If litter pellets get stuck in between a cat’s toes why not make the pellets bigger?
Litter pellets or granules get stuck between the cat’s toes. I am sure we have all noticed it. It doesn’t matter whether it is wood or clay. I only know the size of wood and clay based pellets but the other types pose the same risk of being small enough to be trapped between the toes. Clumping clay litter is made up of small granules. Wood pellets are larger but both are small enough to get lodged between a cat’s toes where they could be ingested when the cat grooms himself.
It is safer for the cat if he swallows wood or wheat. Ingested clay can cause genuine and serious health problems such as obstructions. Clumping litter is made from sodium bentonite a clay that expands massively. Is it safe? On the face of it, yes. But we don’t know really what effect it might have on a cat’s health (there is also the question of dust settling on a cat’s coat and being ingested but that is another topic).
I’ll get back to the point of this short post, which is really just a question: are the cat litter manufacturers unable to make the pellets/granules larger so that they can’t be stuck between the toes? Larger granules would probably track less as well.
Perhaps larger granules would make the litter too uncomfortable to walk on. What about making them in the shape of flakes so that they are flat? This would probably be too expensive to manufacture. That is my guess. It comes down to cost ultimately.
A similar problem occurs with the size of dry cat food pellets. They are nearly always too small such that cats sometimes swallow the food without masticating it in their mouths. This must be bad for a cat’s health too.