Cat Litter: Ratings of Sources
Total of 14 Sources
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The Best Cat Litter
by Alyn King
Our AssessmentIn this thorough article, author Alyn King tests five different brands of cat litter, using his own cat as the guinea pig. King dislikes the dust created by Tidy Cats clay (not to mention the fact that his cat tracked it all over the house), and he's suspicious of the sodium bentonite used in the Arm & Hammer clumping litter. The top choice here is Feline Pine, which King likes because it is flushable, biodegradable, sweet smelling and low on dust. Also, "one bag of this litter lasts forever," he says.
Hello, Kitty: The Scoop on Newfangled Cat Litter
by Kelly Alexander
Our AssessmentIn this article, Kelly Alexander tests four different litters on her cat, Izzy. She concludes that clumping Scoop Away offers the "overall best combination of price and convenience." She says crystal cat litter is too expensive and likens non-clumping litter to one-ply wiping. This test is fun, but we wish it were more recent and covered more brands.
Alternatives to Clumping Clay Kitty Litters
by Marina Michaels
Our AssessmentMarina Michaels, who doesn't trust clumping clay cat litters, goes into great detail about non-clumping alternatives, trying out many of the brands with her cat. She recommends Yesterday's News (made out of recycled newspapers) and Feline Pine (made out of pine pellets) as environmentally friendly, non-clumping litters, although she says her cats aren't especially comfortable with the relatively large Feline Pine pellets. She criticizes World's Best Cat Litter for not using organic corn. But she still cites it, along with Swheat Scoop as the two best non-clay clumping litters.
Digging Deep Into the Cat Litter Question
by Christie Keith
Our AssessmentIn this thorough article, Christie Keith discusses various types of cat litters and makes some recommendations. She says World's Best Cat Litter is the best clumping non-clay litter, though it's expensive. Also recommended is Feline Pine, with the caveat that some cats don't like its texture. Among supermarket brands, Keith favors Scoop Away and Arm & Hammer. She says the crystal Clear Choice is for the "lazy cat owner" because it controls odor well but is very expensive, and some cats don't like its texture. It is unclear how many of these picks are actually tested by Keith, however.
What IS the Best Cat Litter?
by Darlene Cheek
Our AssessmentDarlene Cheek, who runs a "cattery" and has 14 cats living in her home, compares six cat litters. She recommends Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat line of litter for "special needs" cats, but admits that it's expensive. Cheek says that World's Best Cat Litter is dusty and messy (which runs counter to the opinion of most other reviewers). Tidy Cat Clay Litter is good for kittens under 6 months old, which should not be exposed to clumping litters. Tidy Cat Crystals are expensive and do not clump, but they provide the best odor control available. She concludes that Tidy Cat for Multiple Cats, a clumping litter, is the best choice all around.
The Litter Box from Your Cat's Point of View
by Lisa A. Pierson
Our AssessmentIn an update to her veterinary blog, Lisa A. Pierson compares two cat litters in depth: the biodegradable World's Best Cat Litter and the clay clumping Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat Ultra. She says that her rescue group has used Dr. Elsey's for years, but that some batches of this litter have been dusty (despite the "99 percent dust-free" claim on the package) and prone to tracking. However, she's more concerned about the potentially allergenic dust in the corn-based World's Best, fearing that it can aggravate feline asthma.
Natural Cat Litter Comparison â€“ Part 2
by Kate Benjamin
Our AssessmentModern Cat is a blog that provides reviews of pet products along with useful information for cats and cat owners. In this second part of a comparison test, the author tests three natural cat litters. PaPurr Scoop does a good job at odor control, but it's hard to find. Swheat Scoop Multi-Cat Strength has better clumping than regular strength, but it still has a lot of dust. Feline Pine Clumping clumps well, and cats like its texture better than the pellet version, but it doesn't control odor well. She also reviews the dual-level Feline Pine self-cleaning litter box, and reports that Arm & Hammer High Performance natural clumping litter has changed its name to Essentials and added a stronger perfume. The first part of this comparison is available through a link at the beginning of the article.
Cat Litter Choices
by Franny Syufy
Our AssessmentFranny Syufy is About.com's guide to cats. Although she has good things to say about all cat litters here, Syufy personally endorses World's Best Cat Litter, which she admits is "pricier than most." However, she also says it is virtually dust-free, good for kittens and clumps well. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Which Litter is Best for Your Cat?
by Editors of Cats International
Our AssessmentThe writer of this article doesn't compare specific brands, but he disapproves of the recent use of such exotic materials as "paper, corncob, orange peel, wheat, wood, grass, silica and peanut shell" for cat litters, noting that cats' sensitive footpads are most comfortable with fine-grained clumping cat litters. The only brand specifically recommended here is Scoop Away Unscented.
2 Cat Litter Threads/Merged Here
by Contributors to TreeHugger.com
Our AssessmentThis lively forum discusses the pros and cons of biodegradable cat litter compared with ordinary clumping clay. While Yesterday's News and Swheat are recommended by some, there's a certain tension here among cat owners who'd like to do well by the environment but can't find an organic litter that performs as well as clumping clay. One owner who switched back to clay says, "I rationalize this by the NUMEROUS other things I do to save the environment on a daily basis."
by Contributors to Petco.com
Our AssessmentThe pet-supply retailer Petco is a good source of customer reviews for cat litter. Particular favorites here, based on average ratings and number of reviews, are World's Best Cat Litter, Fresh Step, Tidy Cats and Feline Pine.
by Contributors to PetSmart.com
Our AssessmentPetSmart doesn't sell a huge variety of cat litter, but it covers the major brands and allows customers to post reviews. Fresh Step, Feline Pine, Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat Attract and Swheat Scoop all do especially well here, with the highest ratings from the largest number of posters.
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentThere aren't as many reviews here as at specialty pet-supply websites, but there are a few litters that have received favorable ratings from more than one or two users. The highest-rated litters during our most recent visit were Fresh Step Crystals Refill Cartridge, World's Best Original and Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat Ultra.
by Contributors to Epinions.com
Our AssessmentThis site is difficult to use, because the few products with a meaningful number of reviews are drowned out by the hundreds of unreviewed cat litters, and you can't sort to find the best-reviewed items. We did find high ratings for Feline Pine and World's Best from dozens of owners each.