How To Choose The Best Cat Litter

| Published on January 24, 2014

As a cat owner, you have a wide variety of choices when selecting a cat litter. You clearly want what’s best for your cat, so let’s take a look at the different types of litter available, and the pros and cons of each.

Clay Litter

Clay litter is probably the most popular type of litter. It’s highly absorbent, and because of its absorbency it provides some odor control. Clay litter is economically priced and can be found in any store which carries cat litter.

Clay litter is dusty and can cause related respiratory issues in both humans and cats, especially if used in a covered litter box. It’s heavy to carry, and it needs to be replaced fairly often to avoid urine and odor buildup.

Related: The 11 Best Cat Litter Boxes for the Purrfect Potty Experience

Clumping Litters

Clay litters are available in the traditional variety, but also in a clumping variety. Clumping litters allow you to scoop out the urine clumps, meaning the box can go a bit longer between thorough cleanings. Clumping litters tend to have less dust than non-clumping litters. However, the clumping litter is more expensive than traditional clay litters, and it can’t be flushed because of its super absorbency and clumping properties.

Recycled Newspaper

Litters made out of recycled newspapers have recently become popular. These litters are made from old papers, and they’re biodegradable, so they’re also environmentally friendly.  Recycled paper litters are highly absorbent and have very little dust. However they’re also more expensive than clay cat litters, and some cats don’t like the feel of the paper litter pellets. These litters can also be more challenging to find, and you might have to go to a pet store to track them down.

Pine Cat Litter

Pine cat litter is made from recycled pine trees. It’s a pelleted litter, and is economically friendly because it’s a recycled product, meaning that the litter’s produced from the scraps of trees which were already being cut down. It has a pine scent, which can help to mask odors.

The cons of pine cat litter are its cost – it’s typically more expensive than cat litter, and because it’s still fairly new, it can be difficult to find it. Some cats don’t like its texture and scent.

Corn Litter

Corn litter is lightweight and derived from corn kernels. It helps to control odors, is soft, and clumps to make box cleaning easier. Again, corn litter is more expensive than clay litters, can be harder to find, and some cats don’t like the feel or smell of corn litter.

Finding the litter that works best for your cat can be a trial and error process, but there are many different kinds of litters available to suit every cat.

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