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Wed Mar 25, 2020, 10:35 PM

What do I do if I can't get kitty litter?

Rose and Fred are indoor cats, so they can't do their business outside. Rose doesn't ever seem to want to go outside, she's strictly a homebody. Fred, Rose's son, goes outside perhaps a couple times a month, but he never stays out for long.

Right now I have enough kitty litter to last about three weeks. I'll be running out of other stuff by then too, so I'll have to go grocery shopping. I'm worried about a lot of things, whether I'll be able to get them at all any more by then, but specifically, what will I do if I can't get kitty litter? They've got to have some place to do their business.

Should I just toss Rose and Fred outside whether they like it or not and close the door and not let them in for most of the day? I feel it'll be just plain mean to make them stay outside most of the time.

Should I go out in the yard and dig up some soil and dump it in the kitty litter box? What I don't like about that is that dirt will have critters in it -- microorganisms, worms, bugs, etc., and I don't want to be bringing those kinds of yukkies into the house.

Any suggestions, y'all?

Or maybe I should just wait three weeks until I actually run out of kitty litter and deal with the problem then if the stores don't have any.

-- Ron

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Reply What do I do if I can't get kitty litter? (Original post)
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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 10:37 PM

1. Don't be cruel to them. Go out and get them more kitty litter now.

Go get more as you need it.

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Response to spooky3 (Reply #1)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 10:41 PM

9. he said if he CAN'T get it

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Response to Blues Heron (Reply #9)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 10:43 PM

10. He's talking about letting the supply run out. My advice is to go get more

now - don't put himself in the position of running out.

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Response to spooky3 (Reply #10)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 11:22 PM

34. People are clearing the shelves and hoarding litter. I finally ordered from Amazon a few days

ago, but it won't get here until May 28-June 3!

I have 4 cats, and enough litter for just 12 days.

I will keep going to the store(s) in hopes of finding some, but I worry just as the OP does.

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Response to tblue37 (Reply #34)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 11:28 PM

40. Weird. I just did a search and Amazon had cat litter in stock.

No TP in stock, though.

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Response to LisaL (Reply #40)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 11:52 PM

54. Does that mean we need to build Kitty/people boxes?

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Response to tblue37 (Reply #34)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 12:36 AM

63. Our stores are loaded with the stuff.

If a store is out wait a day or two and itíll be restocked. This wonít be a TP situation.

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Response to tblue37 (Reply #34)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 05:57 AM

88. I had a grocery delivery the other day, and I got some

no problem.

Amazon may not be the best source for the litter.

I just ordered two from PetSmart.com



Good luck to your kitties

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Response to Blues Heron (Reply #9)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 08:22 AM

94. We Just Bought Yesterday

Dollar General. No lack of supply.
Not sure why it's so different here.

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Response to spooky3 (Reply #1)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 02:37 PM

110. go get 3 months worth now !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

get 3 months of cat food also

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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 10:38 PM

2. Do you have old newspapers in the house?

You can try to cut them up and use them instead of litter.
You can also order on-line.

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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 10:39 PM

3. Amazon has plenty of kitty litter.🐱

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Response to marybourg (Reply #3)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 06:46 AM

91. It's not about availability on Amazon

It is the delivery time. I am a prime member and it is still a 3 week wait on a co-axle cable. Not a prime member the wait time is even longer.

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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 10:39 PM

4. You can certainly shred newspaper or other paper) if push comes to shove...

Obviously you'd have to clean it more frequently.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #4)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 11:51 PM

53. This

We did this when I was poor and didnít realize it.

A layer of newspaper laid flat-usually the A section. then shred the rest of the paper-except Thursday and Sunday weíre thicker. You could save some in case you had to do an extra change.

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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 10:39 PM

5. sand, grass clippings or leaves over newspaper

they will fuss at you, of course, but what ya gonna do?

3 weeks? you can get a delivery from chewey or amazon by then

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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 10:40 PM

6. Order from chewy dot com. We use the paper pellets stuff. 3 days shipping

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Response to NightWatcher (Reply #6)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 11:12 PM

26. Nah, Chewy's down,

At least in the deep SE, my 2 auto ships have been in limbo for days. I think the distribution center has had a positive case or something.

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Response to tosh (Reply #26)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 11:18 PM

31. Amazon is not down.

They have plenty of kitty litter.

