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However, we do not recommend using our clumping cat litter or crystals to absorb motor oil.
We have 3 large male cats and go through 4 bags (20 lbs. each) a week of the 24/7 clay litter (red & yellow bag). My vet does not like clients to use clumping litter with male cats, as small pieces can lodge in "male openings" and solidify, requiring surgery to remove. So we use the clay and clean the box out completely daily, starting anew with fresh litter. It's a lot of work, but we do it. This litter does not control odor well. We have to scoop and remove as soon as something is deposited. The urine sort of forms a ball, and if we scoop carefully, we can remove it in a clump, then top off the missing litter with fresh. The cats do kick this litter everywhere, but that's to be expected with most litters and vigorous diggers. The 99% dust free is not true. There is dust, and you can't use this litter after kitty surgery because of that. As clay litters go, the 24/7 is OK, and better than generic or store brands. But be prepared to change the box very often, especially if you have more than one cat. If you don't like to do that much work, another type of litter would be better for you.
We have four cats and have been using Tidy Cats for over a decade. But I am so not amused with whatever changes you have made. The scent is over-bearing, the abode clay like clump is not scoopable. You have to scrape it of the sides of the litter box and it takes some muscle. Already snapped one scooper off its handle! I came to this site to find an option since Target has a sale with a coupon deal and sadly, it looks like I will be changing from Tidy Cat to another brand. We stock up 6-8 35 lb. tubs at a time and sad that we endured the first 3 tubs, but our last 3 are just going to be wasted. Giving it one star because there is no option for NO STARS!
It is NOT the litter, as our other cat's clump
My cat's urine is not clumping in the litter
I have 10 cat litter boxes for our "always full" cat shelter. Over the years we have learned several things to keep the litter costs down, keep things clean, and we make our own litter boxes for some of our big cats.
First, we use large, high sided, plastic totes as litter boxes. We cut a hole in either the front or the side of the tote with a box cutter. (Be careful when using the cutter please.) These litter boxes fit our Maine Coon mixes (20 lbs. of big cat). The high sides of the boxes allow for any spraying incidents to stay within the box and keeps the litter inside the box as some cats love to really dig.
Second, we have a roll of paper towels and a cleaned, reused dishwashing soap bottle (with a hand-written label on it) filled with a mixture of bleach and water in every room of the house. The mixture is 1/8 part bleach and the rest water. The paper towels and bleach mixture take care of any accidents right away. Having these cleaning supplies within easy reach helps us keep on top of things and is very cost effective.
Third, we use cedar shavings as litter. This is the same type of litter used in small animal cages but we buy it at Wal-mart in very large, compressed bags. Cedar shavings smell wonderful, are very absorbent, have little to no dust, do not track all over the place as badly as most litter and it is bio-degradable. (A word to the wise, do not change your cats litter from one type to another all at once or you are doomed to failure. Go slow. It can take weeks or months, slowly mixing in some of the new litter to the old.) Cedar shavings are inexpensive and you'll feel how light weight the box is when compared to higher priced litter. But, you must change the box out completely about every 3-4 days. Unlike scoopable litters, shavings do not clump. On the plus side, cleaning and refilling the box is fairly easy. A trash can on wheels helps. Empty the litter box, use your handy bottle of bleach mix to clean it, wipe out with a paper towel and refill the box. Soon, you'll have this chore down to a science.
By Marie from Rosenberg, TXWhen wondering why your clumping cat litter isn’t working, take my advice and change the litter box to a new non-stick cat litter pan, use the right scoop for clumping cat litter and don’t scoop too soon. Even the cheapest clumping cat litter should work. Price isn’t a reflection of effectiveness, at least not in this case.Not all cat litter scoops are designed for use with clumping cat litter. It’s something that many people don’t think of until they wonder why their clumping cat litter isn’t working. Most sold in stores are very cheap, and they’re meant for scooping poop from conventional clay litter.I will sum up what I said. You might be trying to scoop the clumps too soon. They need time to solidify. The surface of your litter pan might no longer be non-stick. Yes, litter boxes are non-stick and must be replaced after a few years. The surface eventually becomes rough because of the litter and cat urine. The litter starts sticking and falling apart when scooped. Clumping litter is basically all the same except for fragrance. I also provided info on where I found the cheapest cat litter. I’m not trying to sell it myself. I also mentioned that not all scoops are made for clumping litter. The tines are too far apart and smaller bits fall through and contaminate the box. That’s it. Nothing more could have been said about it.