The Case for Biodegradable Pet Litter

Pet litter is a relatively recent invention. Until about fifty years ago, pet owners just used sand or garden soil. Then, for some time, pet litter was made out of clay. But these days, there's a wide variety of pet litters available:

Disadvantages of Clay Litter

Clay litter is hazardous to the environment. It isn't biodegradable, and it increases the incidence of clay strip mining. Furthermore, clay litter could harm your cat's health. The sodium bentonite clay used in clumping litters could clump inside your cat's body if ingested, causing gastrointestinal blockage.

Biodegradable Cat Litter

Fortunately, there are a variety of biodegradable cat litters to choose from. Natural cat litter is made from products such as wood or pine, paper, corn, wheat and other grains, or corn cobs. Many types of biodegradable cat litter are flushable. Many also offer a high level of cat litter odor control. Litter made with pine are especially suited for use as a multi-cat litter.

The Price Factor

Biodegradable cat litter is frequently cheaper than clumping clay cat litter. Since it's perfectly safe for your cat, you'll also save money on veterinary bills.

Love the Earth

Biodegradable cat litters are environmentally sound for several reasons. Because they can be flushed or used as mulch, they won't take up space in landfills. They are also made with waste products that, otherwise, would have ended up in landfills. Morever, they are clay and chemical free, so won't pose any risk of environmental contamination.