A look at Cat Litter

A look at Cat Litter

Cat litter has come a long way. Almost non-existent till after WW2, it has morphed into a vast selection of various products used as the dumping ground, for our domesticated feline friends. After cat food, Cat Litter is probably the most essential element required.

Before, looking at the types of kitty litter available on the market, let’s put some concerns to rest. Put simply, you should have no concerns. Save and except, where kittens under 3 months of age are concerned. In that, avoid dust producing litters, which may cause respiratory problems and clumping litters, which if ingested through paw cleaning, may produce other problems. Such as digestive track issues. So, where kittens are concerned it’s best to stick to a natural and non-clumping variety. For further authoritative documentation, you can check out this article from Stanford University, Digging Deeper: The Scoop on Cat Litter.

Which litter should you choose? There are 3 main considerations to look at:

  • Is your cat comfortable, with the litter? Cats can be finicky and may start going outside the litter box. Leaving unwanted surprises, in unwanted places. So, you may have to change the type of litter, if necessary.
  • Does it meet your needs? Are you looking for a flushable, compostable and biodegradable type? Do you want clumping or non-clumping? Is odor a major concern? Do you have more than one cat? Then you may want a type that has added odor control additives, like baking soda and charcoal. Perhaps you’d prefer a scented type? Although, your cat may not. Some cats are bothered by the scented types. Trial and error may be in order.
  • Price? Some litters can be very expensive. Particularly, natural and non-clay based types. However, many argue the more expensive types are worth the difference. They work better, last longer and are eco-friendlier.

Here’s a basic rundown of the Natural and Eco-friendlier litter types, which are flushable, compostable and biodegradable. Clumping and non-clumping may vary. These types are typically more expensive. However, it is said they last longer and work better.

  • Corn based
  • Grass based
  • Wheat based
  • Processed orange peels
  • Wood chips (pine & cedar)
  • Crushed walnut shells
  • Recycled paper

More affordable types of litter, which do not offer the benefits of being, flushable, compostable or bio-degradable, include:

  • Clay (sodium bentonite)
  • Silica crystals
  • Clay (calcium bentonite) *this type of clay is flushable.

I use the clumping clay litter for my cats, as I find it to be both, effective and affordable.


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