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post #31 of 52
We're currently using Special Kitty scoop with crystals. It's inexpensive and not very dusty (about like Tidy Cats scoop).

In the last few months we tried WBCL and Swheat Scoop multicat. The cats liked the Swheat Scoop better. But I don't think it held up as good as Tidy Cats Scoop and Special Kitty scoop. That definitely didn't justify the price of Swheat. Swheat Scoop was a little dustier than WBCL, but a finer texture. I don't think the dust was that much more, just slightly more. For some reason, the smell of cat pee in WBCL made me nauseous. And I have had cats all my life--never had that reaction before. The cats didn't really like WBCL either. And tracked terribly. I think the Swheat Scoop multicat was the best of the natural litters we've tried.
post #32 of 52
I use Fresh Step scoopable litter.

I don't necessarily like it, it tracks a lot and there's always litter everywhere to vacuum up. But, I've never used anything else and Zissou has never used the potty anywhere else except once in a potted plant at my sister's house and one week when she was sick and couldn't control herself and had to go to the emergency vet.

So for me, it's sort of an "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". I'm too scared to start something.

And I buy the 30-lb buckets, they last probably a month and a half.
post #33 of 52
World's Best Cat Litter - Multicat Strength (or whatever that formula is called)

Have tried:
Feline Pine Clumping - didn't like scent, too much tracking
Nature's Miracle - too much tracking
Tidy Cats Crystals - could smell urine even with daily stirring
Dr. Elsey Precious Cat Crystal Litter - expensive, but better than the Tidy Cats as far as crystal litter goes. If I had only 1 cat I would probably use this.
Arm & Hammer Super Clumping - not bad
PetCo Store Brand Clumping - this is the clay litter I would use if I went back to clay becuase I like that you can re-fill the container/jug. More environmentally friendly that way.
Safeway Store Brand Clumping - don't remember
post #34 of 52
Currently using: Yesterday's News

Just ordered: The Breeze (inert litter with urine pad on the bottom).

Have used:
Tidy Cat's clay clumping litter
Other clay clumping litters

I was never very picky about clumping clay litters; they all seem to do the job very well indeed. However, my cat Artemis has asthma, and whether it's caused by clay litter dust or not, dust in the environment isn't good for anyone with any breathing problems at all. So I switched to the newspaper-pellet Yesterday's News to cut down on the dust and eliminate the silica dust. It takes getting used to (both on my part and the cat's part), and still has a fair amount of dust (the pellets break down when urinated on), but it's definitely OK.
post #35 of 52
Thread Starter 
Well, here I am with three weekends before picking up my 12 week old kittens. I've read as much as I could about litters and have decided that I will be giving Nature's Miracle a try. The three litters that have been on my "list" to research are Nature's Miracle, Ultra Pearls and WBCL. Depending on what happens with this litter as far as performance, I might also incorporate a mixture of Nature's Miracle and Ultra Pearls mixing both in order to get the benefits of each. Time will tell.

Thanks!
post #36 of 52
Kitty uses Fresh Step scoopable, and it is great. I've heard that it might not be the best for cat health, but for now thats what she likes and I do too
post #37 of 52
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Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45 View Post
The wood stove pellets are even better then the pine - price wise - I pay less then $4.00 for 40 lbs.

When we get Jack next spring, I'll have some normal scoopable litter, but will be adding the pellets for him to get used to. By the time he has free run of the house, he will be using pellets without the litter
where do you get the pellets, is it clumping?
post #38 of 52
I use chicken crumbles or laying crumbles, chicken feed. It is like worlds best, except much cheaper, 16 dollars for 50 pounds. It used to be 13, but with the price of corn going up, so is the chiken feed. I would like to find something else. Oh, and I mix in a little swheat with it, to cut down on the "corny" smell in the summer. winter is ok.
before this, I used the petsmart brand which was affecting my lungs, and terribly dusty. I try to stay "green".
post #39 of 52
I've been using clay clumping litter. Scoop Away seems to clump the hardest. You could throw those things through someone's window if you were so inclined!

Since clumping and kittens is a disaster, and I want to be environmentally friendly, I've been trying out more natural litters since I've had the kittens.

The Feline Pine (regular and clumping) sound like great idea, but were very messy with frisky kittens jumping in and out of the box all the time. Sawdust, everywhere! I'm using my leftover litter with my big cats, but it's in the box they don't use as much, so I'm not sure how they like it.

I'm now using WBCL with the little ones and I'm impressed enough to buy a big bag and start switching everyone over. Except that I have about 50-60 pounds of clay clumping litter left, so it's going to take a while before I need it.

It clumps well, controls odor well (and there's nothing more obnoxious than the smell of kitten poop!), isn't as messy as the pine, and doesn't leave everything coated in dust. I also like that if the kittens act like little stoopidheads and try to eat the stuff, it won't hurt them.
post #40 of 52
I am using Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat Litter and I think it's really good. Holds up well for a week and I havent had any odor problems yet. I'll be sticking with this for awhile. Kitty seems to be okay with it, and the only time it gets in my carpet is when I miss when cleaning the box.
post #41 of 52
I'm using Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat, too and I love it! I started with the Senior Cat (while my cats aren't seniors, my Oliver has idiopathic cystitis), but the Precious Cat clumps better and is easier to scoop (and therefore easier to keep clean).
post #42 of 52
we dont get litter anymore, they never use it... they go in our garden, in one corner which has sand... for our garden plant. We have to replace this every so often (once per week) but they will only go in there...

