Anyone who has ever had cats knows that having a good quality kitty litter is important so what is the best cat litter?
If you have ever had guests show up unexpectedly and experienced the anxiety of wondering whether they could smell the cat box this article is a must read!
Along with all the joys that go into cat ownership there is one major drawback; the dreaded litter box. With that in mind, I went on a mission in search of a cat litter that both my feline friend and I would approve of. I decided to “test drive” five different varieties to find out which is the best cat litter.
Tidy Cat Clay Litter
This is a typical clay litter that has been on the market since the late 1940’s. Before clay litter was available most homes used sand or ash or recycled newspaper. The first thing I noticed about this litter is that it is quite heavy compared with non-clay varieties. I didn’t particularly care for it because it kicks up a lot of dust both when the cat uses it and especially when initially filling the box. My cat tracked it all over the house. Also, the box has to be changed quite frequently or the odor is unbearable. As long as I keep up with cleaning though, my cat seems to favor this litter over the clumping and crystal varieties. One plus is that this type of litter is inexpensive.
Arm & Hammer Clumping Litter
This is also a clay litter, but it uses sodium betonite which swells to 15 times it size when it comes in contact with urine (or other liquid) and then clumps together and hardens for scoopability. This litter was better at covering odor than the Tidy Cat and I appreciated the ease of scooping, but I have some misgivings. First, it is still a clay litter, which means that it is just as heavy as traditional clay and is just as dusty. The cat tracked this one all over the house as well. There have also been reports that clumping litters may not be safe for your cat. These claims are largely unsubstantiated, but the anecdotal evidence is enough for me to want to steer clear of clumping litters in the future. The main concern is that if your cat ingests some of this litter and it clumps together and swells up, it could cause a blockage in the stomach or intestines. By the same token if it is inhaled it could cause similar problems in the lungs. Substantiated or not, that is just not a risk I am willing to take.
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