Clumping litter versus clay litter

United States
February 2, 2007 4:58pm CST
I presently use the clumping litter because I find it easier to keep clean with 5 cats. I have had people tell me it's bad for the cats but never give me a reason why. Do you have a favorite and is there a reason you use one type over another?
3 people like this
18 responses
• Australia
5 Feb 07
Clumping litter can be dangerous to kittens if they ingest it. Do a search on dangers of clumping litter and you'll get a lot of info about it.
2 people like this
• United States
6 Feb 07
Thanks, I will.
1 person likes this
• United States
4 Feb 07
You should try pine litter. I have 3 cats, and you would never be able to tell. The litter box is right in the kitchen too. I use pine pellets for a wood burning stove. They work just as well as the more expensive pine 'litters' and they are the same thing.
2 people like this
@dbcraff (162)
• United States
8 Feb 07
I have never heard that before. I use clumping litter. I find that I don't have to change the litter 2 a day with it. I love my cats but, I can't stand a smelly litter box. I use fresh step clumping
• United States
9 Feb 07
I also use the Fresh Step and find it easy just to scoop it out 2 times a day.
• United States
3 Feb 07
Hi there...the reason why clumpable litters are bad for cats is that if accidentally ingested from when a cat grooms themselves the litter solidifies in the intestinal tract causing blockage and fatality. There has been some recent discussions about the safety of clay litters as they can also solidify when accidentally ingested as well, however it isn't as nearly as lethal as the clumpable litters. There are many new litters that are not only evironmentally friendly, but less likely to cause intestinal blockages, allergic reactions for example and are flushable so they won't clog septic systems. These litters are: The Worlds Best Cat Litter http://www.worldsbestcatlitter.com/ Swheat Scoop http://www.swheatscoop.com Yesterday's News http://www.yesterdaysnews.com/ Feline Pine http://www.naturesearth.com/ Cedarific Litter http://www.mysimon.com/Pets/9000-10992_8-0. html?mlpid=29571781 My source: 27 year relationship with a veterinarian
1 person likes this
• United States
4 Feb 07
Very informative, I will check out those sites. Thanks.
1 person likes this
• United States
2 Feb 07
I use clumping litter but I have changed to the new arm and hammer performance kind and it is a dream! It clumps well but it is so much lighter than normal clumping litter. It also smells sooo good. I have never heard that clumping litter was bad for cats. I would be interested to hear why.
1 person likes this
• United States
3 Feb 07
That's why I put up this topic. I've been told they heard it's bad but nobody seems to know why but it's the easiest for me. I tried Arm & Hammer and one of my cats objected to it. She started urinating just outside the litterbox and I was trying to figure out why. I researched it on the internet and found out some cats are finicky and only like one brand. I went back to Fresh Step and she started using the litterbox again.
• United States
9 Feb 07
I use clumping litter with my cats and I've had no problem. It smells better, it's easier to clean, and my cats like it better. Right now I use Scoop Away.
@1983tyler (508)
• United States
9 Feb 07
I have 4 cats and use clumping litter. It's easier to clean and the clay litter stinks too easily. It's true that cats sometimes prefer one brand over another. We have a piece of plastic mat that sits in the front end of the litter box to help the cats with the clumping litter not stick to their feet. it's kind-of like having a plastic mat at the front door to keep dirt out of the house.
1 person likes this
@rosie_123 (6118)
8 Feb 07
Personally I use the clay litter. I have 5 cats too, but only one of them uses the tray. The rest of them prefer to go outside, and I must admit I prefer that too! I use the clay stuff, purely because I try to keep everything I buy as "natural" as possible. I think it is better for the environment.
• United States
3 Feb 07
I hate to say it but I am so lucky I don't have to even think about this issue....I live in Hawaii...we are surrounded by lots & lots of sand...lol
1 person likes this
@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
3 Feb 07
Maybe because some brands are very dusty and that can cause breathing problems in cats. I havenever heard that clumping litter is bad from any vets or people who have raised cats. We use clumping litter. We tried 4 brands and the only one that really covered the odor of the 2 cats was Arm & Hammer. We were using the Multi-cat, but switched to the flushable litter (we use to have an apartment right next to the dumpster and then moved to an apartment not near a dumpster and I got tried of having to go to the dumpster every day - yes I know I am lazy LOL). The only bad thing about the flushable litter is that it doesn't do quite as good of a job covering the odors so I have to clean it out twice a day.
1 person likes this
• United States
3 Feb 07
I use the regular clay litter instead of the clumping litter for my cats. Many years back, my vet had told me about a young kitten that had passed away from an intestional blockage that might have been caused by clumping litter. My vet had said since most cats clean their little paws after stepping out of their litter box it is believed that the kitten swallowed some clumping litter and he developed an intestional blockage. I don't believe this happens very often otherwise clumping litter would not be available for cat owners to buy. I just didn't want to take the chance with my cats.
@jbrowsin66 (1322)
• United States
3 Feb 07
I bought a cheap brand of clumping litter not that long ago and when I went to clean it with the sifter, the DUST was horrid! I bet they breathe that stuff in and when it hits moisture like the lining of their nose or lungs, you can just imagine what it turns into --you've seen it! I can't remember the name of my usual brand, but it's the one in the white plastic thing with the screw on top, lol. Yeah the one that's about $5.49 a pop!
• United States
9 Feb 07
Thanks for the comment.
• United States
12 Feb 07
I don't like either. I use natural pine, and there is no odar or tracking.
@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
6 Feb 07
I use a half and half mixture of the clumping kitty litter and the clay litter. The clay litter alone doesn't clump and tends to get real soggy quickly, and the clumping litter, while nice, is expensive to use. I asked my daughter (a veterinarian) about this and she suggested to buy both and mix it 1/2 and 1/2 and I've been doing it ever since. At least doing it that way it still clumps but it costs a heck of a lot less.
@cikedo (3487)
• United States
3 Feb 07
I like the clumping litter with deoderizing crystals in them.
@brimia (6584)
• United States
3 Feb 07
We use the clumping type also. It's much easier to clean.
@emeraldisle (13146)
• United States
3 Feb 07
We have several cats and because of it use the scoopable. It's easier all the way around and I think cheaper since other wise we'd have to dump the pan every night. Our cats have never had a problem with it. I also find it controls odor a lot better then the clay kind.
• Canada
2 Feb 07
I have never heard that any type of kitty litter was better then the other . I used to use the clumping kitty litter but quit using it as I found it was much more expensive then the other kitty litter's out there . Now I use the cheap kitty litter and buy the kitty litter bags so that when the kitty litter is dirty you just have to get rid of the bag and add in a new one with fresh kitty litter .