How to Pick a Cat Litter

When searching for the right cat litter, a stroll down the cat aisle can feel like a game of litter roulette: Which litter should be the winner? One box says clumping, another says lightweight, while another says it’s all natural. With so many options to consider, here’s a guide for picking a litter.

1.Clumping Litter:

A favourite among cat lovers, clumping cat litter is designed to make it easy to remove both urine and feces from the cat litter box.

  • Clumping litter often contains a material called bentonite, which allows the litter to clump as it absorbs urine and feces.

  • There are also natural clumping litters that use  plant-derived fibers and clumping agents.

  • Clumping makes it easy to scoop out urine-soiled litter — and to keep a cleaner, fresher litter box for longer.

  • Once you remove those clumps, you’ll need to refill the box with fresh litter to maintain the 3-4 inches that will satisfy your cat’s primal need to dig and cover his waste — and to control odour.

  • You’ll still need to clean out the litter box every day, and empty, clean and refill the litter box at least once a month, depending on your cat’s litter habits. It can be frustrating scraping and scrubbing when cleaning the litter box, so try ARM & HAMMER™ Slide™, nonstick litter that slides right out,

2.Multi-Cat Litter

Higher traffic patterns call for stronger odour control — and when you have more than one cat in your family, you have busier litter boxes in your home.


  • Multi-cat litters tend to have more odour neutralizers in them to help eliminate the toughest odours on contact.

  • More cats mean more cat litter boxes — one litter box for each cat, plus (according to experts) one additional litter box.

3.Lightweight Litter

For heavy weight odour control without being heavy, lightweight litters deliver.


  • Lightweight litters weigh up to 50% less than regular clumping litter.

  • Since they weigh less, they’re easier to pick up and pour, as well as to carry.

  • They may track more often.

No matter which kind of litter you choose, know this: cats aren’t big on change. So, add a small amount of new litterto the litter box over a week before making the switch to make the transition easier for your favourite feline. And with so many options to choose from, a little research — and patience — will make you both happy in just a few days.




1“Natural Cat Litter: What's the Difference, and Should You Switch?” Web 21 Aug 2017.

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