When it comes to cat litter, choosing a biodegradable variety can make a difference to your cat’s health and the environment.
Simple ingredients, such as corn or wheat, are not only from renewable crops, but are safe for infection-prone cats, cats with asthma or allergies, kittens and cats recovering from surgery.
Two cat litters on the market, The World’s Best Cat Litter and Swheat Scoop, are both flushable, control odors with natural enzymes, clump well and are made without silica, found in clay and crystal litter. Silica can contribute to asthma and allergies in both cats and humans. Both are sewer and septic tank safe, have no chemicals or perfumes and neutralize odors with natural enzymes.
The World’s Best Cat Litter is available at PetCo, PetSmart, PetSupermarket, The Doggy Store, Animal House and many other local businesses. For the location closest to you, visit the website. You can try the litter for free by clicking here
Swheat Scoop is also available at the large pet store chains and is also carried by Publix and Target.
There are several other clay-free brands of litter on the market. Ingredients vary from pine to cedar to recycled newspaper. All are safer choices than clay-based cat litter.
According to WorldWise®, an environmental consumer products company,
“Silicon particles have been established by the International Agency for Research on Cancer as a known human carcinogen.”
The group goes on to say, “A recent study actually found clay-based litter silica dust in cats’ lungs, and that cats with respiratory disease had up to six times the amount of silica in their lungs as healthy cats. A product made for humans called Moltan Absorbent is also made from the same ground clay as cat litter. It is manufactured for use in garages to absorb oil. This product must carry a warning label that reads, in part, Aggregate contains crystalline silica. Crushing, grinding, or creating dust may cause exposure to a respiratory silicosis or cancer health hazard.”
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