You’ve gone to the shelter and you’ve chosen the perfect cat for you – congratulations! Before you bring your new cat home, you need to make sure you have all the essentials. This includes food, toys, a scratching post, a litter box, and cat litter. However, once you walk into the pet store and make your way over to the litter section, you might realize that there are many more options than you anticipated.

What are my Options?

Believe it or not, there are quite a few different types of cat litter. Depending on your preferences and ideal cleaning schedule, you can determine what type of litter will be best for you and your feline. Here are a few of the options you have as a new cat owner:

  • Clumping clay: This litter is one of the most popular options. Made from bentonite, this clay is absorbent and clumps together when your cat urinates. When you choose clumping litter, this makes scooping and cleaning easier than ever. However, keep in mind that this litter is very dusty, non-biodegradable, and can be quite heavy to tote from one place to the next.
  • Non-clumping clay: This litter can be made from any type of clay that is not bentonite. It will absorb the cat’s urine, but it won’t clump the same way as the bentonite litter does. This means that wet litter can easily be left behind when it’s time to scoop the box. It will also likely get smelly quicker than the clumping kind, and you will need to change out the litter more frequently than you may like. However, this litter is cheaper than the clumping kind, and many cats prefer it.
  • Silica gel crystals: You’ve probably found those little packets of gel beads in the pockets of the new coat or at the bottom of a new bag. Silica gel litter is made from silica beads similar to these beads, and it is highly absorbent. It is also almost dust-free, so those with dust allergies might feel more relief by choosing this type of littler. This litter is more expensive, but it usually lasts much longer than other litters. However, some cats don’t like the feeling on their paws, and they can be dangerous if cats ingest them regularly.
  • Recycled paper: In order to make this litter, recycled paper is compressed into pellets or granules. This means that it is dust-free and biodegradable with the added benefit of being very absorbent. In the pellet form, the litter will not clump; however, in granule form, the litter will clump.

West Ballantyne Animal Hospital is Here

Again, we wish you the best of luck with your new furry family member. Make sure to bring in your cat when it’s time for a checkup or annual shots! Whenever you are in need of dog care or cat care, we at West Ballantyne Animal Hospital are here to help you. Contact us today to learn more about our services, including emergency care, microchipping, and flea treatments.