There are many different options for cat litter and each have their advantages and disadvantages. We look at the four most common types and weigh up the pros and cons of each.
Non Clumping Clay
The Good: This type of litter allows your cat to bury their urine and faeces for you to scoop out with a slotted scoop later. Clever folk who have tested cat litter suggest that many cats prefer this type of litter and it is also often cheaper than other options
The Bad: Unlike clumping clay, it can be difficult to remove the urine covered clay with this option and so the litter will start to smell quicker than other types. The non clumping quality can also lead to tracking of the litter throughout your house and sweeping can become a constant chore.
The Good: This litter is commonly made from a type of clay called bentonite, a highly absorbant clay which forms solid clumps when your cat urinates. This makes keeping the litter fresh and odour free easier as it’s possible to scoop out all urine and faeces.
The Bad: Dusty, non bio degradable and also easy for your cat to track through the house, clumping clay does have its drawbacks.
The Good: Crystal litter is made from tiny silica balls, similar to the ones you find in tiny packages in some products which need protection from moisture. Virtually odour and dust free, crystal litter is highly absorbant and so won’t need changing as often as other types.
The Bad: Silica – which makes up the balls in crystal litters – can be dangerous to your kitty if ingested either in large amounts or over a long period. This is possible if your cat regularly cleans his or her feet and licks off residual Silica from the litter.
The Good: Made from paper which is turned into granules or pellets, this is an environmentally friendly option for litter. Like other types, the pellets are super absorbant and allow you to scoop out faeces with a slotted scoop to keep the litter fresh. Tracking tends to be less common with recycled paper too so less sweeping! Pellets do not clump but you can find some paper granules which clump to allow for easy removal of urine as well as faeces.
The Bad: Unlike clumping clay, the recycled paper does not allow you to remove the urine soaked paper easily, meaning more regular changes will be necessary.
As you can see, no option is absolutely perfect and all litters have their own pros and cons, but it is about finding what works for you and your kitty. You and your feline friend may prefer a scented litter, a clumping option or maybe you’d prefer something biodegradable. Perhaps you use something else entirely? Let us know in the comments below!