Calling all cat owners...

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  1. DrPhil

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    We all know that AVF is the premier place to come for questions on purchases.

    So I'm here to get an answer for the most important one.

    What do you let your cat poop in???

    New cat owner, tried a few different litters and found that the good stuff, a "deluxe" brand from Pets at Home, is very good. Nice and fine granules meaning that whatever goes into it basically turns into a perfect solid piece in seconds. Downside is that it costs a fortune, I'd probably be out about £25 a month.

    The cheaper stuff (about a fiver a month) is nowhere near as good. Fine for poo, but pee tends to not clump nearly as well and when I scoop it out it ends up spreading apart rather than staying in one piece like it should.
     
  2. DrPhil

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    I've heard suggestions that adding sand into the mix gives the cheaper brands the added fine texture needed, anyone tried this? Or any recommendations for a cheap product that does the trick?
     
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    The worlds best cat litter, it's expensive just down the toilet flush away. No smell it's excellent stuff.
     
  4. DrPhil

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    What is, sand?
     
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    This stuff & from that supplier. Down side is it does tend to track but then so do most of them.

    I say that supplier because AFAIK, they're the only ones still doing the 40l bags. Cashback is available as is a discount on your first order & ongoing by signing up to their newsletter. You can also buy a discount package.
     
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  6. DrPhil

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    How long does that size last you?
     
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    Nah it's corn I think, we got it at pets at home, only bought it once in a year as the cat likes the fresh openess of a neighbours garden but it's far better on the occasions he used it than all the other stuff we tried with previous cats.
     
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    A long time. Got to go out now but can check back on past orders later & try to give a more meaningful response. In the meantime, have a ring round some local independent pet shops to see if they have a 10l bag you can try. IIRC, Pets at Home only sell it online now & pretty much the same price for a 30l bag rather than 40l.
     
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    Quick guesstimate looks to be around three months with three cats.
     
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    The reviews reckon 4 months plus and that's for 2 cats. I only have 1.

    Might give it a try.
     
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    Down side is I have to order from the Irish site, and they don't have the free treats.
     
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    We have been using Catsan while Marvin is shut inside recovering, its good for smell control and absorbs liquids very quickly. A flushable one sounds like a good idea though.
     
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    We use the Oko stuff too. It's great as you can flush it straight down the toilet and off it goes. I don't know if one of our cats has been watching us, but he's taught himself to wee in the toilet now :laugh:
     
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    train it to use the neighbours gardens - helps makes the plants grow healthier
     
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    Damn, you beat me to it :)
    Was going to do it Top Tip stylee...

    "Cat owners, avoid the cost of expensive cat litter and wasted time cleaning up by simply allowing your cat to crap in your neighbours gardens. Voila ! Time AND money saved !!

    It seems to work for my neighbour and his three moggies ;)
     
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    My 2 cats use the neighbours garden :devil:

    We use Catsan Hygiene Litter from SAINSBURYS. Very good for crapping in and much better than that rubbish they sell in Tescos :D
     
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    Train the cat to use the toilet.
     
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    We switched to Catsan smart pack as soon as we saw it in the shops. Catsan has always been pretty good and the smart packs are brilliant - 10 seconds to install and don;t need to clean the tray ever, just pull the ties, put in a bag and in the bin :smashin:
    We remove any "nasties" pretty much straight away anyway but the litter never smells and absorbs well and change it once a week.
     
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    Both my cats go outside. Wherever they choose, but I rarely see it. Perfect.

    Cat litter is for mugs or poorly cats.
     
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    Or considerate cat owners who don't have their cats sh*t everywhere but their own property :)
     
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    And la
    Or lazy cats - we have a cat flap and she sometimes goes outside but especially in winter she stays in most the time so uses the cat box - no biggie!
     
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    These threads usually get shut down. We're doing well!

    All my neighbours have cats and do the same. One has a dog that barks at my cats. I'll suggest they have him put down. My cats would go nuts being deprived of outdoor access. I can't leave any doors closed as they will scratch them to bits.

    It's not considerate to confine an animal. Some may acclimatise, but it is not the norm. If a bit of cat poo is going to wind you up, get a cat!
     
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    Catsan - we've tried a few and I think it is the best. Expensive though, and that is in the 10kg bags. And now my wife has discovered the Catsan Smart Bags which I agree are very convenient but works out around twice the price of normal Catsan.

    Cheers,

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    We use the catsan 20l bags. We get them from Costco where they're around £8.50. The bag lasts around 6 weeks but longer in the summer when our cats off galavanting all day long
     
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    Our cats have free reign to go out and about whenever they like, but they've been trained to use litter trays. Of course I can't guarantee they use them 100% of the time but I know they use them most of the time.
     
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    We just use the clumping cat litter from Tesco, cat seems to like it and so does my wallet.
     
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    Farmers field at the end of the garden, perfect!
     
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    Our boy was an outside cat until we rehomed him. So giving him free roam outside after spending the last 4 years somewhere else would not work out IMO.

    He is now exclusively an indoor cat and seems to love it. He gets to wander around outside while we're about and he doesn't go too far.
     
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    That's fair enough. I'm not suggesting anyone alters their preferred pattern of behaviour. I have a garden and it's not covered in cat poo. Neither is our neighbours, so it's not an issue. It costs us nothing and the cats are happy. What's not to love?

    We gave two animals a home. They are content and have all they need, just like the two before them. I have never had a single complaint from anyone. People seem happy to judge me on here though. But I'm in London. Perhaps trivial matters occupy people more in other parts of the country.
     

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