Types of Cat Litter – Pros and Cons

Cats are generally very independent creatures. While they’re pretty low-maintenance, their litter boxes are not. Every cat parent knows what a pain it is to clean out the cat’s litter box regularly. Your pet cat might not give you any trouble when it comes to making a mess around the place once she’s fully trained, but she’ll be very fussy when it comes to her litter box’s cleanliness.

Cats are extremely hygienic creatures; they keep licking and cleaning their bodies all day long. They are so particular about cleanliness that some vets recommend not bathing them unless absolutely necessary. But since they can’t clean their litter box themselves, they need you to cater to their obsessive need for cleanliness.

There are plenty of cat litter types available that you can present to your cat. Some are easier to clean than others, and some are specially formulated to cut down on odor. The pros and cons of each are listed below so you can make an informed decision about which one you want to buy.

1. Sand

This is what the stray cat outside uses to relieve herself. You can scoop in some sand in your cat’s litter box effortlessly, making it one of the cheapest and most easily available types of cat litter there is. Sand clumps when wet, making it easy to scoop it out. It also controls odors and acts as a drying agent for feces. However, sand litter, especially if there are strong winds 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 well, does not smell, and gives the cat something to bury her feces in.

3. Crystal Litter

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

4. Pine Litter

Pine litter is a relatively modern version of cat litter, inspired by the move toward using more natural material in our everyday lives and creating less waste. Pine litter is made from sawdust, 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 paper are discarded every day and are recycled to form large pellets of cat litter. Paper has great absorbing power, and it proves to be really good at eliminating odors.

What type of cat litter you choose to keep at your pace depends mostly on your cat’s preference. You can introduce her to some of these options, but cats, being their usual fussy selves, might reject some of them. However, do make your cat try out a litter material that will result in less hassle for you and will also be easy on your pocket.

If you hire a pet sitter from Little Friends Pet Sitting and Dog Walking, make sure to let your Little Friends Pet sitter know of any special instructions, such as how and where you prefer the litter to be disposed of during your Free Consult.

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