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Dusty Cat Litter can cause Respiratory Disease Flare-Ups

Premium Quality Clumping Litter is Safest

Question:

I recently switched from using clay litter to clumping litter.  I noticed that it’s extremely dusty when pouring it into the litter box.  Is this dust harmful to my two kitties when they dig or to me when I stir and scoop?

 

Dr. Nichol:

It can be downright irritating to the lungs of a cat with a history of smoldering upper respiratory disease or asthma. That kind of tissue insult can result in an outbreak of illness. A premium brand (meaning more expensive) should have fewer of those tiny particles and do a better job of clumping around the waste.