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Best kitty litter?

post #1 of 33
Thread Starter 

This might not be your normal type of question, but I'm just wondering if anyone has any suggestions or information about kitty litter? I watched a show once where this guy said that clumping is best (obviously), and that most cats don't like the scented (deodorizer?) litter. He said more, but I forgot. >:-[ Just wondering if anyone knew something about why one type of litter might be better than others because I'm pretty clueless in that department of kitty care. lol2.gif

post #2 of 33

What type of litter is best really depends on your cat. Clumping litter is quite popular and most cats like it, although lots of people have great luck with silica, paper-based, corn, etc. I think the best litter is the one that your cat likes to most and works best for your life. I have heard of cats disliking scented litters, and I know my Freya does - she won't use anything but unscented, clumping clay.

 

You can find a bit of information on litter types here: http://www.thecatsite.com/a/litter-box-maintenance

post #3 of 33
Thread Starter 
Thanks so much for your answer ms. freya! Also, a lot of cats , in my opinion, don't really care what their litter is like, as long as they can use it. laughing02.gif
post #4 of 33
Are you looking to change litter?
post #5 of 33
Thread Starter 
No, just researching. biggrin.gif
post #6 of 33

Ms. Freya provided a good link for you to utilize.  Personally I use clumping.  I have 4 cats and 5 litter boxes.  I've always used Fresh Step but have been looking to change because I don't like the dust it creates.  Right now I'm weighing the pros and cons of some of the natural pine litters out there.

post #7 of 33

When I was having litter woes a good recommendation given to me by TCS members was to find a really fine clumping litter.  The smaller pieces clump better & stronger to keep the urine deposits from breaking up in the litter.  I was using Dr. Elsey's at that point, then switched to Tidy Cat because it was a finer texture.  I hated the scent, though, and wanted to try flushable, so I switched to Swheat Scoop & haven't looked back.  It has a nice, fine texture, clumps well, once the deposits are cleaned out the remaining litter is still clean and still smells like it just came out of the packaging, so it takes a lot longer for the litter to get "sullied" and I am able to go much longer between litter changes than when we used clay litter.  If you haven't tried it, I recommend it!

post #8 of 33
Thread Starter 

Thanks so much for the recommendations and advice Nutromike and parsleysage!

post #9 of 33

We've been through numerous varieties of litter. we started with that arm and hammer stuff it didn't do any good for us because the smell that came out of the litter box was terrifying!. Next we tried "fresh step" the smell from the litter box got worse. Finally we settled on "scoop away" it works for us. there is no smell from the litter box unless she goes # 2. when she cover's it up still no smell. the scoop away we use is also scented. I'm not too sure if the scent has to do with the cover up but what ever it is it WORKS!..for us anyway. 

post #10 of 33
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Originally Posted by parsleysage View Post

When I was having litter woes a good recommendation given to me by TCS members was to find a really fine clumping litter.  The smaller pieces clump better & stronger to keep the urine deposits from breaking up in the litter.  I was using Dr. Elsey's at that point, then switched to Tidy Cat because it was a finer texture.  I hated the scent, though, and wanted to try flushable, so I switched to Swheat Scoop & haven't looked back.  It has a nice, fine texture, clumps well, once the deposits are cleaned out the remaining litter is still clean and still smells like it just came out of the packaging, so it takes a lot longer for the litter to get "sullied" and I am able to go much longer between litter changes than when we used clay litter.  If you haven't tried it, I recommend it!



Clumping litter is ok but I just don;t like it specialy the real fine grain stuff its to dusty for my liking.Even just filling the litter box I hack and cough for an hour after. I also only have one cat so maybe its better for multi cats but I just can;t use it becasue its just so dusty my cat scraches it up and when I pour it into the box its self

 

post #11 of 33

Tidy Cats scoop is all we will use.

 

Changing litter to Cats Pride one time and smokie got an upper respiratory infection with 105 fever and infected paws that oozed open!

post #12 of 33

I started using Cat Attract after Precious was diagnosed with chronic renal failure and it's been a huge hit.  Clumps great and doesn't seem to have the dust.

post #13 of 33

My cats use (nearly said I use!) Ever Clean.  Comes in four varieties, two scented, two non-scented, two allegedly low-track (coarse grains), two not (fine grain).

 

http://www.everclean.com/buy.html

 

I am in the UK, the people I buy from give free carriage on orders over a certain value, and there is a price break at 10 boxes.  However if I go to a show where the supplier has a stall they have a 3 for the price of 2 offer which is cheaper again.

post #14 of 33

My cats were using Feline Pine at the shelter so that's what I bought. I LOVE it. It's odor control truly amazes me, and visitor's have remarked about the lack of odor even standing directly over the box. Also it's fully compostable and sustainable.

