If you're owned by a proud feline, then you're probably among the humans seeking the best cat litter at the supermarket and online. How many times have you found yourself staring at the shelves stuffed with litter thinking – organic? Pine? Clumping? Scented? And is the really, really expensive brand worth the extra money?
Those are very good questions and ones that any cat's human counterpart should be asking, not only to stay on budget, but to keep their kitty happy and healthy. How exactly do you choose the best cat litter?
Initially, you need to ask yourself WHY you're considering a different litter. Without there's a good reason for switching, you may want to simply stick with the brand your cat knows. While you're flexible in buying, kitty may not be so flexible in the type of substrate they use – they're very habitual.
So, be aware that the best cat litter is the one that your CAT likes too.
Clumping Cat Litter
If you're certain you can make a switch without too much commotion, then step two is considering the various characteristics of litters. For example, clumping litter makes it much easier to scoop the cat pan. That's a nice time saver, but the majority of clumping litter is not flushable – it can cause quite a problem with plumbing. Additionally, the majority of "green" / ecologically friendly litters are non-clumping.
In reviewing both consumer and expert websites the most popular climbing litters for both economy and performance is Scoop Away, Fresh Step and Tidy Cat.
Another characteristic to consider in the litter is the grain size. Fine stones clump very well, but they also stick to your cat's paws easily. Having said that, the fine grain litter is generally softer for kitty's very sensitive paws. If you tried a large pellet brand and found your cat fussing – that's probably your problem.
Note: if you have a kitten under 3 months of age, do not use clumping cat litter. If it's accidentally ingested during self cleaning it can cause serious illness.
Organic / Biodegradable Cat litter
For people working toward a green home, there are several biodegradable litters on the market. There has been some concerns in the pet industry about potential negative health effects of the clumping litter that has driven a larger natural litter market. However, from the cat's perspective – they're not very fond of the pine, corn, or newspaper pellets which are rough on paws.
By far the easiest time to integrate green products into your cat's life is as a kitten. If you're moving in that direction, one product seems to be getting rave reviews online and that's Feline Pine. It's inexpensive, goes a long way, and looks to control odor very well. It does not clump, however, and older cats may not respond to this product's texture.
You also need to consider that your cat may not like the "piney" scent; Harsh or strong scents can make a big difference in …Read More