Different Ways To Manage Your Cat Litter
Setting up a cat litter box in your house presents a lot of options. Here are some most popular types of cat litter and the benefits of each.
Clumping Clay Litter
Clumping clay litter is generally a clay based litter that clumps into a ball when wet so you can easily lift the ball of wet litter out of the litter pan and dispose of it. It also sticks to the poo so you have the same scenario. This all cuts down on the amount of litter that you use.
Crystal cat litter dissolves when water touches it and releases a nice smell meaning you don’t have to clean up straight away. The moisture in your cat's poo also slightly dissolves it and releases the odor control mechanism. You will still need to scoop out the poo but it will help.
Wood based cat litter absorbs the moisture and is a natural option.
Paper based cat litter is generally a recycled option that you can spread in the garden as it breaks down well.
Cat Litter Accessories
Having the right cat litter accessories will make cleaning the litter tray one of the easiest chores in the house.
A good quality cat litter scoop will allow the cat litter to fall through it so you can throw away only the effected litter.
Cat litter liners make it easy to empty the litter out of the litter tray with no fuss or mess. You simply pick up the litter liner, throw it away with the contents and then start again.
Hooded litter trays or open litter trays
Cats are private pets so a hooded litter tray is most likely the best way to go. It is also a great option as it can stop the cat flicking litter out onto the floor.
Transitioning your cat to a new type of litter
Transitioning your cat to a new type of litter is going to be a bit different for your cat, especially if there is a significant texture difference between the two litters.
Here is how to transition from one type of cat litter to the next:
Step 1 - Put 2cm of the new litter into a clean litter box. Then pour 2cm of the old litter on top. Don’t mix the litters, your cat will naturally do this when they are doing their business.
Step 2 - The next time you change the litter box put 2cm of the new litter and then 1cm of the old litter on top. The new litter will come through more quickly. Keep doing this stage for the next two to three litter changes, slowly reducing the amount of the old litter.
Step 3 - Put the 2cm of the new litter into the tray, your cat should now be used to texture and scent of the new litter and it won’t be a problem. If it does become a problem revert back to step 2.