5 Types of Cat Litter

5 Types of Cat Litter

There are many types of cat litters available for cats. Some litters are easier to clean than others, and some are specially formulated to cut down on odor. Cats are very clean and independent creatures, so the type of cat litter they use matters. Since they can’t clean their litter box themselves, they need you to be responsible for their litter box’s cleanliness. Here we review five types of cat litters to help you make an informed decision on which one could be right for your cat.

1. Sand

Sand is what the stray cats use outside to relieve themselves. You can scoop some sand in your cat’s litter box effortlessly, making it one of the cheapest and most readily available types of cat litter there is. Sand clumps when wet, making it easy to scoop out. It also controls odors and acts as a drying agent for feces. However, sand litter, especially if strong winds are blowing, can cause a lot of dust in your house.

2. Clay Litter

Clay litter is one of the first innovative types of cat litter. It is also relatively affordable. Made from pulverized clay, clay litter absorbs your cat’s urine, does not smell, and gives the cat something to bury their feces in.

3. Crystal Litter

Crystal litter might be a little more expensive than the other options, but it also has a higher absorption rate making a small amount of the product last a while. The crystals absorb any wetness and odor, giving the cat something to paw around in. It is also easy to clean. You can tell when the crystals need to be changed when they are no longer absorbing the cat’s urine.

4. Pine Litter

Pine litter is a relatively modern version of cat litter. It was inspired by the move toward using more natural materials in our everyday lives and creating less waste. Pine litter is made from sawdust, which is the waste material from sawmills. The sawdust is often compressed into pellets to make it easier to clean and to ensure that it doesn’t cause any dust in your house.

5. Paper Litter

Paper litter is another attempt to cut down on waste. Tons of papers are discarded every day and are recycled to form large pellets of cat litter. Paper has excellent absorbing power, and it proves to be good at eliminating odors.

The type of cat litter you choose to keep at your place depends mostly on your cat’s preference. You can introduce them to some of these options, to see which they prefer out of these five types of litters. It would be helpful in the long run to introduce a litter material that will result in less hassle for you and will also be easy on your wallet. Of course, there are so many more types of cat litters to choose from. Do some online research for all the different types of litters out there if your cat dislikes the ones listed. 

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