I used the "citykitty".  I used it to potty train my cat.  I bought it for 29.99 on amazon.  It's made of a semi-sturdy plastic and goes on the toilet under the seat.  It sits about an inch or so below the seat and you fill it with litter...I used "sweetwheat".  Every week you cut an oval shape from the inside of the city kitty until it it gone.  My cat was going in the toilet by the end of five weeks.  Check out some youtube videos.  It seems really wierd, but I would never go back to a cat box.

So it really works!  Hot stuff!  Though I'm sure any cat who discovers a camera recording its most private bidnuz will surely exact a horrible revenge...

And finally somebody took the handoff ;D

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