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Response to LisaL (Reply #31)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 11:26 PM

38. Yup.

I wish kitty litter was all I needed. My spoiled indoor cats are on a food that seems to have supply issues, too. Found same brand but diff formula/flavor on Amazon but...12 pack for what I usually pay for case of 24! 😳

These cats are gonna have to adjust like WE are!

Edited to add: ordered their beloved treats from Amazon, found my dogís food at Tractor Supply.

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Response to tosh (Reply #26)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 11:42 PM

48. Chewy is running about 5 days behind, but our order from Friday shipped today

Will arrive tomorrow.

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Response to sweetloukillbot (Reply #48)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 12:51 AM

66. Hallelujah!

Maybe mine will get shipped too!

Iíve not gotten a shipped email yet & have 2 auto ships in the pike. Mine usually ship from Jacksonville, FL.

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Response to tosh (Reply #26)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 12:08 AM

57. Chewy is NOT down

Was just there. They have tons of litter.

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Response to ThingsGottaChange (Reply #57)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 12:53 AM

67. The site is working fine.

The distribution is not running at full speed.

Iím not stressing about litter,

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Response to tosh (Reply #67)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 01:00 AM

69. Plenty of litter at any store I have seen.

Why would there be a kitty litter shortage?

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Response to Tipperary (Reply #69)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 01:05 AM

71. I don't know.

Iím waiting for food orders from Chewy. Litter happens to be along for the ride but two entire orders are stuck in limbo.

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Response to tosh (Reply #71)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 01:38 AM

74. I buy my pet supplies at the grocery store.

I have seen no shortages of any cat litter, food, dog food or even dog toys.

What state do you live in?

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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 10:40 PM

7. There is always Amazon or Wal-Mart.

Shipped straight to the house.

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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 10:41 PM

8. Costco had tons of litter yesterday.

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Response to stopbush (Reply #8)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 11:24 PM

35. It's good for weight-bearing exercise, too!

Holy crap, that bag weighs a ton! Feels like 40 or 50 pounds.

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Response to klook (Reply #35)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 01:13 AM

72. IIRC it's 42 lbs.

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Response to stopbush (Reply #72)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 08:10 AM

92. Yeah, its all i can manage, and that just barely.

But the price is amazingly cheaper per lb. than the 20-lb. boxes from the pet store or grocery store. I do wish it was unscented, even though the scent is faint. But that's Costco for you...at least they don't make you buy two of them taped together!

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Response to klook (Reply #35)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 02:06 AM

78. I cannot lift that much anymore

I'd recommend Target because you get 25 lbs., not 20 lbs.

I ordered before from Walfart and they sent me 5 bags, 30 lbs. each.

Now it is a one bag limit.

If you want more, the only thing you can get is the clay litter for a cheaper price in 25 lb. bags which has a lot of dust.

I have bought litter from chewy.com as well. It is a great place to buy it from if you can catch a sale on it. I always check around for the lowest price out there due to my very limited income.

Tidy Cats is far better for cats for one reason: A lot less dust. The litterd that have a lot of dust, like the clay stuff Walfart is now pushing, is NOT GOOD for your cat(s) because it gets on/into their paws and they lick it off and and swallow all of that dust. Over time, it can sicken a cat, especially if they are older indoor cats like mine are, and you don't want that, esp. during times like we are now in. Just the thought of needing a vet right now scares me I must admit!

Tidy Cats un-clumped is the safest one to use as far as bagged cat litters go, the unscented type is the best one to get because yes, your cat can smell that perfume they put in the scented type and again, they lick their paws and swallow the dust, even though much less than the clay stuff, god does that stuff stink! Seems the cats don't like anymore than I do!




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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 10:43 PM

11. less people will bring out coyotes, I saw two tonight and they weren't the least bit

concerned to see me, I've lived here twenty years, the coyotes always hide from humans, they know something is up.

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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 10:44 PM

12. Go to stores when they open in the morning.

Grocery stores around here let high risk people like seniors in first. I went to the store about an hour after they opened and was still able to get toilet paper.

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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 10:44 PM

13. In the unlikely case there is a run on kitty litter

Don't panic... go to the lowes or any hardware store and get a bag of sand... won't have the air freshener aspect but it will work and the kitties won't mind.

