If you own cats then you know how important it is to find a good scoopable litter. There are a lot of scoopable litters on the market, but what is the best scoopable litter out there? Most litter including scoopable litters are clay based. In recent years clay based litters, especially the scoopable litters have come under some attack. Although there have been no scientific studies done on clay litter, there has been a growing concern out there as to what health problems can possibly be caused by the used of scoopable clay litters.
When scoopable clay litters hit the market, most of them contained sodium bentonite, a mined clay that is used for various things such as sealing stock and recreational ponds, dairy and sewage lagoons, and city landfills. About seven years after these scoopable litters hit the market, it began to appear as if there might be a downslide to using these scoopable litters. Marina McInnes, a cat breeder, wrote an article called, "Clumping Clay Litters: A deadly Convenience," after loosing two litters of kittens in the early 1990s. Marina McInnes, determined that the cause was the ingestion of clumping clay litter, which caused intestinal blockage from the clumping clay. Her website is filled with letters from other readers who have reported similar problems with their cats and a great article on suspected Bentonite toxicosis, which originally appeared in the Journal of Veterinary and Human Toxicology in June, 1997.
The arguments against the use of scoopable clay litters with sodium bentonite are:
Cats inhale dust from clay litter, or ingest it while cleaning themselves, and sometimes they even eat the litter. When this happens the sodium bentonite cause the ingested clay dust and particles, when combined with natural and ingested liquids, to form a solid mass. According to Cat Fancy Magazine, when liquid is added to bentonite, it swells to fifteen times it's original volume. Can you imagine that in your cat's stomach?
Inhaled particles can cause similar problems in the lungs and the dust in the clay is silica dust which can cause problems for human and feline lungs.
The "clumping activity" in the intestines could draw fluid out of the body, causing dehydration, and urinary tract problems.
The clumping substance coats the digestive tract, attracting the collection of old fecal material, increasing toxicity, bacteria growth and prohibiting proper assimilation of digested food. This can lead to stress on the immune system, leaving the cat susceptible to viral, bacterial, parasitic and yeast infections.
The problem can also extend to dogs, who tend to sneak a snack or two from the litter box.
What scoopable litter should you try?
As said before, there is no scientific proof against sodium bentonite, but why take the chance? There are better scoopable litters on the market that are not made from clay. About two years ago I started using a scoopable litter called World's Best Cat Litter. I'm so happy I have found this product. This scoopable litter is made from whole kernel corn, and there are no synthetic chemicals, clay or perfumes in their formula. It is flushable, biodegradable, and septic safe and it is made from all natural ingredients with no added chemicals so it is totally safe for cats, humans and dogs, plus there are no ingestion problems incase your cat decides to take a taste of it and no silica dust.
Due to the fact that it's made from corn, it has a natural micro porous structure that traps the ammonia smell in each clump. Also it is easier to clean the litter box because it clumps so fast that there is no seeping, sinking or sticking to the sides of the litter box. I've also noticed that a bag of World's Best Cat Litter lasts longer then any clay litter that I have every used. My cats seem to like it, and I love it because it really does lock the odor in. Before you could tell, even though the box was clean that there was a litter box around the house, now that I use this litter, you would never know. I've also noticed that it doesn't stick to my cat's paws like the clay litter does, so that means he isn't tracking it through the house.
If you own cats then you really ought to try this product out. It safe for your cat, safe for the environment and safe for you.