Confused About Tractor Supply Equine Pine Pellets As Litter

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If this Equine Pine Bedding was great to use on cats, I think it should be stated on the bag! Period! It also should be stated on the bag whether or not it is Kiln dried! Period! That way we all can be sure it’s not going to hurt our precious cats!
I don't know if Tractor Supply still sells "Equine Pine Bedding" but the one I buy is called "Pelletized Bedding". I don't know if they're the same thing or not, but the "Pelletized Bedding" clearly states "for horses and small animals" on the bag with silhouettes of a horse, a cat and a rabbit.
 

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Been using pine pellets for a few months, and wouldn't use anything else. Anyone that is concerned about getting the pellets from Tractor Supply, just buy the Pellets they sell at Petsmart. Few dollars more,but when I factored in the travel expenses to go to Tractor Supply, the closer to me Petsmart wound up costing me about the same , and I can buy them anytime I am near Petsmart. ExquisiCat Naturals Pine Cat Litter | cat Litter | PetSmart
That's actually the best price I've seen for Pine pellet litter, aside from Tractor Supply. Thank you for the tip for anyone worried whether or not the Tractor Supply is kiln dried.
 

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I agree that pine pellets are great And tractor supply has the best price The bags I have bought also have a cat pictured This one video with this one woman on you tube has caused so much confusion it’s crazy She is not the world safety expert on pine pellets She is certainly Not the reason I started using them And would Never be a reason to become concerned or stop using them There-are many credible cat owners on this site that have used them safely and happily for years
 

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I don't know if Tractor Supply still sells "Equine Pine Bedding" but the one I buy is called "Pelletized Bedding". I don't know if they're the same thing or not, but the "Pelletized Bedding" clearly states "for horses and small animals" on the bag with silhouettes of a horse, a cat and a rabbit
Pelletized bedding is not the same as the pine pellets. They are not long pieces , but more like small round pellets and don't work the same way when sifting.
 

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Pelletized bedding is not the same as the pine pellets. They are not long pieces , but more like small round pellets and don't work the same way when sifting.
Maybe the supplies are different in various locales. I buy them from two towns in Texas, and they're tube-shaped. I've been buying the pelletized bedding for a couple of years now and I don't think I've ever seen a round one.
As far as sifting is concerned: when wet, the pellets turn to sawdust. You can then sift out the sawdust from the dry pellets. How does sifting work with the Equinine?
 

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I really think it’s the same thing I ran out and had to buy feline pine pellets at publix when I couldn’t make it to tractor supply It was the same thing just less quantity for more money I was told by TS employee pine pellets bedding is what a ton of people buy for their cats
 

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I have been using Tractor Supply horse bedding pine pellets as cat litter for several years - saving a ton of money and controlling odors better than any other. I just want to say BEST LITTERBOX TO USE WITH IT IS A SIFTING LITTERBOX, not the Tidy Breeze $30+ one but a simple sifting box available for appr $17 on Amazon. You get two solid litter pans with this set-up, plus one sifting pan and a top piece that makes the sides a little higher. Works differently for pine than it would with clay litters. Dry pellets and poop stay on top of the sifter. Soaked pellets turn to sawdust and fall through. Because the pans are not fixed in place, as the topmost solid pan fills with sawdust, the sifting pan “floats” on top of the pile. The Tidy Breeze drawer is much too shallow to be practical for accumulating sawdust and it’s a mess to pull out. If you want to reduce sawdust tracking, make a little effort to work it all through the sifter so you have mostly just dry pellets ready to use. When you want to dump sawdust, switch your solid pans.

I think TSC gets pellets from several mfrs and I do hope all are providing product that can not harm cats. I hope no mfr is adding any sort of coating or binder that could produce a health issue. I do cat rescue, trap-neuter-return, and foster a revolving population. I also tried to research the mfrs when one pet cat developed a wound that wouldn’t heal on his foot. Turned out to be squamous cell carcinoma, and my vet indicated it’s a genetic issue. Just lately a couple of fosters are exhibiting allergic type symptoms in eyes and ears and again I am wondering whether a particular batch of pellets might be irritating in some way. So am rotating that room to newspaper pellets for the time being. At the very least, there are times that I know a particle of sawdust can kick up and cause an eye to become irritated.
 
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