Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat Attract (Est. $25 for 40 lbs.) cat litter could be the solution for older or problem cats that just refuse to use a litter box. It's also great for young kittens just learning proper litter-box habits. Reviewers say it does the job it's intended to: attracting cats with its herbal scent. It's on the expensive side, however.
Great for problem cats. Judging from reviews, Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat Attract does a great job of getting cats that aren't used to using the litter box -- or those that just don't want to -- to do so, and many owners swear by it. At Amazon.com, there are plenty of success stories posted by users on breaking a "problem" cat of its bad habits, thanks in part to its herbal scent. Reviewers also like that its larger grains can't be ingested by kittens -- which is why kittens younger than 3 months should not use fine-grained clay litters, like Scoop Away (Est. $17 for 25 lbs.) . Dust and tracking don't seem to be an issue, and experts say Precious Cat Attract clumps well.
Clumping clay. Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat Attract is made from natural clay, but it's not biodegradable. As with any clay-based cat litter, you can't flush it down the toilet or recycle it as compost. Precious Cat Attract contains sodium bentonite, a chemical commonly found in clumping clay litters which has drawn much criticism from experts; many say there is a risk these clays can clump up in a cat's stomach. Franny Syufy, About.com's guide to cats, says she has not found any "authenticated information" on the hazards of clumping clay litters, and Dr. Elsey's says these claims are "unfounded."
Expensive, but it works. Since Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat Attract is a bit of a niche cat litter, it's no wonder why it's relatively expensive -- one 40-pound bag is about $25. Experts report that Precious Cat Attract creates large urine clumps, which may require you to refill the litter box more frequently than other brands of cat litter, so it's not the most economical of litters. But if you have cats or kittens that just won't use the litter box, owners say that easily justifies the price. One user review at Amazon.com writes, "if it can save one more cat, it's worth it."
Our Sources: Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat Attract Cat Litter Review
Caroline Golon reviews five types of cat litter, including Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat Attract. Analysis here is brief and doesn't offer much detail, but is based on hands-on testing. She says the litter clumps "well" and tracking "isn't too bad, either."
Review: We Review Five Nontraditional Cat Litters, Caroline Golon, Nov. 20, 2012
More than 170 owners weigh in on Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat Attract at Amazon.com, where it earns an overall score of 4.5 stars out of 5. Most users give this litter high marks, many of whom swear by its effectiveness. Caveats include its premium price.
Review: Precious Cat Cat Attract Problem Cat Training Litter, 40-Pound Bag, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of February 2014
Almost 50 owners leave mostly glowing reviews of Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat Attract here. It earns a near-perfect score of 4.9 out of 5 stars, with 98 percent saying that they would recommend this cat litter to a friend.
Review: Precious Cat Dr. Elsey's Cat Attract Scoopable Cat Litter, Contributors to Petco.com, As of February 2014
Not as many owners review Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat Attract at retailer PetSmart.com, but those who do give it 5 stars. Feedback is relatively brief compared to some other sources, but there are many personal anecdotes to help gauge the product's effectiveness.
Review: Dr. Elsey's Cat Attract Scoopable Cat Litter, Contributors to PetSmart.com, As of February 2014
This article delves deeply into litter-box topics, including why some cats will not always use one. Dr. Pierson recommends either Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat Attract cat litter or an available Dr. Elsey's Cat Attract additive when dealing with a problem cat. It won't solve every litter-pan problem, she says, "but it has helped bring many cats back to the litter box so it is always worth a try."
Review: The Litter Box from Your Cat's Point of View, Lisa A. Pierson, DVM, February 2013