For those of you who have recently adopted a kitten or a cat, among the list of items to buy is a litter box and cat litter. Our Pet Care Specialists can assist you with choosing a litter that is the best option for your furry friend – one that does the best job and reduces “litter box odour” in your home.
There are many litter options for cats and we urge you to look for the best option. Choose a litter that works and that your cat likes. Quite frankly, your cat will be the one who will determine which litter will suit their needs, and you may have to try a couple of different options before you find the one!
Cat litter comes in various textures and scents. There are a number of different varieties of litter that are available on the market and you’ll find many of them on the shelves at your neighbourhood Global Pet Foods.
Types of Cat Litter
Clay litter is typically the cheapest type of litter. There’s no question that cats like the texture of clay; it’s absorbent, they can dig in it, and the clean-up is easy. Some people may not like using clay litter because they find some brands dusty and irritating. It produces a lot of waste, and clay does not decompose which means it’s not environmentally-friendly.
Many companies have developed premium clumping cat litter that is 100% natural, organic, and 100% chemical free. These companies have also found ways to ensure the litter stays odour-free for a lot longer than non-premium litter.
Litter made up of silica crystals is a low-maintenance solution because the bag usually lasts longer (based on one cat using it). Silica pellets absorb urine and change color when they’ve absorbed all that they can. This makes it easy to know when you have to change the litter. The heavy silica crystals will stay in the box although some cats don’t like the larger pieces or the texture.
Natural & Biodegradable Litter
Pine, Corn, Wheat, Walnut, & more! These litters are considered more natural than clay. They’re usually non-toxic, they decompose naturally, and some are flushable. They’re quite absorbent, and they provide great odour control – many better than the average clay litter. While natural litter is generally more expensive than clay, they tend to last much longer due to their absorbency. For those who are contemplating switching to an alternative litter, most cats will transition fairly easily to an alternative litter such as pine, corn or wheat.
Recycled newsprint litter is a great eco-friendly option. This type of litter is made up of pellets of recycled newspaper. The pellets are larger, so it won’t stick to your cat’s feet. Newsprint litter works like a sponge to absorb odours, and a scoop with larger holes will let you remove waste easily. Unfortunately, the size of the litter makes it a more difficult transition from clay, but if you take your time your cat will likely adjust to it.
TIP: When choosing a litter for a kitten, we recommend that you select a basic, unscented litter. Some kittens dislike scented litters and may refuse to use them.