There's a new litter on the market - Pretty Litter - and it can be a tool in monitoring your fur baby's health.
Pretty Litter is a subscription based litter service that sends you a 4-pound bag each month and can help you monitor your cat's health by its color-changing litter crystals.
According to Pretty Litter, one 4-lb bag should last your medium-sized cat one month (for larger cats or multi-cat households, they recommend ordering extra). The litter crystals absorb odors and moisture so that you only have to remove solid waste (read: poos).
The litter changes color to signal any abnormalities in your cat's health and can indicate kidney problems, urinary tract infections, metabolic disorders, and more. Of course the litter is not a diagnostic tool, only an indicator that you should take your cat to see a vet. This is great in our opinion since cat owner know that cats are often surreptitious about revealing pain.
We tried out a bag [courtesy of Pretty Litter for a free trial] and here's what we thought:
-We loved the hassle-free "scoop the poop only" philosophy (you just mix the crystals around to make sure that the crystals remain at their absorbent best)
-I think we should have requested a 2nd bag to test because Thomas is a big boy! He is long so he has a bigger litter box and the Pretty Litter folks recommend having at least 2 inches at the bottom. One bag barely did the trick so 1.5 or 2 bags would have probably been better.
-If we were regular users I think we would double up our order, not only to account for the bigger litter box but also because about 2 weeks into our trial, the litter was starting to smell a little like pee (maybe Thomas just pees a lot?)
-We really liked the color-changing aspect. It was comforting to look in the box and see a "normal" yellow/green shade.