CRYSTALS CAT LITTER
Crystals cat litter is made from sand or a blend of sand. It absorbs liquid waste, but does not form easily removable clumps. Solid waste must be removed from the box, but liquid waste is absorbed by the granules. The litter crystals absorb and controls odors.
To clean, remove all litter once a week, clean the box and refill. If you want to try out crystal cat litter but don't know where to start, a good brand to try is fresh step litter.
What are these health risks?
Most cat litter crystals are composed of silica gel which is a combination of water, oxygen, and silica dioxide sand. Clumping litter is sometimes the product of silica gel crystals and sodium bentonite. There have been reports by cat owners of coughing, problems with the urinary tract, GI problems such as constipation or diarrhea associated with the use of litters containing sodium bentonite.
I have used many different brands of clumping litter from time to time over many years and have never had a problem. However, I strongly advise against using clumping litter around young kittens. The litter may get stuck to their paws and, as they clean themselves, it may be ingested leading to intestinal problems.
There are actually some health benefits due to using crystals litter. The lack of dust is a plus for cat owners with asthma or allergies to dust. There is also less change of bacteria and molds growing in litter crystals.
Caution, however. You may like crystal kitty litter, but your cat may disagree. The crystal particles may feel uncomfortable to your cat's paws. Also, the crystals eventually reach their absorbency limit and the urine starts to pool in the box. I personally have never seen that happen, but obviously if you go too long before changing the litter, it can.
Some manufacturers, such as Scoop Away, Tidy Cats and Ever Clean, offer combinations of clay and crystal that results in a litter that clumps and has powerful absorbency features. This may be the perfect combination for you and your cat. It's worth purchasing a small amount to see what you and your cat think of it.
I have found PetSmart.com to have the largest selection of crystals cat litter if you want to look at more information and all the brands.
If you would rather look at natural litters such as those made from pine, wheat, corn, and many others, there is a wide variety of Natural Cat Litters available also.
World's Best Cat Litter, seen to the right, is made from corn. Feline Fresh Scoopable Clumping Pine Cat Litter is made from pine, is non-toxic and completely safe for all pets and people, even if ingested.