Studies have shown that most cats prefer unscented litter (their sense of smell is strong). With this in mind, it will be in your cat’s and even your best interests to find formulations that come with odour-free guarantees.
Sorry feline owners, the best way to control odour is just by scooping often!
Along with an unscented litter, your next best consideration is to find a clumping litter – except for kittens younger than 6 – 7 weeks of age.
Carly Fox, a staff doctor at Animal Medical Center, says that a clumping litter is the best option:
“It allows for easy removal of urine and feces and you don’t have to dump the whole box of litter — just scoop up the part that’s soiled and then replace as needed.”
The top forms of clumping litter include: clay, corn, wheat, pine and grass. But take note, corn and wheat clumping litters are hypoallergen, therefore not ideal for cats that have asthma.
It’s been pointed out anecdotally that clumping litter (specifically sodium bentonite based) is unsafe for cats. However, there is no scientific research to back this up. Ultimately, it’s up to you and your cat’s needs!
Some cats may be more sensitive to dust. Or you may just want to prevent any respiratory issues from starting. That’s why it’s good to look for litters that boast low or no dust.
For ultimate softness on your cat’s paws and easy digging for you, opt for cat litter that is a gentle, medium granular consistency. You don’t want litter that is too fine or too course but a good balance.
If you want your kitty to have a pleasant litter experience while also protecting the environment, think about prioritizing cat litter that is made of biodegradable ingredients, such as corn, wheat, pine, grass seed cat litter. Just take note that corn and wheat are also common cat allergens.