The standard is NOT to use clumping litter with kittens under 8 months old.  Kittens, like human children go through their new world tasting everything, whether it's food or not.  Never leave string, thread, paper clips, thumb tacks, nails, even hairbrushes around where a kitten can get his/her mouth around it.  Yeah, hair brushes.  They love our hair and try to lick it like it's fur and get it stuck in their mouths.  They also like to teethe on bristles, which if it's an old hair brush might break off.  One of my really dim bulb grown cats likes to chew on the broom straws.  Then he throws up. On the nicely swept floor.  And never leave bottles of anything around, even things like ketchup.  Caps can get loose, glass can break.  In other words, try not to live in  your house.  Live in your closets and remember to close the doors.  So clumping litter is deadly for kittens.  It's also dangerous for newly spayed and neutered cats.  You don't want litter getting into unhealed incisions or open wounds like are on a neutered male cat.   Anything that is moist that can cause the litter to clump is bad news.

 
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From: Natalie <at...@optonline.net>
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Sent: Friday, October 12, 2012 8:43 AM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Scoopable Litter: The Return of the Clump

Just imagine what it does to cats and kittens inside their bodies! Natalie
 
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From: Felvtalk [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Beth
Sent: Friday, October 12, 2012 8:44 AM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
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I had this same thing happen when I tried SweatScoop. It turned to cement at the bottom of the litter pan. I had to get a hammer to get it out.
 
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From: Lee Evans <moonsiste...@yahoo.com>
To: "felvtalk@felineleukemia.org" <felvtalk@felineleukemia.org>
Sent: Thursday, October 11, 2012 9:49 PM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Scoopable Litter: The Return of the Clump
 
This is a horror story.  It's true.  My cats will tell you it is.  One day, several years ago, I decided to purchase clumping litter.  In those days I was using Traditional, a brand put out by HEB supermarket.  Traditional is a white litter, not too much dust, at that time very inexpensive. Then I saw HEB Scoopable.  It wasn't very expensive so I lugged a couple of bags home.  Now, the horror part comes when you realize that I knew nothing about clumping litter except that it clumps when hit with something liquid.  So I poured the same amount of clumping clay into the cat boxes as I had with the ordinary stuff.  Sigh! Once in a while I should read directions.  The litter clumped to the bottom of the box.  Solid.  Cement.  Mixed with cat piss.  I had to take all the boxes out to the yard and use a hack saw to get the litter out.  Finally, hammer, chisel and garden hose got the boxes back to usable state.  Five hours wasted.  Cats giggling inside, waiting to see what I would do next.  I read the directions.  Needed was at least three inches of litter per box.  Ten boxes.  Five bags of cheap clumping clay.  Ah.  It clumped.  Did not stick to the bottom of the box.  Each perfectly formed clump weighed about three pounds.  Hernia time. I purchased 5 bags of litter, each weighing 20 pounds.  I filled up about 10 boxes.  Used about 5 of the bags, give or take a few grains of sand.  Half a bag to a box.  That would be about 10 pounds of clay per box.  After all was said and done, I got over 24 pounds worth of clumps out of each box. I wish someone would make litter out of silver dollars that would triple when hit with a liquid substance.  Used up an entire roll of garbage bags.  Sanitation department workers had to be hospitalized for hernias.  It was around that time that I discovered Feline Pine.  The cats were a little startled at having to do their thing on something that smelled like wood and rolled around like marbles but they got the hang of it finally.  Some like to bat the pine pellets all over the floor.  They especially like to bat them over to the door so when I come into the room I step rolly-polly pellets and go skidding into a wall.  Need a book on cat behavior modification.
 
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