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A less dusty litter

post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 
Hi!

I want to know which litter makes less dust. First I bought Fresh Step, a chip kind, it was too big, and Andy was having a hard time. So I bought Swheat Scoop, which was smaller but it smell like hell. Now I’m using Fresh Step Scoopable Clumping litter, which is almost great because it’s small and doesn’t smell ugly, but now I’m having a dust problem. All the furniture where I placed the litter box is dusty. Does anybody know of a less dusty litter? Thank you
post #2 of 28
I use chn scratch or egg layer crumbles it is low dust reasonable good oder control and is cheap... if you have the money try worlds best
post #3 of 28
We use Tidy Cats Scoop Crystals Blend. It's not dust free, but definitely better than Fresh Step. The crystals help, I think.
post #4 of 28
Precious Cat really is almost totally dust free. Petsmart sells it. I love it. It also clumps extremely well too. It also has excellent oder control with no scent. I've tried so many litters and I think this one is the best....with the exception of World's Best which I can't afford. Someday I want to try that as it sounds like it really is the best. Precious Cat is definitely the best as far as all the other basic brands though.
post #5 of 28
If you want to try something new (at least it was for me) and absolutely dust free, try the litter made of journal (Yesterday's news at Wal-mart) It's hard to beleive, but it's really excellent for both the smell and absorbency. Kitties and I fell in love!
post #6 of 28
Thread Starter 
I cannot afford an expensive litter; I will go to the store and see. Is yesterday’s news a clumping product?

Thanks
post #7 of 28
I've used Yesterday's News before and it really is pretty good. Definitely not dusty.
It comes in pellet form, like Feline Pine. You can get scented or unscented. It is not a clumping litter. If your cat hasn't used that kind before you may have to introduce it slowly. As anything, it will depend upon your cat. It's not too expensive, middle of the road. At Walmart I would think it would be quite inexpensive. Personally, I think the good clumping litters, even though are more expensive, are the best bet as even though initially they are more expensive they last longer.
post #8 of 28
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the reply Grapegal45.

Today I bought Yesterday’s News. I got tired of getting that clay off Andy, that stuff can stick very badly. I hope Yesterday's News its the litter Andy will be using. He immediately sat on it.
post #9 of 28
I use Yesterdays News hope it goes well for you..our kitties love it and so do we!
post #10 of 28
Thread Starter 
Thanks ScamperFarms, I hope this is it.
post #11 of 28
we use it around here, and have been for about two months now. and i tell you what a diffrence. as long as i scoop everyday you wouldnt even know we had litter boxes. and thats saying something with the amount of kitties we have, LOL..the only time it gets slightly odorful is whemn theres only a bit left and its ready to be changed. But I know its ready to be changed and out it goes
post #12 of 28
I have tried Fresh step for the paw points and found it too dusty and smelly(perfume smell), Then I tried Scoop away for the same paw points and the dust looked like what would be leftover after a bomb went off , so I am back to tidy cat for now. I can't afford some of the better litters that are supposed to be less dusty. I wish there was one, because tidy cat doesn't clump that well.
post #13 of 28
Thread Starter 
Thank you so much ScamperFarms for the input.

Thanks Catlover7731 , I was thinking about Scoop Away, glad to know is the same stuff as Fresh Step. I was getting a headache with the dust, but I realize my biggest problem was Andy getting glue all over.
I was going to buy tidy cat, but thought, “Gum just like Fresh Step.†My cat steps on it while trying to cover it, the clay is hard to take off, I can not get him wet every time he goes to the bathroom. So we are trying Yesterday’s News, no gum and no dust.
post #14 of 28
We use World's Best at the santuary and it does have dust. Actually a bit more than clay litter. In comparison WB is lighter in weight than clay litter but lasts longer than other name brand litters It doesn't stick to the litter box when you try to clean it either. (which as far as I'm concerned makes it the best for that fact alone) It has a smell I had to get used to.

If your cats will use them you might try out one of those covered boxes with the swinging door.

One thing I've tried at home and works well at keeping the dust off my furniture, besides the covered boxes, is when you have cleaned the box and are going to refill it with fresh litter, take it outside the house and pour the litter into the box. That first big pour seems to have a lot of the lighter dusty particles at the top of the container.

~cindy~
post #15 of 28
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Originally Posted by dangcatsfault
We use World's Best at the santuary and it does have dust. Actually a bit more than clay litter...

That first big pour seems to have a lot of the lighter dusty particles at the top of the container.

~cindy~
while i did find a little dust at the top of the bag, and thus it came out at the initial fill of the box, i find the scooping and raking afterwards produces close to zero dust. when i had regular clumping litter (ever clean, etc) raking after scooping kicked up dust storms. i find world's best to be so much better in that regard. it does have a slight smell, but i don't think it's unpleasant. it's definatley not a perfume type scent.

out of curiosity, do you have the original or extra strength (multiple cat)?

cheers,
phil
post #16 of 28
Sierra and I use Arm & Hammer Super Scoop Fragrance Free. We feel it's the best litter we've ever used!
post #17 of 28
Just as a reality check, most litters seem fairly dusty when poured out of the bag/box/jug into the litterbox to set it up. I usually do this chore in the courtyard, let it settle for a minute, then bring the filled litterbox inside and leave the dust cloud outside.

