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Top 7 Types of Cat Litter Available For Your Furry Friend

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Kitty litter confusion is definitely a prevalent issue among cat owners all over Australia. Not only is the number of available cat litter brands and types completely mind-boggling and ever-growing. Cat owners are also tasked with appeasing to the picky nature of their furry friend.

Previously, cat owners could choose from sand and ash in a cat box. Those days are now long gone. Today, cat litter producers fight for shelf space and customers are left with more to choose from then they’d like to. Walk in to any pet or grocery store today and you will find litters made from a whole range of materials i.e. bark, clay, corn, crystals, grass and recycled paper, just to name a few.

In this article, you will learn about all the different types of cat litter available on the market. Hopefully that will take some of the stress away of choosing what’s best for you cat, especially if you’ve just introduced a new member to the family.

Common Types of Cat Litter

Clumping clay

Commonly made from bentonite, clumping clay or clumping cat litter is designed to make scooping and cleaning easy. The highly-absorbent cat litter forms into solid clumps after your cat urinates. From there, you simply throw it in the bin. Or, if you purchase a flushable brand then down the toilet your litter goes. The downside to clumping clay is that the litter is dusty and non-biodegradable.

Non-clumping clay

Made from clays other than bentonite, non-clumping clay doesn’t form into a solid clump after your cat urinates. The downside is that it’s easier to leave behind moist litter when you’re scooping it out of the litter box. This means that the left-over litter will begin to smell quicker and you will find yourself cleaning your cat’s litter box more often. The up-side to non-clumping clay is that it’s often cheaper than its clumping counterpart.

Crystals

Silica gel crystals, as they’re known, are similar to the moisture-absorbing crystals often found in packaging of products such as preservative foods and medicines. The pros of cat crystals are that they’re highly absorbent, they control odours well and they’re almost dust-free. The cons are that cat crystals are usually more expensive than other litters, cats often don’t like getting the crystals on their paws, and cat crystals can be dangerous if your furry friend begins eating them for long periods of time – this often happens when your cat is cleaning its feet.

Recycled paper

This type of cat litter comes in the form of pellets or granules and is made from recycled paper, as the name suggests. This is a dust-free type of litter that is highly absorbent and is biodegradable. If you’re after a non-clumping form of litter made from recycled paper then go for pellets. If you would like something that clumps then granules are your friend.

Pine

Similarly to litter made from recycled paper, pine litter comes in pellets, granules or roughly crushed pine. Made from treated lumber scraps, the main benefit of pine litter is that it excellently controls odours. The downside to pine litter is that it turns to sawdust after your cat urinates and it must be regularly replaced.

Walnut Shells

As the name suggest, this cat litter is made from walnut shells. It’s dark brown in colour, offers excellent odour control, clumps when your cat urinates, is highly absorbent and is biodegradable.

Grass

Cat litter made from grass in something new. The main benefits of this type of cat litter is that its biodegradable, controls odours superbly and clumps well.


Posted By dves90 on Wednesday 23rd January 2019 @ 11:40:50

Updated : Friday 25th January 2019 @ 14:07:29 | Words : 595 | Views : 255 | Comments : 0

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