Cat Litter Crystal
Super Absorbency of Silica Gel

Cat litter crystal is also known as silica gel cat litter.

It is in fact not a gel, but a solid, granular, porous form of silica, found in quartz. Feline litter is made from silica dioxide sand, plus oxygen and water.

It is a natural occurring mineral which is purified and then manufactured into either a pearl (bead) or granular form.

Silica gel is used in cat litter because of its excellent ability to absorb moisture and its odor control. The crystal granules (pearls) act like little sponges quickly absorbing all moisture.

advantages of silica cat litter

silica gel cat litter

If you have a new kitten or your cat is having problems with their current litter, you may want to consider a change or an alternative.

Every product has its pro's and con's, we explore some of the advantages of silica gel cat litter:

  • Ideal for multi-cat households
  • Cost effective as a little goes a long way.
  • Can last up to 30 days
  • Low maintenance. Remove solid waste daily, stir the cat litter and replenish litter
  • When the litter is saturated, it will change color, an indication to change the litter
  • It traps odors really well
  • Little if any tracking
  • Silica litter is non-toxic, but ingestion should be avoided - especially by dogs looking for a 'tasty morsel'

Silica Cat Litter Examples: Petco Crystals (USA) ; Dr Elsey's (USA) ; Exquisicat (USA) ; Trackless Litter Pearls (UK) ; Pettex (UK)

disadvantages of cat litter crystal

Whilst this product is the latest development in the cat litter market, it would appear that there are some safety issues related to silica gel.

  • Silica gel is reported to be carcinogenic 
  • Ingestion of the product can be toxic.
  • There have been isolated reports that cats have developed skin and respiratory allergies to silica cat litter
  • It may be harsh on the cat's paws
  • Silica becomes sticky when wet and may stick to your cat's paws
  • It is generally pricier than clay cat litters

what makes an ideal cat litter

So with all the products available on the market, you are probably wondering how to select the best cat litter:

  • Excellent moisture absorbency (traps moisture on contact)
  • Dust-free
  • Low or no tracking 
  • Advanced odor control
  • Hygienic
  • Biodegradable and can be flushed
  • Unscented
  • Non-clumping 
  • Non-toxic and products resistant to bacteria
  • Safe to your cat and family

There are a wide range of cat litter products available. Select a type that suits your cat. 

Related Pages:

Clay Cat Litter 

Natural Cat Litter 

Cat Litter Boxes

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