Whether bold or bashful, independent or loyal, long-haired or short, no matter the type, there’s one thing that all cat parents can attest to: cats make wonderful pets. There’s nothing better than having your feline friend curl up on your chest and purr away in total content.
While it’s true that cats are great companions, and for the most part, they aren’t as high-maintenance as other pets, they do require proper care. Though it’s probably the least enjoyable aspects of cat care, providing your kitty with a space to relieve herself is extremely important. Whether she’s an inside cat or she spends a lot of time outside, a litter box is essential for your feline friend.
While setting up a litter box might seem like a pretty simple and straight forward task, it’s actually a bit more complicated than it appears. Why? – Because you want to make sure that you are using the best type of litter. There are so many different types of cat litter on the market, and from a human’s perspective, they probably all seem the same; however, from a kitty’s point-of-view, litter needs to be “just right”; if it isn’t, your furry companion may be hesitant to use it. If you fail to pick the right one, your cat may end up completing avoiding the litter box, which means that instead of relieving herself in a dedicated area, she could end up eliminating in inappropriate spaces (like on the floors and walls, under furniture, and maybe even on clothing and shoes).
No cat parent wants their home and belongings damaged by cat excrement. To avoid serious issues, choosing the best kitty litter is extremely important. But with so many options out there, trying to decide which one is the “best” can be hard. If you’re having a hard time deciding, read on to learn more about litter and what type your cat may be the best option for your feline friend.
Cat Litter Varieties
There are several different types of cat litter. Some of the most common options include:
- Clumping. This type of cat litter is usually derived from a material known as bentonite, a type of clay that clumps when it’s wet. When a cat urinates on this type of litter, it forms into a solid mass that’s separate from the rest of the litter, which makes it easy to determine what areas need to be scooped; and, it makes scooping a lot easier, too. The problem with this type of litter is that it isn’t biodegradable, so it isn’t eco-friendly. It also generates a lot of dust and tends to be pretty heavy.
- Non-clumping. These forms of cat litter are also comprised of clay, but not bentonite. As the name suggests, this type of litter doesn’t clump together when it’s wet, which can make cleaning more difficult; however, felines do tend to like the texture under their feet.
- Crystals. Crystal cat litter is made of a combination of water, silica dioxide sand, and oxygen, which creates what is known as silica gel (like the stuff in those little packets often found in shoes, handbags, and various other items). It clumps together when it’s wet, so cleaning is easy, and it also absorbs odor well; however, the silica gel can be hazardous to a cat’s health if ingested.
- Natural litter. Natural cat litters are usually made of recycled materials, such as pine, corn, or wheat. These forms of litter are biodegradable, so they’re good for the environment. They also produce very little – if any – dust; and, cats tend to like the texture under their feet, as it’s similar to what they’d use in nature. The downside: it usually doesn’t clump and it may not absorb odor very well.
Which One Should You Choose?
It really depends on your personal preferences; but more importantly, it depends on the preferences of your feline friend. How can you decide which one your kitty will prefer? – The best is to give each one a try. Monitor how your cat interacts with each type of litter; if she seems to shy away from it, move onto the next one. The one she uses the most is the one you should go with. Even if it means you have to clean the litter box more frequently, you’ll have less messes in your house if you’re using a litter your kitty likes, which, in the end, will actually be a lot easier for you.
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