By Sharon Gomes Thomas
Most cat owners use clumping or clay litter in their cat’s boxes. It used to be that clay litter got a bad rap in the past, but recent regulations have made the mining process more environmentally friendly than it used to be. However, if you do decide to switch to alternatives, there are a myriad of eco-friendly options to choose from.
Feline Fresh Natural Pine Cat Litter utilizes a natural by-product of the lumber industry; by-products that would have been wasted. The processed pellets are completely clean, sterile, dust and silica free and healthy. That means no tracking or sticking to your cat’s fur or feet. Made from 100% pure pine, the pellets are non-toxic and completely safe for all pets and people, even if ingested. When you change the litter box you can dispose of the used litter (solid waste removed) into your compost pile or use it as mulch in the garden. And pine naturally inhibits bacteria growth and leaves the litter box with a clean, fresh scent. The premium pine pellets absorb more odor-causing liquid than traditional cat litter. This means when the cat visits the litter box, the pine pellets absorb all liquid waste in seconds, delivering instant odor control. Available at pet stores.
World’s Best Cat Litter is made from corn cobs that would have been thrown into landfills. Corn based litter typically originates as a by-product of animal feed manufacturing. Corn litter has highly absorbent proteins and fibers found naturally in corn, and actually binds moisture and odor molecules in the litter. It is also flushable, making it more sanitary. And it’s virtually dust-free, which helps eliminate tracking. This litter is recommended for self cleaning litter boxes. Available at all pet stores including Petsmart and Petco.
Another naturally processed food by-product is wheat litter like Swheat Scoop Litter. Unlike many scoop-able litters, wheat contains no silica dust, sodium bentonite, chemicals or flowery fragrances, which is good news for your cat and you. Since it is essentially wheat (food) the granules can be licked during grooming or digested without serious health consequences. If you’re still a clay litter user, remember that clay-based litters never biodegrade because they cannot be absorbed or broken down by the organic environment. Swheat Scoop is the only cat litter on the market that’s certified flushable by the SGS U.S. Testing Company, an independent research organization. Available at Petland and Whole Food Supermarkets.