Which cat litter is best for my cat?
Apart from food, cat litter is one of those items that you as a cat owner have to buy on a regular basis. After all, cats are extremely clean animals that place great value on a clean litter box. In the following, we will explain what types of cat litter there are and how you choose the best one for your cat.
Different types of cat litter
Cat litter can be divided into two main groups: clumping and non-clumping litter. Clumping litter is finer-grained and absorbs the cat's urine and forms clumps in the process.
Clumping litter has several advantages
Clumping litter has the great advantage that cat urine can be easily removed from the litter box. The lumps can easily be picked up with a scoop, which is usually included with the litter box.
In addition, clumping litter has to be replaced or refilled less frequently. This is because you can see at a glance where the four-legged friend has done its business. You can remove the waste in a targeted manner and reliably ensure a clean litter box in just a few simple steps.
Good cat litter prevents unpleasant odours
For most cat owners, even more important than binding liquid is the ability to prevent unpleasant odours, because the smell of urine and faeces is not only unpleasant for you, but also for your cat, which can quickly lead to your four-legged friend shunning the litter box.
When buying cat litter, make sure that it has odour-binding properties. It's best to try different brands of cat litter and then settle on a specific type.
There is also cat litter available that is not only odour-binding, but in addition contains certain fragrances. These are supposed to help to further suppress the odour of the excrements. In practice, however, not every cat litter succeeds with this. In some cases, the unpleasant smell is even intensified by the fragrances contained in the litter when they mix with one another.
How often does cat litter have to be changed?
Even the best cat litter is of no use if you don't change it regularly and clean the litter box. You should therefore remove the soiled or wet parts of the litter daily. This is important not only in terms of hygiene, but also for your cat's well-being.
In addition, the entire cat litter should be completely replaced at regular intervals. Depending on the degree of contamination, intervals of between one and two weeks are the norm.
To round it off, you should wash the litter box thoroughly with hot water about once a month. In this way you prevent the uncontrolled spread of pathogens.
The smell of urine can indicate health problems
Please note that a strong odour of the urine, despite regularly changing the litter, is in many cases a sign of inflammation of the cat's bladder or kidneys.
If this is the case, a visit to the vet is strongly recommended. In addition, supplementing the cat's diet with I Love My Cat Kidney Strength and switching to our cat food with insect protein can help support the normal functioning of the kidneys and counteract problems with your cat's urinary system.
Correct disposal of cat litter
Of course, the used cat litter has to be disposed of. In most cases, it should go in the regular waste bin. If you have decided in favour of organic cat litter, you may be able to use the organic waste bin instead.
However, this type of disposal of cat litter is not accepted by all councils. To avoid trouble, it is therefore advisable to find out in advance about the regulations that apply in your area.
The toilet, on the other hand, is not a suitable place to dispose of cat litter. Clumping litter can easily lead to clogged pipes, and paying a professional to clear the blockage can cost well over 100 pounds. Even if disposal in the toilet is possible according to the litter's packaging, we strongly recommend that you don't do it.
Best cat litter - our conclusion
As you can see, choosing good cat litter isn't rocket science. If you are looking for decent quality, clumping litter with odour-binding properties is the best choice in most cases.
Products that are enriched with additional fragrances, on the other hand, often don't keep their promises, and cleaning a box with non-clumping cat litter usually takes a bit more of an effort.
That said, your cat may well prefer the latter. In this case, cat litter that doesn't clump is still the best, despite its drawbacks.