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If you're the type who likes to buy recycled paper toilet paper, use natural laundry soap, and body products that don't contain harmful ingredients, you may have looked into natural cat litters.
Conventional clay-based cat litter is less healthy for your cat than alternative litters, because the clay dust can be inhaled. Many cat litters may also contain silica dust. Breathing in clay litter dust or silica litter dust over the many months and years that cats use their litter box has been linked to respiratory problems. Cats can also develop allergies to cat litter from scents or other irritating ingredients.
Natural cat litter can be made from a variety of materials, from corn to compressed recycled paper. Here's a list of the 10 best natural cat litters if you want to try an alternative.
1. World's Best Cat Litter
It's called "World's Best" and maybe it is! It controls odor, is lightweight, is no dust, and is so safe you can even flush it (although there are cautions about doing that in any but the most well-maintained systems.) The magenta bag is for multiple cats, but there are also formulas for quick-clumping and easy-scooping, and lavender scented. All formulas are made from corn, with an added plant-based material for extra odor-control.
2. Arm & Hammer Naturals
Arm & Hammer products are trusted to be simple but powerful, relying on the properties of baking soda to do the dirty work. This formula uses corn fibers and odor neutralizers including baking soda and mineral oil to keep your pad, and your pet, smelling fresh. The litter is"virtually" dust free and clumps easily without being as heavy as clumping clay litters normally are. This one does contain an artificial fragrance.
3. sWheat Scoop
As the name suggests, this product is made from wheat, which is a very easily renewable resource. It's naturally biodegradable and contains no dyes or perfumes. It can be flushed (do so with caution, as usual). It uses "noble ion technology" to neutralize odors without using fragrances like most other litters do. This technology uses positive ions to bind with and eliminate the negative, smelly ions.
4. Feline Pine
Made of 100% natural pine sawdust shavings that are compressed into pellets, Feline Pine harnesses pine's fresh scent to keep your litter box area smelling clean. The pine fibers soak up liquids like tiny sponges. Feline Pine doesn't cut down any trees to make their litter. Instead, they use only shavings reclaimed from lumber production.
Okocat litter is made of nothing but 100% sustainable, reclaimed paper pulp. It's not got recycled newspaper in it, which some people have concerns about because it contains inks and dyes from the newsprint. Although it doesn't clump, the paper pellets easily absorb liquid waste, and there's no dust.
6. Naturally Fresh Walnut Litter
This litter utilizes the natural anti-odor properties of finely ground walnut shells. It is also biodegradeable, and has no lung-harming dust. If you know that your pet has a nut allergy, talk to your vet before switching to this one.
7. Frisco Grass Cat Litter
Grass cat litter? Yes! This is made with nothing but grass that is processed into a powder, making it soft and yet absorbent. There's no added chemicals, dyes, or fragrances that might cause allergies. It's low-dust and smells natural and fresh, like grass.
8. Pioneer Pet SmartCat All Natural Cat Litter
This grass litter quickly and easily bonds into hard, scoopable clumps. It's 99% dust free, which is as good as a no-dust formula gets. The texture of this product is like sand, so your cat will have a grand time scratching their way into perfect position with this litter.
9. Tidy Cats Pure Nature Cat Litter
This litter is also of the sandtype variety, which is the type of litter that many cats prefer to dig in rather than the pellets. This one, however, uses cedar and pine for covering up odors, and corn cobs for absorbency. It clumps well, and is pretty much dust free.
10. CatSpot Coconut Litter
This litter has the look and feel of bark mulch but in a much finer size. It's made of ground up coconut shells, so it's lightweight but super absorbent. It might be hard to test this at home, but they say that one e 5-pound bag of CatSpot has the same absorbency as 20 pounds of clay litter! Remove the solids daily, and after two weeks in the litter box, you can put this litter in your flower beds or compost bin.