Ooh, I Don"t Want to Use That!

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You know how there are certain toilet tissues that you like and some you do not like? Maybe some are too soft, too rough, or too scented? Well, your cat feels the same way about its litter.
Be forewarned.
If your cat is not happy about its litter, it may go outside the box.
So your cat wants you to learn about its personal litter requirements.
Litters come in granules, pellets, and flakes.
They come in clay (clumping and non-clumping), wheat, wood, paper, corn and corn cobs, and crystals.
They come scented and unscented.
Let's consider scent first.
Your cat has a super-sensitive sense of smell, detecting odors you will never be able to notice.
This means that if you can smell a fragrance, your cat might find it overwhelming and want to avoid it.
The next thing is texture.
What does your cat find most natural? Just like you, your cat wants to feel comfortable when it eliminates.
What this all means is that you have to let your cat help you decide which litter to use.
Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine has created a list of "best value litters," that many cats accept (in descending order): 1.
Precious Cat Ultra 2.
Arm & Hammer Odor Alert 3.
Fresh Step Perfume & Dye Free 4.
Fresh Step Crystal 5.
Feline Pine 6.
Tidy Cat Premium 7.
Pro-Pet: Fresh Results 8.
Arm & Hammer Essentials.
Factors that Tufts considered in evaluating these litters are ones that you should consider as well: 1.
Does it clump? Cats seem to prefer to have their liquid waste mass into a clump rather than spread through out the litter pan, causing them to step in wetness as they enter or leave the pan.
Do the clumps stay as clumps or break apart? The better the cohesiveness of the clumps, the better for your cat as well as your removing the clumps.
Does the litter produce a lot of dust? Clay litter or any other kind that produces a lot of dust can be breathed in and cause sneezing and potential allergies or infections for you and your cat.
Dust also creates a layer that is very hard to remove from any place it settles.
Does it have a scent? As noted above, cats may tolerate a light scent but may prefer the litter not have one.
Does it contain any plant material? Any plant material has the potential of producing allergies in susceptible cats.
Litter without plant materials is more hypoallergenic and safer.
Does the litter track? The smaller the litter granule size, the greater the likelihood of your cat inadvertently bringing litter out of the litter pan.
A medium-sized grain tracks less and cats seem to prefer it over large grains.
Does the litter keep urine odor to a minimum for at least five days? Litter that keeps from emitting the smell of urine for several days makes cats more likely to use the litter pan.
Like humans, cats do not like to use a smelly bathroom.
Is it economical? While your cat may not care about this, you will.
Something in the range of 18 pounds for about $9 is considered reasonably-priced for a litter that can meet your and your cat's preferences.
However, it is important to keep in mind that if your cat continues to go outside the box, there may be reasons other than the litter used or how often the cat box is cleaned.
There could be social or medical reasons for it so you may need to further investigate your cat's avoidance behavior.
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