Caring for a Three Legged Dog or Cat
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8 March 2019
I have four litter boxes for a multicat household and would like to gradually try changing to pellet litter. The dust from these clumping litters is getting out of control, it's just not healthy. I intend to start with the box that my tripawd kitty doesn't usually use. If that transition is sucessful, I plan to do one of the primary boxes next, followed by the other primary box, then the tripawd kitty's box last.
Looking at the pellet litter, I'm concerned about whether a tripawd cat would actually be ok using it? Mine had his hind leg amputated and he uses the litter box ok. I'm just worried about stability and mobility with the pellet litter. I'm also not sure what it would be like to walk/hop around on it. Has anyone used it successfully?
11 January 2022
23 February 2017
Hi there. I also have a rear-amp tripawd cat, Jet. I currently use a corn-based litter (World's Best), and the dust is minimal. But I have been considering using pine pellets, as it's less expensive. I don't think it'd be a problem for tripawds; the pellets seem small enough that it should be stable.
24 March 2020
Hi! I recently brought home a new puppy who was litter box trained with pine pellets. I cannot speak to how a cat would do, but I can recommend these pine pellets from Tractor Supply Co. A 40lb bag is about $7, they break down into sawdust, and they control odor quite well!
Griffin lived an amazing life for 11 years! Diagnosed with osteosarcoma on March 17, 2020, Griffin's right forelimb was amputated on April 2, 2020. Ten days later he was running and playing fetch! Lung metastasis discovered in July 2020 did not slow down Griffin and he lived joyfully for the next 7 months, passing peacefully at home on February 11, 2021. https://griffin.tripawds.com
22 February 2013
A puppy that's litter box trained....only in the big city! And what a great idea. More city folks should do this. It's such a lifesaver if a dog has an injury and can't walk out of an apartment building and down to the street. Ooops I"m off topic! Thanks for the recommendation.