A Guide to the Different Types of Cat Litter

by VetDepot on August 7, 2014

kitten litter box blogIf it seems like there are more options than ever out there when it comes to cat litter, you’re right. Litter comes in all scents, textures, and materials. Below are some quick facts about five of the major kitty litter varieties available on the market today:

1.) Clumping Clay: This is one of the most popular types of kitty litter. Most clumping clay litters are made from bentonite, which is a highly absorbent clay that forms little clumps when exposed to moisture. The upsides to clumping clay are that cleaning the litter box is a breeze and both scented and unscented varieties are available. Opponents of clumping clay argue that the product isn’t biodegradable and can be dusty.

2.) Non-Clumping Clay: This variety of clay litter still absorbs moisture, but doesn’t form into clumps. This might mean you have to clean your kitty’s box more often. However, non-clumping clay litter tends to be cheaper than its clumping counterpart.

3.) Crystal: Crystal litter is typically made of small bits of dried silica. It tends to be more expensive than other types of kitty litter, however, fans of crystal litter say it’s worth the price tag because it lasts for an extended period of time, is dust-free, and is biodegradable. One warning with this type of litter is that tiny jagged pieces can sometimes be a little rough on sensitive kitty paws.

4.) Paper: This type of cat litter is made from post-consumer recycled paper and is available in pellet or granule form. Paper litter contains no dust and is absorbent. Regular litter box cleaning will be necessary with the pellet form because clumping will not occur. However, you can expect clumps with the granule variety.

5.) Pine: This is another natural, recycled option. Pine litter needs to be replaced more often than some of the more traditional options, but the fresh scent has made believers out of many cat owners.

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