We tried a little bit of everything: recycled paper litter, pine litter, corn litter, clumping clay litter, non-clumping clay litter. Some, like the pine litter, Soth wouldn't touch at all. Others, like the recycled paper, were hits for a little while, but Soth always ended up preferring his clumping clay litter. During my research, I found many vet clinics that pointed out that most cats prefer unscented, clumping litter. With Soth, that definitely proved to be true, so we ended up narrowing our litter box experiments to different types of scoopable litter.
|I'm not picky. I just know what I like.|
A lot of litters and litter box designs are created to make humans happy: hooded boxes keep the odors from traveling through the house (but trap them in with the cat), scented litters mask the smells for humans (but might be off putting to cats), flushable litters are easy to dispose of, biodegradable litters help the environment. One thing I've learned about litter box issues, though, is that it doesn't matter how much the human likes the litter or the box; if the cat doesn't like it, he won't use it. With FLUTD, cats have pain when they urinate and they start to associate that pain with their litter boxes, so it's especially important to make the litter box more appealing with a litter box makeover.
In addition to being Soth's favorite type of litter, scoopable, or clumping, litter ended up being my favorite, too, for two main reasons.
It lasts longer. When we use clumping litter, as long as I scoop at least once (usually 3 or 4) times a day, we can use the same litter for about two weeks before Soth decides it's undesirable. With the non-sccopable litter, we had to empty the box completely every week (which some people recommend doing anyway). Even though I'd remove the solid waste, there was no way to remove the urine-soaked litter, so it started to smell pretty quickly--a week was as long as either of us could stand it. Having to replace an entire litter box full of litter every week gets expensive, so if there's a litter Soth will use consistently for longer periods of time, that's a big plus in my book.
It's obvious when the box has been used. Long time followers of our blog know that I'm a bit of a hypochondriac and that doesn't change when it comes to my pets. One of the risks of FLUTD is a urinary blockage, which can be fatal to cats and is most common in male cats. When we tried some of the non-scoopable litters, I would hover over Soth as he used the litter box to see if he was still actually able to go. Even though Soth and I have shared a bathroom from the beginning, he likes a little bit of privacy and my hovering did not make the litter boxes any more appealing. With clumping litter, there's no question if he's had success in the litter box or not, so I don't have to hover and wonder if I should be rushing him to the vet if I don't see signs of urination.
The only downside is that clumping litter works quickly and clumps as soon as something wet touches it!
Between scooping after Soth's frequent litter box visits and Barley helping herself to clumps, we have to refill the box regularly. Shopping for litter is never fun, but with free 1-2 day shipping on orders of $49+, Wag.com makes it possible to restock without ever leaving the couch.
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