Failing to eliminate in the litter box is the number one reason that pet cats are surrendered to shelters nationwide.
In multi-cat households, you should have a litter box for each pet, plus an extra. Cats prefer uncovered boxes in more open spaces of the house, so they don’t feel like the could be ambushed, cramped or cornered! Here is a handy guide to litter types to try to keep your cat, and you, happy!
Granulated Clay Litter
Granulated clay litter has been around for decades. Inspired by absorbent clay that soaked up industrial spills, this traditional substance directs your cat’s urine to the litter box floor. Although this formulation controls the urine-based ammonia smell reasonably well, the odor returns within a week. Removing your cat’s solid deposits daily helps to control the stench. By replacing the litter weekly, you’ll keep the box as fresh as possible. Or, use a minimal amount of litter and completely replace it daily.
Clumping Cat Litter
Super-absorbent clumping cat litter enables you to keep Trixie’s litter box smelling fresher for an extended period. Each time she urinates, the urine sticks to the litter granules, forming a removable clump. When you remove the clump, the urine odor vanishes. In a single-cat household, a box of clumping litter should be effective for several weeks. With multiple cats, however, plan to replace the litter in less than one month.
Pricey clumping litter is available in several custom formulations. Choose from less-tracking, multiple-cat, and flushable types. Keep an eye on the market, as manufacturers frequently introduce new cat litter varieties.
More Feline Litter Formulations
Perhaps you’d like to leave a minimal footprint on the environment. Consider an eco-friendly litter made from peanut shell meal, corn cobs, recycled newspaper, pine sawdust/shavings, silica gel beads/crystals, or processed orange peel. Each substance claims to control odor, last longer, and be environmentally friendly.
When your kitty visit Rita Ranch Pet Hospital for a checkup, share your litter box experiences. Learn what substances other pampered cats prefer to scratch through daily. If you have further questions, contact us for expert advice!