Cats have a way of telling you how they are feeling with their litter box. When you think about it, it’s pretty fascinating. I took in a dumped cat who I’ve named Sullivan a few months ago. He was found in the country without his front claws. When I brought him home, he refused to go into a litter box with regular clumping litter, so he peed on puppy pee pads instead. I already knew that he was in chronic pain from being declawed since many declawed cats show litter box avoidance. According to recent studies, over 60% of declawed cats have bone fragments left behind in their feet, 30% of cats have a painful bone infection after being declawed, and almost 40% show some form of aggression due to pain. Many people do not know that declawed cats often get bladder infections and chronic UTI’s that are likely caused by stress. I took Sullivan to my vet to rule out any other medical problems, but his urinalysis came back fine. A few days latter, I noticed that he had blood in his urine. We went back to the vet for a second urinalysis, and he had a UTI! Sullivan had x-rays done of his paws, and it was obvious that he had a lot of issues from having his kitty fingers cut off. I knew that relieving his pain was impossible without exploratory surgery that might make his condition worse, so I wanted to find a litter box solution for him.
I can still tell how much pain he’s in compared to my other cats, but he doesn’t need pee pads when I offer him this litter. It’s softer than most clumping litter, and he definitely appreciates it. This litter is great for training kittens and cats who have behavioral problems caused by stress.
This litter is my new favorite. Unfortunately, it hurts Sullivan’s paws, but my other cats use it just fine! Its natural smell is great, and it creates hard clumps that are easy to scoop.