Scoopable Cat Litter: Feline Pine

Feline Pine is a great natural scoopable cat litter made by Nature's Earth Products.
Here are some of the major selling points of Feline Pine:

  • Chemical Free and Safe
  • Neutralizes Odor Without Chemicals (Naturally)
  • Dust Free and Track Free
  • Multiple Cat Use

Feline Pine is dust free, which makes it much safer than other scoopable cat litters for you and your cats. Litter dust can cause allergy problems for both you and your cats. Feline Pine doesn't contain any silica dust.
Feline Pine will naturally neutralize litter box odor. Just scoop and throw out waste daily.
The pine is highly absorbent. It will completely dehydrate the fibers, and absorb all liquid like a sponge. This will keep your litter box drier, and free of bacterial growth. This means a healthier kitty and home.

The makers of Feline Pine suggest transitioning your cat's scoopable cat litter slowly, and not switching it all of a sudden. This will ensure your cat doesn't reject the litter.
Start out pouring an inch of the Feline Pine into your litter box. Next. pour an inch or two of your old litter on top of this. Do not mix it together. Your cat will do the blending for sure!
Each time you change your litter add an inch of Feline Pine first, and add a bit less of your old litter than the time before. On the fourth or fifth time or so use an inch of Feline Pine, and none of your old scoopable cat litter.

Feline Pine comes in 7lb, 10.2lb, 20lb, and 40lb bags. A 7lb bag lasts approximately 4 weeks.

Scoopable Cat Litter: Silica Gel

Silica gel litter is fairly new to the litter box world. It is made from silica dioxide sand, and nothing else, besides oxygen and water. Millions of tiny pores are in the gel, and they each can absorb forty times their moisture weight.

Silica get litter can generally be used longer than other litters, therefore it will cost a bit more. It will absorb odors, which allows it to last longer. This type of litter is also flushable, which I would not recommend for most clay litters.

One bit of advise would be to not use any scented litter. Scented litter can be extremely irritating to cats, as their sense of smell is much stronger than ours.

I would highly recommend this type of litter, but as with other types, do not let your cats eat the litter.

Scoopable Cat Litter: Is Clay Cat Litter Safe?

The majority of cat owners use some type of scoopable cat litter made of clay.
Unfortunately, some clay litters are a little less friendly than we would like, on our little friends and us as well. In this post we will not discuss all clay litter, only clumping clay litter.

Clumping scoopable cat litter made of clay has a natural occuring ingredient in it called sodium bentonite. Bentonite will swell up to 15 times it's original size when it comes into contact with a liquid. This is what causes the litter to clump together. This makes it a very convenient scoopable cat litter, but it also has it's downsides as well.

Cats will most likely inhale dust off of the litter, and will therefore inhale the sodium bentonite.
They will also most likely clean their feet after leaving the litter box. Their feet may have clumps of the litter on them when they clean them. We all know what happens when something goes in to a cats mouth... they swallow it. The sodium bentonite isn't really toxic at all. The problem is the fact that clumping may occur inside the cat's intestines if swallowed, forming a mass, which has swollen since being swallowed . This could cause dehydration by absorbing fluids from the body. Inhaling the dust could also cause issues inside the lungs of the cat, being that lungs are moist. Lots of litters now advertise "Low Dust" or "No Dust", and I would advise on buying those over the 50 cent bags, which are 99% dust.

Don't let this completely scare you from using this kind of litter. People have been using it since the early 1980s. Just keep things in mind such as: Keep your litter clean by emptying out the clumps, check your cat's feet for stuck litter after using the litter box, and never allow your cat or dog to eat the litter.