We all want something that is safe for us and the planet but without losing all the performance qualities we love. Most natural litters are not doing enough with odors and some are too costly to consider. When choosing the right product for you, here are some points to consider:
1. Clay Litters
Clay litters require strip mining which damages landscapes, forests, and wildlife habitats at the site of the mine and harm wildlife downstream. Since 1930, clay has negatively affected over 5.9 billion acres of natural landscape—and counting. Bentonite clay litter is also known to contain silica dust, a classified carcinogen under California’s Proposition 65 which has been linked to serious respiratory illness and cancer in both humans and cats. Though the price may be inexpensive, the long-term effects are detrimental.
2. Wheat and Corn Litters
Wheat and corn litters have been known as a potential carrier of aflatoxin, a deadly mold strain especially for felines. Though this is not common, it is a risk worth paying attention to. Wheat and corn litters often contain strong pesticides for their cultivation which can become airborne and inhaled. Additionally, these litters contain high levels of starch, providing a feeding ground for bacteria, leading to a stinkier litter situation even faster. The leading grain litters test a small amount from a large batch to ensure aflatoxin is not present in their main ingredient but it is not 100% guaranteed for the mold strain to be absent from the litter.
3. Crystal Litters
Silica gel (crystalline, silica pearl) requires mining that is very destructive to the environment. The production of silica litters also uses large amounts of resources which include, water, land, and energy. To produce these litters in the workplace and keep employees safe, OSHA requires all employees to wear a certified respirator to protect them from the abundant amount of silica dust. This dust is a carcinogen which if inhaled has been linked to lung cancer, asthma, and other serious respiratory illnesses. It is important to keep in mind this is not a nuisance dust that should be ignored.
1. Cocokitty's Coconut Litter
Cocokitty’s coconut litter is made from 100% organic coconut coir. Coconuts require no human intervention for its cultivation but to be more clear coconuts do not contain, herbicides, pesticides, GMOs, or any agriculture chemicals. The only way to get more coconuts, is to plant more trees. Coconut coir is the by-product of the coconut industry, or in other words, what is left behind after all its resources are harvested. These giant mounds of broken-down husks are repurposed into what makes Cocokitty what it is today, a sustainable and earth-loving product. Not only is coconut the eco-friendliest litter around, we stand by our promise to only use human-grade ingredients like our plant-based clumping agent and activated carbon derived from coconuts. As cat lovers and environmentalists, we believe that organic products should not be at a premium cost and always strive to give each user the best possible price around, especially for larger furry families.
Just like you, we’ve jumped over every hurdle and tried every litter before launching Cocokitty which is why we are passionate to give you the best product at an astounding affordable price, and avoiding the trial and error process we’ve all experienced. Want to learn more about your current litter compared to Cocokitty? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or DM us on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.