What Cat Litter Types Exist
Now we’ll discuss currently existing cat litter types, their advantages and drawbacks.
Cat litter can be divided into several categories:
- Clumping. Its granules start getting soaked and clumped; thus, a small clump is formed at the spot where the pet has done its business; it can be removed with a special plastic scoop;
- Ab Its granules just absorb; one cannot see where the pet has done its business; it requires less frequent cleaning, as it should be done when the entire cat litter becomes wet, but then you’ll need to wash the litterbox. It is always cheaper than the clumping one because it is mainly made of natural materials and its volume must be large.
With regard to comfort, the clumping type has a significant advantage, as its clumps make it easier to clean after the pet. But the absorbing type has the best of a bargain price. 5–liter clumping cat litter may be expended in as little as one week, provided that the pet does its business often.
You will have to take into account the cat litter granule material as well:
- Made of secondary raw wood, cellulose; wood fibers are able of decomposition, that is why they can be flushed down the toilet. Such cat litter is mainly purchased for kittens in order to get them used to the litterbox. Cheaper options are often compacted sawdust; their disadvantage is that they are difficult to clean away after swelling, and not all cats like their smell. Besides, cheaper options upon swelling can turn into rotten wood that sticks to tail and paws, and is scattered all over the residential premise;
- Silica gel. Granules are porous sorbent; the composition reminds sand; however, grains are much larger and, due to pores, absorb liquid well. It clumps very well; fragrances are added to expensive cat litter types that become activated as soon liquid gets into granules, thus hiding unpleasant odours. One of the most popular cat litter types worldwide. Comfortable both for pet and owner. The only disadvantage is that it cannot be flushed down the toilet;
- Less convenient than silica gel, but have more beneficial price. Have the same effect as the previous type, but granules are considerably smaller. The advantage is that one portion lasts long (1-2 weeks); however, litter clumps stick to paws, and the litterbox is very difficult to clean and it takes much time to wash it out after the cat litter has been expended.
Thus, it is obvious that silica gel is the best cat litter type. It is convenient in all aspects and, unlike absorbing cat litter made of natural materials, it has the best quality-to-price ratio. But it is not suitable for tiny kittens, as woody cat litter should be used for them to get used to the litterbox.