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Tips to Help You Find the Right Cat Litter

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The cat is one of the rare pets that understands how to use a bathroom facility – no wonder most people consider cats to be among the cleanest (and smartest!) animals.

Commercial types of cat litter have been around since the 1940’s. Prior to that people filled litter boxes with plain sand or fireplace ashes. You can only imagine how much mess sooty paws made or the smell with a lack of odour control!

Having the right cat litter for your kitty is important; with lots of varieties available here is some information to help you choose the right one. 

Types of litterHigh Five Cat

There are many different types of cats litter available on the market today and they fall into a few basic types.


This is the traditional cat litter and generally the least expensive of litters. It is heavy and works by absorbing urine. This cannot be scooped and when soiled you need to change the whole litter tray.


Clumping cat litters are quickly becoming the most common litters used. They clump when liquids are added, these clumps can then be removed individually rather than emptying the entire box.

Clay cat litter

Clay cat litter is not biodegradable and has to be disposed in a landfill; this contributes to the 1/3 of waste sat forever in UK landfill sites.


Biodegradable cat litter is plant based and environmentally friendly. Generally made up of wood shavings, wheat, corn, recycled paper, straw or other plant based materials. Biodegradable cat litter is available in clumping and non-clumping varieties and the majority of litters can be flushed down the toilet or put into the bin for garden waste.

Silica gels or crystals

Silica is the newest kind of litter on the market and works with silica beads or pellets that absorb liquid and odour for an extended period of time. Care must be taken to stir the litter on a daily basis and solid waste must be scooped out.

Wood chips

Wood chips are another alternative to clay based cat litter and are biodegradable.

 Features to Consider 

-       Cost

-       Safety

-       Materials

-       Scent

-       Environment

-       Is it flushable?

-       Attractiveness to cat

-       Dust

-       Ease of use

-       Frequency of scooping vs. throw away

Litter Boxes

Litter boxes come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The ideal litter box is sturdy, sized right for the cat, and easy to maintain. The latest addition to the litter box market are the ‘self-cleaning’ litter boxes.  These work with a mechanical rake which moves through the litter and removes any waste. These products may require a specific type of litter.

Tips For Use

Keep the litter box in a spot that gives your cat some privacy, yet is conveniently located. If the box is too hard too get to, they just may not use it.

Put the litter box away from food and water bowls – cats don’t like the smell too close to their food.

If you change cat litter types, do it gradually. First you may want to use (90% previous litter and 10% new litter. If this is met with satisfaction start to slowly increase the new litter over several days until you are using 100% of the new litter.

Natural & Clean Cat Litter

Natural and Clean clumping cat litter is made from 100% natural, biodegradable vegetable matter which can be both flushed or composted in the garden. Find out more by clicking here: Natural and Clean Clumping Cat Litter



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