There are many brands of cat litter on the market, but how do you make the best selection for you and your cats? In this article we will consider several very popular brands and discuss the pros and cons of each.
But first, what are we trying to accomplish with a new choice of litter? Ideally, the litter should be healthy for our cats and also for us - the kitty caretakers. Dust from cat litter can be harmful for you and your cat's respiratory system. We want litter that produces rock-like clumps that are easy to scoop. We want a litter that will eliminate odors. Also, we want litter that will resist tracking out of the litter box.
So the four principal criteria for judging cat litter for our purposes, are:
3. Odor Control
4. Tracking Control
Also, be aware that switching litter brands can be psychologically problematic for your cat. They can be very particular in their choices and if you suddenly change their litter-type, they might defecate or urinate in inappropriate places just to express their displeasure. Therefore, try offering a box of the new litter, along with the old, and observe their reaction. If they react negatively, mix half and half (old clean litter to new clean litter). If they do not react negatively, provide a mix of 25% to 75% and then 100% after that.