The Cat Owner's Guide to Kitty Litter Options

Keep Your Cat Happy

With so many choices, it can be hard to know which litter is right for your cat. While many litters offer benefits like odor control and clumping abilities that make life easier for humans, the most important thing is how your cat likes it.

If you do plan to switch litters, Pam Johnson-Bennett, certified cat behavior consultant and host of Animal Planet UK's Psycho Kitty, recommends a couple of strategies. One option is the gradual change. "This is the safest method because it gives your cat time to adjust to the difference without it being overwhelming," Johnson-Bennett says. "In most cases, if you go slowly enough, your cat won’t even realize that a change is taking place." Johnson-Bennett recommends that you introduce a new litter gradually, over three to five days.

You can also offer your cat a "litterbox buffet," Johnson-Bennett says. In this technique, you place an additional litterbox with the new litter next to the current box of litter. Pay attention over the next few days to see which box (and litter) your cat prefers. If he is using the old box, that's a clear message he's not interested in switching. But he may like the new litter. "Once he has been successfully and routinely using the new litter, you can remove the other litterboxes," Johnson-Bennett advises.

Cats take their litterbox seriously, and you should, too, lest your feline friend chooses to go elsewhere to do his business.

Consider your options, make changes gradually and, above all, pay attention to your cat's preferences. With any luck, you can find a brand that makes the entire family happy!


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