These days there’s a wide choice when it comes to cat litter. There are 4 types most commonly available in Australia, categorised according to the material they are manufactured from. These are:
But what factors should you consider when it comes to deciding what type of cat litter you should choose? At risk of stating the obvious, first and foremost it should be one that your cat will actually use. Even if it ticks all your other boxes, if your favourite feline doesn’t use it, well then it’s just academic.
After considerable debate between Pussa and Soph we came up with the following list of what to think about before you hit the checkout with your next litter purchase:
A few final tips when it comes to litter:
- Regardless of what some manufacturers claim, don’t flush your litter down the toilet. The people at the sewerage treatment works only want 3 things being flushed – pee, poo and toilet paper. Let’s face it, they already have enough problems on their hands with “flushable” wipes. I don’t think we need to add to their woes with cat litter, nor be responsible for spreading toxoplasmosis amongst the population;
- If you compost biodegradable litter, make sure you don’t use the compost on food crops in your garden. The compost will not heat up sufficiently to kill off the pathogens, so use it only on non-food garden plants;
- For kittens, stick to paper based litter. Like human babies, kittens love to explore the world by putting things in their mouths. The absorbancy attributes of clay and silicone litters can be a real risk to kitten’s digestive systems.
If you’re wondering what litter gets used at Cat Habitat HQ, it’s this. While all litter types have pro’s and con’s, this one ticks the majority of boxes according to Pussa and Soph, and we love it because it’s Australian made.