There is a new and welcomed trend in cat litter; products made from a variety of plant fibers. While this segment of the litter market is not new - Swheat Scoop started producing a wheat-based litter in 1994 and Word's Best Cat Litter has been making litter from corn since 1999 - it is expanding to include many new offerings worldwide.
At the 2014 Global Pet Expo, the largest pet industry tradeshow in the world, several new plant-based litters made their debut. Ingredients in these litters range from pea fibers to a variety of grasses.
There are many advantages of plant-based litters over clay:
• Clumps faster and more complete
• Lighter weight
• Little to no dust
• Outstanding odor control
• Longer lasting
• Easy on sensitive paws, even for kittens
• Easier on the digestive tract if consumed. Clay litter can cause intestinal blockage
• Renewable sources
The litter is 100% natural, meaning there are no additives or chemicals. Yucca schidigera (a plant) is included as a natural deodorizer. It is also 100% biodegradable. Some states allow the flushing of this type of litter, while others ban it (like California).
While some people are turned off by the price of high-end litters such as Ecolife, it is important to remember the overall value. For example, 20 pounds of Ecolife is reported to last as long at 44 pounds of clay litter.
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All Natural Clumping Litter by Smart Cat
This litter is made from a variety of grasses. Like most litters, the ingredients are proprietary, so the information on the exact mixture is not made available to the public.
Parent company Pioneer Pet did share that all the grasses are farmed in the United States. The litter is chemical-free, clay-free, fragrance-free and odor-free. All Natural Clumping Litter will be available in 5 pound, 10 pound and 20-pound bags. Look for it in stores by late spring. The product is not yet listed on the company's site, Pioneerpet.com.
Advance Natural by World's Best Cat Litter
The newest offering from World's Best Cat Litter combines their signature corn along with a variety of plant fibers (again, a proprietary mix). The company promises powerful odor control and smaller, tighter clumps. It is perfect for multiple cat homes. The litter is even lighter than their original corn litter.
Advance Natural comes in fragrance-free and pine scented options (from actual pine, not an artificial scent). Both are long lasting. For example, one 6-pound bag will last for 30 days in a one cat home. The 12-pound bag will last for 30 days in a two cat home and 20 days for three cats. The large 24-pound bag will last 60 days in a two cat home and 45 in one with three cats.
For more information, visit World's Best Cat Litter.
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