Cat litter is hardly the most glamorous or exciting of products, but new mechanisms in clumping and odor control are making owner's lives much easier across the board. If you've stuck with the same brand of litter for a while, you may be missing out on some of the benefits new and improved cat litters have to offer. Not only have there been advancements in litter, there have also been advancements in the styles of boxes. From top entry litter boxes to self-cleaning ones, the future is here and it's time you got on board! This quick introduction to cat litter products should bring you up to speed and show you what you've been missing out on.
Clumping Cat Litter
Clumping cat litters aren't new on the scene, but the mechanisms that allow litter to absorb and lock in moisture have greatly improved over the years. Most litters now make use of bentonite clay, a clay that quickly traps urine and moisture to form hard lumps that make cleaning up easy. These litters are now far more common than litters that don't clump. As well as locking in moisture, they also reduce dust significantly. One of the biggest grievances that owners have for litter is that it tracks throughout the house on their cat's paws. Dust free cat litters
work wonders to address this, and you usually end up getting more value for money because they don't crumble away and leave powder at the bottom of the bag. No dust, no worries.
Odor Controlling Litter
The clumping action locks in moisture well, but occasionally smells can creep out and drift throughout your home. There isn't much worse than coming home to that strong used litter smell and having to open a few windows to get rid of it. With litter designed for odor control, you won't have to worry. Some of these litters are scented with formulas created by well known home air freshener brands. Febreeze and Glade are just two examples of air freshness companies that have teamed up with odor control litter
manufacturers to tackle the age old problem of litter odors. There are of course unscented versions too. Arm & Hammer use a special formula that makes use of their world famous baking soda. This destroys smells on contact, meaning there's no need for any scent to cover things up.
Automatic Litter Boxes
We mentioned that litter boxes have had facelifts in recent times, self-cleaning litter boxes
are a prime example of this. Some of the cheaper self cleaning litter boxes are very affordable, and often end up saving you money in the long run by being super efficient with their litter usage. Many automatic litter boxes have special types of litter. Some have reusable pellets that are washed and cleaned before being refilled into the tray, while others use a crystal litter that clumps perfectly for their mechanisms to pull out dirty litter effectively.
Top Entry Litter Boxes
As well as automatic, we've seen a a significant rise in the popularity of top entry litter boxes
. These boxes are great
for keeping dogs out of cat litter trays, and usually employ a grated roof that stops litter tracking on your cats paws and ending up all over your home. Some cats aren't fond of top entry litter trays, but a majority of cats seem to have no issue adapting to them.