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September 20, 2018 |0 min read

The Benefits of Dust Free Cat Litter

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How much time goes into choosing the right kitty litter ? There's clumping litter , non- clumping litter , dust free, natural litter like wood-based and more. Clumping cat litter can claim to be dust free litter, but the manufacturers often just minimize the dust whilst adding in clumping clay agents which can actually be bad for your precious cat.

PrettyLitter is a type of non-clumping cat litter , but the unique crystal kitty litter also produces a minimal amount of dust. But why is this so important? And why, as consumers, are we encouraged to go for the dust-free kitty litter , rather than the other options?

Dust Free Cat Litter Is Better for People with Allergies

It’s important to look at the best litter option for your cat, and what’s best for your family. If you or your family suffer from nasal allergies, you may find that anything that produces large amounts of dust can be an irritant. A dusty cat litter tray is no exception.

In summer, your home is often your haven from pollen and other outdoor allergens. It’s pretty stressful if you come home to a dusty environment that leaves you sneezing just as much as being outdoors does!

By reducing the presence of cat litter dust, you are also helping to minimize irritation and allergens that can potentially cause harm to your kitty . Clumping clay cat litter does prevent some dust by drawing together when wet, but once the clump is dry they become dusty again. Although PrettyLitter is non-clumping clay litter, it's not a traditional clay litter , which means much less silica dust and much happier sinuses for you and your family.

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Dust Free Cat Litter Is Kinder to Your Cat's Lungs

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Did you know that even indoor cats can suffer from asthma, just like humans? We've talked about protecting your family’s noses from nasty allergens, but dust
from a cat litter box can also affect breathing conditions such as COPD and asthma. Asthma is when the airways to the lungs become very inflamed, so as you can imagine, constantly breathing in dusty cat litter is not great for this condition. For both humans and cats, choosing the best cat litter for allergies can contribute to a dust free, clean environment that will help manage the condition and keep the whole family happy and healthy.

Some cats, such as the Himalayan and Siamese breeds, are genetically predisposed to asthma. But all cats can be affected. It's well documented that cat litter box particles are one of the potential irritants that can trigger an asthma attack. The less cat litter dust produced, the better the chance your kitty has of avoiding an asthma attack or developing irritations of the lungs.

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Dust Free Cat Litter Is Cleaner

This point seems pretty obvious; less dust means a cleaner home! Not just because of the dust floating around the atmosphere though. When cats visit the litter pan, the cat’s paws pick up the dust and track a fine layer of dust (and possibly other nasties) all around your home. The dustier the cat litter, the more your carpets and furniture are getting a new and unwanted coating from even a fairly tidy cat.

Crystal litter such as PrettyLitter silica gel litter helps minimize a mess like this, because there are no huge clay clumps to scrape out, it’s low dust and cleaning the litter pan using a variety of cat litter box cleaning hacks is a breeze too. It's also much lighter than clumping clay cat litter, so it's kinder to your back!

Dust free cat litter is the way forward for your precious cats and your family, especially if you own multiple cats. It keeps you all happy and healthy, and helps you keep your house looking spot on.

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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!