 

The only problem is, is that many cats do not like pellets (including mine which for all I know had never experienced anything else).

 

Every time I did a litter change the cats were extremely hesitant about breaking in the new batch. They would hold it in for 12-24 hours. Although there were no accidents, it made me nervous. I want to see litter box enthusiasm.

 

So now I cover a layer of Feline pine with unscented clay litter - whatever is cheapest. Now they jump right in as I pour the clay litter.

 

I hate clay litter. It's damaging to the environment and I don't like for me or the cats to be breathing in its dust. I would prefer not to use it, but for now, it's the best solution I've got.

 

The only corn based litter I have used is the Nature's Miracle. It's horrible. It seems to amplify and condense the ammonia stench to where after just a few whizzes my eyes burn from the ammonia if I'm standing over the box to clean it.

post #15 of 33

Integrity Clumping Cat Litter. Best stuff ever. 

post #16 of 33

I saw Arm and Hammer has a new one out a nutural clumping litter. Sounds like a advertizing gimmick to me. I use Tidy cat.

Cheap and it works. I use clumping litter for it keeps the boxes cleaner than the regular clay. Pine maybe too differnet. Might try one box of that one to see if they like it.

post #17 of 33
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Originally Posted by noxcnx View Post

Integrity Clumping Cat Litter. Best stuff ever. 



If you can find someone who sells this type of litter in your area, I would highly recommend it. It is only $9.99 for a 25lb bag here in Boise. The litter feels more like the white sand you find at the beach and it actually clumps without falling apart when you scoop it out. The clumping is so effective that very little litter is actually used, so with 4 cats I only have to buy 1 bag a month  for refills (but I also feed them high protein food with no additives, so they don't eat as much or have to poop as much) and it rarely ever has to be changed out completely. There are no added perfumes or fragrance, but it has a naturally pleasing smell that lingers on the cats. I love it so much that if they stopped selling it at our humane society I would order it online (I believe they are based in Colorado). The litter is awesome and everyone I have recommended it to is still using it as well. 

 

Good luck with the search. I'm sure there is another type of litter that has these same qualities that others will love, but if you can find the Integrity product in your area I recommend giving it a try.


Edited by noxcnx - 2/8/12 at 3:22pm
post #18 of 33
Is this maybe a local or regional brand? I've never heard of it and I've gone through a lot of different kinds of litter. I looked it up online and the price looks good. But (there's always a "but" rolleyes.gif) the shipping for a $10 bag of litter is $23! eekyellow.gif
post #19 of 33

It may be regional and yeah, I would have it shipped to me for $23 without having tried it myself either. As I said before, there are probably other brands that have similar properties that you could find in your area as well. 

post #20 of 33

just bought some and have used it for several days. It is so good, but I do have concerns about the environment, etc. I tried the others, but with four indoor cats, I am weary of the inconvenience. This one is the easiest. Haven't noticed dust yet, will give it more time. Hope the stories about cats ingesting it are not something to be concerned about.

post #21 of 33
i agree! ive only been a cat owner for six months but have noticed that when i changed kitty litters our cat didnt want to go he's picky he likes a certain kind and that's what we're sticking to
post #22 of 33

For DevonLover (Just found Pro Pet Fresh Results Clumping Corncob Cat Litter at Walmart and bought a bag.)  I just did a search at Wal-Mart and can't find this litter for my region (Jacksonville, FL).  If you can tell me your city & state, I can put that in Wal-Mart's site and hopefully I could get it via their on-line shopping tab.

 

I currently use the Arm & Hammer Essentials litter and mix it with Fresh Step litter for use in the Littermaid cat box.  The Arm & Hammer deodorizes wonderfully (and the cats have no problem with the fragance) but it doesn't clump all that great, so I mix in the Fresh Step and the mixture works great, clumps stay together and odor control works for my 3 boys.

post #23 of 33

I had one cat that would only use pine pellets if i used anything else she would not use her box. I myself prefer clumping litter because its easy to scoop out the clumps i can clean it daily so there isnt allot of smelly cat feces in a box for days on end. I now have 2 new kittens and they have no problems useing the clumping litter. i'm use tidy cat ihts readily available and resonable in price.

post #24 of 33

To be fair, I find the smell of scented litter to be rather noxious, and my sense of smell is generally poor--so I understand why some cats wouldn't like it.

I've actually been thinking about looking into different litter types myself, because litter in general aggravates my sinuses something awful. I used regular litter (eg. Arm & Hammer) for years because it worked for the cats, and until recently I didn't know there were other choices out there. Finding out that there are so many alternatives is really heartening.

post #25 of 33
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Originally Posted by LollipopandYogi View Post

I had one cat that would only use pine pellets if i used anything else she would not use her box. I myself prefer clumping litter because its easy to scoop out the clumps i can clean it daily so there isnt allot of smelly cat feces in a box for days on end. I now have 2 new kittens and they have no problems useing the clumping litter. i'm use tidy cat ihts readily available and resonable in price.

