How to Choose the Best Cat Litter : Comparison Review


The cat litter you use in your cats litter box can be just as important as the litter box itself. With so many choices of litter out there, how does one know where to begin? Consider price, scent, eco-friendliness and easy clean up when choosing the best cat litter and read on.

What to Consider When Choosing

Clumping vs. non-clumping – These are the two main categories of cat litter. Clumping litter absorbs cat urine and forms clumps that you can easily scoop out. This prevents you from having to change the whole litter pan very often (Note: it works best when you have your litter deep enough that the clump is suspended in the litter and does not touch or stick to the bottom). Non-clumping litter still absorbs moisture, but after a while the urine will seep to the bottom and collect. That’s why you have to change non-clumping litter about every week to avoid a strong ammonia smell. The choice depends on your preferences and your cat’s. Some cats prefer non-clumping litter, but most people and cats prefer clumping.

Odor & dust control – Some litters control smells and some don’t. Ideally a litter that has no dust is preferable. Your cat likes to breathe dust just about as much as you do. Dusty litter will be hard on their (and your) lungs and leave dust all over your house.

Environmentally friendly – The typical clumping cat litter is made of clay and obtained through strip mining. It is non-biodegradable and dumped in landfills. Fortunately, there are eco-friendly litters available that are made from corn, wheat, newspaper, and wood.

Your litter box – Some litters work well with automatic boxes, some do not. This is something to consider before you buy.

Scented vs. non-scented – Some litters come with fragrance to mask smells. Again this is preference for you and your cat. Cats have very sensitive noses and they may or may not like the smell of certain litters.

Flushable vs. scoopable – Flushable kitty litter is still a new and evolving product with more options being added each year. The best known and most popular flushable cat litter products typically use wheat, corn, wood or walnut shells as a base material. Scooping really goes back to how well a litter clumps. See above.

With these factors in mind, let’s look at a chart comparison of some of the best selling cat litters:

Litter Comparison Chart

Cost The Good The Bad
World’s Best Cat Litter Yes Mixed reviews Dust-free $$$$ This is an eco-friendly product. Safe for pets, people and the planet 99 percent dust free. Poor odor control. Also some cats think it’s food.

Precious Cat Ultra Premium Clumping Cat Litter
Yes No Dust-free  $$ Hypo-allergenic and contains no plant proteins. Contains no perfumes or deodorants. Problems with clumping behavior due to heavy granules.

Swheat Scoop Multi Cat Natural Wheat Cat Litter
Yes No Dust-free  $$$ Eco-friendly and wheat based. Powerful, long-lasting odor control and clumps fast for easy scooping. No added dyes or perfumes. Odor control maybe an issue and complaints of bugs in the bag.

Precious Cat Cat Attract Problem Cat Training Litter
Yes Yes Dust-free  $$$ Hard clumping and helps bring problem cats back to the litter box. Superior odor control. Some cats are not attracted to it.

Ever Clean Extra Strength Cat Litter, Unscented
Yes No Mixed reviews $$ This Clay based litter is fragrance-free with maximum clumping power. Grabs and  holds odors. Maybe dusty.

Feline Pine Original Cat Litter
Yes Mixed reviews Dust-free  $  It’s chemical free and safe for your cat; 100 percent natural. Designed for multiple cat homes with no dust and no tracking. Scoop fully absorbs liquid, just like thousands of tiny sponges. Getting the cat to use it, and the pine smell.

Arm & Hammer Multi-Cat Clump and Seal Litter
Yes Mixed reviews Dust-free  $ Ultra low dust while it seals and destroys odor. No crumbly clumps. Multi-cat strength. Clumping behavior is poor.

Fresh Step Scoopable Cat Litter, Multiple Cat
Yes Yes Mixed reviews  $$ Fresh Step ClumpLock Technology locks in liquid and odor on contact while it destroys extreme odors. New lower dust formula makes for less tracking. Strong scent.

Ultra Pet Ultra Cat Litter
N/A Yes N/A  $$ Eco-friendly with maximum Odor Control. Soft on Cat’s Paws. 1000’s of mini-channels for liquid waste absorption. Dries solid waste for odor control. Cats track it all over and can jam auto litter boxes.

Purina Tidy Cats Instant Action Litter
Yes Yes Dust-free  $$ Immediate odor control goes to work right away. Light, tight clumps for easy scooping. Strong Scent and cats track it all over.

Hartz Multi Cat Strong Clumping Paper Litter
Yes No N/A  $$ Instant odor control: forms tight odor-absorbing clumps unlike other paper cat litters. Clean & easy to use: clumps turns blue when soiled, so they’re easy to find. Paper turns into sticky clumps.

Fresh News Post Consumer Paper Pellet Cat Litter
No Yes Dust-free  $$ Great for keeping both cat odor and pellets inside the box and out of your home. Made from 100-percent recyclable paper with baking soda to neutralize odors. May not control urine smell.

Next Gen Pet Green Tea Leaves Cat Litter
Yes Yes Mixed reviews  $$$ Eco-friendly with a 100 % all natural odor control with green tea. Smaller and lighter clumps with superior absorbency. Dusty and cats may not like.

Natures Miracle Just for Cats Easy Care Crystal Litter
N/A Yes Dust-free  $$ Intense absorption locks in moisture and odors with a fragrance release that you can actually see and hear. Maximum odor control, ideal for multi-cat households. Odor control issues.

Which litter is best for my cat?

The best way to determine which litter is best is to simply give your cat the choice. Start by trying each type one by one to see which works best. You may even consider buying three or four varieties at once and conducting a litter preference test. To do this, fill a few pans with the different litters, line them up and see which one your cat likes best. Chances are he will sample each one, but only “use” his favorite.


If you decide to experiment with litters, it is recommended to do it gradually. Mix the new litter with the old at a 50/50 ratio. Each week add a larger amount of the new litter until you cat has become accustomed to it.

Coating your cat’s litter box with a shot of Pam or other kitchen spray will keep most litters from sticking to the sides of the box and will make cleaning it out a breeze.

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