After dogs, cats are the most popular pets in the world. Around 23% of all pet owners have a feline companion. Having a cat is an enormous responsibility, many felines prefer the home environment and will spend the majority of their lives indoors. this means that the pet owner must ensure that their cat is stimulated, and healthy. One of the most important aspects of keeping a cat healthy is ensuring that the litter in their litter box is of the best quality. Sub-standard litter can lead to a variety of health problems and in some cases to the cat avoiding using the litter box – and then this can also impact the health and wellbeing of those in the home as the cat seeks out other areas to use in place of the litterbox. There are also other dangers in choosing the wrong type of cat litter.
However, cat owners are faced with a sometimes confusing choice – whether to opt for litter that is all-natural or litter that is man-made.
Increasingly cat owners are turning to the natural option – but what are the advantages of using all-natural cat litter?
The most popular type of cat litter in this day and age is that which is based on clay. It is effective but there are some problems with this material. Annually around 5 billion tons of clay is mooned for use in cat litter – and this material is not biodegradable. Your cat might be satisfied, but the damage to the environment is extreme. In contrast, natural cat litter is biodegradable and it can also be sued in the production of compost.
In addition, natural cat litter is chemical-free and does not release as much dust and silica into the home as the clay alternative. It is worth noting that the synthetic chemicals used in clay cat litter can be absorbed into the cat’s system through its paws – remember that your cat will be using the litter box several times a day. There has been no research done into the effects of these chemicals on the health of your cat – but similar research into the effects of some of the chemicals on human beings indicates that they may have negative effects on health.
For many cat owners, the ability of clay-based cat litter to clump is a selling point. However, some research will reveal that there are natural cat litters that also demonstrate clumping.
There is also the matter of odor. The synthetic scents used in chemically treated cat litter do a great job in masking unpleasant odors from the cat box. however, natural cat litter is also great at absorbing odors – and often the natural scents of the materials sued are far more pleasing than the harsh chemical scents that are used in chemically treated cat litter.
The bottom line is that chemically treated act litter may be harmful to not only your cat – but also to the human beings that call the house a home. Far better to be safe than sorry and opt for the natural cat litter that is today widely available.