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Response to jcgoldie (Reply #13)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 08:19 AM

93. There Is A Run

on kitty litter in my area, but it isn't as bad as TP. I stocked up earlier, being somewhat surprised that people seemed to have forgotten their cats. No longer.

If I were the OP I'd be ordering NOW to allow time for the slow delivery. Like TP, you can always use kitty litter, so no money is wasted.

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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 10:45 PM

14. I've had no trouble ordering it from Petco and Amazon.

If you can't get it, shredded newspaper is a possibility. Some cats don't like to do their business outside. My family had a cat was mostly indoors but she liked to hang out in the yard and eat chipmunks. But when she had to go she'd howl at the front door until she was let in, and she'd run down to the basement to use her litter box. Then she'd go right back outside to hunt chipmunks.

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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 10:49 PM

15. "and I don't want to be bringing those kinds of yukkies into the house". Unless you remove

your shoes before you enter your house you are bringing those things into the house.

You can always buy bags of sterilized sand (sold as"playsand" for kids sandboxes) at home center stores.

Or just rip old newspaper into curled strips (what my family only ever used for our cats).

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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 10:49 PM

16. My store was out yesterday. I suggest ordering online. nt

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Response to cry baby (Reply #16)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 10:51 PM

19. petsmart is fully stocked.

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Response to Demovictory9 (Reply #19)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 10:53 PM

20. Good to know! Thanks. nt

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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 10:51 PM

17. pet stores are fully stocked.

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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 10:51 PM

18. Go to an auto supply store and get oil dry. It's the same thing.

I worked at a plant that made kitty litter and its the same clay used to make the oil cleanup stuff.

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Response to Lochloosa (Reply #18)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 11:02 PM

23. I was thinking about that too but thought it could have something

toxic to cats. We used tons of that stuff in the steel mill.

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Response to doc03 (Reply #23)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 06:00 AM

89. There's nothing in it but clay. No need for them to add anything to it

Buy the cheapest.

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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 10:53 PM

21. Do you have a feed store near you?

Chicken layer crumbles is an effective and cost efficient litter. Same stuff as Worldís Best Cat Litter.

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Response to hamsterjill (Reply #21)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 01:00 AM

70. I'll secon that.

Works great.

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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 10:54 PM

22. Shop online. That's what we are doing. We're getting everything


from toothpaste to dog food, etc. Try Amazon.

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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 11:07 PM

24. If you really can't find any, maybe you can think outside the box...

and snag a bag of Perlite from your nursery.

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Response to Brother Buzz (Reply #24)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 11:16 PM

30. Perlite? All that toxic dust in the house. Vermiculite might be better.

Sand would be my fallback. Here in Central Florida I would just need a bucket and shovel. My house is on a sand hill!

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Response to GulfCoast66 (Reply #30)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 11:39 PM

47. Perlite is not toxic

A lung irritant, but not toxic.

I'm not a cat person and don't deal with cat litter, but I've seen it in a nursery, and it looks like cat litter to me. Hell, for all intents and purposes, Perlite and Vermiculite look the same to me.

That being said, I'll defer to your choice, "Think outside the box and snag a bag of vermiculite from your nursery".

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Response to Brother Buzz (Reply #47)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 11:47 PM

50. Not an owner. But in the field. I was hyperbolic about the toxic part. Sorry.

But definitely more than an irritant. Long term Exposure can cause severe Lung damage and its a carcinogen. When my old team worked around it PPE was mandatory.

Once mixed in moist soilless mix it no longer can put it is glass like dust. It really is some bad stuff dry.

I would still think sand the easiest option although my wife has 2 cats and we have no problem finding litter. My wife has them. I donít much like cats!

Have a safe week and a nice evening.

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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 11:12 PM

25. Order from chewy.com now before you run out

and stop worrying about it.

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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 11:14 PM

27. I order kitty litter from Amazon

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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 11:15 PM

28. Chewy.com will deliver it to your door in 48 hours. nt

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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 11:16 PM

29. PetSmart is offering curbside pickup now

So you could order online and pick it up at the store without leaving your car.

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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 11:19 PM

32. Check Target

I have three cats.

I ordered four 25 lb. bags abt. a week ago.

It was delivered today and the price was very competitive -- $5.49 for 25 lbs. of Tidy Cats, the non-clumping type.

Best of luck btw!!



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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 11:21 PM

33. Do you have a paper shredder?

In a pinch you could use shredded paper.

