Many of us are pet lovers, and cats are one of the most popular household pets. Pet kittens mostly remain within the house. It is quite common to find people leading their pet dogs on a leash to ease themselves on the outdoors and clean up the poop. However, most pet owners don’t prefer letting their cats out for various reasons. So you need to take the extra care to make the cats urinate and relieve themselves within the house and find ways of removing them. The concerns of dirtying the house and avoiding an unpleasant odor also crop up. This is where the litter boxes come in. Litters have been in use for a very long time now. Cats are also accustomed to using the litter for these purposes. But then the captioned question crops up; which one is better? Clumping or non-clumping litter?
What Are the Issues at Stake?
This question of which one is better: clumping or non-clumping litter?, throws up many related questions and that is the reason this is an issue for a larger debate. These questions include whose convenience is more critical, the cat’s or the pet owners?’? Which is more important – The better way of collecting the cat feces or the better way of disposing them off? How frequently does each litter require to be emptied? Which one is safer for the environment when disposed? One has to first understand the features of the two litters in some detail and their pros and cons.
This is the traditional clay based litter, which accidentally became a litter for use in homes with pets. Clay was being used by automobile garages, etc. to absorb oil spillages and other dirt when the manufacturer suddenly got the idea of using it as cat litter and the rest as the cliché goes is history. The people who oppose this form of litter and removal of animal waste claim that clay itself could be a hindrance to the soil, and it cannot be thrown away just like that. Secondly, the litter box itself needs to be changed every now and then due to the nature of the stuff (unless you use an automated litter box).
People who use clumping litter buy the stuff in bulk and keep refilling the litter box every time the cat feces and urine are removed with the dirty litter. It offers a convenient way of removing the soiled litter and does not any bad odor throughout. This is because the litter forms clumps, which facilitate easy scooping and removal. Hence, the nomenclature clumping litter.
Now we can address the question which one is better: clumping or non-clumping litter? Some factors can be summarized here:
From the point of view of the cats, they seem to be more comfortable using the non-clumping litter. Its sandy appearance makes them feel as if they are in their natural habitat while sitting and defecating. This fact has been brought out by some vets who examined the cats brought to their clinics and realized that the cause of discomfort to the cat was the use of non clumping litter. But then that could be inconclusive since many people still use both.