atural cat litters are all the rage right now.
If you are thinking about making the switch from regular litter to natural litters, you should know what you might be getting into.
Natural litters are made from a few different materials.
Some are even made from products that can be flushed down the toilet!
Corn, wheat, pine, walnut, paper and clay are the most common materials used for natural litters.
Each material comes with its own pros and cons that need to be considered when you are looking at using one.
First of all, to select the right litter for you and your cat, you need to consider some important factors.
You will want to think about what size granules your selected litter will have.
The smaller the particle size, the more likely you are to experience dust and mess.
The best cat litters clump effectively to prevent mess and odors from invading your house.
Natural cat litters tend to be much less likely to clump well since they are chemical free so you will want to consider how important this part of the equation is to you.
Odor control is another area that natural cat litters sometimes cannot compete with regular litter.
Dust is another variable that needs to be considered.
Wood product-based litters will always be dustier than clay or paper options.
If you are planning to flush your litter, make sure you buy one that is suitable for that method of disposal.
Last of all, you will want to think about the cost of your natural litter.
Natural litters are often twice as expensive as regular litters which might not be practical for you.
This is especially true if you have a multi-cat household.
If you are still sold on natural litters, they can certainly be a great solution to help the environment and to keep your cat from being exposed to chemicals.
Wood products smell really pleasant and cats often seem to really like them.
Litters made from walnut are very eco-friendly as they are created entirely from a waste-product that would not otherwise be used for anything.
Cats respond well to this choice overall, but the litter is coarser so some cats might not like it.
Clay-based natural litters clump the best and are often the least expensive option, but they can be the worst with consideration to odor and some cats really dislike them.
If flushing your litter is a must, then you will want to choose a wheat-based litter.
Be aware that wheat litters are often the worst for clumping and tend to be really poor at controlling odors.
The bottom line when choosing a natural littler is that you may have to try out various products before finding the right product for you and your feline family members.
Always make sure to change out your litter if you cat seems not to like it at all.
You do not want to encourage poor behaviors like making messes in the house or cause your cat to get a bladder infection because it is avoiding using the litter box.