I buy a giant box of vinyl gloves cheap from the beauty supply store and clean out the box with my gloved hand. Preferable because a) I don't have to deal with the soiled scooper b) I can check the poop for worms. If I go more than two days w/o cleaning the litter, the cats express their irritation by shoveling litter out of the box all over the floor.

post #26 of 33

Best cat litter I have used yet and I have tried alot is Hartz Multi Cat Tight Clumping no odor and works amazing for 2 cats!!

post #27 of 33

Hi

I've been through many. I have found Swheat Scoop Natural Litter to be my Favorite. ( Regular, not Multi-Cat) Odor control is Excellent. Scoop without fighting hard clumps. I find it very low on dust. I pour it in close to the tray. Some small tracking, but if you step on this stuff, it won't send you hopping or sliding across the floor.  It's Biodegradable. I saw one person comment on moths. I have gotten those only when the cats were going outside more. I thought it would be okay to just leave it in the litter box. When I did notice that was the moth culprit, I poured it into the dirt outside. I think it is getting more expensive and in smaller packaging. That sucks. But what product hasn't taken that path! I coupon hunt, too. I give Swheat Scoop (5) out of (5) Stars!

~GK

post #28 of 33

As a long time Arm & Hammer Super Scoop user, I wanted to broaden my horizons by trying to find another sand like clumping litter, with less dust. I have tried the following:

 

Dr Elsey's = too dusty. That stuff fills my whole room with dust & odor every time I clean the boxes. Swheat Scoop =  awesome! No dust or very little, I can't see any, no smell & it clumps great. 
World's Best = too dusty. I have a fine coating of dust all over the top of my box that I put it in.

 

I typically mix Super Scoop with Essentials Natural Clumping. I get the sand texture & the fast clumping action but also the "filler" of the natural corn litter. I've found that when a cat pees on straight Super Scoop, it travels far & wide & then it turns to a giant piece of cement. It wastes way too much.

post #29 of 33

I wonder if anyone has heard anything about Oko Cat Clumping Litter?  Its on Amazon and is a pine natural litter that has a lot of good reviews on Amazon.  

 

I am looking for a new litter, to replace the Worlds Best, because I am hoping to replace the 'corn,' ingredient with pine.    

 

My cats have tried Feline Pine Pellets, and didn't like the pellet feel on their feet ( wouldn't cover their business at all )  and I found it didn't clump well at all.    

 

Now I understand that Feline Pine has a Pine Clumping Litter that is more the consistency of Worlds Best ( kind of a grainy crumble sawdust ) and also Feline Pine has apparently just come out with a brand NEW litter, Feline Pine and Cedar Combination called  Healthy Home Solutions, which apparently has all clean pure ingredients and just pine and cedar, in a crumbly formula.  

 

I am going to Petsmart today to pick that up "Healthy Home Solutions Feline Pine / Cedar " today.  I will let you guys know how it goes for me.  

 

If anyone has any thoughts on these products, please post.

 

I liked Worlds Best very much, albeit pricey,  because it clumped well, picked up clean and cats love it, but most importantly, it has no sodium benzonite ( sp? ) or anything other chemical clump agent that I am HORRIBLY allergic to.

 

The only thing is that I am trying to get away from the corn base.  I scoop twice a day and dump the whole thing every 10 days or so, but I live in south Florida  ( AC on super cold all the time )  and the corn, albeit inside, concerns me as I worry about mold, etc.  with moist corn and heat.  I have read concerning things about the corn and mold.    

 

I have used WB for three years and had zero problems, but then I scoop twice a day and after ten days with two big cats, even when clean, it stars to smell a little funky so I usually dump it at that point.  And I have heard that most corn sold on the market today is GMO  ( genetically modified ) so that kind of concerns me too.  But I guess its  a toss up between dusty clay (not from the US ) , GMO corn and regular clumping clay  litter with the sodium bezonite ( sp? )   Yikes, not many solutions.    I will admit the original Feline Pine....I was not allergic and I felt it was safe but my cats hated the pellets and it clumped poorly.  I am hoping that one of their newer gravel-consistency forumulas might have what I am looking for. 

 

 

Regarding Feline Pine......I don't think you can go wrong with the new Pine and Pine and Cedar which would be even more of an anti-microbial and would hopefully be safe.  I called the company and they said that, although the clumping agent they use in Feline Pine is  'proprietary,' they did say there are no chemicals and its all natural.  I just want to see how it works out clumping wise and I will report back.

 

Any thoughts?

post #30 of 33
@Therese after you try different litter you could report the results here and also do a review of it in our Review section. That way more people are likely to see it.
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