If you’re wondering is clumping cat litter safe, I’ll help you decide by sharing what I’ve found. Buying litter is an essential part of being a cat parent.
Whether you’re cat spends time outside or not, you will need to provide litter. There are so many brands on the market it can be confusing.
It’s not just about what you consider to be the best, but your kitty has to like it too. There is no right or wrong type, but in this post we’ll be looking at clumping cat litter
You’ll discover what it’s made of, the pros and cons of using this type of litter, and if it’s really safe to use. You’ll also discover the amount you need to fill the box, plus tips on cleaning.
What is clumping cat litter?
There are two main types of litter, clumping and non clumping. You may prefer clumping if you don’t mind breathing in dust, and prefer a product that lasts longer.
Clumping cat litter is typically made from bentonite clay. The particles are very fine and bind together well when wet. You’ll also find alternative clumping litter made from corn, wood pellets, and paper.
The pros of using this type of litter include cheaper price and less frequent cleaning. As you’re only removing solid clumps, there’s less need to empty the entire box.
You can simply top up with fresh litter and rake over. The cons though include the weight. Clumping litter is usually much heavier than non clumping. Lifting a large bag of the stuff could seriously hurt your back.
Is clumping cat litter bad for the environment?
Bentonite is found in most clumping cat litters, and surface mined. If you’re considering this type of litter bear in mind it means stripping vast acres of land to access it.
So yes, in this sense it’s bad for the environment as it’s destroying wildlife habbitat. Most supplies of bentonite found in your clumping kitty litter are mined in Wyoming.
You should also bear in mind that it’s not biodegradable and is non compostable. You can also buy silica based clumping cat litter which has superior absorption.
You’ll find silica clumping litter lasts longer as you won’t need to empty the box as often. As a result you’ll be dumping less into landfill, making it slightly more environmentally friendly.
Ultra micro clumping litter is highly absorbent and claims to be eco-friendly. If you don’t mind paying a bit more, you may find this product is a good choice.
Is clumping litter flushable?
If you try to flush clumping litter down your toilet you’ll almost certainly cause blockages. Even small clumps can damage your plumbing. This type of litter is designed to form hard clumps making scooping easier.
If your drainage system becomes blocked your home will smell disgusting and you’ll be presented with a large plumbing bill. Your best solution is to dispose of soiled litter in compostable bags and dump them in your bin.
How much litter do you need in the box
Your cat likes to dig and scratch around in the earth, so ensure you fill the box deep enough. Usually about 3-4 inches is plenty.
To much can result in scattered litter outside the box. You may also end up wasting a lot. All cats are different, with some needing more litter for burying their business than others.
If you’re adopting a young kitten, you’ll need to spend a bit of time encouraging her to use the box. This should be easy as it comes naturally to most cats. For handy tips, read my post on how to train your cat to use a litter box easily .
Clumping litter lasts longer, but you still need to remove soiled clumps daily. Though many suggest cleaning the box every few weeks, I don’t!
I always clean a soiled litter box twice a week. Your cat has a keen sense of smell and may decide to go elsewhere in your home if the box is dirty.
Does clumping cat litter stop odour?
Many brands of clumping litter claim to stop odour, but unless you clean the box frequently, it will still smell. Even if you can’t detect any odour, your cat will.
Her sense of smell is 14 times stronger than yours! If you don’t like using a bathroom that’s never cleaned I’m sure your cat won’t!
Fresh Step clumping cat litter comes with a 10 day odour control guarantee. It has a scent that smells like Febreze, but there’s no way of knowing if your cat is ok with it until you try it out.
Get the right cat litter and you and your kitty will enjoy a fresh, clean smelling home
Buying cat litter is one of the most important considerations as a pet parent. Clumping litter is hugely popular, but finding the right brand that’s right for you and your kitty can take time.
You want to know if it’s safe, if it controls odour, and most importantly, if your kitty will like it. Understanding what clumping litter is and the available options gives you an informed choice.
Always remember, cats are very fastidious animals, and will be reluctant to use a toilet that smells bad, just as you would. 🙂
Wishing you a purrfect day 🙂