Cat litter. How to choose?
A few days ago a friend approached me, who had just brought a kitten: “But a cat has been living with you for a long time, tell me what is better to put in a tray?” When I was buying, I didn’t ask the breeder, and now he’s not going into any of them, but I can’t get through to her … ”And I involuntarily wondered – really, how to choose a filler for the cat’s toilet when I’ve experienced communication with mustachioed zero, but the problem has already arisen? And after all, not all kittens come from the breeder, and in the case of my girlfriend, even the fact of pedigree does not save.
With my cat, we somehow immediately found a common language on this subject – I poured a tree variety to her, showed that “here and by, no way”, and the problem was solved. Well, I poured, then, from our bag into a bag, but either my cat is so special, or my girlfriend explains something wrong, but her new-found pet jumped out of my filler and let it shake off the feet squeamishly.
It turned out not so simple as it seems at first glance, but I have already entered the excitement. I couldn’t just leave it like that. In search of an answer to the desired question, “which filler to choose for a kitten?”, She climbed the Internet. And then my eyes widened: woody (well, this is familiar), clay, silica gel, absorbent, clumping … Mom, dear! But I had to figure it out.
So, I’ll start with my beloved, woody. After the cat makes the toilet, the granules of such a filler swell, turning into a clearly noticeable “lump” of small sawdust. It is easy to remove it with a special scoop, but you need to do this in a timely manner (for example, you came home from work and immediately cleaned the tray). Someone simply mixes it periodically, leaving clean granules on the surface, and I prefer to remove the lump and pour a new portion of clean filler into the place from the bag — there are less odors and the cat does not disdain.
I can’t say that it is very economical in terms of replacement frequency (one way or another, you have to update the entire quantity somewhere 1-2 times a week), but the price of the package doesn’t afford. Plus, these are ordinary sawdust, which means that they have the least chemistry. He is most often recommended on forums the same as I, who came up with the question “how to choose a filler for a kitten?” Even if the baby wants to play and swallows a couple of granules, he will not be afraid. But, of course, it is advisable not to allow this.
Move on. Mineral or clay varieties. These are of two types – clumping or absorbent. The former are made, as a rule, from bentonite, the latter from zeolite. Well, with lumps it’s clear that they lie on the surface and they need to be regularly removed and a new filler added. But the absorbent variety is a little different in principle. Urine does not remain at the top, but is evenly distributed and absorbed in the lower layers of the excipient. As a result, the cat does not disdain – everything is dry on the surface, and the owner can forget about unpleasant odors for a week.
From the minuses of clay and mineral fillers, I found that bentonite does not do very well to eliminate the smell of cat tags, that is, it has to be updated more often, and also that many cats walk around the house with dust on their paws and leave it everywhere where they sharpen their claws. I think the clothes of the owners, and the surface of the sofas also suffer from this fact.
Further searches for the answer to the eternal question of which cat filler to choose led me to the silica gel look that has become popular lately. It is only absorbent on the principle of action. He grabs it for a long time – according to various reviews and the degree of “aroma” of feline marks – from 2 weeks to 1 month. At the same time, it is more expensive than its counterparts, but the comfort of use and the savings from rare replacement cover this disadvantage with interest. Another advantage is its smell due to fragrances (lavender, for example).
But I also noticed that many complain about:
1. A specific crunch when the pet enters there (the owner doesn’t care, but the cat may not like it);
2. Frequent removal of granules from the tray on the paws (they say, if you walk randomly through such granules barefoot, the sensations are not the most pleasant);
3. The unwillingness of eating, for example, by an inexperienced kitten, since it is completely synthetic (due to this, such a variety is recommended by already bred mustachioed).
Summarizing my research in the field of filler selection, in general, the following can be said: manufacturers try to cater to all the needs of modern kittens, cats, cats and their owners. And if a neighbor doesn’t step into a fluff, such as silica gel, this does not mean that your Friend will disdain him. By trial and error, you can understand which filler to choose for any kitten. The main thing is not to immediately buy large packages, or, like my girlfriend, to ask for help from neighbors and acquaintances.
As for our mustachioed “lap-rocker” – everything turned out to be much simpler here than we thought! My friend and I tried everything – from my woody to silica gel and even to ordinary newspapers, which some use in the old way.