one of our cats goes on our dead grass (pees) and when he dose this, it gives the grass about 2 days full green area then it dies again. This is due to it being on chalk, nothing else, just chalk...
post #43 of 52
We have the Tidy Cats Breeze system and I love it. There's no odor and no tracking of the litter/pellets on the rug.
post #44 of 52
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Originally Posted by Creativgirl View Post
I'm using Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat, too and I love it! I started with the Senior Cat (while my cats aren't seniors, my Oliver has idiopathic cystitis), but the Precious Cat clumps better and is easier to scoop (and therefore easier to keep clean).
I use the Dr. Elsey's Cat Attract. I tired to go cheaper and easier to obtain by buying litter at the grocery store, but I was disappointed. It was so dusty, and did a terrible job of odor control. I have gone back to the cat attract and I think the cats are happier too. They seem to be digging more than they were with the other litter.
post #45 of 52
My top choices are

1. Arm and Hammer Multi cat
2. Tidy Cats immediate odor control
3. Arm and Hammer Super Scoop
4. Tidy Cats regular
5. Tidy Cats anti microbial
post #46 of 52
Another Dr Elsy fan. The clumps are rock hard and never break apart. For a multi cat family this was a must. I tried Feline Pine which was ok with just Mary. Shweat Scoop which broke apart. WBCL which smelled rank once it was used.
I am happy with Cat Attract and the cats are too. No smell. Lasts a long time and I don't have any tracking either.
post #47 of 52
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Originally Posted by Lorina View Post
I'm now using WBCL with the little ones and I'm impressed enough to buy a big bag and start switching everyone over. Except that I have about 50-60 pounds of clay clumping litter left, so it's going to take a while before I need it.
You could always donate it to your local shelter.

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Originally Posted by CC12 View Post
WBCL which smelled rank once it was used.
Interesting. I love WBCL and I live in a small (1100 sq. ft.) bungalow with 2 cats and 2 litter boxes. The boxes are scooped daily but only changed completely out every 6-8 weeks and people (who I trust to tell me the truth) say there is no litter odour when they come in. We also keep the boxes in our bedrooms and do notice an odour if Bijou decides to use the litter after we get into bed but fortunately the odour doesn't last very long - about the same as a human using the bathroom and flushing.
post #48 of 52
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Originally Posted by CC12 View Post
WBCL which smelled rank once it was used.
I am happy with Cat Attract and the cats are too. No smell. Lasts a long time and I don't have any tracking either.
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Originally Posted by Yosemite View Post
Interesting. I love WBCL and I live in a small (1100 sq. ft.) bungalow with 2 cats and 2 litter boxes. The boxes are scooped daily but only changed completely out every 6-8 weeks and people (who I trust to tell me the truth) say there is no litter odour when they come in.
It has to be a cat chemistry type thing with the litter. I tried WBCL with Phoenix and then with Gigi/Steve and I couldn't bear the smell and it really lingered in our house. It was actually the worst of all the litters and Gigi/Steve really didn't like using it.

I know majority of people of are very happy with WBCL but for whatever reason, it didn't work for us. Steve/Gigi really like Dr. Elsey's so I'm sticking with that for now.
post #49 of 52
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Originally Posted by Russian Blue View Post
It has to be a cat chemistry type thing with the litter. I tried WBCL with Phoenix and then with Gigi/Steve and I couldn't bear the smell and it really lingered in our house. It was actually the worst of all the litters and Gigi/Steve really didn't like using it.
same here - plus, it didn't work really well in the automated boxes i use.

post #50 of 52
Never used WBCL, but you are totally right about how what is absolutely AMAZING for one cat/cat owner is not so great for another.

When we first took our kittens in, my friend (who has three cats) recommended a brand of litter they sold here in our local pet shop (it's called Pura). I have used it for the past few months, and though the cats do really love it, I am less than satisfied with its clumping, tracking issues and just overall performance- and, it is expensive. I was discussing this with my friend, and she says it clumps -for them - amazingly and is the best litter she has ever used. Hm.

We are in the process of finding a new litter . I have purchased a small bag of a litter called Cats Best Oka Plus, and so far, I love it. The cats, however, are still not sure.....
post #51 of 52
Thread Starter 
Well, I'm here to report that I purchased Nature's Miracle and use it in two litter boxes. Both boxes have been used and the upstairs box is in a small bathroom that would definitely let you know if there was something funky smelling in there. I have to say I'm quite impressed with this litter. The clumps are fairly hard and they stay together. Then again I scoop carefully and don't bounce the scooper around too much. The scent is a bit strong, but not unpleasant. The odor of the litter itself is not so strong that it can be smelled all over the house. There is a light scent of pine in the air and it's more noticeable when you first open and poor the bag as it's a new scent. I like the fact that I can go to the upstairs bathroom and not smell the litter box. Well, I get a light smell of pine, but no urine or poop. The smell of combined urine/poop and pine is only present when scooping the box. After that there is nothing. As far as tracking goes, it's a light litter and it tracks. I haven't had a cat in over 14 years and I can't really remember what is "normal" for tracking. It gets on the floor and it's nothing than a handy vac can't handle.
I was planning on using this litter in combination with Ultra Pearls, but I no longer plan to get the pearls. This litter is working fine for me and I'm happy with it. Thanks to all that posted as your replies were appreciated.
post #52 of 52
I've used Tidy cats, Scoop Away, Fresh Step, Arm & Hammer Odor Alert etc etc but now I use Swheat Scoop on the surface & Feline Pine(original) on the bottom.
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