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We adopted a rescue cat. we built a cat tunnel to access

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We adopted a rescue cat. we built a cat tunnel to access through the pet door so she can be outside but enclosed and safe. We would like to put a litter box out there if she choose to use it. What would you recommend to fill the box with? It will get a bit of the weather, but not much as the area is covered.
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Doc Sara replied 11 months ago.

Hi there, I'm Dr. Sara. I'm a licensed veterinarian who works exclusively with cats and dogs. Your kitty Piper is very lucky indeed to have safe outdoor access - no doubt at all this will enrich her life significantly!

If this is a "cat preference" issue in regard to her not liking the litter that you're using now, then there are lots of "nontraditional" types of cat litters out there. Recycled newspaper litter like "Yesterday's News" is a nice low odor and low dust option - it looks like cylindrical pellets. The pellets expand when they get wet, so it's usually easy to see what needs to be scooped. It also doesn't track outside of the box much, which is nice. Crystal litters are also neat, because they are made of silicone pieces that absorb the urine and then change color. The stools you scoop out, then once most of the silicone crystals are saturated you change the whole box. In a situation where the crystals get a little rain, it's likely that you'll have to change the whole box more frequently than if it were kept inside. The one thing I don't particularly like about the crystal litter is that when it tracks out of the box, it's very sharp and uncomfortable to step on - which is a pain if you're walking in the area in bare feet or just socks. However, it does track much less than clumpable litter. Pine litter like Feline Pine is also a nice choice in terms of being different. It has a pleasing odor and is easy to clean up when it gets tracked out of the box, but if there's a little rain, it's likely that it will be overloaded and need to be changed as it absorbs liquid.

Please let me know what questions I can handle for you.

~Dr. Sara

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