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||$$$$|
Precious Cat Ultra Premium Clumping Cat Litter
Swheat Scoop Multi Cat Natural Wheat Cat Litter
Precious Cat Cat Attract Problem Cat Training Litter
Ever Clean Extra Strength Cat Litter, Unscented
Feline Pine Original Cat Litter
Arm & Hammer Multi-Cat Clump and Seal Litter
Fresh Step Scoopable Cat Litter, Multiple Cat
Ultra Pet Ultra Cat Litter
Purina Tidy Cats Instant Action Litter
Hartz Multi Cat Strong Clumping Paper Litter
Fresh News Post Consumer Paper Pellet Cat Litter
Next Gen Pet Green Tea Leaves Cat Litter
Natures Miracle Just for Cats Easy Care Crystal Litter
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.
Amy is the founder of Cat Mania and a life long cat lover. She also writes for various other pet related websites. She is passionate about helping pet parents create a healthy and happy lifestyle for their fur-babies.