What litter do vets recommend?

Answered by Jason Smith

As a cat owner myself, I have had the opportunity to discuss litter recommendations with several veterinarians. From these conversations, I can confidently say that the consensus among vets is that unscented, clumping cat litter is the best choice for our feline friends.

One of the main reasons vets recommend unscented litter is because scented litter is designed for humans, not cats. Cats have an incredibly strong sense of smell with approximately 67 million scent receptors. What may smell pleasant to us can be overwhelming and unpleasant for our cats. Imagine having to use a bathroom that constantly emits a strong perfume or air freshener scent – it would be quite off-putting, wouldn’t it? The same goes for our cats.

Cats are also known for being particular about cleanliness, and clumping litter helps to maintain a clean and hygienic litter box. Clumping litter forms solid clumps when it comes into contact with urine or feces, making it easier to scoop out and remove waste from the litter box. This not only helps to keep the litter box clean, but it also helps to control odors more effectively.

Furthermore, unscented clumping litter is often made from natural materials, such as clay or corn, which are safe for cats. Some scented litters may contain chemicals or additives that could potentially irritate a cat’s sensitive respiratory system or cause other health issues. By choosing unscented litter, you can minimize the risk of exposing your cat to any potential harmful substances.

It’s worth noting that every cat is unique, and some cats may have individual preferences when it comes to litter. However, based on the advice and experience of veterinarians, unscented clumping litter seems to be the most widely recommended option.

If you want to provide the best litter for your cat, it’s advisable to choose unscented, clumping cat litter. This type of litter takes into account a cat’s strong sense of smell, helps maintain cleanliness, and is generally made from safe and natural materials. Your cat will appreciate having a fresh and odor-free litter box, and you can have peace of mind knowing that you’re making a choice that aligns with your cat’s needs and well-being.