Originally Posted by kaydee
AFAIK, the above hazards/problems are true of *all* clay-based clumping litters. You can try a non-clay based clumping litter such as Swheat Scoop or World's Best Cat Litter instead, or a non-clumping natural or recycled litter (Feline Pine or the one made from recycled newspapers whose name I cannot remember).
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Ok, I was going to start this thread, so instead I'll hijack it.
I have used Swheat Scoop for many years and love it! My cats reall like it, it has a nice smaell out of the bag, clumps well, and isn't too dusty. My problem is that my cats live in an outdoor enclosure while I live with Mom. It is actually a greenhouse with a brick floor. SO, when the cats spill litter out tof the box, it gets stuck to the damp floor and molds. Ew, and hard to clean up (BTW, if this litter sticks to the sides of the litter box, just greese it 1-2x per week either PAM, or your own recipe).
Anyhoo, I have tried World's Best, and it does not mold! The cats still perfer Sweat Scoop and this does not clump as well, but it is a good alternative while the cats live in their greenhouse. And they tolerate it.
The crystal non-silica litter works ok. My cats were not crazy about it, the noise is *shudder* icky, and I hate stepping on the crystals when they escape the box, but it does work - BUT I would have to use about 2 tubs a week to fill my three boxes, and they get gross if I use that stuff for more than a week.
If you can get some one to lend you some extra boxes, I'd just put the different litters to the test over the next 4 mo or so - keep their regular litter in one box, and fill the box with a second litter. Try to see which they perfer and which you prefer. When you have tried them all, start testing the favorites against each other. That way you find a favorite, and you know your back ups in case the store stops carrying your brand or they run out or something!