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Dear Christopher Cat

I’m litter-ally challenged. Clay, clumping, crystals or pellets? Scented or unscented? Which litter is best? I am confused because there are so many options.

Christopher Responds

I am content to use most any cat litter, but one of my sisters is quite persnickety.

She prefers a pine pellet litter that smells woodsy and dissolves into sawdust when it gets wet. So that’s what we use.

Mom likes it, because it isn’t dusty and we cats don’t track it outside the litter box. Occasionally, we do make her life easy.

Even so, individual cats have particular preferences when it comes to cat litters – and litter boxes as well. So offer your cats a selection of litters and box styles.

If that’s difficult in your household, try a clumping litter that is finer than clay, because most cats like a fine-grained material that feels soft.

The litter should be unscented and about two inches deep.

The ideal litter box is large, uncovered and situated in an accessible but quiet location. You should have one more box than the number of cats in the family, and of course, you should scoop daily.

If your cat eliminates outside the box, make an appointment with your veterinarian to determine whether your cat has a medical problem.

To summarize, stores sell an enormous variety of litters because we cats have diverse preferences and want our humans to indulge us. Good luck.

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