Frequently Asked Questions

What is Fresh Magic's Primary Benefit?

An odor free home environment for you, your guests, your pets and your family!!!

Why are there two shapes of litter, round and chunk shaped?

Many people prefer the original round style, especially those with automated cat boxes, such at LitterMaid. But others like the new chunk style crystals because they do not roll if your cat displaces them from the litterbox.

For optimal use of FreshMagic®, is there anything I should be aware of?

Yes ! There are three, Scooping, Hesitancy of cat to change, and Scatter.

Dear New Users: We value our customers, we listen, and we want you to be fully informed about this product. The suggestions in the following three paragraphs will return a lifetime of continuous benefits, especially a more elegant home environment.

Scooping: When I scoop the cat litter the Fresh Magic Crystals do not fall through the scoop. Solution: Your retailer should be able to get a suitable scoop with wider slots for you. If not, order one from www.petfooddirect.com on our ordering page.

Hesitancy of cat to use new litter: Mix small amounts of FreshMagic with the old litter, and increase gradually while reducing the amount of the old litter. After two weeks, clean box and use FreshMagic only. Your cat will now be accustomed to the new litter. This small effort on your part will return a world of benefits.

Scatter: Original FreshMagic crystals are round, and will roll if the cat causes them to be displaced from the litter box. If this is a problem, try our new chunk style crystals, which do not roll.

How does FreshMagic® work?

(Short answer: Like magic!)  Absorption is what happens when a sponge soaks up urine. The urine remains in the sponge unchanged, and the odor still emanates from the sponge, just as occurs with other cat litters.

Fresh Magic®, however, causes an interaction whereby a change of physical properties occurs.

Fresh Magic® is composed of quartz sand (SiO²).  Through advanced processing, this sand is converted into crystals. The sand is first heated to melting temperature, then rapidly cooled in water. Next, it is dried out, sifted and sized. One teaspoon of these crystals contains millions of microscopic pores, which exhale moisture from cat urine. The odor molecules can’t remain intact without moisture. It is moisture which is the necessary element in creating that awful catbox odor. The crystals also pull moisture from the droppings, which further minimizes odor. This advanced technology provides the greatest odor control of any type of litter. This process also kills bacteria. See testimonials.

What is Crystal Litter made of?

The product is made from silica sand, a naturally occurring earth mineral. Silicon is an element. This product is silicon dioxide (SiO2), also called silica, or silica sand. It is chemically and biologically inert.

Is it safe for pets and children?

This product is completely nontoxic to pets and humans.
Silicon dioxide is used as a food additive in such products as beer, salt substitutes (Diamond Crystal® Salt Sense) and dry coffee creamers. Obviously, because of the contact between cat litter and the cat’s eliminations, a physician should be consulted if any child is suspected of ingesting or handling any cat litter of any type.

Do I have to scoop the cat droppings?

Yes. The product will dry out the droppings, and the occasional diarrhea by gradually pulling moisture from them, and will reduce odor, but regular scooping is recommended. You will need a scoop with wide slots, as described above.

Tracking?

FreshMagic crystals are specially sized to eliminate the messy tracking associated with standard litters. You do not want bacteria-laden litter tracked through your home, even in trace amounts.

Is it biodegradable?

Yes. FreshMagic crystals are 100% biodegradable. In fact, we were “green” before it was fashionable. When put in a compost pile or landfill, the material completely absorbs into the earth in about one month causing less landfill waste.

How long does it last?

One bag will last the average cat one month under ordinary circumstances.
The shelf life of the product will decrease if kept in an area such as a bathroom or damp basement because it continuously adsorbs moisture. Also, if you have a very large cat with a very large bladder, the useful life of the product may be shorter than one month.

I notice the crystals have turned yellow. Does this mean it is time to change?

The yellow staining comes from the cat urine and does not in itself indicate change. Please read the next paragraph.

When should I change the litter?

When you can notice a slight urine odor from a distance of 30 Cm (twelve inches) twenty minutes after scooping or whenever you notice any moisture in the litter pan. These are signs that the litter has reached its saturation point and it is time to change.

