Topic: Is organic cat litter effective?
June 16, 2019 / By Annalee Question:
By effective I mean does the litter clump? And what are the pros and cons of organic litter vs. regular litter?
By organic I mean all-natural.
Wolf | 10 days ago
Feline Pine is all natural, great for the environment, has no chemicals, and smells good even when peed on.
Cons: it doesn't really clump, but simply degrades, so you have to scoop the poo individually and then scoop the pee.
The cat seemed to be fine with either, really. I don't think they really care.
Of the organic litters I have tried....
Feline Pine (or its much cheaper equivalent, wood-stove pellets -- same stuff). My favorite. It is long lasting, low tracking, and great at odor absorption. Feces can be flushed down the toilet without worries to septic or public sewer systems. It is not clumping, however there are "special" scoops that some petstores and Feline Pine sells. I don't find the non scooping much of an issue, as the pine holds the moisture and odor and don't need to scoop pee, just empty weekly, or so (depending on the cats and number). If you have a yard, you can compost the litter for use on flowers, shrubs, and other non-edible plants. In the landfill it is biodegradable. No dust, not respiratory issues. Note: some people claim that the pine or their cats have suffered from breathing or eating pine.
Yesterday's News -- same pellet texture as Feline Pine, made from recycled newspapers. Feces can be flushed, however urine tends to make sludgy spots in the box. Good odor control, and low tracking. Biodegradable, but not really compostable. I tried it, and unfortunately one cat started peeing on newspapers left on the floor, so I had to stop that real fast. No dust. Note: Some people have noted that some cats like to chew the litter causing stomach upset.
Swheat Scoop -- made from wheat hulls with a grainier texture more like clay litters. Ditto for fecal, and composts well. Slightly more scoopable, moderately-low tracking, okay odor control. Pricier than I think it should be, but that's just me. Some dust. Note: some people have claimed dust to be an issue or the cat eating it because it is the same kind of grain by-product as found in dry cat food.
Silica -- litters made of or including silica are great for odor control, but the silica is not biodegradable, damages landfill, and the dust is notorious for causing damage to lungs and respiratory system of cats, as well as dogs and humans.
Clay -- While clay IS organic, scooping or not, clay remains sludge. It does not decompose and holds virus, molds, fungus, and other things dangerous to health in your home and litterbox, and landfill. Feces in clay take 10 times longer to decompose, thereby creating a more volitile toxic situation. The dumping of clay litter in the oceans is considered the number one cause of toxoplasmosis in sea otters. Clay hurts landfill. High tracking and damn hard to vacuum out of shaggy carpets. Note: Many people claim the clay dust is an issue to humans as well as pets.
It is astounding the tons and tons of clay that is duped into landfill each year. This gray sludge stays sludge. It does not decompose thereby helping clean the landfill and adding nutrients as a biodegradable litter does.
A biodegradable litter recylcles used materials, which is good for the environment all the way around.
Other ones I have not tried for cats are corn cob (used to use it for the guinea pig, but never the cats), and other plant/grain hulls.
Any litter can be tweaked for odor control with a sprinkle of baking soda.
Good luck, and I hope that helped answer some of your questions.
Yes. I really like... and yes this is really the name:
"World's Best Cat Litter". It's made from corn, clumps really well, doesn't have a perfumed scent but smells good IMO, and is even flushable. Kind of expensive... as it's really good stuff and the price has gone up for that reason.
i too would like to know what you mean by organic, as i have never heard of antibiotics or pesticides being used in cat litter.
cat litter is usually just clay, some are made from paper or saw dust.
do you have a name brand?
I use corn litter from Arm and Hammer and it is great. I do not know if that is what you mean by organic.