What type of kitty litter is the best to use?
Q: What type of kitty litter is the best to use?
A: There are several kitty litters which may be suitable for your cat. There is no one "best" litter necessarily, but there are certainly kitty litters which are best avoided!
Scented kitty litters, for example, can cause problems. The scent may be more pleasant for us, but is often very irritating for the cat and frequently results in sneezing. Some cats will go on to develop conjunctivitis and nasal discharge as well - this can look very similar to cat flu symptoms! Dusty litters can cause similar problems. These are usually small pebble type litters, and the dust is irritating, again leading to sneezing and possible conjunctivitis and nasal discharge. The pebbles can have quite sharp edges, and some cats will not use this type of litter as it hurts their feet.
Kitty litter made up of small wood pellets (NOT wood chips) is quite good - not dusty, comfortable on the feet, and absorbs urine well. Clumping paper litter is also a good one to use, though some cats may like eating it, so observe your cat closely for the first few days if you choose to try this one.
There are some crystallised litters available, which should be used to deep fill the litter box. They will contain urine and faeces in a small clump, so rather than changing the whole box, you can scoop out the eliminations and the remainder of the litter stays relatively clean. You still need to clean the whole box at least once weekly, and some cats may not like using deep litter.
Hopefully that gives you some ideas! Every cat is different, so regardless of the litter you choose, observe your kitty for a few days to make sure that he/she is happy with it!
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