Does owning a cat mean you will have a box of Poo inside your house?
Most cat owners have predominately indoor cats, so the answer to the question above is Yes.
Pet owners today are spending a lot of money on the care and needs of their pets.
The ASPCA, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, reports that pet owners are spending up to $1000 per year on cats and up to $1800 per year on dogs.
The cat owner is spending as much as $200 per year on cat litter alone. This typically is more than what they spend on food for their cat.
This makes it appealing to just pick the cheapest cost litter you see on the store shelves for your cat’s litter box.
Most traditional cat litters are clay based for the ease of cleaning out the litter box. This is because of the clumping characteristics it possesses.
There is research (Cat Daddy by Jackson Galaxy) that suggest that clay based litters can have silica and dust that maybe harmful to your cat. This has linked the silica and dust to cat diseases such as cancer and asthma.
This has lead to an upswing in the use of Natural Cat Litter.
In this article, we will discuss the importance of the litter box, explain what and the types of natural cat litter, and list Pro’s and Con’s for natural cat litter
Put your Cat in a Box!
If you have an indoor cat, then the cat litter box is an essential part of your home.
Cats are like people and they like their privacy. Remember this when choosing a place to put the litter box in your home. Pick and area that is private and has plenty of lighting.
Make the litter box as cat friendly as possible.
You will need to clean up the clumps daily and clean the box out at least once a week. Clean the box with a mild soap and clean water. Do not use ammonia based or lemon scented cleaners.
Some cats will not use a dirty litter box. This makes it critical to keep them clean or you will suffer the consequence!
When you got to go, you got to go!
If you have a house with multiply cats, it is advisable to have a litter box for each cat.
If your cat stops using their litter box, then seek the advice of your local Vet.
All Natural, Cat Litter Too?
What do corn, wheat, baking soda, pine, and cedar have in common? These are the most popular ingredient in natural cat litter.
What are the most important features of a good cat litter and will the natural cat litter provide these?
- Odor control
- No one wants to smell the litter box in their house. Odor control is one of the most important aspects of good litter. Cats will not use a litter box if the odor is too strong.
- A big advantage to the natural cat litter is they are not artificially scented.
- Good clumping
- If the litter has good clumping qualities, then the odor problem will be reduced. Litter that clumps well will also reduce the cleaning needed weekly if you replenish the litter each time your remove the clumps.
- Some natural cat litters are good at clumping while some are not.
- Low dust
- One of the biggest disadvantages of the clay based litter it is produces dust. The dust can be hazardous to you and your cat.
- Natural cat litter does not have the dust properties and this keeps the house and your cat cleaner.
- Size of granules
- The smaller the granule, the more you will see it tracked around the house. Natural cat litter has larger granules and the ability of the cat to track it outside the litter box is greatly reduced.
- Reasonable costs
- Natural cat litter may cost more that the clay based litter. However, the cost per pound of litter is not the question as much as how much do you use. The natural cat litter will last longer and may reduce the need to use as much as the clay base litter.
Types of Natural Cat Litter
Is it all natural and biodegradable?
Below are some of the different types of natural cat litter:
- Corn cat litter is the best known for its great reviews.
- This product is the best biodegradable cat litter on the market.
- The litter comes in pellet form which makes it safer for kittens and it has great clumping ability.
- When it comes to odor and dust control, this product lacks the robust that the customers would prefer.
- This is one of the most expensive natural cat litters on the market at about $1.18 per pound.
- The most popular brand is “World’s best Cat Litter“. I recommend.
- The Wheat product cat litter is said to be the closest to regular cat litter as it is granular and it has great clumping capability.
- However, when it comes to odor and dust control, the rankings are low.
- This is the only product that is certified to be able to flush in sewer and septic systems.
- The cost of this product is about $0.80 per pound.
- Te most popular brand is “Swheat Scoop“. I do not recommend.
- Walnut based cat litter is made from crushed walnut shells.
- This product is highly rated by its consumer with good rating for clump ability, odor and dust control, and it is flush able.
- The cost of this product is about $1.00 per pound.
- The most popular brand is “Blue Naturally Fresh“. I recommend.
- Pine cat litter is made from sawdust which is a by product from the paper industry. This is a pellet litter, but also comes in a finer clumping version.
- One of the downfalls of this product is the ability to properly clump and the clumps fall apart as soon as liquid hits them.
- This product is great for odor and dust control.
- It is not recommended for flushing as it is a by product of the lumber/paper industry.
- The cost of this product is about $0.55 per pound.
- The most popular brand is “Feline Pine“. I recommend.
- The paper based cat litter is made from yesterday’s news, literally! This product is made from recycled paper products.
- This is a pellet litter and because of this it is not good at clumping.
- This is a good controller of dust as there is none, but the odor control is bad.
- This product is not flush able as it is made from recycle paper which is from the lumber/paper industry.
- The price of this product is about $0.65 per pound.
- The most popular brand is “Yesterday’s News“. I do not recommend.
Homemade, watch this video and see how to mix your own natural cat litter:
Pro’s and Con’s for Natural Cat Litter
- They come in clumping and non-clumping versions.
- No to very low dust.
- Environmentally safe, since the ingredients to natural cat litter are corn, wheat, pine, or cedar, they are biodegradable.
- Flushable, but check label before you flush (for indoor cats only).
- Some kittens may eat the litter, natural cat litter will not harm them.
- Older cats lick their paws, natural cat litter has little to no dust therefore, not harmful to the cat.
- They are only moderate to low in odor control.
- Due to concerns for parasites in your cat (if cat frequently goes outside), flushing is not recommended.
As you can see here, there are very good reasons to use Natural Cat Litter and there are some things people do not like.
I am a strong believer in using the natural products as you are using a product that is biodegradable and made of recycled products.
There is not a silver bullet when it comes to choosing the best cat litter, but the natural cat litter gives you very good options to chose from.
Not all are great at all the qualities, but if you decide what is the best characteristics for you and your cat, then you can choose the right product.
The Top Two products that I recommend based on what I have researched for your Natural Cat Litter solutions are:
I hope you have found this article informative and useful for you and your cat(s).
If you have any questions or comments, please leave those below and I will get back to you ASAP.