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Flushable cat litter ?

Discussion in 'Grooming & General Cat Care' started by gray kitty, Jul 9, 2010.

  1. gray kitty

    gray kitty Thread Starter TCS Member Young Cat

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    Well currently I have World's Best cat litter in my litter boxes and I really just can't understand why this litter is so popular. I've only been using it for maybe a week and this stuff smells SO bad! It smells sickly sweet for the first 2 days and after that it just smells rancid!

    I like the fact that it's flushable. And it clumps extremely well. Are there any other clumping, flushable litters out there?
     

  2. sharky

    sharky TCS Member Veteran

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    Please do Not flush any litter... many others claim to be flushable but flushing instructions vary and most you have to do a multi step process...
     

  3. farleyv

    farleyv TCS Member Top Cat

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    Personally, I would never use a flushing litter because I just don't think it is good for the pipes and could lead to clogs.

    I don't need to have DH unclogging pipes caused by the kitties![​IMG]
     

  4. strange_wings

    strange_wings TCS Member Top Cat

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    ^Maybe in homes with newer plumbing it might be safer. I wouldn't do it if your plumbing is 40+ years old, though.


    To the OP: As you know, I use chicken feed. And yes, there's that sweet smell with it, too - I sort of like it. [​IMG] I've never noticed a rancid smell. [​IMG]
    The reason so many like natural litters is because they don't have the clay litter related health risks.

    You may also consider trying the feline pine scoopable.
     

  5. northernglow

    northernglow TCS Member Top Cat

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    I use Cat's Best Öko Plus which is clumping and flushable (wood/plant based). I only flush the 'number twos' though because this building has 40+ year old pipings..[​IMG] The litter dissolves in large amounts of water, but I don't want to risk it.
     

  6. ruthyb

    ruthyb TCS Member Top Cat

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    I always used the wood based cat litter now and I do flush it. I used one once and it had clay in it and this smelt absolutely rancid too, is there health risks with clay based? I'll stick to the wood, it smells sort of piney when they do their business on it.x
     

  7. strange_wings

    strange_wings TCS Member Top Cat

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    The dust isn't healthy in the lungs - the clay itself will swell and clump and silica dust is just bad all together. There are also some risks with ingesting it (licking their feet). Plus a lot of clay litters will have extra additives to make it clump better and perfumes, these are very irritating to some cats and can cause allergy like responses. (clay litter is also extremely aggravating to my DH's asthma).

    IMO, it's just better to use something natural that will quickly break down anyways.
     

  8. c1atsite

    c1atsite TCS Member Top Cat

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    Oh my, that's the most accurate complete description of WBCL I've ever seen on this site. I agree 500 percent.

    And it's expensive to boot!

    The only positive is the way it clumps -but the negatives are much too much. Some varieties of Tidy Cats clump just as nicely.

    I do not know of any other flushable litter.
     

  9. cheshirecat

    cheshirecat TCS Member Super Cat

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    I've been using WBCL and flushing it for the last five years. So far no problem.

    To me it's a life saver. I am partially disabled and disposing of litter in the trash is not an option.

    I don't notice any bad smell if I keep it scooped. Also, I only have one cat but still use the multi-cat formula.
     

  10. gray kitty

    gray kitty Thread Starter TCS Member Young Cat

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    I bought a small bag of the feline pine scoopable and am going to try it after the worlds best runs out (it was expensive so I don't want to waste it!), but the feline pine scoopable doesn't say it is flushable [​IMG]
     

  11. gray kitty

    gray kitty Thread Starter TCS Member Young Cat

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    I don't think thats available in U.S. , I havn't been able to find it.
     

  12. gray kitty

    gray kitty Thread Starter TCS Member Young Cat

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    What brand of wood based litter do you use? I got a little bag of feline pine scoopable but it does not say its flushable.
     

  13. gray kitty

    gray kitty Thread Starter TCS Member Young Cat

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    I'm glad to see there are people who have the same opinion about it. I was starting to think there was something wrong with since everyone else raves about what great odor control it has.
     

  14. gray kitty

    gray kitty Thread Starter TCS Member Young Cat

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    I use the multi cat formula also, have two cats who use that box, and scoop multiple times a day, but it smells so bad I can't wait until its used up so I can try something else.
     

  15. c1atsite

    c1atsite TCS Member Top Cat

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    If I remember this right, FP stinks on the same level as WBCL.

    Can you tell I've tried several brands of litter in the last 7 years?
     

  16. tico

    tico TCS Member Adult Cat

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    soooooooooo agree.

    I use the pine pellets. They're nice and neat (and cheap!!!) until they start to break down and leave sawdust - i just keep it swept, and change the whole thing about once every 7-12 days. One $12 bag lasts me 3-4 months!
     

  17. ruthyb

    ruthyb TCS Member Top Cat

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    Its just one of our local shops own and its really good.I haven't had a problem with flusing it as its pretty light and biodegradeable, not heavy and will get stuck like normal cat litter.x
     

  18. kbo

    kbo TCS Member Kitten

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    My plumber said never ever flush cat liter.
     

  19. gray kitty

    gray kitty Thread Starter TCS Member Young Cat

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    There is a big difference between cat litter and flushable cat litter.
     

  20. darlili

    darlili TCS Member Top Cat

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    Honestly, I don't care what the bag says - talk to your plumber if you have your heart set on flushing litter and get an ok from him. Mine says nothing that a human hasn't eaten should go into a toilet.

    But, he says people who ignore that advice are excellent for the plumbing profession.
     

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