Along with a pet’s coming into your house, a series of necessities appear and we have to take them into account and to satisfy them. Our new friend, be it dog, cat, bird or little rodent, must be fed, protected, and carefully fostered, with due attention to its hygiene.
He who doesn’t have cat doesn’t understand how important how important is, for the economy of the abode, an apparently common product of daily use as a hygienic litter for cats, popularly known as ‘sand for cats’.
Many of those who have cats are still using papers as hygienic litter, which is not really recommendable from many points of view: papers don’t absorb very well, don’t capture the smells and the ink used can be toxic for cats. Moreover, under the present circumstances when the written press more and more migrates towards other means (TV, web), the acquisition of papers becomes harder and harder.
Some other cats’ masters use sand or soil from their own garden which can truly be easily obtainable for free, but from a biological standpoint, this isn’t clean, as it can contain a variety of insects and bacteria, and it can also produce around it a lot of dirt spread thence into the whole house.
In which concerns the hygienic litter offered by the market, according to the raw material used, it can be classified into three types: clay granules, silicate crystals or wooden briquettes. Each of these types of litter has its own advantages and disadvantages which we’ll try to enumerate in the following rows.
The hygienic litter of clay (bentonite). The bentonite is a clay-rich rock of volcanic origin, of increased absorbent capacity of liquids. As a rule, the bentonite forms clods in contact with humidity, which cannot be easily removed afterwards.
The hygienic litter of bentonite is the cheapest one on the market and its efficiency related to its price is high. Unfortunately, it absorbs just partially the odors and, according to the quality of the product, it can produce dust and can sticks on the paws of the cat.
The hygienic litter of silicate – this type of hygienic litter absorbs efficiently the liquids, but they capture the bacteria very well and, implicitly, the odors. Besides, the granules of silicate don’t produce dust and they don’t stick on the paws of the cat. As for the deficiencies, the silicate can be hardly cleaned when it is spread on the floor.
The hygienic litter of silicate is a light product comparatively to betonite, but it is more expensive in terms of price than the latter.
The hygienic litter of wood – it is very efficient both for the absorbance of liquids and for the capture of the odors. Another advantage of this type of hygienic litter is that, unlike the betonite and the silicate, this can be thrown in the toilet after being used.
On the other hand, this is probably the most expensive hygienic litter and, being a product of consume, it could harm significantly the monthly budget allocated to the pet.
Certain hygienic litters for cats are perfumed so to cover the smell that they cannot cover in other ways, but, many times, this perfume can be too strong both for us and for our cat.
The choice of a suitable hygienic litter for our pet must be based on true experiments. We try, we compare, we keep. However, what we can retain is that on the market there are a lot of solutions for any budget and, no matter how pretentious we are when it comes to the cleaning to our house or to the happiness of our pet, there is certainly a product that pleases anybody.