Now Twitter, I understand you are a fan of cats and their antics. Why are you voting against a mineral that makes life easier for everyone involved?
Vote #smectite (4/25)
#Smectite demand, for litter, has been steadily on the rise as more and more cats are being adopted and brought inside.
This allows the cats to stay indoors and lowers the impact on local fauna. Smectite saves birds and squirrels from cats! (5/25)
All clay minerals are sheet silicates ("phyllosilicates"). You will also observe tetrahedral layers and octahedral layers (6/25)
[alt gif text: Napoleon Dynamite wants to know "You gonna eat your tots?"]. (12/25)
Each set of T-O-T is stacked with other repeating layers of T-O-T. Where the two T layers meet, they are bound by Van der Waals bonds. (13/25)
But, a lot of other ions & ionic molecules are capable of inserting themselves into this inter-clay layer. This includes water. (14/25)