I want to punch Arm & Hammer in the face. Yes, okay, I like their baking soda. But this rant is about their kitty litter.
Poor Frank. He has had litter duty almost every day now for the last few months for MY cat because I can’t scoop the litter without getting wheezy. I used to scoop the litter. Then we started sharing. And most recently, the entirety of the burden has landed on him because the smell of it makes me feel sick.
No, not THAT smell. The smell of the litter itself.
I got Sophie as a kitten from a shelter in August of 2010. But growing up, we had cats that went outside, so we never had to worry about litter. But Frank and I live on a busy street, and I feel really uncomfortable letting her outside, so she’s a house-cat. But that means LITTER. Ugh.
You’ve read my other posts, yes? So you know that my whole life I’ve been über sensitive to basically anything unnatural, and that I even struggled with chronic allergies for years.
Frank calls me “The Canary.” You know, like the canary in the mine? Because I’m always the first one to react. While my sister gobbles down GMO popcorn, popped in an aluminum pan; eats microwaved egg rolls that have 100 ingredients and have been pre-fried in canola oil; and slathers petrolatum products all over her body—I get a swollen puffy eye for a week from wearing eyeliner, get a 101˚F fever and debilitating stomach cramps from eating cookie dough made with regular white flour, and get an itchy rash in between my toes from eating food that touched aluminum foil.
The Canary. It’s a great nickname, right? Ha.
Well, anyway, so when we brought this kitten home, we knew we needed to buy litter, but I obviously couldn’t buy the normal clumping litter that’s all scented and dusty. That’s like ASKING for an asthma attack.
Then, there, on the shelf, we saw it: “ARM & HAMMER, The Standard of Purity, Natural Clumping Litter, Made with *100% Corn and added baking soda.”
Look! It even has a green leaf on the bag!
And I fell for it. :( But since then, I’ve been stupidly wondering why the “natural” cat litter has bothered me.
Frank scooping for the last few months has been bothering me, too. It’s MY cat, after all. And I know he hates it. So when we ran out today, and I had to buy more litter, I looked up the ingredients.
Get this. THEY AREN’T EVEN LISTED. Here’s what their site has to say about it:
They never actually say WHAT the ingredients are. They, instead, offer vague descriptions like,
“Specially formulated blend”
“A proprietary deodorization technology.”
Seriously? Deodorization technology? Gimme a break. That’s just a fancy name for chemicals.
So tonight I found an *ACTUAL* natural litter called Swheat Scoop. It has ingredients listed right on the bag (unlike A&H): “Naturally Processed Wheat and other Grains.” And it’s flushable!
So far it’s been great!