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November 13, 2018 |0 min read

Cat Litter Crystals: The Facts

Written by

Sharilyn Vera

If you've been wondering what cat litter crystals are, you're not alone. Many people puzzle over the best cat litter to buy for their feline companions, and often that's because they just don't have all the facts. Are cat litter crystals safe? Are cat litter crystals better than clay-based litter? What about wood-based litter? Let's answer some of those questions today.


Cat Litter Crystals: The Tidy Option


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Clay cat litter
 clumps, dries, then produces grey dust. Your kitty picks up clay dust on their paws from their litter box and treads it all around your lovely, clean home. Pine cat litter is in pellets which cats tend to burrow in and kick all over. Then when moist, it turns into a weird mush that can be tricky to scoop and clean.
Silica gel cat litters are winning in the clean charts, because they don't clump, which makes it easier to scoop out the solids. The crystals actually absorb and eliminate odor, so the litter tray doesn't need to be emptied as often, reducing your daily chore list! Crystal cat litter produces less silica dust, keeping your home cleaner and tidier.

Cat Litter Crystals: The Safer Option


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The additional benefit of crystal litter producing less silica dust is that it's kinder to people with allergies. It can also even prevent cats developing asthma, and is certainly easier on the lungs of those animals who already have asthma.

Clay litter or silica cat litter has special chemicals added which cause the clay to clump when it comes into contact with your cat's urine. This is supposed to make it easier to scoop, but those chemicals can actually be harmful to your cat. This is because your cat licks their paws after a visit to the litter tray, and the clay dust they lick off can expand in their tummies and intestines. 

Crystal cat litter is entirely non-toxic and has no such clumping or expanding chemicals. Your cat is at no risk from licking silica crystals, which gives you peace of mind as a responsible pet owner.

Silica gel crystals are also super light, because their made of silica gel. This means it's safer for your back and knees too!

 

Silica Cat Litter: The Greener Option


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It's so important we look after our environment. Kitty litter is one of those unavoidable consumables that we need to keep our kitties clean and healthy. But do we need to be changing the cat litter every few days? With traditional clay litter which clumps, you might find you need to empty and refill the tray at least this often. Pine pellet cat litter might last a bit longer before needing to be changed, and because it's sourced from by-products of the wood industry, it's possibly a greener option than clay cat litter, but silica crystals win this round too.

A good crystal-based silica gel cat litter only needs to be fully changed around once a month. This means a lower carbon footprint, as it’s less trips to the grocery store or less deliveries if you’re on a subscription service like PrettyLitter. Because less cat litter is used, less energy is used in the production of pet litter, which is also great for the environment.

Cat litter crystals could be the future of cat litter; cleaner, greener and better for your cat. Give us your views in the comments!

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Written by

Sharilyn Vera

Sharilyn is a proud cat owner, long time storyteller and researcher. Her work spans beloved podcasts, television shows, media outlets, and independent documentaries. She likes to strike a balance between education and comedy, which you can hopefully tell when you read her articles!

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