After my post on Sunday about my new litter, many of you has told me that crystal litter may not be good. My Mommie got scairt that she was poisoning me, so we did a little researches about litter.
After researching many websites, I has found that crystal litter does not cause significantly more health problems than clay litter. The myth that crystal litter can harm us kitties if it is ingested is not true. This myth stems from the belief that crystal litter and silica gel based litter is the same thing. Although the two types of litter look similar they are very different; silica based litter is made from the same ingredients that those little “do not eat” packets are made from that you find in many products to help maintain freshness.
Some facts about Crystal Litter:
Crystal litter actually produces LESS dust than clay litter and therefore can be healthier for your cat. If your cat is a real digger in the box, he or she may inhale dust from the clay litter and develop what is called “clay lung.” If you are using a clay litter, you may want to look for a “dust free” formula to prevent this.
Crystal litter absorbs urine faster and longer than clay litter. It is biodegradable, flushable, easy to clean up and best of all NON-TOXIC.
Crystal litter can control odors in a litter box for up to 30 days in a one cat household (if stirred every couple days).
Many cats will refuse to use crystal litter due to the texture of the crystals underneath their paws.
There have been a couple instances where a crystal has been lodged inside the eye of a cat due to overly vigorous digging activities. However it should be stated that the same thing can happen with clay litter or any other object/toy that is lying around your house or yard.
I hope that I have debunked some of the myths behind crystal litter, although preference is up to each cat. Personally I am really liking the crystal litter, but may try Feline Pine as well.
Peas link me to any informations that you might have showing that crystal litters is bad. I do not want to be unhealthy! Fanks in advance!
Cecil the Cougar