Cat Litter Causes Wheezing

Posted on March 12, 2013 under Pet Health & Safety

Dr. Fiona is a veterinarian guest blogger for pet insurance provider, Pets Best.

Hi. I’m Dr. Fiona Caldwell; I’m a veterinarian at Idaho Veterinary Hospital. I’m answering questions from Pets Best Insurance Facebook page today. This question comes from Carrie who asks: Why do some cat litters cause wheezing? This is a great question. Cats can have different sensitivities to litter, some cats have no problems at all, and other cats can be more sensitive.

Litter can be really dusty, and just like with you and I, if we’re in dusty places, it can cause sneezing and wheezing. If you do have a cat that has wheezing with a certain brand of litter, you might try experimenting with unscented litters, clumping versus non-clumping, some can be a little bit dustier than others. There’s also litter that are crystals, that don’t even have any dust to them or compounded newspaper, like a Yesterday’s News-type litter can occasionally be better for your cat. It may take a little experimenting before you find which one works for you.

If you guys have questions for me, feel free to post them below or on the Pets Best Insurance Facebook page.