---- Natalie <at...@optonline.net> wrote: 
> We get our litter at Walmart - cheapest there, even though we get a discount
> at PetSmart.
> The problem is that they are still pushing and selling all kinds of clumping
> litter as if it were something special for your beloved cats!
> My husband bought a small fabric toy for the cats, and I decided to read the
> label: It said to be careful, make sure that cats don't tear the fabric and
> eat the contents because it could cause serious injury or death! 
Mad in
> China, and who oversees the safety of things coming in?????  AT TIMES, I 
> THINK NO ONE IS CHECKING.  I JUST DO NOT TRUST ANYONE SO I READ LABELS ON 
> EVERYTHING.
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org
> [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Lynda Wilson
> Sent: Friday, July 08, 2011 9:33 AM
> To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
> Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Clumping litter =
> 
> 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: <felvtalk@felineleukemia.org>
> 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.
> >
> >
> >
> >
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