Why should I choose non-clumping over clumping?
While many people say that cats prefer clumping, and it can be easier for the owner to manage and clean out, clumping litter is often made from non-recycled materials which aren’t overly eco-friendly. It’s often not biodegradable either.
Non-clumping litter is more likely to break down or turn into sawdust when wet. Many can be composted if they’re the right material, decomposing in the correct conditions which effectively leaves barely any trace on the planet.
There is also generally more choice of materials and varieties in non-clumping, so if your cat seems to want to avoid clay or other clumping materials, it may be your best bet. Clay can also be dusty which is bad for humans or cats with respiratory issues.
Cat owners need to think about the frequency in which they replace litter and how they dispose of it to cut down on landfill waste. Non-clumping also tends to be much cheaper which is good if you have a few cats and go through litter bags at lightning speed.
Why do kittens need special cat litter?
Cats can prefer finer-grain litter because it feels better under their paws, but this should be avoided for younger cats under three months old.
Until they know not to eat their litter and they can use it properly as opposed to using it as a play centre or scratching environment, small particles can easily be ingested which could cause serious illness.
How do I find the cat litter my cat likes best?
Experts recommend leaving out a pan of different types of cat litter and allowing your cat the freedom of choice to see which they prefer.
Cat litter is usually available in small bags for low costs, so once you have the variety and type down to a tee, you can try brands. Donate any unused to a local animal charity or try selling on an online marketplace if you need some of the money back.
Cats can be creatures of habit, so don’t go switching between types or even brands. If your cat has found one which they like, swapping it out could mean they avoid using it.
If you do need to change, ensure it is a gradual swap, and perhaps mix slight bits into their existing litter so they get used to the change in smell or feeling.
Where can I buy cat litter from?
Our list features retailers such as Pets at Home, Jollyes, Fetch and Amazon if you want to order online. Most of the time, it can be delivered straight to your door and sometimes even on a repeat ordering system so you never run out.
Price can vary between retailers. For example, we found that Amazon wasn’t usually the cheapest when it comes to cat litter.
If you need some litter in an emergency case, most supermarkets such as Tesco, Asda, Aldi and Sainsburys will sell it, although you may not always get your kitties first choice which could cause a bit of a rift.
Can I buy scented cat litter?
Your nose may not agree, but past studies have actually shown that cats will generally pick a litter that has no strong scent and is pretty neutral in smell. If there is too much fragrance coming from the litter tray, it could even mean they avoid going in altogether.
But if you feel that some sort of nice smell is a must then go for one which explicitly says the smell is only activated when the litter is used. You won’t be greeted with a strong whiff of lavender when you open the bag and your cat won’t be put off, but when they do nip to the loo, your house won’t be overcome with an unpleasant smell.
The most common scents are lavender, pine and aloe vera so are all pretty natural and smells that your cat could easily come into contact with in the normal world or your garden.