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Old 09-19-2019, 08:04 PM
 
Location: Florida
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We got a rescue cat and I am generally allergic to most cats. She has some Russian blue in her (she is a street cat, but she looks like one). We started with paper litter from the old cat but she is digging like crazy, so it’s not a solution. I bought the unscented fresh step, which clumps perfect. As she just moved in, we have the litter box in the bedroom close to her.

Today, 3 nights after we started using fresh step, I got a tight chest. And I am not sure if it’s her or the litter. When she is cuddling and is all over my face, my eyes don’t itch and my nose is not congested. I seem ok besides that tight chest. It even didn’t get better after I went to work all day and normally, if it’s allergy, I think it should get better. Now my ears kind of hurt too.

I started reading about clumping litter and some say it’s a substance that can expand when you breath it in and the dust gets moist. Cat or litter? Any experience? I don’t want to give her away. And in the meantime I switched back to paper pallets.
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Old 09-19-2019, 08:06 PM
 
Location: Canada
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Go see a doctor if the tightness doesn't go away. It could be heart related and nothing to do with cat litter.
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Old 09-19-2019, 08:31 PM
 
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Tightness definitely needs to be checked out for other causes. I will say that I bought the same liter for a year and half. Then I suddenly became ill and chest tightness was one of the symptoms. What I remember about the litter at that time was that it was very dusty, very unlike past litters from the same brand. After many tests later, doctors concluded allergies, of course to cats, and stress. But get checked out. I had many tests done.
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Old 09-19-2019, 08:47 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Tightness definitely needs to be checked out for other causes. I will say that I bought the same liter for a year and half. Then I suddenly became ill and chest tightness was one of the symptoms. What I remember about the litter at that time was that it was very dusty, very unlike past litters from the same brand. After many tests later, doctors concluded allergies, of course to cats, and stress. But get checked out. I had many tests done.
Interesting! And yes if it’s continues I will see a doctor. Definitely nothing to be casual about. I hope it’s better in the morning.
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Old 09-20-2019, 07:39 AM
 
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We got a rescue cat and I am generally allergic to most cats. She has some Russian blue in her (she is a street cat, but she looks like one). We started with paper litter from the old cat but she is digging like crazy, so it’s not a solution. I bought the unscented fresh step, which clumps perfect. As she just moved in, we have the litter box in the bedroom close to her.

Today, 3 nights after we started using fresh step, I got a tight chest. And I am not sure if it’s her or the litter. When she is cuddling and is all over my face, my eyes don’t itch and my nose is not congested. I seem ok besides that tight chest. It even didn’t get better after I went to work all day and normally, if it’s allergy, I think it should get better. Now my ears kind of hurt too.

I started reading about clumping litter and some say it’s a substance that can expand when you breath it in and the dust gets moist. Cat or litter? Any experience? I don’t want to give her away. And in the meantime I switched back to paper pallets.

Please, spend a few dollars more, and get some Dr. Elsey's Cat Litter. Sold in pet stores, not supermarket brand. Put enough litter in her box, 3" or so and clean it religiously twice a day at a minimum.

And ... regardless of what litter you get, and regardless if she is a former street cat: please don't keep her litter in your bedroom. Cats know exactly where their box is once you show them.

Best wishes .... and talk to your vet..
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Old 09-20-2019, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Will move to the bathroom tonight. I wanted keep it close so she finds it ;-)
Feeling slightly better this morning .... and if she stays (she is on foster) I don’t mind spending money for the best stuff out there. I read a lot of positive about Dr elseys but I didn’t have time to get to the pet store. Probably a mistake ....
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Old 09-20-2019, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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You may want to try a natural based litter instead, like Swheat Scoop or The World's Best cat litter. ITA with others in seeing a doctor if your symptoms don't improve.
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Old 09-20-2019, 10:29 AM
 
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Or try the Tidy Cats Breeze system — it uses hard pellets that don't dust at all and don't track, and a pee pad underneath. I get about 1 week per pad for one cat.

As an aside, I figured out that I'm allergic to cats that are fed GMO corn. Once they are taken off the corn, my allergy symptoms disappear.

The cat I have now was given up by her former family because the children became allergic to her. When I got her she was being fed kibble with GMO corn. My symptoms, which had laid dormant for 20+ years, flared up. I switched her to a corn-free food and my symptoms went away. I wonder how many kitties are given up due to allergies when it might just be something in the food they're eating.
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Old 09-20-2019, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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I'm allergic to cats and find myself wheezing a little more when I'm disturbing the litter box. Fortunately, it resolves itself after a few minutes of leaving the basement. I've been using Tidy Cats lightweight unscented litter, and am going to switch back to Dr. Elsey's because the Tidy Cats is just too dusty.

Interesting observation about the corn in cats' food. My cat eats a grain-free kibble, but her wet food is Fancy Feast (she won't eat anything else - *sigh*).
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Old 09-20-2019, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Florida
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She currently gets grain free wet food and Costco dry. If we keep her I will change her diet and take her off the Costco dry. I think it has tons of grains in it. Maybe I should consider a change Earlier.
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