We've been through the litter wars lately.
The Tortie cat, Silmi — also known as Her Evilness — has been periodically deciding that rugs are better than boxes.
(No, she's not ill, just a little sick, as it were.)
So many rugs are now rolled up and put away.
Or off being cleaned.
One room is just closed.
And we've been trying to fix the box situation, to make her happier with it.
I now have a litter box crammed into the small bathroom downstairs (so nice for company).
And since we now have a box literally underfoot in my bathroom, we are revisiting the litter question.
We have been hunting around for months.
Your basic clay is really heavy, dusty, and there is some concern about silicon in it.
And besides, I really prefer to have the clumping kind, since I can keep the box cleaner.
!!!!Cat turds that are flushed are linked to illness in sea otters!!!!
Cat turds get scooped separately and added to the garbage.
Luckily the lady cats don't seem to believe in burying anything anymore, so that makes the process a little easier, and more immediate.
The guys think using boxes at all is unnatural, uncatlike and just icky.
At first I was using just standard, multi-cat flushing litter.
It clumped just fine.
It clumped to the bottom of the box.
It clumped to the spatula-thingy I cleaned the box with.
It clumped in the pipes at times, despite promising it wouldn't.
Picture me very crabby.
Time for a change.
Tom came home with litter the store guys swore wouldn't do that:
And sure enough, it didn't.
It was very nice, and scooped tidily.
But it started growing pantry moths in the bag and box.
(I was fighting an infestation and had cleaned and tossed everything, but they kept coming. Out of the cat litter.)
So I read the bag closely and discovered it was made from corn.
Even discounting the moth issue, I just can't do this.
These are both made from real grain.
I am unable to think it is moral to put down a foodstuff for my pet to pee on.
So I kept looking.
These two looked good:
But nothing would convince Tortie that pokey pellets were litter.
The wood one smelled nice, though.
Anyway, finally I found this kind:
SIlmi will use it, and even likes to dig in it, enthusiastically.
It's soft, and flies around really well.
(Not dusty though.)
It clumps perfectly adequately, but mostly falls apart into slime when flushed.
If I keep a think layer of it, it never just clumps to the bottom.
And when she cleverly goes against the edge of the pan, it pulls right off.
And it's really, really light.
And made from corncobs.
There are another couple of brands, but this is the only one I can find locally.
Of course, Silmi still likes rugs, but Hen is happy with this one.