Raising your cat naturally starts with your cat’s litter. After all, this is something your cat spends a lot of time with touch, scratching and inhaling.
Clumping Cat Litter: If you have a kitten, eating the litter may also be a concern, in which case, a clumping litter is not recommended. If a clumping cat litter (sodium bentonite) is ingested, this can easily cause blockages in a cat’s intestines, leading to possible death. However, this is only a big risk if you have a kitten or cat that eats the litter, or a kitten that licks her paws after stepping in the litter.
Clay Litter: Clay cat litters contain silica, which can cause lung disease and lung cancer. It is a known carcinogen when inhaled. Read More. I’m sure you are familiar with that gray dust that forms when you pour clay litter in the pan. Imagine that occurring every time your cat enters her box and scratches at the littler.
Silica Gel Crystal Litter: Just like with clay litters, SILICA, is a no-no in my book.
Wheat, Corn, Pine, Paper, or Walnut Shells Cat Litters: These cat litters are typically natural, renewable and biodegradable. I say typically, because like with any product, you must research to ensure a manufacturer doesn’t add anything to it. Also, most are not organic, which can mean the original product was sprayed with a pesticide.
Final Note: Some cat litters claim to be flushable. This may seem like a good idea, but some cats carry a parasite called Toxoplasma gondii which is transmitted through feces and can cause birth defects in humans. This hardy parasite is not killed by sewage treatment plants and will eventually make its way into the ocean. Once in the ocean, crabs can eat the parasite, then other mammals such as sea otters eat the crab. Therefore, flushing is not recommended. A better solution is to place the cat feces inside biodegradable bags and toss it into your trash.
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