Too many cat litter choices!

Cat litter is the material that is used in litter boxes or trays to absorb urine and moisture from feces. But in fact, cat litter is a relatively recent accouterment to the feline lifestyle. For today's cat owners, cat litter is as much a necessity as cat food. Finding the right cat litter is something you can do easily.

There are many varieties of cat litters such as clay, clumping, flushable and natural. The most common type of cat litter is made of clay, and it's dusty and pebbly. However, studies show that the dust in cat litter is not harmful to a cat's respiratory system. Hypoallergenic cat litter is made without silica dust, a mineral that is often found in clay cat litter.

Flushable cat litter is far more environmentally friendly. Citrus cat litter is one type that is highly absorbent, flushable, and biodegradable. The well-known World's Best Cat Litter is a unique clumping, flushable cat litter made exclusively of corn with no additives of any kind. It is made from 100 percent ground-up corn, not clay, so it literally can't turn into mud in the bottom of your litter box.

Clumping cat litters are quickly becoming the most common litters used. Clumping cat litter solidifies the cat's urine into a little rock. Clay litter was the standard for decades, but when clumping cat litter came out, it seemed to set off a competitive race for improving this product line. Typically, the non-clumping hypoallergenic cat litter requires that the litter pan be emptied and changed at least twice a week for one cat. But the advantage of clumping cat litter is that it allows you to scoop the clumps daily and only completely change the litter once a month.

Natural cat litter is sanitized litter box filler, which controls odor naturally. One such natural cat litter is ExquisiCat Pine Cat Litter, which is a dust-free, odor-controlling cat litter, that's made from recycled pine. It is 100% natural and biodegradable. Feline Pine Cat Litter has an extra bonus in that it can be spread as mulch after it has been used. Another type of natural cat litter is Swheat Scoop Cat Litter. Swheat is a natural cat litter made from wheat, yes wheat. Wheat based scooping cat litter is an environmentally friendly alternative to filling landfills with clumping litter. Yesterday's News cat litter takes a unique approach to natural cat litter. It is made of recycled crumbled paper pellets, and is biodegradable, flushable, and environmentally friendly.

Christine Breen

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