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cat litter

Post by ROXANNE WO » Tue, 24 Feb 1998 04:00:00



What is the reason that cat litter is not recommended as a substrate for
reptiles?  Seems cheap and available.  Just curious.

 
 
 

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Post by Benjamin Kop » Tue, 24 Feb 1998 04:00:00


You mean other than the possibility they'll eat it?

Quote:

> What is the reason that cat litter is not recommended as a substrate for
> reptiles?  Seems cheap and available.  Just curious.

 
 
 

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Post by NHHerpS » Wed, 25 Feb 1998 04:00:00


I just recently took in 2 boas that had been housed on cat litter.  Biggest
problem:  dust.   These animals were coated in clay dust, and had been inhaling
it for all that time.  Needless to say, both had to be treated for lung
problems before they were adopted out. Other problems with using it: abrasion
of the belly scales, inhalation of the fumes from the deodorants in it,
impaction if/when ingested, etc..... There may be more reasons, but that is
what I could think of.....

BTW, could someone tell me if my posts are coming through with no spaces and
several misspellings??  I've noticed that when *I* view some of my posts, they
are all run together and are oddly spelled, which is not the way they were
typed.  Some people have responded to me quoting, and it appears to be OK from
their end.  Anybody else noticed this problem?  Only happens in this newsgroup,
too... weird....

Bonnie Key

NH Herptile Society & Rescue
Club and licensed animal shelter
603-435-7212
http://members.aol.com/NHHerpSoc/index.html

 
 
 

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Post by KJ Lodrig » Wed, 25 Feb 1998 04:00:00




Quote:
>You mean other than the possibility they'll eat it?


>> What is the reason that cat litter is not recommended as a substrate for
>> reptiles?  Seems cheap and available.  Just curious.

Too dusty for their simple respiratory systems.  Some contain toxic
particles when continually inhaled.
KJ
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Post by Ulrik Sme » Wed, 25 Feb 1998 04:00:00



Quote:

> I just recently took in 2 boas that had been housed on cat litter.  Biggest
> problem:  dust.   These animals were coated in clay dust, and had been inhaling
> it for all that time.  Needless to say, both had to be treated for lung
> problems before they were adopted out. Other problems with using it: abrasion
> of the belly scales, inhalation of the fumes from the deodorants in it,
> impaction if/when ingested, etc..... There may be more reasons, but that is
> what I could think of.....

> BTW, could someone tell me if my posts are coming through with no spaces and
> several misspellings??  I've noticed that when *I* view some of my posts, they
> are all run together and are oddly spelled, which is not the way they were
> typed.  Some people have responded to me quoting, and it appears to be OK from
> their end.  Anybody else noticed this problem?  Only happens in this newsgroup,
> too... weird....

> Bonnie Key

> NH Herptile Society & Rescue
> Club and licensed animal shelter
> 603-435-7212
> http://members.aol.com/NHHerpSoc/index.html

I have a savannah monitor going on cat litter. I didn't know it was bad.
Thanks for telling me. I think I will replace it by something else, what
about sand, OK ?
Or is there something better ?

Your post is perfectly fine here on my Acorn machine.

--
MVH Ulrik Smed


 
 
 

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Post by Marcus L. Rowlan » Wed, 25 Feb 1998 04:00:00




Quote:
>I just recently took in 2 boas that had been housed on cat litter.  Biggest
>problem:  dust.   These animals were coated in clay dust, and had been inhaling
>it for all that time.  Needless to say, both had to be treated for lung
>problems before they were adopted out. Other problems with using it: abrasion
>of the belly scales, inhalation of the fumes from the deodorants in it,
>impaction if/when ingested, etc..... There may be more reasons, but that is
>what I could think of.....

I think that some of the non-clay types swell when wet, and would
certainly cause bowel problems.

Quote:
>BTW, could someone tell me if my posts are coming through with no spaces and
>several misspellings??  I've noticed that when *I* view some of my posts, they
>are all run together and are oddly spelled, which is not the way they were
>typed.  Some people have responded to me quoting, and it appears to be OK from
>their end.  Anybody else noticed this problem?  Only happens in this newsgroup,
>too... weird....

Looks fine to me (using Turnpike under Windows 95)
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uk.rec.pets.misc is now online
 
 
 

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Post by Seeke » Wed, 25 Feb 1998 04:00:00


Cause the cat owner would get upset to know his cat is being shit on by a
snake.

Wasn't this once "Free, 1 Loving Cat"?

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What is the reason that cat litter is not recommended as a substrate for
reptiles?  Seems cheap and available.  Just curious.

 
 
 

cat litter

Post by Paul J Holland » Thu, 26 Feb 1998 04:00:00



Quote:

>I just recently took in 2 boas that had been housed on cat litter.  Biggest
>problem:  dust.   These animals were coated in clay dust, and had been inhaling
>it for all that time.  Needless to say, both had to be treated for lung
>problems before they were adopted out. Other problems with using it: abrasion
>of the belly scales, inhalation of the fumes from the deodorants in it,
>impaction if/when ingested, etc..... There may be more reasons, but that is
>what I could think of.....

Other reasons not to use kitty litter:
1) Kitty litter is very drying.  It can be bad news at shedding time.
2) I once opened up a dead California king snake that had been kept on
kitty litter.  It had inhaled a chunk and ***d on it.

Quote:

>BTW, could someone tell me if my posts are coming through with no spaces and
>several misspellings??  (snip)

This post came through fine.


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Post by dan copenhav » Thu, 26 Feb 1998 04:00:00


As said in another post its to dusty for thier respitory system. What I
use for my Bearded Dragons is Rabbit Pellets. A 50 lb. bag for $8.00!!
Thats about as economical as you can get. I don,t know if its good to
keep snakes on or not (i don,t use it for my snakes) but its great for
lizards that run around catching crickets and such. If you watch them
you,ll see them eat pieces of bark, sand, gravel, etc. Which can clog in
thier digestive tract. They also eat the rabbit pellets, but it won,t
harm them. Actually its probably good for them. The only bad thing about
RP is when you spray the lizards with water it makes the pellets swell
up with water. I have a huge rock in my setup (about 300lb.) that I put
them on to mist them so no pellets get wet. But even if they do there
cheap to replace.Dan