I worked in a pet store ages ago and then had a type of litter which was essentially just shredded recycled paper.

You just have to clear it away faster because there won't be any odor control.

You could probably use sawdust as well if you have access to it.

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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 11:25 PM

36. Some people are able to teach their kitty to do business on the toilet.

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Response to fleabiscuit (Reply #36)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 08:34 AM

97. I had a Siamese cat years ago that learned on her own.

We told people she had an IQ of 60, b/c that's what's needed to be toilet trained. Smart cat, but we could never train her to flush it.......

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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 11:25 PM

37. Monday I ordered cat food, treats, and 2 containers of litter from PetCo and it's

arriving on Saturday. At that time everything I needed was available...if you can't find litter - I know someone who is using sand, but I don't know where they ordered it from.

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Response to 42bambi (Reply #37)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 03:57 AM

83. Home Depot, Lowes

have plenty of sand.

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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 11:28 PM

39. Jeebo,


I couldn't find any in the stores here, either. I ordered from Amazon, but they say it will be delivered May28-June 3.

Do order some from Amazon, since their distant delivery date could just be covering their butts, and MAYBE it will come sooner. I have enough for about 12 days for my 4 cats.

People are panic buying and hoarding it right now, but I think that eventually that will ease up. As much as I don't want to go out, I will keep checking the stores for litter (and toilet paper). I think I will score some of both before it's too late if I keep looking.

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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 11:31 PM

41. I used to use

pellet stove pellets in a deep tray. They crumble into sawdust when fluid is added. It is easy to maintain, dump it once a week. It used to cost $4/40lbs back then but it is still probably cheaper than regular clay litter or any other kind. 40# would last about a month and I used a lot for each new change.

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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 11:35 PM

42. Safeway, Petsmart, Walgreens & CVS all have plenty in my neighborhood (nt)

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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 11:35 PM

43. Mix baking soda into play sand. Make sure the sand is dry. nt

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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 11:35 PM

44. I use that shredded coconut litter from Catspot (they deliver)

I went to their website, and they apparently saw the signs and ramped up production and are keeping it ramped up so they have plenty.

I really like it.

TlalocW

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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 11:37 PM

45. Do you have petmart nearby?

They just sent me email that they have curbside service, order and pay online then they come out to car and put in trunk.

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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 11:39 PM

46. I just successfully ordered 40lbs. of cat litter (Tidy Cats nonclumping) from

Petco, and it says delivery will be Monday!

https://www.petco.com/shop/en/petcostore

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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 11:43 PM

49. You can use Sand...if you have to.

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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 11:48 PM

51. DON'T MAKE YOUR CATS GO OUTSIDE!

They don't want to go outside because they sense danger out there, and they are right. Especially if they are not used to going outside, and are older, they can be injured or killed by cars, hawks, bully cats, or bully dogs, or bully humans.

You can scoop kitty litter more than most people think. I used to volunteer at a low-income pet shelter, so I know. And people are right about shreded newspaper. Some commercial cat litter is made from that. And garden dirt is what people used to use for kitty litter before the commercial stuff was invented. Although sand is even better. Especially if you are near a beach.

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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 11:49 PM

52. Keep your indoor kitties safe indoors.

Many substitute items for cat litter have been offered. Others to consider are bags of sand or sawdust available in garden sections of any big box store as well as nurseries and gardening stores online.

Large sacks of wood shavings used as horse bedding can be bought at farm and feed stores, and some garden centers. You might even get it free if you know of a woodlot where firewood is cut and sold. Smaller bags used in rodent habitats are sold at pet stores and the pet aisles at Wal-Mart and Target stores.

Wood pellets used in pellet burning wood stoves are similar to those expensive pine pellets. They are sold in 25 and 40lb bales at most hardware stores like Lowes and Home Depot for about $5 to $8. Get the soft wood pellets over the hard wood as they are more absorbent.

Oil Dri is used to absorb motor oil if your car drips on your garage floor. Kitty litter is the same stuff, but not baked as long and has scent or anti-odor chemicals added to it. It will not harm your cat.

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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 11:54 PM

55. Just use the dirt and stop overthinking it.

I mean....they're fucking cats! Yes...toss them outside if need be. They know where the food is, they'll come back.

But do you really think they give a damn what the actual material is?

