If you have a cat or cats who live indoors, you know the importance of having a good litter box and keeping it clean. The kind and quality of the litter you use can make a big difference.
At first glance, it would seem that any kitty litter could do the job as well as another one. Why not just get the cheap stuff? The very cheap clay type of cat litters will do in a pinch, but they are not as cost effective in the long run as the pine pellet type of cat litter. They cause more dust and more tracking. Furthermore, they do not absorb odor nearly as well.
Here are my Kitty Litter Reviews ordered from best to worst. My favorite kitty litter is the pine pellet type. Feline Fresh is one of these and there is another on the market that is equally good simply called Pine Pellets.
Review of Feline Fresh Pine Pellet Kitty Litter by PlanetWise Products
This is not only the very best kitty litter, but the most economical I’ve ever used.
Feline Fresh Kitty Litter is a green product. It is completely biodegradable and flushable. It contains no harmful chemicals and produces no dust when you pour it into the kitty litter box.
It absorbs the smells of cat urine better than traditional kitty litter. It is scoopable and does not have to be changed as often as other types of kitty litter.
Best of all, it is less expensive to use than the cheapest kitty litter on the market per pound because it goes further.
Furthermore, it creates a lot less debris on the floor around the cat box. This keeps your house cleaner and means you don’t have to vacuum as often around your kitty litter box. Although, you will still want to have a handy vac of some kind available, Feline Fresh Kitty Litter will help you have considerable less debris outside the box.
This happy fact eliminates that experience of stepping on chards of kitty litter in your hallway or other room of your house. That’s because this kitty litter is less likely to get caught between your cat’s toes and carried outside the box.
In my experience, the company’s claims about their product are pretty accurate. Feline Fresh Kitty Litter absorbs much better than traditional kitty litter. It produces no dust and the amount of tracking of kitty litter is negligible. It disintegrates when it is exposed to moisture so it is flushable and biodegradable. It is highly scoopable. It smells clean in a natural, non-chemical way. You don’t have to hold your breath and turn your head when you pour it into the kitty litter box.
I feel that this product is healthier for me and my cats. And, if you are concerned about the environment, you can use this product without putting a dent in your wallet. In fact, using this product has saved me money compared to other budget kitty litters.
Review of Yesterday’s News Kitty Litter by Purina
Yesterday’s News Kitty Litter is made of recycled products. It should have a strong appeal for those who are environmentally conscious and like the idea of recycling. You’ll also be impressed with how clean this product smells compared to other kitty litter.
It is made of paper products and sawdust. It comes in the form of little chocolate-brown pellets. It is more difficult for cats to track around the house than the usual clay-based litters. It doesn’t contain harmful chemicals and produces virtually not dust when you transfer it out of the bag and into the litter box.
This product compares well to Feline Fresh Pine Pellet Kitty litter in terms of price and functionality. Although, it does not have the Feline Fresh pine scent to it. This could be an advantage or a disadvantage depending on how you feel about the pine scent.
In terms of price it is very competitive and while there are cheaper kitty litter products on the market, products like this one that are non-traditional, seem to last longer, representing a much better value in the long run.
It is easy to clean the cat box in between changing the litter. These pellets do not shred to dust the same way the Feline Fresh Pine Pellets do. They seem to be sturdier. It is not recommended that you flush this litter down the toilet.
I think this is a very good product. If you are really hung up on the recycling angle, then this is a good product for you. But, given a clear choice between purchasing this product and the Feline Fresh Pine Pellets, I would choose the latter. The Feline Fresh pine scent actually seems to absorb the smells from cat urine far better. Whereas this product seems to have no scent whatsoever.
Both products have their advantages and disadvantages. For instance, I am impressed with how sturdy and long-lasting the pellets are. It is a very good product and it has been around since 1987. I would definitely consider purchasing it again. I’m sure I will not return to traditional clay litter any time soon.
Review: Thumbs Down for Arm and Hammer Clumping Cat Litter, Multi-Cat Strength
Unable to find my usual cat litter (the pine pellet variety) at the local store, I took advantage of a dollar-off coupon I had from another Arm & Hammer Product and purchased a 14-Lb. box of Arm and Hammer Clumping Cat Litter, Multi-Cat Strength.
I had high hopes – or, at least, higher hopes. The box is heavy, but it provides you with a convenient handle for carrying. This particular litter is supposed to be highly absorbent and is designed for multiple cats. I currently have five! So, I was anxious to see what advantages this particular litter might provide. After all, it is an Arm & Hammer product.
The litter is composed of two sizes of particles. One is like large pieces of sand and the other is a fine dust. It must also contain some kind of clay that causes the product to clump whenever it becomes moist for any reason.
There are a few things I did not like about this product and not one thing, apart from the handle on the box, that I liked.
Firstly, the litter particles are so fine that are easily tracked and create a lot of dust when poured into the litter pan.
Secondly, the litter clumps and clinks to the litter pan. It will also stick to your litter scooper. It makes a disgusting, clinging mess. Every time I cleaned the pan, I had to toss all of the litter and scrub the pan to get the clinging litter off of it.
Thirdly, because the litter is not very scoopable and because it clings and makes such a mess on the litter pan, I used up the entire 14-pound box in about 4 days! This is hardly economical.
Fourthly, If the litter dust comes in contact with anything else – like your floor – and then becomes moist while you’re cleaning, you will have to do a little extra scrubbing to get the clinging clay to come loose.
Fifthly, the odor control factor was no better than ordinary, cheap kitty litter from a dollar store. In fact, you’ll get more mileage out of it and it will be easier to clean up than this product. If you want extra odor-control, just add baking soda.
Sixthly, the packaging is cumbersome. It takes up a lot of room in the trash bin. I prefer the collapsible paper or plastic bags that contain most other litters. But, this product seems to be mostly about the packaging, anyway. It is a complete let down.
In conclusion, I will not purchase this product again nor would I recommend it to anyone else. If I had no other choice, I’d limp along with the cheap stuff until I could purchase a pellet-type of litter. This product does not represent Arm & Hammer’s best efforts.