Cat Tip of the Month: The Right Litter

Not all kitty litter is created equal and here is a short guide to the three major types.

1. Clay Based Litter

Pros: Can come in clumping and dust-free formulas, just check the packaging to be sure. Offers good odor control, easy clean-up and is typically inexpensive.

Cons: Not flushable or biodegradable. Toxic.

2. Crystal Litter

Pros: Very absorbent and dust-free with moderate odor control. Non-toxic.

Cons: It does not clump so clean-up is more difficult. It is also not biodegradable or flushable.

3. Natural Litter (Pine, Paper, Wheat or Corn)

Pros: Moderate and maximum odor control varieties. It is flushable, biodegradable and non-toxic. It is available in clumping and non-clumping varieties for easy clean-up. It is a great choice for cats after surgery or declawing to prevent infection.

Cons: Natural litter options vary greatly between brands so be sure to check the packaging closely to find out how well it controls odors, if it is a clumping formula and if it is flushable.

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