Kittens are like babies, sometimes their curiosity will get the best of them before they can discern right from wrong. Kittens may require little training, but at their young age – they will have different habits compared to adult cats. Meaning, cat litter may be seen more as a toy rather than a functioning thing for them to relieve themselves on. They will dig and maybe eat what they shouldn’t.
But you should know that it’s possible to find litter that will be safe for your tiny kitten. While there are some factors to be wary of, there’s still good litter options out there. Below are the main products and considerations to keep in mind.
Avoid clumping litters
Most clumping litters are made up of a sodium bentonite base. If consumed, clumping clay litter can cause gastrointestinal distress and internal blockages.
As such, up to ages 6 -7 weeks, it’s best to not use clumping litters for your kitten. By the time they reach this age, they’ll likely outgrow that fresh curiosity. And they shouldn’t be eating litter after that.
The thing about clumping litters is they’re much easier to scoop and clean. There are clumping litters made out of more natural ingredients, however there is still a risk of your cat ingesting large chunks and causing blockage.
But if you can survive just a couple of months for your kitten’s comfort, then you’ll just have to keep an eye on the litter box and clean it on a regular basis.
Gentle litter for your kitten’s paws
As your kitten still has delicate paws, you’ll want to aim for finer textured litter. It needs to be comfortable, especially since your kitten will be walking around in it and using it often.
Finely grated litters and paper pellets are known for having a gentler consistency for cat paws. The one type of litter that has a reputation for not being as gentle is silica gel crystal types. This is non-toxic, but the texture is more harsh and coarse.
Scented versus unscented
Most cats are adverse to artificial fragrances and this is no different for kittens. While scented litters get rid of that stenchy odor, your kitten may not like it. And at this stage, you want to encourage your kitten to use the litter box!
Don’t fret though – there are plenty of unscented litters that will still mask urine and feces without artificial chemicals. Look for guaranteed odor control and positive reviews from other customers.
In the event that your kitten might try to eat the litter, natural ingredients are much safer. Opt for litters that are made up of natural components and contain no harsh chemicals. This will also make it easier for you to dispose of.
Your kitten’s needs
It’s also important to take note of any allergies your kitten has. Talk to your vet so you know what your kitten needs and what it’s sensitive to. They may also provide good recommendations to help you with your decision.