Selecting the best cat litter for your cat is a big decision many cat owners wrestle with. Some are cheap and easy to find, but others can be very messy, and some are convenient, but others can be very expensive. Some litter boxes are designed for use by one can and others are best for multiple cats. Other systems are designed with convenience in mind and others are best for budget minded cat owners. There is a lot of information to sift through so here is a general break down of the different cat litter options that are available to you.
The most common type of litter these are typically used in traditional pan type litter boxes. You pour the litter into the tray and as your cat uses the litter box the litter clumps, making it easier- in theory- to clean the box each day. It is easy to find and is relatively cheap. However this type of litter; has the tendency to get everywhere when your cat digs and it can be tracked around the house by your cat’s paws and fur. Also some types of scoopable litter creates a lot of dust which can cause problems for both your cat and your family.
Natural and Biodegradable
Some litters are made of materials that are completely biodegradable. The benefit to this type of cat litter is that it usually is very absorbent so cleaning is made easier and it is also able to be flushed down the toilet or tossed outside. He drawback is that is can be a bit on the expensive side and you will generally have to change the litter out more frequently than with standard cat litter.
Crystal Litter Liners: Newer cat litter boxes implement a new and unique system for litter. Many of these litter boxes now use specially designed liners instead of loose gradual litter. The benefits of this is that there is no litter to scoop or worry about getting scattered around the house. Also you simply have to remove the tray line and snap a new one in place. The down side is these are some of the most expensive types of litter tray options, but they are very convenient and are some of the best for odor control and easy cleaning.
These are three of the most common types of cat litter options that are available for you. Selecting the best cat litter can be a bit of a daunting task but there are some key factors to keep in mind. If you have several cats that use the litter box, you may be better off with a biodegradable litter or the new crystal liners. If you have one cat and don’t mind the occasional piece of litter getting into other rooms, then regular scoopable litter is fine for your cat. Ultimately, it is you and you cat that can decide which is the best cat litter for you both.