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Originally posted by Skewed
I have read up on this smell and the health risks. It seems that generally ammonia irritation is relatively harmless and some of the articles go on to talk about severe reactions or prolonged exposure affects. What would constitute prolonged exposure? Would from every Friday to Sunday be considered prolonged exposure when there is also continuous coughing from at least Monday to Wednesday?
What makes it clump? It's a natural clay ingredient called sodium bentonite. In this case, "natural" is not always safe. Here's the problem: When this clay gets wet it expands and forms a hard mass. So when your cat or kitten digs in the litter box it's stirring up clay dust and breathing it in. Once it gets into their lungs, it expands from the moisture, and in time builds up, causing all sorts of lung problems