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Q: kitty Litter?

February 15, 2013 | By Ches21 | 3 answers | Expired: 518 days ago

Ches21

I Want to know well I know that moths are attracted to kitty litter are spiders attracted to kitty litter too cause I was just scooping Shorty's litter box and a huge dark gray spider crawled out of it Shorty does like to play with spiders and then eat them spiders are one of his favorite things to hunt but knowing Shorty the spider would have most likely been dead if he had been after it but it was alive and we do get alot of spiders in this house I don't know what it is but none of the other houses have this big of a spider problem that is why I am glad Shorty hunts them I think there have been way less in the house since we got him when he was a kitten which was about I think when I was 15 so about 9 years ago but for some reason I have been finding spiders in and around the litter box latey are they attracted to litter or do you think Shorty is just leaving them there now and not killing them anymore?

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Michele Z.
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Feb 15, 2013

I'd say that bugs are attracted to kitty litter, which is probably the closest thing in your house that resembles the outdoors/ground. (Bugs are also attracted to potted indoor plants, right?)

Over the years, I've found spiders, beetles, crickets, etc. in the litter boxes in the laundry room.

When I stored 40# boxes of kitty litter in the garage, I'd occasionally find kernels of corn and sunflower seeds -- apparently "hidden" there by mice. I had to stop keeping kitty liter in the garage!

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daryl b.
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Feb 15, 2013

gee ches that is a hard one. when i had cats i used the plain clay and never had either problem

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Feb 15, 2013

I've never had the problem with any kind of bug in the kitty litter. If you're using an all-natural litter with wheat or corn as an ingredient, insects will be attracted to that. The clay types shouldn't attract any insects. A a general rule insects don't really care for clay. Moths and butterflies both are attracted to the salts in poop and urine. If the litter boxes are a bit dirty that will draw the moths in. Since you have an insect problem already, make sure to scoop your boxes at least a couple of times a day and sanitize them weekly by dumping all the litter and washing the boxes with Clorox and water or vinegar and water. You'll elominate the smells that you can't smell but the insects can. As far as spiders - since you already have a spider problem in the house, my guess is that they just happen to fall into the box and can't get out. Sometimes spiders find themselves stuck in some of the things they crawl into. And it's always possible that Shorty is playing with them and then carrying them to the litter box. Cats leave their "treasures" in their safe areas. My cat usually leaves his toys in the water dish to hide them from potential predators, but occasionally he'll leave one in the litter box probably because he can smell that no one but him ever goes there.

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