ONLY clumping litter would contain sodium bentonite - the regular kitty
litter clays just have dust which can be irritating but not as deadly!  Many
people believe that because clumping litter is so much more expensive, it
must be good!  There used to be a holistic cat magazine, Tiger Tribe, when
they folded, I purchased all their back copies.  They researched clumping
litter, and were told by manufacturers that the old adage "buyer beware"
should always be applied!  DUH!  Don't you think that when one purchases
something for one's pets, one wouldn't have to check its safety?????

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Cindy McHugh
Sent: Friday, July 08, 2011 9:09 AM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Clumping litter =

Oh my goodness! Thank you so much for sharing this information. I just 
checked both types of litter I have in the house and neither have an 
ingredient label. One is Fresh Step and the other is Premium Choice All 
Natural Unscented. I just found the Premium Choice at Pet Supplies Plus and 
haven't opened/tried it yet.

I tried Feline Pine previously, but the cats didn't like it. I used to use 
something by Arm & Hammer that was almost like saw dust, but it was getting 
so expensive as I took in more cats that I went back to the clumping clay - 
not realizing the risks. I'll try the method you described using regular 
litter and baking soda.

Thanks again for sharing this info. I'll be sure to pass it on to others I 
know who are using the clumping litter.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Natalie" <>
To: <>
Sent: Friday, July 08, 2011 8:36 AM
Subject: [Felvtalk] Clumping litter =

> Here's more, and this is just the tip of the iceberg!
> The #1 Authority On Pet Products, Care and Services Pet Owners Trust Most
> Kitty Litter with a Serious Warning
> Vets have been reporting more and more kitty illnesses related to litter.
> Certain litters are actually causing serious problems for our feline 
> friends
> including asthma, bronchitis, intestinal blockage and possibly even lung
> cancer.
> Most litters are loaded with chemicals to reduce odor and help with
> absorption. These chemicals are released into the air when your cat digs 
> in
> the litter box. The dust from the litter gets into the cat's lungs and can
> wreak havoc on its immune system, putting his or her health in jeopardy.
> With every visit to the litter box, your cat may be polluting its lungs.
> Damage can occur in just a short period of time.
> Clumping clay litter, which forms a hard ball when it gets wet, is one of
> the most harmful types on the market. Several brands use this clay to make
> their litter easier to scoop. What makes it clump? It's a natural clay
> ingredient called sodium bentonite. In this case, "natural" is not always
> safe. Here's the problem: When this clay gets wet it expands and forms a
> hard mass. So when your cat or kitten digs in the litter box it's stirring
> up clay dust and breathing it in. Once it gets into their lungs, it 
> expands
> from the moisture, and in time builds up, causing all sorts of lung 
> problems
> like the ones mentioned above.
> Some clumping litters actually post a warning right on the bag; "Do Not 
> Let
> Cat Ingest Litter". It is ridiculous to think that you can stop your cat
> from breathing while visiting the litter box .You cannot stop your cat 
> from
> grooming itself with its tongue or stop your new kitten from swatting and
> nibbling on the litter. Anything their tongue contacts gets ingested. Once
> the clay litter is inside the cat or kitten and expands, it not only could
> cause dehydration by absorbing all the body's moisture, it could also form

> a
> hard mass in the intestines over a period of time, which could be fatal.
> The problem of health difficulties and even deaths resulting from clumping
> litters extend far beyond cats and kittens to ferrets, rabbits, and even
> dogs that raid litter boxes. So what can you do? The solution is easy,
> simple and inexpensive. Switch to a biodegradable, dust and clay free,
> non-clumping litter. Many of these biodegradable litters are made from
> recycled paper, which will help to save the environment as well as your 
> pet.
> You can find these products almost anywhere, just read the label. If 
> you're
> worried about odor, sprinkle a small amount of baking soda in with the
> litter. It works better than litter deodorizers that just cover up odors
> instead of absorbing them. You can also find a litter box with a top that
> has a filter for odor control.
> Now that you know some of the dangers and their solutions regarding kitty
> litter, hope you will pass this information on to a friend. You could be
> saving the health or life of an animal.
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