Just use fucking dirt, for crying out loud.

And from what I gather, dirt is sort of kind of everywhere, and rather inexpensive.


DIRT!

And I get my chops busted for saying there might be a hole in the food chain.

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Response to A HERETIC I AM (Reply #55)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 08:23 AM

95. Not A Cat Owner

are you?

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Response to RobinA (Reply #95)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 11:44 AM

104. I have had cats, yes.

But the fact that I don't own any now doesn't change the underlying fact that.....




THEY'RE BLEEDIN' CATS!

They will be fine, for crying out loud. They will relieve themselves in a pile of clothes if need be, and you know it!


I get that people love their animals, truly. My avatar pic has been the same for almost the entire time I've been a member.

But we aren't talking about an animal that is utterly helpless.

ITS A CAT!

It will be fine. Even if it has to suffer the indignity of pooping in a litter box filled with garden soil.

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Response to A HERETIC I AM (Reply #104)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 12:13 PM

106. If you are sitting in your home with your cat or cats, last thing you want is your

cat reliving himself on a pile of clothing. Or your bed, or your sofa, or you rugs.
I would think that much was obvious.
Considering unless you actually got covid, you still have your sense of smell.

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Response to LisaL (Reply #106)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 02:35 PM

109. Holy crap!

You;



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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 12:03 AM

56. Sign up for Amazon's Subscribe & Save. You should sign up soon. You can pick the delivery date

plus you get a discount. I've been doing it for a few months now and I really like it. I haven't had any S & S delivery issues since this whole thing started. They plan for it so they haven't run out. At least they haven't yet.

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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 12:09 AM

58. You can order cat litter online.

Amazon is not out of it. I always order it online in bulk (enough to make the shipping free) so I don't have to haul it all through the store and put the dusty ass stuff in the car with my groceries. It stays in the box Amazon shipped it in until I am ready to take out another bag and use it. My grocery bags don't get all dusty with cat litter.

That is one thing I despise; cat litter. I wish they would make the scoopable kind less dusty.

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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 12:12 AM

59. This is something

that should have been addressed in the stimulus bill.

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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 12:13 AM

60. Dump the used litter outside where you want them to go. They

will use that spot, but you should stay with them when necessary.

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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 12:25 AM

61. Shredded newspaper is a good option

My vets have recommended using that rather than kitty litter after surgeries. Don't cut it up too small, though. The long fettucine-type shreds do nicely.

If you have access to other smooth papers that aren't too fibrous, those can work, too.

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Response to Aquaria (Reply #61)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 12:26 AM

62. Our local supermarket

Has kitty litter, and thank goodness for that! We were down to our last week's worth.

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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 12:40 AM

64. It's just dirt, ffs. It won't hurt anything.

Grab a shovel and stop worrying. If youíre allowing a carnivore to shit in your house a little box of dirt shouldnít be an issue.

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Response to Codeine (Reply #64)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 01:45 AM

75. .

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Response to Codeine (Reply #64)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 01:56 AM

77. Ha! Spot on!

Regular sand would work too I guess. I am still perplexed anyone thinks there is a cat litter shortage.

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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 12:42 AM

65. One of the home improvement stores like Lowe's or

Home Depot would have sand I would think, sand would probably work. I've been able to get Kitty litter so far but have given thought to alternatives just in case.

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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 12:54 AM

68. There is no shortage of kitty litter where I live.

I cannot imagine why there would be.

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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 01:35 AM

73. Horse bedding pellets.

Thatís what I used as kitty litter in the past, but it was a cat that I purchased from a woman who was already using it for her cats ó i.e., the cat was used to it.

Cheaper than kitty litter, and it contains odor well. The stuff turns to powder after it gets wet, though.

The smaller pellets work better for a litter box imo.

Edit: Hereís a video about it.

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Response to Buckeye_Democrat (Reply #73)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 02:38 AM

79. We've used this for around 10yrs...

We used 'Feline Pine' for around 10 yrs too until a Tractor Supply opened near us and I saw the equine bedding and it was the same thing but quite a bit cheaper.

We're a multi (strictly indoor) cat household and, like you, find this works fantastic on odor. We've taken in rescues over the years and find most adapt rather well to it as well.

A bonus is that, while it takes more time to do so, it's compostable.

