Cat litter is the magical substance that makes life easier for owners around the world. It’s not all that much to look at, but its powers are impressive. If you’ve always wondered what makes cat litter super-absorbent, you’ve come to the right place.
The Origin of Cat Litter
What’s in Modern Day Cat Litter?
Lowe’s granulated clay solution remained unchanged for around 40 years, but cat litter became yet more effective — and cheaper — when Thomas Nelson noticed that bentonite clay forms clumps when wet.
The most expensive options on the market today are usually those made with silica gel. Each silica gel pearl contains a maze of tunnels. When the cat pees on it, the internal structures of the pearl trap the moisture, along with the smell. The moisture eventually evaporates, leaving the odor sealed away. You can use most silica gels for up to a month at a time.
Eco-Friendly Cat Litter
Clay, silica and the other materials used to make cat litter have natural odor-absorbing qualities, but as manufacturers continue to develop their products, new and more effective agents are being developed all the time.
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