Why use cat litter?
Cats which spend their lives indoors or which do not have access to a Cat Flap require the provision of a little tray. Trays and cat litter are inexpensive and can be purchased in bulk from Time for Paws. Litter trays may seem like an inconvenience, but today’s cat letters have been researched and developed to make your life as easy as possible.
Top Tips for Using Cat Litter
If your cat is confined to the home or does not have access to a Cat Flap then they will require a litter tray. Most cats take to their tray with ease and will seek it out because they are naturally clean animals. However, some cats are not quite so accommodating. If your cat is rejecting its cat litter then here are our top tips for getting things back on course.
Cats are fastidious creatures and will stop using their litter tray if it is
overly soiled. If you remove any soiling regularly and clean the tray every time you replace the Cat Litter then your cat is far more likely to use it.
More Than One Cat?
Some cats dislike sharing a litter tray. They will be able to smell the urine of another cat and could refuse to use the tray. If you have more than one cat then this might well be why they have rejected the litter tray. You should try providing separate trays for each cat and placing these adjacent to each animal’s favourite area of the house.
Cats will rarely use a litter tray which is positioned too close to their food. This can be problematic if you have a small kitchen and could mean that you have to place the litter tray in a different room altogther. Other cats will simply take offense to a particular location for no obvious reason. If you are experiencing problems then it is always worth moving your litter tray.
Some varieties of cat litter are scented to mask unpleasant odours. If you are using a scented cat litter but your cat will not use the tray then it could be because of that scent. You may like the smell if the litter but it is entirely possible that your cat does not. Switching varieties will do the trick.
Although some cats may not bother, most like to cover their waste. If the litter in your tray is too shallow then your cat won’t be able to scrape it over any soiling and this could put them off using the tray.
Covered Litter Trays
Some Cat Litter Trays have covers. These can help with odour control and will prevent your cat from spraying litter all over the floor. They are also a good idea if your cat has a bad aim! But some cats don’t like using this style of Litter Tray. If you are struggling to temp your cat inside then remove the cover to see if that makes a difference.
The reasons behind your cat’s behaviour may not be immediately obvious and so you might have to experiment in order to get to the heart of the problem. It is also possible that there is more than one reason why your furry friend isn’t using their litter tray. Always persevere because the solution is probably a simple one. That doesn’t mean that your cat won’t invent another reason not to use the tray though! Cats are not averse to a little attention seeking when it suits them!
Clumping cat litter
It is fair to say that clumping cat litter is always a great choice. This type of litter forms clumps when moist, meaning soiled portions can easily be removed with a scoop. This means that you will need to clean out the tray less often and odours will be less problematic.
The primary benefit of clumping cat litter is once your cat goes to the toilet, but litter binds moisture into a clump; This helps to minimise the smell too. It is super easy to scoop out poop and pee too. Finally, you don't have to replace the litter as regularly compared to non-clumping litter. As a general rule, it is advisable to replace the litter every two weeks, when using clumping cat litter. Simple!
Non clumping cat litter
Non-clumping cat litter is usually made from bentonite (a clay). This means it's highly absorbant and is great at minimizing any odour. The downside is that it needs to be cleaned out more regularly than clumping cat litter. Some users also report that there is sometimes a little urine left at the bottom of the tray. The benefit of non-clumping cat litter is that it has a very low dust content, plus it is usually cheaper than clumping cat litter, making it great for cat owner on a budget.
Flushable cat litter
Flushable cat litter is super convenient as you simply flush it away and job done! It is made from biodegradable materials that break down in the environment. This is important because it means it will not harden when mixed with water and is therefore safe to be flushed down the toilet.
Non flushable cat litter is usually made from clay or silica and this means that it hardens and expands when it gets wet. If you try to flush this, there is a good chance it will clog up the pipes. On the other hand, a good flushable cat litter is both more environmentally friendly and it super easy to dispose of. This means it is much more hygenic.
Wood pellet cat litter
It may seem that wood pellets are a strange material to use for cat litter. Not so fast; it has been shown to work really well as they are low dust, work out cheaper than most other litters and have the added benefit of being environmentally friendly, with many brands using either recycled wood or wood from sustainably managed forests. The wood pellets are then biodegradable too. If you are looking for a natural and wallet friendly alternative to standard litter, then this could be a good bet.
Essentially, wood pellets absorb liquid and then crumble into a sawdust like consistency. They can absorb up to 3 times theor weight in liquid, which means that are very absorbant indeed. This sawdust then ends up at the bottom of your litter box, leaving the fresh wood pellets to stay on top.
Silica cat litter
Cat litter made from Silica is a relatively new invention. This type of litter is produced from sodium silicate sand which is then processed with oxygen and water. The final product is a number of tiny beads with small pores. This allows the litter to absorb up to forty times it's weight in pee (sorry, we meant liquid). You might be familiar with the name 'silica' as they are used in household products as a way of absorbing moisture and keeping products dry. It is important to stress that silica packets are harmful to cats, whereas these silica cat litter have been specially formulated to be safe.
What is the best cat litter?
Our dust free clumping cat litters helps to keep you home clean and our scented cat litters keep unpleasant odours to a minimum. Odours will also be less of a problem if you ensure that clumps are regularly removed and that the Cat Litter Tray is cleaned out frequently. If you prefer natural products, then our wood cat litters are the perfect solution.
Brands of litter we sell
Our range features the finest cat litters from Catsan, Thomas, Oko Cat's Best, Nature’s Calling, Breeder Celect, Intersand and Pettex. We offer cat litter in various sizes including 30kg bags and so it is easy to invest in and store as much as you need for days or even weeks. All our cat litters are carefully formulated to absorb the soiling, to reduce odours and be easy to dispose of.
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Your cat may have no interest in the science behind their litter, but you will appreciate the convenience of our premium varieties. Litter trays don’t have to be troublesome and your cat or cats will be happy to use a tray filled with our fine letters. If they don’t take to a variety, don’t give up on your tray. Cats are fussy and a change of brand could be all that is required. Don't forget to stock up on Cat Litter Liners too.
Learn more about cat litter...
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