Comparing Cat Litter: Pine vs. Clay

Pine cat litter is becoming quite popular, though many owners still rely on clay cat litter to take care of their cat's mess. Let's see how they both stack up.

Pine Cat Litter

Pine cat litter helps with odor control. Pine has a naturally pleasing aroma, and pine pellets dissolve into sawdust, allowing the urine to dry out and the smell to dissipate.

Pine cat litter is safe for the environment and for your cat. Trees aren't cut to make pine cat litter; manufacturers simply collect scraps that would have otherwise taken up space in landfills.

Pine cat litter won't track because the pellets are too large to stick to your cat's feet. Pine litter is also easily disposed of; it can be flushed down the toilet, and it won't clog drains. Pine cat litter is dust and chemical free.

Clay Cat Litter

Clay cat litter often contains freshening agents to help control odor. However, clay cat litter seldom eliminates odor entirely.

Clumping clay cat litter may be dangerous to your cat. There have been many anecdotal accounts that ingestion of clumping clay litter can cause intestinal blockages and death.

Clay cat litter easily tracks all over the house and, when disposed of, takes up space in a landfill. Clay cat litter can throw up a lot of dust and usually contains chemicals as clumping and odor-control agents.

Choosing A Cat Litter

Your cat litter choice should be based on what's best for you and your cat. Clay litter can be cheaper, and most non-clumping clay litters are perfectly safe for your cat.