Pros: very low odor, easy to scoop, safe for cat's health
Cons: leaves cats kinda dusty, a little pricey
I'm one of those people that has to try a thousand things until I find the one that I really like. I did it with cat food, cat bowls, toys, and I just finally finished the process of cat litter. The story goes as follows:
At first I was using the cheap of the cheap, it was like kitty clump or something silly like that, (I didn't know any better at this point) OBVIOUSLY this did not work out. It was dusty, didn't even clump and was just awful.
Then I upgraded to the $9.99 multi-cat, clumping, refillable Sophresh cat litter from Petco. I liked it for a while. It wasn't extremely high tracking, and it wasn't extremely dusty and it was affordable. But then l I started exploring Petco and reading reviews online that explained there was better out there.
Next I purchased Dr. Elsey's precious cat clumping litter after countless reviews said that it was the best cat litter. I bought a couple bags but that stuff was expensive (to me anyway) $17.99 for about 20lbs was (and still is) too much for what I was getting. Had I been really wowed by it I might have continued to buy it but I was still in my experimental stage so I didn't want to settle. My poor cats probably went nuts with all the litter changes.
After doing a lot of online research, I discovered that clay clumping litter is not only bad for the environment, but bad for our cat's lungs as well. I set out to find a safe alternative and saw SoPhresh crystal cat litter as a good option. The deal with crystals is that they're supposed to be very low dust and tracking. They were neither for me. The pointy crystals were all over the floor and I felt bed for my cat's paws and my feet... My cats actually hated it and when i tried mixing it with the old litter I couldn't scoop anything! Also, the crystals contain silica, which in dust form is a known carcinogen.
FINALLY, after months of searching, I decided to give Blue's Naturally Fresh walnut cat litter another try. When my kitties were neutered I bought a small 4lb bag and tried to get them to use it but they simply would not so I gave up. They used the clay and were fine anyway. But my coworkers kept singing the walnut litter's praises so I went ahead and got the one with cat attractant in it. I didn't have to do any mixing at all, the cat attractant worked and they immediately took to it. It was glorious! Basically from day one I knew I had found the right cat litter. There was barely any odor coming from the box and it's so light compared to clay. It's a bit more costly but to me it's well worth it. The cat litter is also on sale for 1/2 off until April 2015 with a coupon on an app called 'snip snap'.
My ONLY complaint is that after using the cat box, my black kitties come out looking a little dusty. They'll have brown fur for a little bit but I don't mind because walnut dust is definitely safer to inhale than clay dust (which contains sodium benzoate, a harmful chemical)