10 April 2011

Trying Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat litter.

We're trying a new litter in the Indulged Furries home.

I've used The World's Best Cat Litter for years and have been happy with its performance. The only negative to this litter is that it's a bit dusty and Raven sometimes looks raccoonish with yellow dust coating her paws and face.

The problem we're having is that Sammi's paws are getting little bumps that irritate her. She's been biting at herself and chewing her fur. We took her to the vet for a thorough exam and he couldn't find any obvious causes. Since her diet has not changed and she doesn't go outside, there aren't many things that could cause her skin issues. Sammi is on a grain-free diet because grain upsets her digestive system so we're taking a long-shot guess that maybe the corn litter has started irritating her skin.

Our Golden Retriever had allergies that showed up as skin issues. Maybe Sammi is having similar issues. Corn can be an allergan for many pets, and she's been exposed to it for 2 years now so maybe it's starting to become a problem for her.

After catching up on the current clay litter brands, I've decided to try Dr. Elsey's Ultra Precious Cat. It has no added dyes or perfumes and is not very dusty. I was able to see it in action at our animal shelter and when refilling litter boxes I was surprised at how little dust drifted up as I poured it from the bag.

I don't think Raven and Sammi will hesitate to use the new litter and we'll see if Sammi's legs stop getting little bumps. That's won't necessarily mean the bumps were caused by the corn litter - it could just be a coincidence or something else that cleared up. But we'll be able to try Dr. Elsey's litter and see how we like it's performance.

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