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Best Cat Litter for Tripawds?
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27 July 2018 - 6:28 am
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Looking forward to hearing everyone’s suggestions!

My boy is a 20 pound rear amp for about 2 months now. He for sure is a big, lazy boy! We have been using Fresh Step clumping clay litter for as long as we have had him but ever since surgery because he is so large and balancing on the one back leg that he manages to come out of the litter box completely caked in pee clumped litter all over his balancing foot and belly. He and I are both getting tired of kitty baths! I know part of our problem is that he pees once a day for like 3 minutes straight so it is a lot of pee all at once and a long time to try and balance on that one leg! I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions on new litters to try. I already tried a newspaper pellet litter which he has complete gone on strike against using… instead he will hope ALL the way across the house to find his brothers litter that still has the Fresh Step in it, which for him is quite a feat considering he is super lazy! Hoping someone else on here has dealt with this fun little complication and has some great insight. We would both appreciate eliminating kitty baths lol

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27 July 2018 - 7:45 am
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I have switched over to World’s Best Cat Litter. Currently using the lavender scented, I like it better than the unscented and its not overwhelming. It is corn based, no dust, a lot less tracking, easy to scoop the cat box, and I don’t think it will stick to him, but if he is tinkling down his leg it might be that and not the litter.

Have you tried a taller box with a low opening on one side? Sometimes Huck likes to lean while he tinkles. If E has something to lean on maybe his aim will be better?

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27 July 2018 - 7:46 am
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Oh.. by the way.. he is just the sweetest most handsome guy… melts my heart smiley

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HAPPY TWO MONTH AMPUVERSARY 😀😀

No advice, I’ll leave that up to our kitty experts!   Just wanted  to also add what a handsome  fella he is!

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Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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27 July 2018 - 11:02 am
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He’s better behaved in the tub than the Pugs are!

Check out this thread: Litter Box Tips for Tripawds – Member Tips  if you haven’t already.  It talks mostly about boxes at the beginning but there are some posts about types of litter.

Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls

Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

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27 July 2018 - 12:44 pm
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paws120 said
I have switched over to World’s Best Cat Litter. Currently using the lavender scented, I like it better than the unscented and its not overwhelming. It is corn based, no dust, a lot less tracking, easy to scoop the cat box, and I don’t think it will stick to him, but if he is tinkling down his leg it might be that and not the litter.

Have you tried a taller box with a low opening on one side? Sometimes Huck likes to lean while he tinkles. If E has something to lean on maybe his aim will be better?

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Just got back from PetSmart and this was actually on clearance for half off so I figured I would give it a shot! Im pretty sure he isn’t peeing down his leg, I think because he pees so much the puddle that he makes is enormous and he ends up standing in it the wet clumping clay (and sometimes his belly if he gets tired from squatting for that long lol). This equals a super, super messy kitty that results in the dreaded bath! Hoping this one works better, the scent definitely is not overwhelming at all and it feels similar to the one he had before- unlike the pellets that he hated!

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Fingers, toes, and paws crossed. I love the fact that it seems to neutralize odor too! You’ll see the consistency is quite different and it doesn’t stick to the box. I actually got rid of my liners.

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27 July 2018 - 2:41 pm
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Seamus really didn’t like the clumping clay litter so we’ve been using Cat’s Best, a plant/wood based clumping litter. Smells like sawdust even when damp and will mask other “deposits”, and really easy to filter from the tray. Everything can be flushed down the toilet because it’s biodegradable.

He has a slightly taller box with a detatchable hood and short end opening.  Seems to work for him as a front leg amputee.

Hope that helps

Deborah & Seamus xx

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