Cat Litter - Which One Is Best For My Cat?
Choosing a suitable cat litter can be daunting, with so many options available at pet supply stores. It's essential to consider factors such as odor control, health, dust level, environmental impact, and, most importantly, your cat's preferences. The wrong choice can lead to litter box aversion.
One of the first decisions is whether to go for clumping or non-clumping litter. Clumping litters make up over 50% of the market and are popular because they allow for the easy removal of cat waste, reducing the need to
Change the entire litter as often. However, clumping litter can be dusty and may not be biodegradable. They are also more finely grained, resulting in more litter outside the box. Some vets recommend avoiding clumping litters for kittens as they may cause blockages if ingested. Additionally, clumping litters are generally more expensive than clay litter.
Another decision to make is whether to go for scented or unscented litter. Scented litter can leave the area around the litter box smelling better for humans, but some cats may not use them due to their keen sense of smell.
Natural litters made from corn, wheat, or pine are also available. They usually don't clump, have little dust, and are biodegradable.
The best way to determine your cat's preference is to provide multiple boxes filled with different litters. Once you've identified the cat's preferred litter, it will make your choice easier. Next, clean the litter box by scooping at least twice daily, changing the litter once a week, and washing the container thoroughly.
Finally, use a litter mat around the box to reduce the amount of litter tracked all over the house. These simple steps will keep your cat happy and your home clean and safe.
By: Jay Roel Ruiz, Owner/Manager