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How To Choose The Right Cat Litter
The right cat litter is cardinal for your cat’s wellbeing. In this article, we will discuss how to choose the right cat litter. There are several different varieties of cat litter available in the market that are primarily made from clay, silica crystal, natural materials, and also some are flushable and scented. You may have to experiment a little before finding the right litter for your cat.
Remember to get the right litter that absorbs unpleasant and pungent odor in your home. With myriads of different choices in the market, we are here to help you with our succinct and quick guide! Also in case your cat doesn’t like the litter and has any adverse reactions, or if she refuses to use her litter box, whilst the litter is being clean, then in that case, you may have to switch brands. It is better to be sure than sorry.
Cats are their own boss and have their own preferences when it comes to litter, so closely pay attention to your cat’s response towards different litter materials.
- Look for odor-absorbing litter. The fundamental concern is to choose a litter that absorbs any pungent smell of your cat’s pee and poop and prevents it from embalming into your sweet home.
- Clumping and non-clumping litter Clumping litter are easy to clean as it absorbs the urine. The litter can be later scooped out rather than replacing entire litter every now and then. However, a major disadvantage of using this litter is it can get stuck with your cat’s paws and get scattered in your home, in case your mischievous furball starts to play with it.
- Simply avoid scented litters we do not prefer scented cat litters as these litters cause severe irritation to cats and many cats even abhor the very smell of scented cat litter.
- Regularly cleaning the litter box we can’t really stress enough the importance of regularly cleaning the litter box as cats like everything clean, and unlike other animals, our feline friends are extremely picky about cleanliness. Some cats even refuse to use a litter box that isn’t cleaned and has old cat poop or any clumped litter in it. The litter should hence be scooped out every day, a minimum of once a day in order to cut down on any unpleasant odors and for keeping your cat comfortable. Also, scrub the litter box every week with soap and hot water, and after the tub dries up, fill it with fresh litter.
- Find dust-free litters, these are safer and much more comfortable for your cat as dust can cause respiratory problems in cats such as sneezing and coughing.
Different Materials of Cat Litters
- Traditional clay-based litter Clay has always been the most popular kind of litter in the market and works well for most cats. It quickly absorbs water and urine, but clay litter is dusty. In case your cat has respiratory problems and is allergic to dust, clay-based litter should be avoided.
- Recycled litters Many litters are made from plant-based or recycled materials like wood pellets, wheat, corn cobs, etc. These litters are environmentally stable and some cats may respond better to natural litters, which are also a great pick, in case of a low budget. Recycled litter is safe if ingested and most are also flushable.
- Silica crystal litter is synthetically made and is quite good at soaking up urine and dehydrating the feces, thereby making it easier to clean. Silica crystal litter is ideally better for small apartments as it can absorb the pungent odor very quickly, but however, it is not flushable.
- Lightweight litter as the name limns, lightweight litter produces less dust. The corn and grass-based litters tend to be naturally lighter than various other varieties. These are also good at absorbing odor.
- Multi-cat litter as the name suggests, multi-cat litter is for multiple cats living in the same house. These often help suppress odor. Also, some cats may have problems sharing the same litter box, so a separate litter box is recommended, and an ideal rule of thumb is to have a +1 number of litter boxes, as compared to the number of cats you own.
For example – A cat parent with two cats must have a minimum of at least three litter trays at some secluded place in his house so that his feline friends can peacefully use it, as and when required. If you realize that your cats have stopped using their litter box after you recently purchased it, try some different brands of cat litter. Commercial litters are usually safer for the majority of cats.
Risk comes in case your cat swallows her own litter, and please contact us right away to make an appointment for a quick evaluation in such a case.
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