Sunday, November 4, 2007

Choosing Cat Litter

From: Real Money from Green America

Cat owners go through a normal-sized bag of litter every 5-10 days. Most of this litter is non-biodegradable, and nearly 4 billion pounds of cat litter enter our nation's landfills every year. This litter also often contains silica dust, a chemical that can cause lung problems.

This doesn't have to be the case for your cats. There are a wide variety of safe, environmentally friendly and cost-efficient cat litters now available.

World's Best Cat Litter is made from milled, whole kernel corn, so it is decomposable and completely safe for septic and sewer systems. One bag of this litter can last for up to 45 days.

Swheat Scoop Wheat Litter, a wheat-based, chemical-free product that lasts twice as long as clay litter. It's available at national pet stores and online.

Both of these litters clump making them more efficient and easier to clean.

Another option, although not biodegradable, but it's already been recycled, is Feline Pine, a litter made from recycled pine pellets. It controls odors naturally without the use of chemicals or toxins and is dust-free so it won't track around your house.

Yesterday's News is a cat litter made from recycled newspapers. It controls odors, clumps and is toxin-free.

We have used all of this except the first one and our cats have never had a problem with the switch. I certainly enjoy cleaning out the litter box without chocking from the dust and it makes me feel good not to have our cats inhaling that since they're lungs are more sensitive than mine. I've even mixed brands at times. The prices have really gone down on these over the years now that they're available locally which saves the shipping fees. In the long run, it's worth it. We have even composted with the Swheat Scoop and Feline Pine after removing the poop.

Source: Real Money from Green America

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