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Cat Litter & Asthma - Yours & Your Cat's

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Updated: December 16, 2019

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If you have asthmatic cats, asthmatic kids, have asthma yourself, or simply have a cat this article is for you.

Did you know that the type of cat litter you use can have a significant impact on the comfort and safety of those suffering with asthma?

When discussing best home care for cats diagnosed with asthma (more appropriately called feline allergic bronchitis, or just FAB, in cats), I always recommend switching to a low/no-dust litter. This is because the dust from typical clay and other dusty litters can lead to irritation of the airway, triggering an asthma attack. Below are several litters that I’ve found work best for most cats with FAB. If you, your cat, or someone else in your household has asthma/FAB, I’d suggest discussing these litters with your veterinarian and seeing if they might be right for your situation.

Dr. Elsey's Respiratory Relief Cat LitterPrecious Cat Respiratory Relief Cat Litter with Herbal Essences 2

Boxiecat All Natural, Scent Free Clumping Cat Litter
Boxiecat Premium Clumping Clay Cat Litter

World's Best Scent Free Cat Litter, 99% Dust-Free
World's Best Cat Litter

Swheat Scoop All Natural Cat Litter

sWheat Scoop Fast-Clumping All-Natural Cat Litter

Yesterday's News Unscented Paper Cat Litter

Purina Yesterday's News Non Clumping Paper Cat Litter; Unscented Low Tracking Cat Litter

And one more recommendation regarding litter boxes for cats with FAB — it’s always best in these cases to go with an uncovered box, as the covered varieties can trap the ammonia, a potent respiratory irritant that is found in all cat urine.

Additional Resources For Litter Box Issues and Feline Asthma

Feline Allergic Bronchitis
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Seven ways to reduce litter box smell
Hairballs in cat: Nuisance or concerning problem?
How many litter boxes does a cat need?
Cat poop frequency: How often should a cat go?
Using crayons to figure out which cat is pooping outside the litter box
Inappropriate elimination: Why it happens and how to prevent it
If your cat can't pee, read this! Urethral obstruction is preventable
Cranberry and your cat's urinary health 

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