Litter Terminology & Facts
Natural additives that minimize the growth of odor causing bacteria present in cat feces.
Urine forms hard clumps to be scooped out regularly. Depending on the number of cats, clumping litter does not need to be changed weekly. Scooping results in fewer odors, since the source of odor is removed. Clumping litter has smaller granules (compared to non-clumping) and is easier on cats' paws. Since only the scooped litter clumps are discarded weekly, clumping litter is often a better value than non-clumping litter.
Made from silica dioxide sand, oxygen and water. Silica contains millions of tiny pores that can absorb up to 40 times their weight in moisture. It is initially more expensive than other types of litter, but is it more cost-effective because the same litter can be used up to a month for one cat.
Crystal Blend Litter
Usually refers to clumping/scooping litters that have silica "crystals" added to enhance the ability to absorb urine and control odor more effectively. Some Non- Scoop litters also offer a blend version as well.
Can be flushed down a toilet (in small amounts) and is biodegradable.
A finer grain of litter that keeps cats from tracking litter all over the house.
Made from recycled paper and comes in pellet form. It is biodegradable, flushable, and burnable, 99% dust-free, and doesn't track. Veterinarians often recommend paper litters for use with Post-Op cats.
Usually refers to litters made from a plant source: Pine, Corn, Wheat, Citrus Peel, etc. These are biodegradable and recyclable. Many consumers like these litters because they can be buried in the backyard and are considered "earth friendly."
Fragrance is used to cover up odors and make the living area more pleasant.
No fragrance added to the clay. Some unscented litters add charcoal to virtually eliminate odors without using a fragrance.
Choosing a Cat Litter