I am, in addition to being a professional pet guy and cat owner, an occasional computer gamer. The games I play sometimes bring to mind some of the pet supplies I deal with on a regular basis here at PetSolutions. Recently I had some fun playing a game called Wasteland 2 and to my surprise cat litter became a key element needed towards the beginning of the game. How is cat litter related to a game based in a dystopian, post nuclear apocalyptic game about a ragged band of law enforcers trying to save the world one person at a time?
According to the game, cat litter contains zeolite which will help protect my stalwart band of adventurers against the horrors of large areas of radioactivity located throughout the deserts of Arizona. As it turns out…after further research, I determined there is truth to it! From the website globalhealingcenter.com zeolite is number 5 on their list of natural radiation remedies. Zeolite also appears on several other similar lists at other websites, stating that it is used for filtering radioactive water, it is used in the storage of nuclear waste, What kind of crazy talk is this!? You ask? Check it out in this quote:
Nuclear waste is typically “cleaned” or “stored” in the environment by mixing it with Zeolite clay and packing it underground. Zeolites can attach themselves to and remove nuclear waste from the cellular level. In fact, one European study found that Zeolite clay was an effective decontaminate for animals affected by the nuclear waste disaster in Chemobyl. Zeolite clay can also be taken internally for detoxing radiation. Perhaps the best evidence proving that Zeolite helps detoxification of radiation was its widespread usage in the nuclear meltdowns at Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and the British Nuclear Fuels (BNF), where it was used to absorb radioactive strontium and cesium – 137 from walls and floors. Similarly, the United States’ nuclear weapons facilities use Zeolite clay to line walls and floors to prevent toxicity.
I was very surprised to say the least. So, my casual game play turned into an educational experience and I wasn’t even aware of it at the time. I guess I never know what form my pet supply education may take, but this happened to be one instance where that education was a lot of fun. So, the next time you are cleaning your cat’s litter box remember this little trick, if it has zeolite in it you may be ready for your next mission into the desert.