Cat Litter

Everything you need to know about kitty litter

Cat litter is an essential product for a cat owner to be knowledgeable about. Cat litter is used in a cat litter box and helps a cat keep proper hygiene by giving the animal a place to deposit feces and urine. Cat litter reduces the smell of foul odors and ammonia throughout the home.

A number of different cat litters are available, each with different features and price points. Depending on the location of the litter box and number of cats, these different brands and types offer distinct differences in absorbency, odor control, safety and texture. Some owners like to prevent litter from being tracked around the house, while others are concerned with environmental effects.

The Science Behind Kitty Litter

There are a number of different components from which kitty litter is made. Before the 1940s, kitty litter was comprised mostly of sand, but with the onset of the commercial market for cat litter, producers began to use clay-based litters. The advantage to this is that clay is much more absorbent than sand. Generally, these are non-clumping litters that use diatomite or zeolite as their base.

Clumping litters became highly popular during the 1980s. They were originally made from calcium bentonite, however bentonite clay became the preferred ingredient because it clumps together to form a solid mass distinguishable from other litter in the cat litter box. Clumping cat litter accounts for nearly 70 percent of the market and has the distinct advantage of not needing to be changed as frequently. However, cats can eat the litter which then hardens inside them. Also, many contain crystalline silica, which is a carcinogen.

Silica gel litter lasts the longest of all litters on the market. It can absorb urine for up to 30 days without needing to be changed. This means that 5 pounds of silica litter can do the job of 30 pounds of other litters. The main drawback with silica gel kitty litter is that it gives no warning of when it is fully saturated.

Cats are susceptible to toxoplasma gondii, which is an intestinal parasite, so make sure the cat feces are not ingested by cats, other pets or humans. Another important thing to note is that cat feces should never be flushed, as the parasite can enter the water system and cause harm to humans and sea life.

Cat Litter Training Techniques

Training a cat to use the litter box can be a challenge, particularly for kittens. Cat litter training begins shortly after birth. The best practice is to place the cat in the litter box and they will use it. Cats prefer to defecate in kitty litter than other locations, but if the cat is having a problem, other methods of cat litter training may be necessary.

The most common reason a cat will not use the litter box is because it's dirty. Be sure to keep the litter box clean and use fresh litter when needed. Removing solid waste daily is important as well as changing the litter regularly. An easy way to make the process cleaner is to use cat litter box liners. They are essentially plastic bags that go on the bottom of the litter box. You simply lift the bag and tie up the litter, making disposal a breeze.

Other reasons a cat will have a difficult time include stress. If children are home from vacation or a new pet is introduced to the household, the cat may urinate outside the litter box. Urinary tract problems can also occur. These should be treated by a veterinarian.

It is also common for the cat to be shy when using the litter box. Do not disturb the cat or attempt to play with it while it's using the litter box. This is easily remedied by buying cat litter box covers. Cat litter box covers can be placed on top of the existing litter box and give the cat a sense of privacy.

Location is also essential. Do not place the litter box near the place in which the cat eats and ensure that it is readily accessible at all times. This will help enable the cat to use the litter box much easier.

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Posted by rene on December 27,2010 at 07:04 PM
i want to try this i have five cats and four litter boxes i clean them every morning and every evening. i have to change them out completely at least every two weeks but until i do that i just keep adding fresh everytime i scoop. i would love to use something that is biodegradable
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I am ready for a new kitty litter please!
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I have 3 cats and would like to try something new. Thanks.
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i will try it
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Posted by Linda Coughlin on November 26,2010 at 03:59 PM
Became disabled in jan 2010,went 5 months no income waiting on social security disabilty.Have 2 wonderful cats,shelby a mane coon,ms kitty a dom cat.I could really use help with cat food and cat littler,to keep their systems right they eat purina one salmon dry,and 9 lives tuna wet food.Thank you.I live in the langhorne pa area
Posted by Susan Horan on November 21,2010 at 07:10 PM
We've moved into a smaller home and have to keep the cat box in the bathroom. It's very noticable and needs to be changed a little more often. Would love to try different litters.
Posted by John D Layton JR on November 04,2010 at 02:47 PM
My daughter has moved to a new home.. Would like to start on a new litter ...
Posted by Cindy Lammi on October 02,2010 at 08:25 PM
This is my first time haveing a kitty of my own. I have had kittens before but, my kids were at home then. My kitty is 6weeks old and I just bought him a brand new bed with a new littler box and dish. He has only been with us for approximately 6 hours. I have introduced him to his littler box four times and nothing was done in the littler box. I have shown him his food and water, which he has not taken to. He is starting to feel a little more relaxed because he wants to explore, but, I am afraid that he will go behind the couch and potty.. I hope that I am doing things right.
Posted by Candy on November 14,2010 at 01:14 AM
just keep showing him the box... by showing him i mean set him inside it and let him find his way out. that way he can find his way back. also, don't stand over him or watch him because cats like their privacy, maybe that's why he's going behind the couch. another good thing to do is call your local vet office for tips, most are very helpful and it doesn't cost anything to ask questions. good luck and i hope everything works out for you.
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looking at all these comments, and having seen the ad on tv and in magazines, i must assume that someone really messed up! it doesnt appear that anyone is going to get a trial of this great litter!
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where are the cupons? I have a lot of cats
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