In this post, we want to take a closer look at the pros and cons of silicone grit – one of the latest types of grit on the market.
It should be remembered that this is a review of gravel in general, not a specific brand. Everything listed here may vary depending on the brand.
Cat litter of silicone type consists of large, solid granules of sodium silicate. The porous structure of these granules allows them to absorb a lot of moisture (read: cat urine). Some say that the absorption power of this type of litter is strong enough to absorb moisture from the room. It can certainly help people who put cuvettes in the basement.
Silicone litter is probably the easiest to use cat litter. One word that best describes the litter for silicone is “easy”. This is by far the easiest cat litter we have ever used. All you have to do is remove solid waste and mix the mulch twice a day (or your cat often requires it).
You only need to replace the litter once in a while. Most manufacturers claim on the packaging that one filling of the litter box can absorb the urine produced by one cat for a whole month. However, it’s better to do it every two weeks. The frequency of gravel replacement depends on the cat’s hydration level, gravel brand and sensitivity.
Ease of use makes it an excellent choice for automatic cuvettes, because combs can easily sweep solid droppings and leave light granules in the box.
Another advantage of gravel is the low or moderate amount of dust it creates. Many packages are labeled “dust free.”
However, the level of dust was nothing compared to the level of dust generated by caking of standard gravel.
Silica granules are very light. On the one hand, this attribute greatly facilitates filling, scraping and moving the litter box. On the other hand, it is easier for cats to remove these granules from the litter box. This problem can be solved by using the appropriate litter box – one with higher sides, or maybe even with a hood.
We hope you don’t worry too much about hygiene when it comes to silicone litter.
Some cats don’t like certain things. In our opinion, the biggest disadvantage of silicone gravel is that it is unhygienic. This means that if you remove solid feces but leave the granules that have absorbed urine in the box for a long time (for example, a month), this is definitely not the best example of hygiene. This creates good conditions for bacterial growth, which is not convenient or healthy for you or your cat. And it should also be mentioned that bacterial overgrowth also produces a specific smell.
Also keep in mind that some cats may not like silicone gravel because of the crunchy sound that granules make when rubbing against each other. But don’t give up if you want to change cat litter, but your cat doesn’t. Try to mix some silicone gravel with the previous one and increase the amount of silicone gravel in each change of gravel until you completely get rid of the previous one.
Why is it worth using silicone gravel?
As we mentioned earlier, this litter is probably the easiest type of litter and this is the main reason why someone can use it.
Regarding the above mentioned hygiene problems, we think that you should try this type of pebble yourself and see if these problems bother you. You can choose to replace the entire content of the cuvette more often to increase its freshness, but remember that this will increase spending on cat litter. But, hey, there’s a price for ease, right?