I tried maybe half a dozen brands before deciding Tidy Cat and Arm & Hammer are the two best "clumping" litters to fit Nano's needs. They don't seem dusty during daily scooping.
post #18 of 28
Thread Starter 
Thank you, I’ll keep the replies in mind.

Yesterday, Andy ate three pieces of litter, I totally forgot some cats like to eat paper especially newspaper. I will keep an eye on him. aaaaahhh!!
post #19 of 28
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Originally Posted by Philbert
while i did find a little dust at the top of the bag, and thus it came out at the initial fill of the box, i find the scooping and raking afterwards produces close to zero dust. when i had regular clumping litter (ever clean, etc) raking after scooping kicked up dust storms. i find world's best to be so much better in that regard. it does have a slight smell, but i don't think it's unpleasant. it's definatley not a perfume type scent.

out of curiosity, do you have the original or extra strength (multiple cat)?

cheers,
phil
I also use WBCL. I usually buy the 34 pound bag (Original formula). I had bought a bag that was rather dusty and e-mailed the company about it. Since that time (maybe just a coincidence), the company now vacuum seals their 34 pound bag and there is much less dust. And yes, there is some corn scent, but I can put up with that so much more than the urine scent I smelled using regular clay. I also love that it doesn't weigh a ton!!
post #20 of 28
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Originally Posted by MissCharlotte
I also use WBCL. I usually buy the 34 pound bag (Original formula). I had bought a bag that was rather dusty and e-mailed the company about it. Since that time (maybe just a coincidence), the company now vacuum seals their 34 pound bag and there is much less dust. And yes, there is some corn scent, but I can put up with that so much more than the urine scent I smelled using regular clay. I also love that it doesn't weigh a ton!!
yes various grains at my house smell much better than clay
post #21 of 28
Sorry, but I thought World's Best was the stinkiest stuff ever. I could only handle it for about 5 days....the poops smelled soured. I seem to do best with regular clay.

I think I have tried everything.....plain old Tidy Cat Clay has been best for me so far. Right now I'm trying Fresh Step Clay and put less than an inch in the pan, with the intention of a daily dumping.
post #22 of 28
I use Yesterday's News. It's wonderful! Prob a little more pricey than most but I have only one cat and two fosters at the moment.
post #23 of 28
Thread Starter 
Andy was eating Yesterday’s News litter, he went mad. I would get him out and he would run in just to eat it. It was crazy. So I bought Arm & Hammer Super Scoop, just to see. By the way, I use a covered box, I’m not using the door, I think he’s still too small.
post #24 of 28
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Originally Posted by Philbert
out of curiosity, do you have the original or extra strength (multiple cat)?

cheers,
phil
We started with the original because that was all we could get in a large quantity. After the first shipment we switched to the multi-cat formula. In all honesty I can't recall if it had much of a difference. But it must have.

What I wonder is why do companies that make the litter have two seperate kinds? I mean don't you want your litter to clump just as good if you have one or many cats? And if I only had one cat I'd still probably buy the multi-cat formula. Since there is no way I can afford the World's Best CAt Litter I use Tidy Cat and am perfectly happy with the non-scented kind. Adding some of those blue crystals is also a great idea to keep down on the odor.

Another thing about World's Best is how much lighter it is than clay litter. I have to lift from 12 to 15 large covered litter boxes a day and pour them into a sifter pan. They are much lighter now that we use the World's Best brand. Much easier on the back.

IMO it does track more dust than clay litters though
post #25 of 28
[quote=Lucius&Cissa]Sorry, but I thought World's Best was the stinkiest stuff ever. I could only handle it for about 5 days....the poops smelled soured. I seem to do best with regular clay.

Just read your post after I sent mine in. I didn't want to bad mouth the product because it does have some 'redeeming' qualities but in all honesty, to this day, I still dislike the smell. It gets in the cats fur and they all smell like that now.
post #26 of 28
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Originally Posted by dangcatsfault

What I wonder is why do companies that make the litter have two seperate kinds? I mean don't you want your litter to clump just as good if you have one or many cats?
In regards to WBCL, the one for multiple cats has an natural plant additive which is supposed to make the litter clump harder.
post #27 of 28
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Originally Posted by MissCharlotte
In regards to WBCL, the one for multiple cats has an natural plant additive which is supposed to make the litter clump harder.
Ohhh, that's the difference. I didn't know that. I wonder if that is the only difference in the two. Thank you for the info.

And btw, you have a great website!
post #28 of 28
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Originally Posted by dangcatsfault

And btw, you have a great website!
Thanks. I'm always trying to improve it.
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