Do you have questions about our cat litter? You are not sure how to fill a cat toilet? You are interested in our production process and would like to know more about our raw materials? Find out here the answers from our expert Robert Printsteiner.

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Why is cleanliness and hygiene so important when it comes to cats?

Cats have an innate sense of cleanliness and hygiene. With their intense preening they impregnate their fur. Cats are also very demanding when it comes to hygiene in the cat toilet. Cats completely avoid cat toilets that smell bad. This is the advantage of clumping natural clay litter by Biokat’s: they fix odours in their pores and ensure long-lasting hygiene in the cat toilet.

Why is my cat not using its toilet?

There can be a number of reasons why cats are stubborn and refuse to use their cat toilet. One reason is that cats do notice when their usual litter has been replaced by a different brand. Cats are animals with strong rituals and habits. They don’t feel so comfortable with change.

Another reason: not enough litter in the cat toilet. Cats scratch when they have done their business. In nature, burying faeces serves as protection for cats. It means their enemies cannot pick up on their scent. Cats still dig and scratch, even though they are now domesticated.

To make it easier for your cat to use the toilet, please fill up the litter tray more than before.

My cat eats the cat litter! Is that harmful?

Bentonite is a natural clay. When a cat eats bentonite litter, there is usually a reason for it. Cats have a very sensitive physical composition. When they have deficiencies, cats try to make up for them – it’s a natural reflex. When a cat eats bentonite it is a sign that the cat has a mineral deficiency. Adding minerals (such as in the form of food supplements) usually discourages the cat from eating litter. If your cat only ate a few granules once, it’s not a problem. Generally speaking, the bentonite is excreted via the intestines. If the cat ate a larger amount of litter, it’s best to see a vet just in case. A large amount of clay in the stomach could lead to more serious discomfort.

How much litter do I put in the cat toilet?

In order to use this cat litter correctly and to achieve the maximum performance, we recommend to mix the granulate evenly when filling the cat litter tray. We generally advice you to fill it up to 7 cm. This way you always ensure that proper clumps can form.

Does it matter what kind of shovel I use?

Yes! For fine litter, such as Diamond Care, we recommend that you use a fine litter shovel with a fine mesh. For our coarse clumping litters, such as Biokat’s Classic 3in1, we recommend that you use a shovel with a coarser mesh.

How often do I remove the clumps from the cat toilet?

We recommend that you fill up the toilet once and then remove the clumps 3 times a day.

How often should the cat toilet be completely emptied and refilled?

This depends on the litter you use. To find out how long the litter will last you, please see the Biokat’s packaging.

How do I store paper bags correctly?

Paper bags should be stored in a dry place with normal air humidity. Moisture makes the paper damp, and as a result it tears more easily. Even worse, that the litter absorbs moisture, which has a negative impact on the product properties.

How do I dispose of the litter?

Generally, the litter can be disposed with normal household waste, or in some regions with organic waste. It depends on the municipal regulations in your area. You can call the local authorities who will be able to tell you!

What is bentonite?

Bentonite is a natural clay. This clay has pores that open and close. Bentonite absorbs moisture and firmly envelops it in its pores. Clumps form as a result. That’s why cat litter made from bentonite is a clumping litter, in this case a natural clumping litter.

How is bentonite extracted, and where?

Bentonite is a clay that is obtained by open-cast mining. When geologists find clay in a region and they have a permit to mine it, pits are dug up to extract the clay. The pits show nicely the many different types of rock that formed in layers over the course of millions of years. Bentonite is usually very deep, which is why the pits have to be deep enough, sometimes up to 30 metres or more. There are regions in Europe that are famous for their clay-rich soil. In Germany, the soil in Bavaria is particularly rich in bentonite.

Biokat’s uses mostly Bavarian bentonite, because the bentonite there is well-known for its excellent properties: excellent absorption, and a nice and pleasant colour. Plus: Biokat’s production site is in Kelheim in Bavaria. Because we use Bavarian raw clay we guarantee short delivery routes, which is eco-friendly.

Are there different types of bentonite? What about the colour?

Yes, definitely! Not all bentonite is the same. The position of the clay in the pit can play a role, as can the climate and other factors – they all have an impact on the bentonite’s properties, such as absorption properties and colour. It is important to note, however, that the bentonite’s colour has nothing to do with its quality. Sometimes bentonite that comes from the same pit can have different colours, depending on where in the pit it came from. The colour of the bentonite is just a question of appearance.

What does the absorption properties of a cat litter mean?

Absorption properties refer to the litter’s capacity to absorb liquid. The greater its absorption capacity, the more liquid it can bind.

What happens with the clay pits when they are depleted?

Biokat’s monitors the mining of bentonite. When a pit is depleted, it is recultivated, mixed forests are planted and habitats are developed. The aim of the re-cultivation is to be gentle to the new environment, to maintain biodiversity and to promote the upkeep of our landscapes.