Saturday, February 20, 2010

Some Cat Litter May Aggravate Cat Respiratory Problems

Allergies are prevalent during some times of the year for more than just people. Even for your family cat that rarely goes outdoors, common household irritants can cause allergies, as well as aggravate severe respiratory problems such as feline asthma.

One common allergen could actually be hiding in your cat's litter box. Dust in traditional clumping litters can irritate a cat's respiratory tract, causing it to sneeze, wheeze and cough after using the litter box. For cats that have already been diagnosed with feline asthma, it's crucial to remove this potential irritant so as not to irritate them further.

Feline asthma is a chronic inflammatory respiratory disease. According to the American Animal Hospital Association, "Cats get the same airway spasms or smooth muscle contractions that lead to acute constriction of breathing as people do. The aerosolized dust [of traditional cat litter] when breathed in can initiate symptoms in an already asthmatic cat."

As a result, an increasing number of consumers are turning to clay-free alternative litters, such as Swheat Scoop Natural Wheat Litter.

Swheat Scoop, for example, is a unique clumping litter that's made from 100 percent naturally processed wheat. Because it does not contain clay, chemicals or fragrances and doesn't raise a cloud of dust when poured, it's good for cats that have sensitive respiratory systems. And you don't have to breathe in the litter dust when changing and cleaning litter either!

This litter's natural wheat enzymes work continuously to eliminate, rather than mask, litter box odors and its wheat starches form firm clumps that can be easily flushed down the toilet without harming sewer or septic systems. All of these features make Swheat Scoop the natural choice for cat owners with concerns about their cat's respiratory health.

Swheat Scoop is available at Petco, PETsMART, Target, Whole Foods, Wild Oats, and other fine grocery, neighborhood pet and natural food stores. While it does cost a bit more than traditional clay litter, it will definitely be worth it for your cat's health, especially during allergy season.


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