I love cat sitting. Visiting cats in their own home is a breath of fresh air after years of working in veterinary practice looking after poorly cats or caring for them when they come in for surgery.
Each cat is unique and individual and I love spending quality time with them, but as a cat sitter I also change a LOT of litter trays!
I was chatting with a client recently about this very subject and we discussed our cat litter conundrums and the huge variety of commercial type cat litters that are available! Yes! This is the sort of thing we often talk about!
Interestingly, there is a huge discrepancy in the quality of cat litters available. So that got us thinking. What are the important qualities we look for in a cat litter:
Odour – do you know as soon as your cat has used the litter tray?
Ease of cleaning – is the urine and faces easily removed and leaves little mess?
Frequency of changes – does the litter last all week, or do you find you are changing it more regularly?
Environmental Impact – do the materials used to make the cat litter from a renewable resource and does the disposal of soiled litter harm the environment?
Availability – Do you need to remember to order on-line, or is it available in your local pet store or supermarket?
Felines are predisposed to urinary and bladder conditions. Inappropriate toileting is a common problem for anxious felines or can indicate or more serious problem. The cat litter type you use must be given consideration and changing your cat’s litter type can definitely upset them.
So here I have reviewed the top 4 most commonly used types:
Clumping clay-based is my personal fave. Some brands are lower dust-producing than others, so have a look around, plus it lasts a long time. It’s easy to clean, simply scoop out the clumped urine and minimal bad odour. It can be a bit messy as it gets tracked out of the litter tray on fluffy paws. It’s not good for asthmatic cats or owners.
Non-clumping chalk based can be messy and often gets tracked around the house, unless you use a mat by the litter tray. It seems to produce a lot of dust and needs to be changed regularly. I find it gets smelly quite quickly.
Pellets can be wood, paper and even corn or walnut! They imply that they are the most environmentally conscious choice, but do not disguise the odour very well and can be very messy when the cat kicks it about and often produces a lot of dust. Wood pellets are now readily available and sold in all supermarkets. Other types will easily be found on-line.
Crystals (made from silica) are not commonly available in the supermarket but can be bought on-line, they are dust free, often scented to disguise odour and last quite a while before needing to be changed. The crystals are highly absorbent and easy to clean.
When choosing a cat-litter type it’s important to primarily consider what is best for your own cat. Grainy and sand type litters are most similar to what they would use in an outdoor environment, so are often most successful when used indoors in their litter tray.
If you would like to discuss this further or are looking for a professional-cat sitter in Hastings or St Leonard’s (East Sussex), then please do get in touch via my contact page.