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Frequently Asked Questions

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1. What is sodium bentonite?

In the cat litter market there are five main types of naturally occurring clays; sodium bentonite, attapulgite, montmorillonite, sepiolite and calcium bentonite. Sodium bentonite deposits were created many years ago as a result of the release of volcanic ash. Over time these deposits were covered with soil and other matter and are now beneath the surface of the earth in areas, such as Wyoming, where the volcanic ash was very present.
Certain types of clay create hard clumping litters while other are absorbant but non-clumping such as attapulgite and montmorillonite. The natural properties of sodium bentonite (highly absorbent, odour controlling, and hard clumping) make it ideal for cat litters and many other uses.

2.      Do clumping clay litters contain silica? Is it dangerous for my cats and I?

Silica is a mineral (the second most common in the earth). Silica is found in sand, rock and mineral ores including clay. Silica is also naturally present in many foods that we eat such as plants fibers, oats, rice, wheat hulls and sugar beets. There are many different types of silica. The main health concern regarding silica is the repeated inhalation of crystalline silica dust that can cause irritation in the lungs. Quartz is the most common form of crystalline silica.

Wyoming sodium bentonite clay used in Safe4mycat cat litters contain non-significant quantities of quartz. In addition, in the manufacturing of the cat litters, the clay is treated so that there is virtually no dust in the finished product. Small and infrequent exposure to silica dust is not enough to cause any health concerns.

3.    What if my cat licks its paws and ingests some of its clay litter?

Ingesting tiny bits of clay is not an issue if it happens infrequently. One of the only times a cat gets clay litter stuck in its paws is if it does not cover up its urine completely and then walks on the area before a solid clump has formed. If this happens, simply wash the paw with warm water to remove any clay that may have adhered to their paws. If you feel your cat has already ingested some clay you may want to monitor it to be sure it does not become constipated. If it shows signs of abdominal discomfort you should consult your veterinarian.

4.     What if my cat eats some of its clumping clay litter?

Firstly, if your cat is eating its litter it may be a sign that your cat has a health issue. Sometimes nutritional deficiencies cause cats to eat the litter because clay is rich in minerals. If your cat tries its litter when you change fragrances or types of litter they may just be curious. If the behaviour continues though you may want to consult a specialist.

If you feel that your cat has consumed quite a bit of clay litter you should monitor it to be sure it does not become constipated. If it shows signs of abdominal discomfort you should consult your veterinarian.

5.      How do I know if my cat is constipated?
Here are a few signs to look for if you suspect your cat is constipated:

  • Difficulty or straining when trying to eliminate
  • Small, hard or dry stool
  • Frequent trips to the litter box without defecation
  • Weight or appetite lose
  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue or lethargy
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Not well groomed
If your cat shows any of these signs, please consult your veterinarian.

6.      My cat is constipated – could it be because it ate some of its clay litter?
There are many reasons that a cat may become constipated. Here are a few common causes:

  • Older cats tend to suffer from occasional constipation
  • Not enough fibre or liquids in their diet
  • Hairballs that create blockages
  • Prostate enlargement
  • Ingestion of something non-edible
  • Side effects of a medication
  • Tumour or other intestinal blockages
  • Over eating

If you think your cat is constipated please consult your veterinarian.

7.      Is clay litter safe for kittens under the age of 3 months?

Veterinarians often take a very conservative approach and recommend that clumping cat litters not be used for very young kittens (under the age of 3 months). Safe4mycat litter manufacturers make every effort to eliminate volatile dust reducing any risk of inhalation. Kittens can be curious creatures though so we feel it is a personal decision for each kitten owner to make depending on the nature and behaviour of their kitten.

8.      What is strip mining and why is it considered harmful for the environment?

We are replacing strip mining with the terms eco-conscious mining and here is why….

There is talk in the cat litter industry about strip mining and its effects on the environment. In reality, this process is now highly regulated in order to ensure that any land that is mined is subsequently restored to its natural state or better. Various levels of government inspections are done several times per year to ensure standards are met or exceeded. Mining companies now invest significant sums of money to ensure they are doing their part for the environment.

Here is a brief overview of the steps in order to help you understand what we call the eco-conscious mining process. Once a mining site has been authorized, the topsoil is taken off and reserved. The next layer of earth, called the overburden, is then removed and put aside. This allows the clay to be easily harvested after which both the overburden and the topsoil are replaced and the land is leveled. Lastly, the land is re-seeded with lush, native pasture grasses or other native plant life. After the reseeding is completed, the land is ready for various recreational, farming or ranching purposes. This process is often referred to as reclamation of the land.

Very often the clay layer over dries the soil (due to its tremendous capacity to absorb water) limiting the growth of plant life. The removal of the clay can therefore help make the post-mined land more fertile.

9.       Why is Safe4mycat Wyoming sodium bentonite clay better than other clay litters?

The Wyoming sodium bentonite used in Safe4mycat litters is the top quality sodium bentonite clay in the world. This particular clay has higher levels of absorbency and therefore you need less litter (between 30 and 50% less) in order to do the same job as other clay litters. This means less trips to the store for you and less waste for the environment.

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Our commitment

The health of your cat like is important to us. That is why we created safe and effective clay-based litters for your feline friends. All our products are made with Wyoming sodium bentonite harvested using environmentally conscious practices. All Safe4mycat litters are ultra-absorbent, control odours naturally and offer a fine and soft texture for your cat’s comfort.

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