Like humans, our feline friends can have (or later develop) allergies to certain things; cat litter is one of these things, unfortunately.
Be aware that Purina has added a new "odor control" to all their varieties. Look for a silver colored sticker on the box/pail.
Unfortunately this new scent is VERY strong.
It produced an almost immediate allergic reaction in my wife. She's been very sick even though we completely removed the litter from the house.
Cats were affected too and they hated it. Anyone who is at all allergic or scent sensitive must be wary of the "new" Tidy Cat.
I’ll be honest right from the start: I use clay litter. Even though there’s an ever growing array of more eco-friendly, alternative litters on the market, I have yet to find one that Allegra and Ruby will actually use – and when it comes to cat litter, ultimately, it’s your cats’ call of what goes in the box, right?
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In response to B.E. in Hendersonville, N.C.: Nothing was mentioned about the possibility that the cat experiencing hair loss might be allergic to its cat litter.Cat litter is a necessity if you have a cat and he lives indoors and will reduce the smell and will make your life easier. However, the cat litter may be among the top allergens causing negative reactions in felines. There are different ingredients in the cat litter that can cause allergies including the silica, clay or the fragrances used to make the litter. The cat litter allergy symptoms will be similarto the signs of other types of allergies, but will be more intensive when the cat is around the litter box.Hair loss might be on the flanks or legs, where the cat licks most, presumably because of feeling itchy all over. Inhaled allergens often trigger such behavior. More rarely, there is a reaction on the parts of the body that come into contact with the allergen, whether it's a wool blanket, a floor cleaner or an ingredient in cat litter. The paws and underbelly might be affected.The allergies are a response of the cat's immune system, so kittens or senior cats are more likely to develop litter allergies. Cats that are allergic to other irritants are more prone to have allergies to litter as well.The litter may contain bentonite, silica dust or clay, but there may also be certain fragrances or chemicals. Most typically, the cat develops allergies to the silica dust, the fragrances and the chemicals used.Just like humans, some cats can develop allergies. Unfortunately, they may even be allergic to cat litter. Although, this isn’t a pleasant problem for you or your feline friend, there are ways to conquer this problem. Here are some tips and hints that may help your itchy kitty.