So … you are a pooper-scooper.
Cats are fun and intelligent fluff balls that we adore so much, but they need cat litter to “do their taxes”. Cat owners think that any type of litter (usually the cheapest) will be perfectly fine. However, not all litter is created equal.
Types of litter cat litter
There are so many to choose from! Scented, unscented, regular, crystal, chunky, fine … how are you supposed to know which litter will suit your and your cat’s needs?
Traditionally, clay litter is the popular choice for cat owners. There are clumping and non-clumping clay litter; the former being the preferred option so that the pooper-scooper (yes, that’s you) can also get rid of the urine.
The downside? It is not environmentally friendly, it’s heavy and can be tracked through the house. However, the cost and it being readily available still makes it the first choice for cat owners.
Scented and unscented litter
Does kitty leave foul stenches that linger in the house? Scented litter is an option, but keep in mind that cats aren’t huge fans of strong odours and that a scented litter might steer them away from the box and toward your new couch. Stick to unscented, and if the smell gets too much for you, invest in litter that absorbs smells well or consider adding baking soda or activated charcoal to it. Baking soda and charcoal helps minimise that funky fragrance you are trying to cover.
Litter for kittens
Litter for kittens have very small particles (for your very small fur-baby), but adult cats also love these! Just because it says kitten on the label doesn’t mean your giant fur-baby won’t benefit from it. It makes sense, since cats are descendants of wild animals that buried their waste in sand. Another pro? The smaller particles feel A LOT better under sensitive paws. You wouldn’t walk barefoot on a rocky beach when the soft sandy one is toe-curling paradise.
If cat litter is turning into your own personal nightmare (the clumping horror…) then I suggest training your pet to go outside. Bit by bit, move the litter box closer to your door. Once the box is close enough, move it outside. Your cat will start associating “outside” with their bathroom area. It might take a while, but they will learn to go outside and potty in the dirt.
There are many many more types out there. Wood, paper, corn, wheat, soy…the list goes on. When it comes to cost, check your budget and see what price suits your wallet. However, remember that a high price doesn’t guarantee the absolute best product. Our choice? Try The World’s Best Cat Litter.
At the end of the day, the only factor that will influence the choice of litter is your cat. Many cats will refuse to use some kinds of litter and will go anywhere but the box. This, of course, is not ideal, so finding out what your pet wants and likes is crucial to happy co-living. Starting out? Ask friends and family who have cats what has worked for them. It is a lot cheaper to try what has been tested than experimenting with everything on the market.