Types of cat litter, how to choose?
People often ask one simple but very important question before taking or buying a cat – What type of cat litter did you use?
It’s a matter of habit for cats, the same as for humans. It will be especially difficult (and sometimes impossible) to accustom them to another filler when it comes to an adult cat. For example, your new cat went to pee on the sand all its life and you offer toilet paper. Probably, it will find a similar scent somewhere in the house (or your favorite vase) and do what it needs on the sand.
The world of new technology has gotten to the cat supplies. Let’s see what fillers are made of today. Let’s talk about its advantages and disadvantages.
The first type of filler is mineral
It consists of clay or bentonite. Their peculiarity is the formation of “lumps” in interaction with moisture. Liquid (or other excreta) which gets on their surface condenses micro-particles and a lump is obtained (due to natural properties of these materials). They may have a flavor (floral, sea, mint) or can be neutral. Also, there are such fillers with a special indicator. The filler might change color if your cat has an infection in the urinary tract, (it must be accompanied by a table where all the changes of your pet are reflected, so you can tell if you should go to the vet or your pet is fine).
Among shortcoming we can mention:
- the weight of the clay/bentonite pack, it’s heavy materials;
- if the layer of this type of filler is small it can stick to the bottom of the tray;
- bentonite cat litter isn’t safe for kittens (swallowing can lead to sad consequences);
- not hypoallergenic, dust can cause allergic reactions;
- clay cat litter can cling to cats with long fur.
A more environmentally friendly and safer variant of this filler made of corn cobs, recycled paper, or wood. They are much lighter, more economical.
They are the most common fillers:
- Wood pellets or flakes. Their advantage of these fillers are suitable for kittens, retain moisture well, and absorb odor.
- Silica gel – very popular at the moment. The main component is silicon oxide (it starts hissing like Coca-Cola when liquid gets on it). For many cats, this is a scary thing, and they can refuse to go to such a tray. But if your cat is brave, you can try it, it’s very economical to use.
- Corn litter (the most ecological, not dusty). It’s the best cat litter for allergic cats as well as their owners. Doesn’t irritate the mucous membranes. Attracts with its low cost and the fact that it can be used as fertilizer. And a small bonus, corn filler is not only good for cats. If you have birds, rodents, or reptiles, it is the best option.
If you have any doubts about which one is best for your fluffy friend, it is very risky to buy large packages. Manufacturers can offer you a trial, small packages. Some of the variants are sure to be attractive to your cat.