How much time goes into choosing the right kitty litter? There'sclumping litter, non-clumping litter, dust free, wood-based and more. Clumping cat litter can claim to be dust free, but the manufacturers often just minimize the dust whilst adding inclumping clay agents which can actually be bad for your cat. PrettyLitter is a type of non-clumping cat litter, but the unique crystals also produce a minimal amount of dust. But why is this so important? And why, as consumers, are we encouraged to go for the dust-free kitty litter, rather than the other options?
Dust Free Cat Litter is Better for People with Allergies
It’s important to look at the best option for your cat, and what’s best for your family. If you or your family suffer from nasal allergies, you may find that anything that produces large amounts of dust can be an irritant. A dusty cat litter tray is no exception. In summer, your home is often your haven from pollen and other outdoor allergens. It’s pretty stressful if you come home to a dusty environment that leaves you sneezing just as much as being outdoors does!
By reducing the presence of cat litter dust, you are also helping to minimize irritation and allergensthat can potentially cause harm to your kitty.Clumping clay cat litter does prevent some dust by drawing together when wet, but once the clumps dry out they become dusty again. Although PrettyLitter is non-clumping, it's not a traditional clay litter, which means much less dust and much happier sinuses for you and your family.
Dust Free Cat Litter is Kinder to Your Cat's Lungs
Did you know that cats can suffer from asthma, just like humans? We've talked about protecting your family’s noses from nasty allergens, but dustfrom a cat’s litter box can also affect breathing conditions such as COPD and asthma. Asthma is when the airways to the lungs become very inflamed, so as you can imagine, constantly breathing in dusty cat litter is not great for this condition. For both humans and cats,choosing the best cat litter for allergies can contribute to a dust free, clean environment that will help manage the condition and keep the whole family happy and healthy.
Some cats, such as the Himalayan and Siamese breeds, are genetically predisposed to asthma. But all cats can be affected. It's well documented thatlitter boxparticles are one of the potential irritants that can trigger an asthma attack. The lesscat litter dust produced, the better chance your kitty has of avoiding an asthma attack or developing irritations of the lungs.
Dust Free Cat Litter is Cleaner
This point seems pretty obvious; less dust means a cleaner home! Not just because of the dust floating around the atmosphere though. When cats visit thelitter pan, they pick up the dust on their paws. They then trek this fine layer of dust, and possibly other nasties, all around your home. The dustier the cat litter, the more your carpets and furniture are getting a new and unwanted coatingfrom even a fairly tidy cat.
Crystal based litter such as PrettyLitter helps minimize a mess like this, and because there are no huge clay clumps to scrape out, cleaning thelitter pan using a variety of litter box cleaning hacks is a breeze too. It's also much lighter than clay based litter, so it's kinder to your back!
Dust free cat litter is the way forward for your cats and your family. It keeps you all happy and healthy, and helps you keep your house looking spot on. What's been your experience with different types of cat litter? Let us know in the comments!
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