5 Benefits of Using Natural Cat Litter
- by Rufus and Coco
Natural cat litter is, by all means, superior to other types in many ways. It's a safer and healthier option for both yourself, your cat, and the environment, along with other benefits – all of which we will discuss below. Read on to find out more about why you should consider switching to an all-natural alternative.
Why Natural Kitty Litter is the Best Option for Your Cat
It’s as clean as possible
Eco-friendly cat litter can be made of a variety of materials, none of which are usually treated harshly – and therefore, are not exposed to potentially dangerous chemicals which might negatively influence your cat’s health.
Disposal of used cat litter is also easier with these products, in the sense that most natural options can be flushed down the toilet instead of collecting them in plastic bags and then throwing them out.
The natural material hardly causes any plumbing issues, unlike clay clumping litter would. Our Wee Kitty Eco Plant Flushable Litter ticks all the boxes – it clumps, it's entirely vegan, and it also absorbs 5 times its weight in liquid. More importantly, it can be flushed down the toilet in small quantities for a fuss-free disposal.
Safer for the environment
Whether made from tofu, corn, bamboo, or any other natural materials, most cat litters in this category are completely sustainable and also biodegradable.
That means that if you decide to dispose of your cat’s waste in a more traditional manner, you will do no harm to the environment.
In fact, natural cat litter is so safe that you can even use it for composting (something that can be said about our own Do Good Cat Litter, too!).
It controls odour just as well
If you think that only silica cat litter is capable of absorbing the moisture of your cat’s waste along with the odour of the urine and faeces, think again. Some natural cat litter alternatives are specifically made from materials that make it possible for the odour to disappear in as little time as possible.
Take our Wee Kitty Bamboo Odor Control Litter, for instance. It is a combination of pellets made of bamboo fibre infused with charcoal. This means that the ammonia is efficiently absorbed in just under 5 minutes, ridding your home of the stinkies!
It doesn’t contain any chemicals
The vast majority of natural cat litter available in the market these days are created by people who actually have pets or who have cared for pets themselves in the past. That means that they are less inclined to use chemical additives or any harsh materials that make the products cheaper for mass consumption.
But as you can imagine, these chemicals can be dangerous for cats, and some of them might even cause cancer. To make matters worse, some cats have pica, a syndrome that makes them eat litter (especially if they are vitamin and mineral deficient), making them more exposed and at risk to these artificial substances.
So, while the natural alternatives tend to be a tad pricier, you're more assured that they are safer for your pets compared to their clay or silica-based counterparts.
It won’t cause your cat to develop an allergy or asthma
Another downside of regular kitty litters is that they tend to produce a lot of dust. Besides clay and silica variants, even the more so-called earth-friendly choices such as those made with paper or sawdust can affect a cat’s respiratory tract.
Always look for low-dusting alternatives when choosing a new cat litter. Not only does your pet risk taking some onto their paws and spreading it all across your floors, but they also risk inhaling some of the dust which can lead to breathing issues in the future.
If you’re looking for an extra absorbent, flushable, biodegradable, and low-dusting option, you might want to try our award-winning Wee Kitty Natural Clumping Corn Litter.
Remember that your cat’s preferences always have a say when it comes to you picking the right eco-friendly litter. Try as many types as possible until you find one that your pet favours.
You should also consider that cats rarely prefer scented litter. Their sense of smell is far superior to that of humans, so they tend to be bothered by strong scents like lavender, lemon, mint, or any other type of perfume that litter manufacturers might want to use in their products.
Non-scented, clumping, biodegradable, as well as odour-absorbing options, are always the best.