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Crystal & Sand Cat

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A discussion on the benefits of Sand and Crystal Cat Litter
By: Alfred

Crystal cat litter is a porous granular form of sodium
silicate. In other words, it is made from sand or a blend of
sand and other silica. It absorbs liquid waste but does not
form easily removable clumps. Crystal kitty litter has the
highest absorbency of any litter, and so has excellent
moisture and odor control. Silica gel litter can be either
irregular lumps or small beads. It is easy to clean up, is
biodegradable, and is flushable and non-toxic.

The opinions of cat lovers' are divided about crystal cat

Some love how absorbent it is, because four or so pounds
(two kilograms) can absorb the urine and odor of one healthy
cat of normal weight for up to 30 days. (When scooping the
solid waste daily, be sure to also stir the cat litter so
that urine can't pool in the bottom of the litter box.)

After a month, when the crystal kitty litter is probably
fully saturated, it may begin to smell and appear visibly
damp. If you were using clay kitty litter over the same time
period you might have used twenty to thirty pounds (nine to
fourteen kilograms) or more of clay litter or clumping clay
litter because you would have had to replace the clumped
urine that you scooped out each day.

But some people dislike the fact that crystal litter gives
no warning when it will hold no more liquid, you just find a
pool of urine on the bottom of the litter box or pan.
Crystal litter is also very lightweight compared to the
heavier clay litters and is more easily tracked out of the
box and around your home.

Crystal or sand cat litter does not pose any known health
risk to cats. It can, however, irritate people who have
allergies, not only because the cat litter if not regularly
changed as recommended will stink, but it does have a fine
dust that is puffed up when cats dig in the litter box,
especially after the crystal litter has been used for a

Plain sand was the first cat litter. It was eventually
replaced with clay cat litter, which began to be the popular
litter to use in the late '40s. Many people still use
regular sand as cat litter as it works fairly well. The
reason it fell out of popularity when clay cat litter was
developed was because sand can be tracked out of the cat
litter box very easily and makes a big mess.

In our opinion, far and away the best cat litter is the
natural and biodegradable cat litter made from pine, paper,
wheat or corn. It not only does not normally put dust into
the air but it usually works just as well as any other cat
litter, and may be better at odor control. Plus, it poses no
risk to your cat's health or your own. Happily, there are a
few clumping biodegradable litters coming on the market, so
you can have the advantages of all the types together.

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