look, i realize i just posted a whole blog about my kittens. and yes, i fear being a cat lady, but i think we all know i'm too cool for that. so, lets just set that aside.
it turns out that there are literally hundreds (ok, i'm exaggerating) options for kitty litter these days. and in the end, my goal is to nix the litter box and train coco and lola to potty on the potty. but in the meantime, i've developed a strong preference for feline pine kitty litter.
here are some reasons; in no particular order:
#1 there is NO odor. i really can't stand the smell of a little box. it makes me want to heave. this was a big barrier for me in thinking about having kittens in my house. i knew they couldn't live outside (dc is not the same at 1980 gilbert), so that meant there had to be a litter box. UCK! so i asked around and found that not only janna (mom of elizabeth taylor of NYC) but lots of the internets really like feline pine, because it doesn't smell. i add my testimony to janna and others: feline pine eliminates all kitty litter grossness.
#2 it is much friendlier on the environment. did you know that the stuff in "traditional" kitty litter that makes it clump is a clay. that clay is strip mined from the earth. here is some info on the mining and the clay:
#3 ok, it goes with the environmental stuff, but i think it is awesome that it is compostable. i can use it to add "browns" to my compost. obviously, some are going to bock at my flagrant use of cat waste in compost and the potential for disease. i'm not worried about that. #1) compost gets wicked hot, so . . . i'm guessing most bad bacteria aren't going to survive. #2) most of my compost goes through the belly of a worm before it enters my garden . . . and we know that process is much purer than any of the chemical treatments we do to our own waste and then toss into the water system.
#4 the clay (and silicon) are bad for you and your pets. the "dust" that is kicked up into the air of your house when you kitty covers her "mess" is a carcinogen. you might not notice that it affects your kittens, but years of breathing that stuff can have a negative impact on your lungs. if you have someone with asthma or other pulmonary issues, you really need to switch to something plant based.
#5 you know that "scent" that is in the litter. that is 100% pure chemicals. none of it is natural. all of it has weird side effects in large dosages. now, obviously you aren't going to eat the litter but your kitty will. she will clean her paws after her potty break and clay (that expands and turns into . . . clay) and chemicals will go into her body.
#6 no kitty litter dust gets tracked through the house. i hate seeing all the muck around, stuck in carpets etc.
Unanimous Declaration Of Tha Five Original Cats Against Clay
When in the course of kitten events it becomes necessary for felines to speak up against gross injustices – that's just how it's going to be. This has been a long time coming, humans. Dig it!
We Believe Clay Litter:
Doesn’t Taste Good * Has Harsh Chemicals * Makes Us Smell Cheep And Trashy * Is Dusty On Our Fur * Gets Stuck Between Our Itty Toes * Is Big Time Yuckey To Breathe * Leaves Ugly Tracks Up In Our Cribs * Is Unnecessary Because Of A Better Alternative.
We Resolve 2:
Raise Our Paws In Objection * Get All Hissy * Perform Various Acts Of Mayhem At Home and Abroad * Recruit New Kittens Who Believe As Us * Generally Make Our Meows Heard By Any Means Necessary * We are Loud * We Are Proud * We These Underpowered ...Are Cats Against Clay