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Crystal cat litter is a popular choice among cat parents for its exceptional absorption properties ensuring that litter trays remain dry and free from unpleasant odours, creating a more comfortable environment for both cats and homes. Because it typically produces less dust compared to other cat litters, it can be good for people with asthma or other allergies, Furthermore, the porous nature of silica gel granules means they can retain moisture effectively while remaining incredibly lightweight, making handling and storage more convenient.
What Is Crystal Cat Litter Made From?
It is made from silica gel granules derived from silicon dioxide, an inorganic compound commonly found in nature as quartz. You are likely to have come across silica gel granules before. They are commonly found packaged alongside goods such as food or clothing to help minimise moisture build up and hence prevent moisture damage. As you can imagine, this also makes for an excellent litter substrate.
The primary disadvantage of using this type of litter is that it is not eco-friendly. As it is made from inorganic material, it cannot be composted or flushed, meaning it ends up in landfill.
Silicosis is a lung disease observed in humans who have been inhaling silica dust over long periods of time. This often includes workers involved in mining and construction. Furthermore, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises that this health condition is linked with inhalation of crystalline silica, as opposed to the amorphous silica type used in crystal cat litter.
Cat litter crystals made from silica gel is not toxic to pets and will not cause harm when small amounts are ingested. However, take care that your pet does not ingest a large amount of litter of any kind. For small young kittens, we do recommend avoiding clumping clay or crystal litters which can cause illness when ingested or inhaled. It is not unusual for young kittens still learning to use litter trays to attempt to eat the cat litter. If you are concerned about your dog ingesting crystals, consider a hooded litter tray or placing the litter tray in a room where your dog cannot access it.
Cat litter crystals are not flushable and most are not biodegradable either. Eco-friendly litter options include tofu litter and corn litter. Many of these can be composted in your garden or flushed down the toilet.
Author info:Dr Susan Nguyen Pet Circle Inhouse Veterinarian
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