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Old 11-21-2014, 10:22 PM
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Default Cat litter: all possibilities have now been eliminated

We have three indoor cats and three litterboxes (should have one more but it's an 800 square foot house and I can't figure out where to put another dogproof one without getting rid of some furniture) and cat litter is driving me to drink.

We started out using clay litter. It worked pretty good but was heavy and dusty and tracked easily and was impossible to vacuum up because no vacuum on earth can handle clay litter for some reason. Then James developed Cat Asthma (also Cat Acne, he's a special boy) so we had to find something less dusty.

We tried Fresh Step's non-clay clumping litter and it was pretty awesome, light and easy to carry, but nobody in town sold it so I had to drive an hour or so to get more. Also the little grains tracked everywhere no matter what I did. Target stopped carrying it so we had to find something else.

Switched to World's Best and loved it for a while. Brisbane loves food-based cat litters so he would hoover up any grains that got tracked out of the dog-proof zone. Those nice grains would break down after a week and a half though, and transform into a fine powder than got tracked everywhere on a level I never expected. We haven't used it in months and I'm still wiping World's Best powder off random surfaces.

Our most recent switch was to Blue Buffalo's walnut shell litter. It was amazing, controlled odors beautifully, didn't track very much at all, and was easier to carry than clay. Then I finally tracked the pantry moth infestation to the litterboxes and seriously, WTF?!?! How the hell do walnut shells work as a substrate for moth larvae?

So now I need to get rid of the moths, and I'm going back to clay for the moment because I've basically run out of options.

1.Corn/wheat/walnut/etc-based litters can harbor moths, and I'm not jamming the deep freeze full of cat litter every time we need a new bag.
2. Clay litters irritate James and his Cat Asthma.
3. I hate pelleted, non-scoopable litters (Yesterday's News, Feline Pine) with a passion because they are impossible to scoop and the urine just sits there until the whole box is dumped.

Is there anything left? It has to be scoopable, clumping, non-scented, and not harbor pantry moths.
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Old 11-21-2014, 10:33 PM
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Tried the crystal stuff yet? Not sure if it clumps but it certainly does control odor.
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Old 11-21-2014, 10:36 PM
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I haven't tried crystal litter since I've had these cats, but I remember it being incredibly expensive, perfumy, and the urine also just sat there until the whole box was dumped.
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I am sure there are other options.... turns out youtube has all kinds of stuff on cat litter

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8eyvgMQ_TU
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Old 11-21-2014, 10:49 PM
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There are those litterboxes that wick the urine to the bottom to a tray underneath lined with essentially a puppy pad. The non clumping pellets on top stop odor from the poo and you just scoop it off and flush it.

May be an option? They're supposed to be pretty good and have great reviews. I can post a link tomorrow when I'm not on my phone!
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I'm sorry World's Best didn't work for you - I adoooore it.

I was going to suggest leaving bags of the walnut stuff outside until you figured out a better option, and then I remembered where you live.
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Old 11-21-2014, 11:27 PM
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I'm sorry World's Best didn't work for you - I adoooore it.
It's my all time fave too.

I have found that it can vary in consistency a bit from bag to bag....maybe you got a few dustier bags?
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Old 11-21-2014, 11:31 PM
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Yup, winter is something that happens to other people. We can't flush litter either because it can end up contaminating sensitive sea otter habitats.

I'm hesitant to try the Tidy Cats Breeze litter system mostly because it would require buying all new $40 litterboxes just to see if we like it.
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Old 11-21-2014, 11:34 PM
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It's my all time fave too.

I have found that it can vary in consistency a bit from bag to bag....maybe you got a few dustier bags?
Pretty much every bag crumbled into dust after about a week. That stuff costs way too much to dump and replace weekly and even says on the bag that it's supposed to last a lot longer than that. My husband bought a bag recently when the store was out of the walnut stuff, and I was reminded again how insanely powdery that stuff is. Might as well have the cats using constarch. Tan pawprints all over the house.
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You could try putting a rubber backed rug, like one of the heavy duty ones you can get at Home Depot, under or around the boxes. It helps the cats "wipe their feet" as they're leaving the box.
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