I have more than one cat. How often should I change the litter?

With two cats, use one bag of Fresh Magic® and change it about every two weeks. It is not advisable to use two bags at a time to last two cats one month. With three cats, use one bag of fresh magic and change it every ten days. With four cats, use one bag of fresh magic every week. Also, see the previous paragraph.

Can I flush it down the toilet?

NO! This could clog your drain. Put it out with the garbage or into a compost pile. If a few crystals cling to the solid waste that is scooped, this is harmless.

How do FreshMagic® Crystals deliver the best odor control?

(Short answer: Like magic!)  Absorption is what happens when a sponge soaks up urine. The urine remains in the sponge unchanged, and the odor still emanates from the sponge, just as occurs with other cat litters.

Fresh Magic®, however, causes an interaction whereby a change of physical properties occurs.

Fresh Magic® is composed of quartz sand (SiO²).  Through advanced processing, this sand is converted into crystals. The sand is first heated to melting temperature, then rapidly cooled in water. Next, it is dried out, sifted and sized. One teaspoon of these crystals contains millions of microscopic pores, which exhale moisture from cat urine. The odor molecules can’t remain intact without moisture. It is moisture which is the necessary element in creating that awful catbox odor. The crystals also pull moisture from the droppings, which further minimizes odor. This advanced technology provides the greatest odor control of any type of litter. This process also kills bacteria. See testimonials.

About Litter Types

In recent years, there has been a considerable expansion in the different types of litter products available to cat owners.  New cat owners as well as veteran owners are a little overwhelmed by the different choices available.

There are basically four different categories of cat litter:

  • Clay
  • Clumping
  • Crystals & Crystal Blends
  • Alternative

Clay is the old original.  This is the most economical decision.  This is basically absorbent clay dirt.
Primary benefit: Economy
Drawbacks: Lack of Odor control, Dusty, tracking, frequent changing, weight used per month high.

Clumping  (scoopable) is specially processed clay that forms clumps when liquid is added to it.  The clumps and droppings are scooped and discarded leaving behind mostly fresh litter. Clumping accounts for over 60% of all litter usage.
Primary benefits:  More odor control than clay, less lbs per month, change less.
Drawbacks:  Some tracking, some dust.

Crystals are a relatively new product whose primary benefit is super odor control.  These crystals contain millions of microscopic pores, which exhale moisture from cat urine. Crystals are essentially processed sand and are environment and pet friendly.
Primary Benefit:  Best odor control of all litter, less landfill waste, biodegradeable.

*Crystal blends are crystals blended in with clay litter. The proportion is usually about 5 to 8% crystals and the balance clay litter. This may sound good to the consumer, but because of the very small percentage of crystals, this type litter functions about the same as clay litter.

Alternative litters.  There are many choices here.  Alternative litters are made from various products, such as wheat, corn, pine shavings, charcoal, recycled newspapers and various other substances.  A few of these litters have some clumping properties.
Because there is such a variety, you are urged to investigate further any products that appeal to you. Most have a website.
Primary benefits: Ecology and economy

How do I use FreshMagic®?

  1. Fill litter pan to a minimum depth of 1.5 inches.
  2. Remove solid waste with a slotted scoop daily and stir crystals around in the box.
  3. Change as needed, about one month for a small cat. See USAGE below.

It’s that simple!

Additional Information
For the product to function optimally, it is important that the litter pan is filled with crystals to a depth of at least 1.5 inches. Because litter pans vary widely in size, we recommend that you buy enough to easily fill your litter pan to this depth.
When used this way, crystal litters are comparable in price to clumping litters on a monthly basis.

It is important to stir the crystals around because the cat usually goes in the center of the box. Without mixing about, the crystals in the center become saturated while the crystals around the perimeter are unused.  This reduces the effectiveness and odor control properties of the product.

USAGE: When you have more than one cat, do NOT add more litter, just change the litter more often. Two cats change about every two weeks, three cats about every ten days, etc.  If you have more than one litter pan, the cats will almost never use them equally, so you may have to change the litter at different times for each litter box.