If you're looking for an all-natural cat litter that's effective, biodegradable and affordable, experts and owners alike say Feline Pine by Nature's Earth is an excellent choice. The litter is made from pine, and there's no threat of hazardous chemicals. It does a great job controlling odors, according to reviews, and dust is minimal. The pellets are larger than your typical cat litter, so it's appropriate for kittens as well.
Great all-around litter. If you're looking for a biodegradable cat litter, Feline Pine is a top choice according to expert and user reviews. This non-clumping litter does a great job overall of controlling odors. Stephen Treffinger, who enlists the opinions of cat owners in a comparative review of different brands of litter for The New York Times, calls it a "definite favorite." And one cat owner reports it had "the best odor control of any litter we've tried." Some cats may dislike its texture; some Amazon.com users report that the pellets are larger than those found in most cat litters, which typically have a more granular, sand-like texture. One plus of the larger pellets is that dust is minimal. Most owners say tracking isn't an issue, but there are a handful who disagree.
Recyclable, flushable. Owners and experts praise Feline Pine cat litter for its biodegradability. It can be flushed down the toilet for disposal or recycled and used as mulch. This cat litter is made from pellets of kiln-dried pine, which earns the endorsement of TheLighthouseOnline.com writer Marina Michaels, who is very skeptical of the chemicals found in some cat litter on the market. Some concerns have been raised regarding the oil content of wood-based cat litter, but Michaels, as well as a chorus of Amazon.com owners, report there is no toxic pine oil in Feline Pine.
Solid economy. Feline Pine costs about $12 for a 20-pound bag. The upside here, at least compared to clumping clay-based varieties, is that this non-clumping, natural cat litter requires you to use much less in a litter box. One downside is that it makes cleaning the litter box a bit messier than if you used a clumping litter (owners report that when the pine pellets get wet they turn into fine sawdust). If clumping is important to you -- and so is eco-friendliness -- you may want to consider another large-pellet biodegradable cat litter, such as World's Best Cat Litter (Est. $30 for 28 lbs.) , though it's much more expensive.
Our Sources: Feline Pine Cat Litter Reviews
1. The Lighthouse Online
Marina Michaels, who's hard to impress when it comes to the chemical makeup of various brands of cat litter, recommends Feline Pine as an alternative to clay-based clumping cat litters. She says the odor control is "pretty good," though her cats seem to like softer-textured litters better.
Review: Alternatives to Clumping Clay Kitty Litters, Marina Michaels, Not Dated
2. The New York Times
Stephen Treffinger tests several clay-free cat litters with the help of four cat owners. Analysis is in-depth and covers major brands of cat litter. While recommendations aren't made entirely clear, Treffinger says Feline Pine is "a definite favorite," particularly for its odor control.
Review: Road Test: It's Nothing to Sniff At, Stephen Treffinger, Oct. 21, 2009
3. San Francisco Chronicle
Journalist Christie Keith discusses what to look for when buying cat litter and names some top choices. She cites Feline Pine as a solid choice, saying it has a "very pleasant pine scent" and "clumps fairly well." She adds that some cats don't like it, however, mainly because of its texture.
Review: Your Whole Pet: Digging Deep into the Cat Litter Question, Christie Keith, July 10, 2007
In this older but still helpful article, five brands of cat litter are tested and reviewed. Feline Pine is the author's top choice because it's flushable, biodegradable, low on dust and controls odors well. Feline Pine also earns praise for its economy and value.
Review: The Best Cat Litter, Aly King, Sept. 2, 2007
About 130 owners post reviews of Feline Pine at Amazon.com, where it earns an overall rating of 3.7 stars out of 5. While feedback here is generally positive -- most praise its effectiveness and eco-friendliness -- there are a fair number of negative reviews, most of which take issue with its texture.
Review: Feline Pine Original Cat Litter, 20-Pound Bag, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of February 2014
Feline Pine generates more than 65 user reviews at PetSmart.com. It receives an overall score of just over 4 stars, and most owners praise the cat litter. Most comments are brief, though generally informative.
Review: Feline Pine Natural Cat Litter, Contributors to PetSmart.com, As of February 2014
More than 110 owners post reviews of Feline Pine, which earns an overall rating of 4.2 stars out of 5. Around 80 percent say they would recommend this cat litter, including some who have been using it for years.
Review: Feline Pine Cat Litter, Contributors to PetSmart.com, As of February 2014