The best litter for declawed cats is one in which they can still dig and get some traction, despite the fact they no longer have claws.
It can be difficult for declawed cats to use kitty litter as they no longer have claws to dig in the litter. It means then that the litter needs to be soft but not too soft. All of the litters reviewed below have been chosen because they are all suitable for cats that have been declawed.
The Best Litter For Declawed Cats
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This is an unscented litter made from soft, recycled paper pellets that are perfect for sensitive paws.
You might think that paper is not going to soak up urine but it does and there is minimal tracking.
And... this litter is dust free. Many people like it for that reason alone, even if they do not have cats that have been declawed. No dust is a big plus if you are looking for a non allergenic litter.
Great product for kitty's with tender paws. My foster kitty went right in the box and used the new litter with no problems! He had been surrendered because of not using the litter box and had been declawed.
There may be some spread of paper pellets however this seems a minor irritation compared to the grittiness of ordinary litter that can be unpleasant underfoot.
We highly recommend Fresh News Cat Litter for declawed as an everyday litter and for cats post surgery or when paws are in the healing stages. It will lessen the chance of an infection developing as there are no fine dusty particles with this litter.
Many people use this as an everyday litter and 92% of reviewers would recommend this litter to others. Here are some of the comments made by people who have purchased this litter for their cat.
The Best Litter For Declawed Cats
If your cat has been already declawed and there are no wounds to heal it is quite safe to use any litter. However, as declawed cats notoriously have problems digging in litter, a softer clumping litter is always recommended. The Okocat Soft Clumping Wood Litter reviewed is a good choice.
Declawed cats need a litter that will make it easy for them to dig. As they don't have claws it can be difficult for them to get traction in the litter. It can also be painful. For this reason softer litters are recommended. Paper litter is often recommended however the softer litters in the okocat range are also a good choice.
Immediately after the declawing operation paper litter is recommended to avoid infection. Clay litters or dusty litters are not recommended after declawing as the risk of infection is greatly increased.
Once the wounds are healed regular litter can be used. Monitor the way the cat adjusts. To make the adjustment to the regular litter easier some of the new or regular litter can be gradually added to the paper litter before changing completely. This will give the cat a chance to adapt to the regular litter.
One reason the declawed cats may reject a litter box is because of pain. There are some suggestions below if your cat is rejecting the litter box. Choosing an appropriate litter will help to solve this problem.
You may already be aware that cats will often reject the litter box after being declawed, so some stealth work may be necessary to coax your kitty back to the box.
If your declawed cat is sharing a litter box with other cats, try giving the cat its own litter box.
If practical, try changing the location of the box where there are no obstructions. By obstructions, it may be the cat has to pass by somewhere he doesn’t really want to. It may be the dog's bowl or something that is scary to the cat. Put yourself in your cat's shoes (please no meowing) and check out the navigation to the box.
Does it seem okay?
Use a soft litter. Your cat doesn’t have claws to dig in the litter, so it stands to reason that the litter needs to be nice and soft. Try to avoid the cat associating the litter box with pain, so ideally provide a soft litter that still has enough substance for your cat to get some traction when digging.
One way to help determine if it is the actual liter that is causing a problem is to use an absorbent pee pad by itself in the litter box. If this is successful it may indicate that the litter you were using was the problem.
All of the points mentioned above are easy to implement, however there is no substitute for paying a visit to the vet to identify if there is a medical issue contributing to litter box avoidance.
Declawing a cat is not just removal of claws, it an amputation.
Read why paper litter is the preferred litter after declawing.
When we purchased some leather sofas we were not prepared for the clawing tsunami that shortly followed. It was as though the cat was waiting for a leather sofa to come through the front door.
Yes, the cat did scratch the leather couch. We did solve the problem, we just took the very long way round.
Cat's claws do need trimming from time to time.
Follow these instructions from The Humane Society which explains exactly how to trim the claws of a cat. If you do not feel comfortable with this, take your cat to the vet for a claw trim.
Hello! I am Rebecca Parker, the content editor of this site. My kitty cat contracted diabetes at age 14. This means twice daily injections and to his dismay, no snacking in between meals. This gorgeous and very loved kitty is sadly now deceased, old age caught up with him.