Cats are great companions to have, but they can be pretty stinky at times. This can be especially true when you have multiple cats, and if you’re not taking care of their litter box, it can quickly get out of hand. Luckily, there are lots of ways to make your cat litter last longer, so you don’t have to constantly buy new bags or always deal with the smell. This article will walk you through the best practices to keep your litter lasting as long as possible so that you don’t have to replace it all the time and still keep your house smelling fresh.
Choosing Clumping Clay
One of the factors that determine how long a cat litter will last is whether it is made of clumping or non-clumping clay. With clumping clay, you scoop out waste and, if you have a clean litter box, all you need do is wash out what’s left behind with water (remembering to rinse it really well). When using non-clumping clay litter, on the other hand, you would need to dispose of an entire bagful every time your cat produces waste.
Choosing Non-Clumping Clay
Non-clumping clay litter is usually made from pure bentonite clay and comes in two varieties—granular and pelleted. Granular clay litter is easy to sift through when you change out your cat’s box. But its large size means it can get stuck in your cat’s paws or under their nails. Pelleted clay litter is made with smaller granules, making it easier on your kitty as well as you during cleanups.
Choosing Silica Gel
The best cat litter is usually made from silica gel. There are a few things you should know about these types of litters before you start shopping, though. Many people think that it’s always better to buy non-clumping litter because they prefer clumping litters at home. This isn’t true, however. Some non-clumping litters are excellent at absorbing odor and urine, while others just leave everything sitting in a disgusting puddle on top of your floor.
Choosing Natural Alternatives
There are many natural alternatives that are available and can still be healthy for your cat. Using these products, however, is not only great for your feline friend, but also supports sustainable practices. If you want to keep your kitty happy, choose a litter made with renewable resources. And biodegradable materials so you can feel good about what you’re putting into your cat’s environment. Here are some of our favorites
Other Important Factors
Not all cat litters are created equal. They vary widely in terms of longevity, odor control, and environmental impact. If you’re buying litter for your cat (or if you plan on investing in a self-cleaning litter box) be sure to choose wisely.
Choosing cat litter can seem like a daunting task, with different types, brands, and scents all competing for your attention. Luckily, picking the right litter doesn’t have to be difficult. And it will definitely be worth the effort once you see how long the litter lasts. And how much easier it makes keeping your home clean. You just have to know what to look for in terms of durability and texture, which we’ll discuss below.