How to choose your bedding given the vastness of the choice available to us? In fact, nearly 300 litter brands are available on the market, whether in specialized stores, in supermarkets or on the Internet.
In addition, the level of appreciation of a litter is very variable depending on the cat. A litter first prize of big surface will be preferred by some cats that will leave very expensive marks. However litters can be grouped into broad categories and this series of articles will help you to see more clearly.
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Several tests will be necessary before finding the ideal litter. Bear in mind that a cat who is satisfied with his litter enters his crate without hesitation, chooses a place, digs a hole, turns around and makes his needs. When he’s finished, he inspects his excrement and covers them carefully, like a reflex, to avoid predators and control the parasites. Be careful though litter too scented by nature will tend to cover the natural smell of the cat and prevent your cat to recognize it.
Discover now the great types of cat litter through the following articles:
- Vegetable litter
- Mineral litter
- Clumping litter
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Once you know the fundamentals, discover colorful bedding and scented litter with exotic scents. Choose a litter suitable for your kitten, long-haired cats, or cats with health problems.
You will finally discover the travel litter, the washable litter or the WC kit to get rid of litter!
This happens in the rest of our record with the special litters.
A plant litter is bedding normally composed of 100% natural materials of plant origin, biodegradable and therefore ecological, unlike silica or mineral litter that cannot degrade in landfills or be treated or recycled.
The plant litter is essentially wood (chips, granules or sawdust), corn cob, straw, hemp, old paper (recycled paper), and other plants. This page will describe even more exotic litters made from walnut shells or coconut fibers
The first advantage of plant litter is to be resorbable and therefore for some of them to be able to feed the compost of the garden (attention to the parasite of toxoplasmosis). It can even be thrown regularly in the toilet (according to some brands) since it is biodegradable. Note: Plant litter is available in clumping and non-clumping form.
- Litter is lighter than mineral litter for the same volume
- This is the ideal litter for those with allergic tendencies (less dust than other litters).
- Their liquid absorption capacity is lower
- It must be changed often (every 4-5 days) because plant litter retain less odor
- The odors released by these litters can be unpleasant, whether before or after being soiled with urine.
Litter made from sawdust, fibers or wood chips
Made from coniferous and hardwoods, pine, fir or poplar, it is highly absorbent and non-toxic, the phenolic components being removed during manufacture. Wood helps to control the proliferation of bacteria and bad odors. This litter breaks up by absorbing the urine. It has the advantage of releasing little dust and smelling good, while being well tolerated by cats. The disadvantage is that sawdust sticks to the cat’s paws.
Some litters, such as Cat’s Best by Nature Gold, are made from wood specifically for long-haired and medium-long cats (such as Main Coon, Norwegians, Persians, Ragdolls, Birman or Siberians) and come in the form of mini pellets (extruded wood, small sticks) heavier, which prevent the cat to transport outside the tray. See the page on Special litters.
Mineral litter is derived from the mining of natural minerals belonging to different families, with more or less absorbing properties. We distinguish those in clay, sand (not adapted to the cat) and silica gel.
Mineral cat litter
The clay is extracted from the subsoil in open pit mines. There are several types of clays, of origin and different colors. The most common are white clay and green clay. These litters are in the form of small pebbles. They are well absorbent and some are also clumping. These are litters that change often. Beware of low prices that tend to absorb bad smells and especially to clear too much dust, harmful to fragile cats. These are the cheapest bedding but will need to be changed more often and may be responsible for respiratory infections.
Let’s start the tour with non-clumping litters:
Its success is essentially linked to its white color symbolizing cleanliness. It is non-clumping and absorbs urine and odors relatively well.
- Very hygienic: Calcium silicate is produced using very high temperature steam that destroys all bacteria. Even after production, calcium silicate remains a hostile environment for bacteria.
- Very low density: litter bags are extremely lightweight and easy to carry
- Its dust content is minimal as is its water content.
Cat Silica Litter
Also called crystal or pearl bedding. Silica litter is composed of a mixture of zeolites. Zeolite is a natural or synthetic mineral, micro porous belonging to the group of silicates (Wikipedia definition) with tiny holes that have the distinction of having an above average water retention capacity.
Its use is very varied and in domestic use, it allows the purification or softening of water (in detergents for example). It has a high water retention rate and is used for example as a substrate for bonsais.
When applied to cat litter, silica is in the form of translucent granules that absorb large amounts of urine in seconds, which will gradually give them a yellow color. The bad smells integrate in the litter without having time to spread by draining the liquids towards the interior of the grains. Simply remove the feces so that the litter stays fresh and clean. This litter can be thrown in the toilet. In addition to the removal of solid waste, some note claim that you can change the litter only once a month.
If you use silica litter that will be replaced in full after several weeks, it will be better to use an open tray. In fact, the accumulation of substances in the grains of silica’s will be better if it is accompanied by a good circulation of air to help evacuate odors.Note that silica litter brands are the most expensive. In addition some manufacturers try to extend their offer by adding color or “health” arguments as you will see in our article dedicated to special litters.
Finally, check out our inventory of cat litter to find the model of silica litter you need, know its fair price or simply give your opinion and help other readers.