If you are welcoming a new cat or kitten into your home or have noticed things getting a little more funky smelling around your current cat’s litter box, it may be time to research the best cat litter for your feline friend’s needs.
Finding the right cat litter can help ease feline stress and prevent litter box issues like urinating outside of the litter box. Easy cleanup and odor control are among the rewards for the humans in your household.
Cats can have strong opinions about litter, so don’t be afraid to experiment with different types and textures to find the best match for your cat or kitten. Let’s break down your options so that you can make an educated decision about which cat litter to use in your household.
Types of Cat litter
Cat litter can be made from a variety of ingredients with different properties and uses.
Some of the most common cat litters are made from the following:
Clay is one of the most popular cat litter materials on the market. Many clay litter brands rely on ingredients such as carbon and plant extracts to absorb odors.
Litter made from corn is biodegradable and earth-conscious. It is available in natural and scented formulas.
This litter, made from the husks of coconuts,can be recycled as part of garden compost.
The starch inside wheat kernels gives wheat cat litter its clumping capability and exposes natural enzymes that neutralize odors.
This type of litter comes in pellet form and is a natural pinewood by-product. The pine scent acts as a natural deodorizer.
This cat litter is made from walnut shells and is available in quick-clumping and non-clumping formulas.
Available in pellet form, this eco-friendly litter is made from recycled newspapers.
Silica-based gel crystals
Silica is a natural mineral that is highly absorbent and can be reused by one cat over a period of one month.