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Cat Litter

Having a litter box is an evil necessity with indoor cats. When I had my first cat there was only one toilet in the house, and I wasn't going to wait in line behind the cat, so I didn't potty train my cat. Now I have three "garage cats" sharing two litter boxes. My saga, my search for the "best" cat litter solution began long before today.

Years ago I was struck by how heavily perfumed cat litter was when my cat jumped in my lap and started washing her feet. Phew! It occurred to me that if I was smelling it that strongly just from what was on her paws that she must be ingesting some nasty chemicals. I already didn't like the dust factor of cat litter. My quest for a better cat litter began.

I'd already rejected the clay cat litter when the clumping cat litter -- aka scoopable cat litter -- came along. Based on what friends offered and stores sold I've tried Fresh Step, Tidy Cats, Litter Purffect, Sweat Scoop, Yesterday's News, and Feline Pine being among my long list of efforts.

There are additional concerns, beyond the scent -- as if that wasn't bad enough -- with traditional clumping cat litter. I've said at various times if there are warning signs on a product it's one to be avoided. I was a bit slower on this topic because the big RED warning signs were missing. The hint was to not flush litter down the toilet. Why, might you ask? Because clumping litter expands to fifteen times it's size; that plugs sewer lines, or septic tanks. It impacts cats too, in the same way. It has other negative effects on cats too. What are we doing to our cats?!?!?

A "sample" I tested at Sam's Club during one shopping visit was for Fresh Step with Odor Eliminating Carbon, a clumping litter that encapsulated the odors. They had put crushed, fresh garlic in the litter and I couldn't smell it or any perfume; I was sold. I'm guessing now that the sample was old because the freshly opened bucket was heavily perfumed, though it did mask the cat box odors. But my search continued because of the perfume and the heavy dust.

Cutting to the chase, I have settled on a mixture of three different cat litters. I like the low-scent, low dusting, and high action of the mixture. My recipe is equal-ish parts of:

  • Litter Clean (an all natural hard clumping, herbal odor control from Sam's Club)
  • World's Best Cat Litter (of whole kernel corn, with odor control from Petco)
  • Nature's Miracle (odor control, lumping cat litter of corncob granules with pine scent and enzymes, also from Petco)

The combination of these three litter brands/styles controls the odor created by three cats sharing a litter box, has minimal dust generated by their use and my daily scooping, and is minimally perfumed. Best yet, the cats like it, unlike so many of the cat litters I've tried through the years.

My cats were several years old when I really started playing with non-traditional cat litter products. They didn't like the experiments I foisted on them. They seem to only like the texture of granules. My recipe seems to satisfy their preferences, and mine.

Do yourself and your cats a favor, find a better solution than what you probably are using. There are better scoopable cat litters out there than what's primarily available on the store shelves.

Comments

Have you tried the CatGenie? I don't know if it's something you're interested in, and it IS quite spendy, but if you're on a quest for non-dusty, non-perfumed granules, that might be an option.

DogMom at May 18, 2010 10:28 AM

I had used the clumping litters for my cats (unscented-to me the scented ones smell far worse than anything the cat could leave behind!!). Last fall I decided to try to get away from the clumping ones and look into some of the more natural types (corn, wheat, newspaper....). I ended up trying S'Wheat Scoop (because it was cheaper then the corn types). I love it, it clumps well for cleaning, not too dusty, and is surprisingly great at odor control. It's also biodegradable so when I change the litter (after removing the clumps and solids) I toss it in with my flower garden (I wouldn't recommend using it on edibles).

saspub at May 19, 2010 2:01 PM

I have also tried the S'Wheat Scoop, but my cats don't like it. I must have princesses for cats! But maybe they won't mind it so much in this mixture, instead of the corn ingredient. I'll check it out and report back later. Thanks!

-Kit

Kit Cassingham at May 19, 2010 3:38 PM
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