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Cat Litter - More To It Than You Thought?

Posted by Henry Jackson on

There are a lot of different brands and types of cat litter available on the market, and if you have recently adopted a new cat or kitten, or if you have never looked too closely at all of the types available, you may be unsure of what the best cat litter option is for you and your pet. However, we here at Pet Food Plus More are here to help, and have produced this article to help you decide. 

 

Did you know? - The pads at the bottom of a cat's paws are really quite sensitive! This is important for making decisions on cat litter, as different cats have different preferences for the texture of the cat litter while they're walking over it. We cover this more near the bottom of this article.

 

To get down to brass tacks, for most people the price point will be the main deciding factor. Many of you will want a type of cat litter that is effective, but costs less than their competitors with all of their frills. For this, we recommend one of our most popular products, Pettex Hygienic Cat Litter. This litter is great for a number of reasons; it's the cheapest option in our stores, available in either bulk packs of 20kg, or smaller packs of 10kg, which would be most ideal for those who only need to buy a small amount irregularly, or those who prefer to buy small amounts on a regular basis. Further, this litter is a clumping litter. You may have heard that term before, but if you do not know what it means, a clumping litter is one where the soiled litter will stick together, forming clumps in the litter tray. This is great for two main reasons - the first is that clumping litters are more economical, as you only have to remove the clumps of the litter and the rest can remain in the tray until it is used, and the second is that clumped litters can be easier to dispose of. Finally, the product also has a high absorption rate per granule, further increasing it's economical value, and also reduces the unpleasant odors emitted from the tray.

Now, besides the price point, there are plenty of other factors to still consider - whether the litter clumps, whether the manufacturer recommends it is flushed down the toilet, whether it is odour-resistant, and what kind of material the litter is made from. Continue reading to see these discussion points. And, for those of you who may worry about how complicated this article may get, worry not, for at the bottom of this page we have produced a table for quick and easy referral of which brands have which features. 

As mentioned above, clumping is a term used to describe a cat litter which sticks together when soiled. The difference between these types of litters and non-clumping litters can be important for many people. Firstly, Clumping litters are generally much more economical, as when the time comes to clean out your cat's litter tray, only the clumps need to be removed, and the rest of the litter may be left in the tray, whereas with non-clumping litters the entire tray would need to be emptied to be cleaned properly, which would lead to the wastage of some of it. However, on the other hand, some people prefer non-clumping litter, as it can just be thrown away without having to sieve the litter for clumps, which can be a somewhat unpleasant job. If you wish to use a clumped litter, the options that we offer are Pettex, Cat's Best (Original, Universal, and Green Power), Bio-Catlet, Thomas, and Catterina. Alternatively, any other choice will not clump, for those who wish for a non-clumping cat litter.

Some people prefer to flush cat litter down the loo as an alternative to other methods of disposal. This is an important point of consideration, as if you want to do this you need to make sure you use a type of litter that has been marked safe for flushing, as if not then this can cause some serious blockages and cost a lot of money in plumbing repairs. If you wish to flush your cat litter, we highly reccomend that you use either Cat's Best (Original or Green Power) or BreederCelect, which have been marked by their manufacturers as safe to flush.

Another consideration many people will no doubt want to make is also upon whether or not their cat litter is odour-resistant. Needless to say, cat litter can sometimes smell unpleasant, and unpleasant trays will need to be emptied faster than a neutral smelling litter. However, some litters are better at absorbing or masking odours than others. Because of this, we suggest that those of you looking for odour-resistant litters choose to use Pettex, Cat's Best Universal, Sophisticat, Bio-Catlet, Thomas, or Breedercelect

Finally, the material that your litter is made from is also important in making your decision, though this is not as clear-cut as the previous options. There are a wide variety of materials used for cat litter, and the main difference is in which type of material your cat(s) prefer. This is because they may not like the feel of the litter on the bottom of their sensitive paws, and each cat is different! For example, your cat may not like the harder materials such as clay, and prefer a softer material, such as paper, but the reverse might also be true! The only way to be sure is to experiment and find out what their preferences are. Please check the table near the bottom of this article to see the variety of materials that the litters are made from, and which brands use each type (as well as the other useful information!) 

Now that you have hopefully learned about all of the different factors involved in choosing a cat litter, we hope that you aren't feeling confused. There's a lot of information to consider, and so without further ado, check the table below for a quick and easy summary of which brands have which materials and features.

 

 

 

 

Product Name

 

 

 

Material

 

Clumping?

 

Flushable?

 

Odour-resistant?

 

Pettex Hygienic

 

 Clay

 Yes

 No

 Yes

 

Cat’s Best Original

 

 Wood Fibres

 Yes

 Yes

 No

 

Cat’s Best Universal

 

 Plant Fibres

 Yes

 No

 Yes

 

Cat’s Best Green Power

 

 Plant Fibres

 Yes

 Yes

 No

 

Sophisticat

 

 Clay

 No

 No

 Yes

 

Bio-catlet

 

 Recycled Paper

 Yes

 No

 Yes

 

Thomas

 

 Clay

 Yes

 No

 Yes

 

Catterina

 

 Recycled Wood

Yes

 No

 No

 

BreederCelect

 

 Recycled Paper

 No

 Yes

 Yes

 

Catsan

 

 

Quartz, Sand, & Lime 

 No

 No

 No

 

Now that we are at an end of this article, we hope that you are now confident enough to make a decision on what kind of cat litter suits you most. However, if there's still any questions that you have and would like to ask, feel free to contact us, and we will be sure to assist you with your needs. 

 

Hope to see you in-store again soon.
Signed,
Henry Jackson, Head of IT at Pet Food Plus More

 

 

 

 

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