Wow... You know, the dusty clay litter gives me asthma attacks, I'm ashamed that I never thought of how it would affect my cats.
On Fri, Jul 8, 2011 at 9:33 AM, Lynda Wilson <longhornf...@verizon.net>wrote: > Thanks, Natalie. I've never used clay litter or anything that makes dust. > Can you imagine being enclosed in a box with all that dust flying around. > What were they thinking back in the day?! I've used Feline Pine for a long > time and all my cats through the years have all accepted it. It sure keeps > the smell down as well. The cheapest place to get it it Petsmart (not Petco, > they are extremely higher for some reason). It last for a long time as well, > but like I said, I dump it just to keep Sugar happy. > > Thanks so much :) > Lynda > > ----- Original Message ----- From: "Natalie" <at...@optonline.net> > To: <email@example.com> > Sent: Friday, July 08, 2011 7:36 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. >> >> >> >> >> ______________________________**_________________ >> Felvtalk mailing list >> Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org >> http://felineleukemia.org/**mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_** >> felineleukemia.org<http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org> >> >> > > > ______________________________**_________________ > Felvtalk mailing list > Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org > http://felineleukemia.org/**mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_**felineleukemia.org<http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org> > _______________________________________________ Felvtalk mailing list Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org