Litter frequently scattered on your bathroom floor may be a sign that your cat is not happy with the type of litter you have chosen for him. So might a litter box that frequently goes unused even though your cat does not have a medical condition.
If either of these is the case, consider the litter you buy from your cat’s vantage point rather than your own. For instance, while a scented product might seem just the thing to keep your home smelling pleasant, it could be too much for your cat’s sensitive sense of smell. What a cat is more likely to prefer is a non-odorous litter that’s also soft underfoot and dust-free so that his respiratory system doesn’t get a dose of the stuff with each use. It should also clump, separating liquid from solid waste and thereby helping to block extra odor with quick and easy disposal. Read on for suggestions.
Dr. Elsey’s Premium Clumping Cat Litter is an unscented clay formula that masks odors naturally without scented additives. The dust-free litter clumps well, preventing moisture from seeping to the bottom of the litter box while also making removal of stools easy. The heavy granules also help prevent tracking along the floor. Available on Amazon, $18.00 for a 40-pound bag.
Purina Yesterday’s News Non Clumping Paper Cat Litter (Softer Texture Unscented) comes as a dust-free formula comprised of paper recycled into pellets. It does not clump yet absorbs three times more moisture than clay litter, prevents odor, and reduces tracking. The paper formula is also soft on your cat’s paws. Available on Amazon at $14.98 for a 26.4- pound bag.
Purina Tidy Cats Litter Box System, (Breeze System Starter Kit Litter Box, Litter Pellets & Pads) has ease of use in mind. The kit provides a litter box and scoop along with a 3.5-pound bag of litter pellets and four disposable cat pads for weekly removal via a sliding drawer at the bottom of the box. It should all last for a month. The dust-free, non-clumping pellets do not hold liquid, which instead reaches the pad at the bottom of the litter box, holding in moisture and preventing odor. And the anti-tracking pellets dehydrate solid waste, making it easier to scoop out. The regular kit measures 20.9 x 16.6 x 8.6 inches and the extra-large kit, which comes with two 3.5 pound bags of litter pellets, is 29 x 19 x 14.75 inches. Available on Amazon for $41.91; $99.00 for the extra-large kit. Refills of pellets and pads sold separately for later use.
World’s Best Cat Litter is a sustainable corn-based formula with unscented, dust-free, and rapid-clumping features. The chemical-free and flushable litter has tested safe for flushing in septic systems or sewer. (See last month’s issue for environmental concerns about the flushing of litter depending on where you live.) Available on Amazon at $30.05 for a 28-pound bag.
Purina Tidy Cats LightWeight Free & Clean Clumping Cat Litter is a low-dust product that keeps odor at bay with its clay and activated charcoal formula. The dye-free litter weighs less than half of a leading clumping formula. Available on Amazon.com, Chewy.com, and Petco.com at $20.97 for a 17-pound box.
K KAMY’S ZOO I AM TOFU — Tofu Cat Litter (Natural Flushable Extra Clumping Pellet Litter) is a pricey but eco-friendly choice with an extra-thin shape that is gentle on your cat’s paws. The biodegradable formula has dust- and odor-free features and no tracking of litter from the box. The litter clumps easily and can be safely flushed. Available on Amazon.com at $48.89 for an 18-pound bag.