(Closed) Cat Owners: Litter brands (non-clay)

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
3415 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge

One of my cats didn’t like the corn based litters either. She would pee AND poop in one corner of the house. We finally had to use a mister to scare her away whenever she would go in that corner. I think it was because the corn litter didn’t mask the amonnia smell from pee very well. It was overwhelming for me when I cleaned the box so I can’t imagine what the closed in box smelled like for them. We had to use corn when they were declawed but immediately switched back to Fresh Step for multi cat homes. We have 2 cats and Fresh Step keeps odors away longer and both cats seem ok with it.

We tried other natural brands too before switching back but cat didn’t like any of them. We waited until their claws healed before switchjng back but we went through ALOT of carpet cleaner. I guess my advice is keep trying brands to see if yours likes any of them but you may have to go back to clay or use another non-natural brand.

Post # 4
157 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

My cat uses crystals instead of litter.  They last about 2x as long and smell much better! 

Post # 5
743 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Like @Erinsmiles,  we also use crystals (use the Tidy Cats, not the cheaper store brand….in this case, the extra money is worth it!!).  So OP, if you are willing to go chem…I HIGHLY recommend it – we have 2 cats.

But, if you want to stay nautral, have you tried the newspaper pellets?  Another option (not the best?) but move your litterbox into your bathroom and get flushable litter, and be prepared to scoop often (my sister did this for a while, she just go into the habit of scooping whenever she used the bathroom).


Post # 6
596 posts
Busy bee

Scoopables. The best.

Post # 7
5983 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I have been looking for a good cat liter for a while now. My cats dont refuse to use the box anytime but still trying to figure a dusty free, clump and good smelling one. no luck yet. i am very curious to hear the replies you get. 

Post # 8
431 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I have tried many natuarl litters and either my cats didnt mind them but I could smell the litter box or they hated the litter. I always come back to using Fresh Step Mulitple Cat litter and I love it and so do my cats! It is the BEST evr and trust me, I have a litter box in our room and I sleep like literally right next to it (it is under our bed side table because our kitten has to stay in our room at night) and I never smell a thing! I have two cats (two litter boxes) but the one in the room seems to be used the most, people are suprised we even have cats! I also use the sprinkle carpet cleaner I think that helps also with animal smells 🙂

Post # 9
972 posts
Busy bee

I use feline pine, I love it! I’ve actually never used any others though.. haha. Its like pine pellets, and you can flush it. No dust or tracking and the pine smells good!

Post # 10
200 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I use to use the natural one arm & hammer put out. I think it was corn based but I liked it a lot and so did my cat.

Post # 11
561 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

We used to use world’s best, but, even though it clumps well, the remaining litter definitely holds onto a powerful ammonia scent, even when changed frequently (which gets expensive with world’s best). The kicker was the face that when we ended up in a new house taking care of SO’s mother’s cats,and our cat preferred  Fresh step. I liked swheat scoop, but it was too dusty. 

Post # 13
844 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I actually use the Wal-Mart “Special Kitty” kind.  I like it better than any other kind I’ve ever used and it’s one of the cheapest. 

It is a little dusty.  And I’m not much of a scooper, I just completely change it once a week.  $4 a week isn’t bad.

Post # 14
1675 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We used to use World’s Best until we got a bag with a bug infestation (apparently a common problem with all grain-based litters). So that was the end of that.

Next we tried Feline Pine, but it got tracked all over our house. So we quit that one too.

We’ve recently switched back to good old Arm and Hammer. I really tried to use the natural litters (we’ve been using natural ones for probably five years now), but the bugs and tracking just weren’t worth the trouble.

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