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How To Choose The Right Cat Litter

How To Choose The Right Cat Litter

Remember the basics before choosing the litter

The cat litter is one of the factors for your cat’s well being. There are varieties of litters made from clay, silica crystal, and natural materials, flushable, scented, etc. You may have to experiment a little before finding the right litter for your cat.

Remember to get the right litter that absorbs unpleasant odor and spread in your home. With so many choices in the market, we are here to help with this quick guide! in case your cat doesn’t like the litter and have adverse reactions, you may need 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, pay attention to your cat’s response to different litter materials.

 

 1. Look for an odor-absorbing litter

The primary concern is to choose a litter that absorbs bad smells of your cat’s toilet and prevents it from seeping into your home.

2. Clumping and non-clumping litters

Clumping litter is easy to clean as it absorbs urine. The litter can be scooped out rather than replacing all the litter every time. But the disadvantage of this litter is it can get stuck with your cat’s paws and get scattered in your home.

3. Simply avoid scented litters

We do not prefer scented litters as they cause irritation for cats and many cats are repelled by the smell of scented litter.

4. Clean the litter box

It is important to keep the litter box very clean to ensure that your cat still uses it. Some cats are pickier about cleanliness than others.

The litter should be scooped out every day or every couple of days in order to cut down on odors and keep your cat comfortable. Also, scrub the litter box every week with soap and hot water and after drying fill with fresh litter.

5. Find dust-free litters

They are safer and more comfortable for your cat as dust can cause respiratory problems in cats like sneezing and coughing.

Different Materials of Cat Litters

1. Traditional clay-based litter

Clay is always the most popular kind of litter on the market and works for most of the cats. It absorbs water and urine quickly but they are dusty. In case your cat has respiratory problems and allergic to dust clay-based litters are not recommended.

Traditional clay-based litter

2. Recycled litters

Many litters are made from plant-based or recycled materials like wood pellets, wheat, corn cobs, etc. they are more environmentally stable and some cats may respond better to natural litters. They are safe if ingested and are flushable.

3. Silica crystal litter

These are synthetically made and are good at soaking up urine and dehydrating feces, makes it easier to clean. They are better for small apartments as they can absorb the odor very quickly but are not flushable.

Silica crystal litter

4. Lightweight litter

These produce less dust. The corn and grass-based litters tend to be naturally lighter than other varieties. These are also good at absorbing odor.

5. Multi-cat litters

These are for multiple cats living in the same house. These often help better suppress odor. Some cats may have problems sharing the same litter box, so a separate litter box is recommended.

If you realize that your cat has stopped using their litter box after you recently purchased it, try a different brand. Commercial litters are usually safer for the majority of cats. Risk comes when your cat swallows her own litter, contact us right away to make an appointment for an evaluation.

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