I'm glad it worked so well for you.Okay, I am back to let everyone know who Is thinking of using chicken crumbles that chick starter crumbles clump MUCH tighter and better than the laying crumbles. So I want to thank bigperm20 for posting and recommending the Dumor chick starter crumbles from tractor supply. I was scared to give it a try because the Dumor laying crumbles were really pretty good. The only thing that kept the laying crumbles from being a perfect cat litter is that it didn't clump as instantly or as tightly as regular clay clumping litter. Well, Dumor Chick starter crumbles clumps great!!!! In my opinion it is the very best cat litter I have ever used!! Instead of $14 for a 50 lb. bag like the laying crumbles, it was $17 per 50 lb bag ...only a few dollars more but so worth it because the pee clumps never break apart while scooping. The texture of this stuff is much like grape nut cereal in case anyone was wondering.
I want to let everyone know who uses clay clumping litter how much of a money saver this stuff is and what a perfect litter it is as well. I have so many indoor cats that I estimated that I was spending about $1000 per a year on Tidy cat jugs from Walmart. I have been using the crumbles for more than 3 months and can now predict that I will spend less than $350 per a year; that is a huge savings. The main reason it is possible is because the same volume just goes so much further than the clay does; at least 4 times further. I also want to say how easy it was to wash out the litter box. First off, I was able to go more than 3 months without the box getting yucky and needing a washing! It still wasn't yukky but I wanted to clean it to try the chick starter type crumbles by themselves so I could observe the difference. The type of dust this chicken feed has is helpful. It is almost like either a static charge or a silicone coating keeps the box from ever getting a crusty dirty build-up. The box washed out perfectly clean and still new looking. The chick starter crumbles are much less dusty than the laying crumbles but I bet they will still keep the box completely clean from build-up. My husband is so relieved at the money savings and especially that we no longer have to constantly haul home 2 heavy 20 pound jugs of litter from the store every week, plus the scooped out litter is less heavy making the trash less heavy to haul out. We are only having to get ONE 50 pound bag of crumbles about every 3 to 4 weeks and that is for 10 cats and 3 giant size rubbermaid containers cut out to use as perfect roomy cat litter boxes. Before I switched off of clay clumping litter, I only had 3 regular large size cat boxes which were much smaller than what I am using now. So the crumbles are lasting for many more weeks even though the 3 boxes are two times bigger. BTW, my house never smells like cats. People cat believe we have so many. The crumbles are good odor protection as long as the cat actually covers there stuff. I do scoop 2 or 3 times a day to keep them cleaner and so cats won't step in anything and track it. That problem was much worse with clay litter. The crumbles keep their paws very clean, much better than clay litter.
Because of other suggestions on this thread, I have just bought Tractor Supplies cheap Paws and Claws clumping litter to try out. I sometimes put a scrappy formerly tomcat (now fixed) in the garage to keep him safe when I hear lots of owls and coyotes at night. I didn't use crumbles in the garage because I thought it might attract bugs or moisture / mold. I will post back my review of Paws and Claws clumping litter.
Thanks to all of you for posting helpful and money saving advise! I love this site!
I have actually quit using the crumbles for the last year or so. I'm about to change back b/c the cheap cat litter I've been buying has gotten really dusty as of late.
Yes...Dumor brand layer feed crumbles sell for $13.49 for 50 pounds at our Tractor Supply store in Connecticut. It's probably cheaper elsewhere! I have used this exclusively for a year now after reading about the similarity to the World's Best Cat Litter. I bought a small bag of WBCL (8 pounds was more than $10) and tested it out. Luckily, we have backyard chickens, so I "borrowed" some from my husband's supply to compare. They perform identically!
To stop snacking add a box of baking soda for every 50 lb bag and stir it up really good. Cats don't like salty things and it helps the box smell fresh.What an interesting thread! I've been using Dumor crumbles as litter for about 2 years. All my cats & foster kittens have used it just fine - except for one who started off having a corn snack while doing his business. Ew! That only lasted 2 days though.
Crumbles don't clump as hard when it's humid, so I'm a pro at hunting down the runaway pee-crumbles. But it's worth it for me - no perfumes, no plumes of dust, natural ingredients, and I can get 50lbs for $10.99. Also, crumbles could be eaten in a severe emergency like a zombie apocalypse.
I think i'm going to try out the corn cob bedding next time. I bought a new bag of crumbles and after going back to clay for 6 months my girls don't like the crumble anymore.Repeating a suggestion I made awhile back, Tractor Supply carries two kinds of horse bedding. One is just like Feline Pine and is $5 to $6 for a 40-lb bag. The other is "Best Cob Premium Horse Bedding" which is made of corn cobs. It comes in 40-lb bags for $8.99 a bag and is very economical. Usually the pieces are about half to 1/4 the size of the pine litter pellets, and it has no odor but deoodorizes very well. It absorbs a lot and never sticks to the bottom of the box. It doesn't clump hard, it sort of boils up into a lump like particle board when it gets wet, making it easy to scoop out those clumps. What you miss becomes a fine sawdust in the bottom of the pan. Most cats accept it well and it's a great litter to use for multiple cats. I'm not sure if it's better litter than the chicken crumbles, since I have never used the chicken crumbles, but it is certainly less expensive and there is no problem with bugs.
I dot find the corrn cob beddig has any smell but my friend says it smells like the water you have boiled ears of corn in. The clumps are NOT hard, they are just clusters of swollen pellets which are kind of disintegrating but quite easy to remove as such. Thanks for reminding me, I need to go dig boxes now! It's bedtime.
I think I'm going to give the Dr Elsey's a try. My girls are really balking as going back to the crumbles. I never should have switched them back to clay litter as now it's all they want.If you are looking for a good kitty litter that is 99% dust free then I would suggest Dr Elsey's Ultra Precious Cat Litter. A 40# bag is $15.57 and is an excellent kitty litter. We change the litter once a week and there is no smell.
I see your user name is @SilverPersian. I have a Domestic Long Hair with a very Persian like coat. It's very "cottony", and holds on to litter dust. I hate that b/c sometimes she comes to sit with me and a big cloud of litter dust erupts from her fur when she is stroked.I use Dr. Elsey's, at least six inches deep. I scoop very carefully at least twice a day and wash the box about once a month. Nothing ever touches the bottom. If the occasional clump touches the sides of the box, I clean it with enzymatic cleaner. I dump out the litter only twice a year. We have very little dust or tracking (other than the litter that splashes out when our cat vigorously dives in and out). You can't smell anything even if you are inches away from the box.
So far it reminds me of the Tractor Supply brand we've discussed several times in this thread. When i first started using it, it had very little dust. After 6 months of happy dust free kitties, it suddenly got very dusty. There's no smell like the TSC litter, too. I hate that perfume smell some litters have.I see your user name is @SilverPersian. I have a Domestic Long Hair with a very Persian like coat. It's very "cottony", and holds on to litter dust. I hate that b/c sometimes she comes to sit with me and a big cloud of litter dust erupts from her fur when she is stroked.I use Dr. Elsey's, at least six inches deep. I scoop very carefully at least twice a day and wash the box about once a month. Nothing ever touches the bottom. If the occasional clump touches the sides of the box, I clean it with enzymatic cleaner. I dump out the litter only twice a year. We have very little dust or tracking (other than the litter that splashes out when our cat vigorously dives in and out). You can't smell anything even if you are inches away from the box.
I'm going to Petco shortly to pick up a box of Doc Elsey's. I hope it works, and i also hope they don't change the formulation and start selling big bags of dust once i start using it. That's happened with 3 different brands now.