Cat Litter 2 – why not clay-based clumping litter for long-haired cats23 August, 2007
The previous post on cat litter was meant to be a one-off, but now it seems my musings may become a series.
As the title of this post so succintly implies, clay-based clumping may not be the best choice for long-haired cats. Or kittens, as the case happens to be.
If you recall, in Cat Litter 1, I was comparing World’s Best (a corn-based clumping) with Catsan clumping (clay-based). Despite the fact that WB is more expensive, the kittens went for the Catsan.
I was on the verge of transferring my loyalties to Catsan. [sigh of relief from bank manager]
Anyway, last night I changed my mind. I got back to find the waft of cat poo in the house. I couldn’t track down the smell until the little boy kitten started digging up a rug. He only does that if the rug is dirty so I knew something was up.
I picked him up and ohno-ohyes, the smell of kitten bottom hit me. Turns out that his poo must have been slightly squishy and stuck to his bottom and he’d tried to get it off by sitting in the cat litter. Unfortunately it was the Catsan, and it was stuck to his bum and his furry pantaloons.
I tried cleaning it off with wet kitchen towels, but it only just set the mix so that it was like a plaster cast.
In the end, I had to plonk him into the kitchen sink and run the tap. He struggled and lashed out and the resulting stigmata he inflicted on me has me running for a sainthood. He did hold still for about 5 seconds when he felt his bum ease. It was a nasty task, needing much fingernail work – best not read this if you’re eating. Finally I gave up and dried him off and he scampered away without a thank-you. Then I had to clean the kitchen floor which had suspicious paw stains on it, and the living room floor.
So … this is the last time I use a clay-based clumping litter for the kittens. Seeing how hard it clumped and stuck to his fur, I can understand why the kitten was unable to clean his bum. And thank heavens for that, because if the kitten had swallowed the litter, imagine what would happen to its insides.