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Response to WePurrsevere (Reply #79)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 03:58 AM

84. Yes, there's many benefits to using it!

The turds didnít dry up as quickly, but covering them with the powder (which the cat sometimes didnít do) would do the trick before disposal.

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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 01:47 AM

76. shredded newspaper

Have done that many a time over the years.

Just rip it into ribbons and fluff it up.

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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 02:41 AM

80. a friend used sand

you would want to clean off their feet though after they used it
shredded newspapers has worked for some
if you have access to feed stores they usually carry litter now
Walmart, Costco, Petsmart and Petco if they are open

When my cats go outside they use mole hills but I wouldn't throw your cats outside, better to bring it in.

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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 03:48 AM

81. Just go outside and scoop up some dirt

It needs to be changed every day - but itís a cheap temporary solution.

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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 03:54 AM

82. Try sand, any kind

The cats are just looking for something easy to dig in. One of my cats also likes mulch. You might also try buying a harness so you can take the cats outside if need be.

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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 04:07 AM

85. Call ahead to your pet store or order on line.

People have adjusted to social distancing at the stores, pet stores are less crowded than grocery stores.

Are people hoarding kitty litter?

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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 05:18 AM

86. My spouse and I are high risk. I ordered my litter from Amazon as Chewy was out of their favorite.

We've been ordering our pet supplies from Chewy for 3 or 4 yrs now as it's easier not to have to lug bags, buckets, etc from store to home. I never cut it close on their needs as my kids are indoor only. While I can't find TP local or on the net, I may just have to start using their boxes...

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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 05:32 AM

87. DON'T put them outside

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They are indoor cats and will be subject to harm. Look for online sites to order some and order several bags. You can also use shredded paper or maybe even train them to use the toilet.

* I would not use dirt either because they can get giardia and other parasites from dirt.

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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 06:33 AM

90. Back in the 50's

My parents used sawdust or old newspaper shredded up. We went to Pet Supermarket yesterday. Only one cashier and one other customer. Bought a 50 lb. bag of clay litter. You will probably find more of the clay than the clumping litter.

Please do not put your cats outside.

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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 08:30 AM

96. Maybe not dirt but sand.

As a bricklayer, we would have a dump truck of sand delivered to each job for mixing
mortar. Nice big pile, maybe eight yards. The next morning we would find cat turds in it.

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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 09:11 AM

98. Take them out on leashes. They will have fun sniffing around the yard. n/t

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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 10:57 AM

100. Good grief, just order some from Chewy or a local place that delivers

Or does curbside pickup. NEVER EVER THROW INSIDE KITTIES OUTSIDE

I use a major brand, and got some from a local place yesterday. I just checked online, and plenty of folks have it, and it is certainly not a three week wait.

I really hope you aren't being serious about throwing indoor cats outside for the most of the day for some.

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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 11:07 AM

101. Fill the cat box with dirt or sand

nt

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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 11:11 AM

102. You can get clean bags of sand (no bugs) from hardware stores.

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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 11:41 AM

103. Have you tried online sources?

I ordered some from Chewy.com and it will be delivered this week. Also, try Petco and PetSmart online, or even Amazon.

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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 12:10 PM

105. I just realized I am a cat litter hoarder! Ordered four boxes from "Pretty Litter."

I use one box a month. At this point I am slightly more concerned that I will croak and not be around to change the litter box than I am about running out of cat litter. If all goes well I will call them and discontinue auto ship for a few months.

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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 12:14 PM

107. Dig up dirt from your garden or backyard

and add baking soda

If you don't have any dirt, buy the cheapest soil in a plant store/hardware.

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Response to Jeebo (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 12:24 PM

108. Look for feline pine, or pine horse pellets.

Usually people don't buy pine cat litter. Feline Pine is actually great stuff, but it works best if you have sifting litter boxes, which you probably don't. It uses pine pellets that absorb urine and liquid from poo. The pellets will break down. You can scoop out spent areas of pellets, or if you have sifters that stuff will fall right through. You can get pine horse bedding pellets too. They're almost exactly the same, and cheaper, but Feline Pine has some deodorizer mixed in there.

You can probably wait at least another week. Feline Pine is cheaper to order, since it's lighter than clay litter.

Also, have you visited all the pet supply stores nearby? We did have a run on litter and some other supplies at the grocery stores, but you can get almost anything at the pet store except KMR powder.

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