The special guide is here to guide you and inform you about the different types of existing litter. A wide range of choices is offered to you to fill your litter box. There is something for all tastes and for all budgets. We will focus on two main categories of litter materials, which are the most common on the market.
You will find here as much information as possible to advise you on the product that will suit you best.
The types of litter
As we noticed at the beginning of the article, there are several categories of litter, we can summarize them as follows: mineral, vegetable, and compact. You will find compact litters of vegetable and mineral types, so we have included them in these two large families.
There is no ideal type of litter box as such, but it is interesting to know the different materials in order to best adapt to your cat, and coupling certain characteristics of your cat with the litter box material or model can be crucial.
For example, if you have a long-haired cat, it is important to choose high-density litter so that the granules compact very quickly and thus avoid the litter getting stuck in your cat’s long hair.
Cats each have their own characteristics, emotions and a particular relationship with the litter box. They are sensitive to odours and to the touch when they scratch the grains. Each cat will have its own appreciation of the material offered.
You may sometimes be surprised because investing in “high-end” litter can make your cat run away from the litter box when the cheapest litter on the market is perfectly suited for him. If you want to know how to know if the litter is suitable for your cat, we’ll talk about it here.
In any case, it is highly recommended to test several or even all litter materials in order to be able to determine which litter is best suited for you and your cat.
This is the type of litter most often found in hypermarkets. It is also the material that can be found at a lower cost and which is very regularly found in classic bins.
In general, it is composed of clay and it is small solid granules that absorb and for some have agglomerating properties.
They have the advantage of being inexpensive and it is possible to have large volumes, however, this material must be changed regularly, it can create a lot of dust and can be responsible for respiratory problems for the most fragile cats.
The variant with clay is the silica or blue crystal litter, it is a litter with a mineral composition as well, with a water absorption rate higher than the average of all litter materials. On the other hand, its cost is higher than conventional mineral litter. You will find more details about silica or blue crystal litter in this section.
Plant-based litter (Organic cat litter)
Vegetable litter is often biodegradable litter that respects the environment and your cat. There are many possible compositions, we find purely vegetable litter composed of the heart of corn cobs, straw, or hemp. But also all a natural range made from wood.
The cost is slightly higher at purchase and their absorbent properties are sometimes very low. The neutralization of odors can also leave something to be desired. But this type of litter is totally ecological, little or no dust and the material is generally more appealing to cats because it is softer and closer to the ground.
Moreover, if you are a gardening enthusiast, these litters are totally compatible with your garden’s compost.
The additional advantages are weight (for the same volume, the load is really less than mineral or clumping litter) and dust, because these litters produce almost no dust when the litter is filled or when the cat passes by.
The purpose of compact or clumping litter is to freeze the urine in blocks and strongly neutralize odors. The principle is to facilitate the cleaning of the litter. Clumping litter is generally of mineral origin, but there are also some products of 100% natural origin, known as clumping litter.
Clumping litter is very recommended for the use of a self-cleaning toilet house whether automatic or manual because the goal being to filter as much as possible the soiled litter from the clean litter it is more efficient to use this special material.
It is also a less voracious litter because it allows you to separate the clean grains from the dirty ones and you can complete the litter after cleaning instead of removing everything.
What type of cat litter should I use for my kitten?
For the first few days, the cat takes care of everything until the kitten is three weeks old. Then, during the weaning period, the kitten will gradually become clean by first learning how to restrain himself and then having total control of the holes. This period starts around the third week but can sometimes last until the fifth or sixth week of the kitten’s life.
You can help him by providing him with a litter box just for him, adapted to his small size and of course, there are specific litter materials for kittens to attract them more easily into the litter box. And if you help your kittens, you can make them clean very quickly, at 1 month old a kitten that has had a clean and adapted place becomes totally clean.
Like the adult cat, the kitten will dig, turn around to do these needs and then cover these droppings with clean litter. He must be watched at first to detect any abnormalities, several behaviors indicate that he does not feel comfortable: he scratches for a long time to finally do nothing, he goes in and out of his litter box immediately, he seems to run away as fast as possible when he is finished and these needs are barely covered. This means that either the toilet is not in the right place or it is the litter box material that he dislikes.
You can try any type of litter for your kitten, however, there are litter materials designed specifically to help and initiate them to cleanliness, these are my favorites: