As I’m the proud owner of two cats, I’m sure that every fellow cat owner will agree that lugging huge bags of litter to your house, cleaning your cat’s litter box and replacing the litter every few days is no fun.
In fact, I used to end up spending more on litter than cat food. I had separate litter boxes for each of my kitties, but sometimes they would end up using the same one – which only has enough capacity to accommodate one kitty.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve come home to find my house stinking, so then I would put some scent on that litter or get highly scented litter which actually smells good, but then my cats would stop going to the litter box.
Arghhhh… It can get so annoying at times!
Fortunately, I have come across a few products which make my life as a cat owner much simpler. And I’m sure one of them can do the same for you.
So, let’s get started, shall we?
Best Cat Litter For Odor Control 2020: My Top Picks
World’s Best Cat Litter Reviews 2020
A lot of people swear by the not-so-humbly-named World’s Best Cat Litter. Made out of whole-kernel corn, my kitties absolutely loved walking around on it. It is totally dust-free as well, and will not cause any mess around your house.
Another thing I noticed as soon as I got the bag was that it was light. The same amount of litter in clay would weigh far more. It’s also easy clumping. I was able to scoop the waste right out of the litter box as it had formed large and hard clumps. I did not need to scrape the bottom or the sides of the litter box at all.
After that, I simply flushed it down the toilet as it is biodegradable, and then replaced it with more litter. In this way, it would definitely last my two cats more than a month. The nice lavender scent also made sure my house never smelled of kitty poo.
- Great odor control
- Good for the environment
- Easy clumping and scooping
- Slightly expensive
- Some cats may not like it
CatSpot Litter Reviews 2020
Like is said before, some cats are super sensitive to artificial scents or clumping agents. If you want an entirely natural litter product that is devoid of all chemicals and allergens – CatSpot Litter is a good choice. It is entirely made up of coconut shells which have far more absorbency than your usual clay litter.
One of my cats sometimes tears up when it goes near a lot of dust. However, she was completely fine with CatSpot Litter. She was even laying around in it for a while. There is a small problem of tracking coconut shells with this one if your cat spends large amount of time on the litter box.
The best bit is that you can empty the litter box in your yard, flower beds or compost bins. It’s natural, so it will act as a fertilizer. The scheduled litter change time period is 15 days, but I would do it once a week just to ensure there is no smell.
- Completely natural and chemical-free
- Can be emptied in your yard
- Highly absorbent litter
- Hypoallergenic and odor-free
- Chance of tracking coconut shells over the house
Feline Pine Reviews 2020
Feline Pine Litter is made from recycled pine sawdust and some baking soda is added on top of it to minimize unpleasant odors. The litter is made out of large pellets of this combination which is great because there is no dust and no chance of track marks around the house.
When these pellets come into contact with liquid, they break up into sawdust. Thus, when you have to empty it, apart from removing the waste, you also have to shake the litter box so that the sawdust goes to the bottom and the larger pellets stay above.
You are supposed to change the litter box when most of the litter has turned into sawdust. Thus, it lasts an exceptionally long time and might be a good choice for you, money-wise.
There is no harsh chemicals or synthetic fragrances, so your cat shouldn’t have any problem with the smell or allergies. Even though it is non-clumping, this litter doesn’t smell at all other than the mild smell of pine.
- All-natural pine product without any synthetics
- Large pellets ensure there is no dust or tracking
- Lasts a long time
- Cleaning is a long process
- Some cats don’t like pine
Scoop Away Cat Litter Reviews 2020
I have to say, I was super impressed by Scoop Away Cat Litter because it does the job super well. The only problem is that your cat has to like it as well. But if it does, then this is the brand you should stick with.
Most cat litters do have some sort of odor control and if you are cleaning and emptying the litter box frequently enough, you won’t have much of a problem. However, Scoop Away Cat Litter with its ammonia shield is something else. It neutralizes the odor at the source itself and also kills all the odor-causing bacteria.
On top of that, it also forms ultra-hard clumps which never crumble or get broken down into dust while scooping out. I never even thought that I needed to empty the whole litter box or clean it because I could just scoop out the super hard clumps. The absence of odor means you don’t have to replace the whole litter for a long, long time.
- Super strong clumps
- Ammonia shield totally neutralizes odor from feces, urine, and bacteria
- Just scoop, don’t need to replace the litter
So Phresh Cat Litter Reviews 2020
As I’ve mentioned before, buying cat litter can be a very expensive proposition but every once in a while, you’ll find a very good deal which will serve you for a long time. So Phresh Cat Litter is one such deal which is very effective and highly affordable at the same time.
It is basically made out of fried sand, which means the crystals are pretty large and also really absorbent. Even after 3 weeks, I could get no smell from the litter box. The large crystals also ensure it does not stick to the walls of the litter box.
As far as odor control and ease of waste removal go, this is a great product. The only problem is that it can generate some amount of silica dust, which means track marks around your house and breathing problems for your cats if they are allergic or sensitive.
- Doesn’t pool urine at the base
- No stickiness
- Highly cost-effective
- Minimal odor
- Can get dusty
Tidy Cats Lightweight Litter Review 2020
Some cats like their privacy when going about their business. Tidy Cats Lightweight Litter is an innovative machine that has a hinged hood above the litter box so your cat can go about its business in peace.
However, the best feature of this system is that it is designed to separate urine from solid waste. Odor control and ammonia-shielding urine pads are placed beneath a layer of solid litter pellets which collects the poop, while the urine goes through into the urine pads.
One urine pad lasted me 3 days for my two cats, and I just replaced it after that. The solid waste gets clumped on the layer above, and I can replace that as and when required. Thus you don’t need to scoop out the litter whenever your cat pees. All you have to do is just replace the pad every 2 or 3 days, which makes your job a lot easier. The solid poop can be dealt with when required.
The smell is totally minimal and my cats like using this product too. I’ll admit, it was hard at first to get them to switch to this product from a conventional litter box, but now they love it.
- Highly innovative
- Selective removal of solid and liquid waste
- Minimal odor
- Very easy to clean
- Might take some time for cats to get used to it
Things to Consider Before Purchasing a Cat Litter
As you can see, purchasing a cat litter can be a confusing task, so here are some factors which make up an ideal cat litter product.
Natural Litter vs Clay Litter
Natural litter is made of recycled food grains like corn, wheat, pine, and even coconut or walnut shells. They are recyclable waste products and are biodegradable. So, you can simply flush them down the toilet instead of bagging it up for the trashman.
Natural litter is generally recommended for little kittens because kittens will eat bits of litter sometimes and ingesting a lot of clay could be harmful. Natural litter is generally slightly more expensive than clay litter, but it will last longer as well. So in the end, it’s a personal choice.
This is probably the most important consideration for every cat owner. Nobody likes a smelly litter box, least of all your cats. But don’t just get the product with the strongest scent or odor-control.
Your cats will either outright reject them or they will walk around the house all day smelling of that scent and very soon, your whole house will have that same scent. Moderation is the key here.
Most cat owners will prefer clumping litter boxes – these types of litter will combine with cat urine to form hard clumps. Thus you can simply scoop it out instead of emptying the whole litter box and putting in new one later. Be sure to replace the clumps with fresh litter though.
A litter box with good clumping will also be a lot easier to clean as the waste will not stick to the walls of the litter box.
The amount of dust
The right amount of dust is super important. A large amount of dust and dirt can be problematic for both your cat and yourself when you’re emptying the litter. Also, the dust might stick to your cat’s paws as it goes around your house.
Clay litter usually produces a lot of dust, however, there are some varieties that don’t produce much dust. Trial and error is the only way to tell which cat litters produce the least amount of dust.
Coarse or fine litter
This one is a pretty tough choice to make. Both varieties have their own advantages and disadvantages. Cats prefer fine litter as it is more comfortable to walk on. However, coarse litter has less chance of being tracked around the house.
If the kittens are smaller, it’s also a good idea to get them coarse litter, as they may accidentally inhale or swallow fine litter.
The weight of your cat litter product is also important. Clay litter is by far the heaviest, and therefore the most troublesome. Natural litter products pack in more litter for every pound than clay. Thus with natural litter products, you have more volume of total litter even though the weight is the same.
Buying the right lightweight litter can save you a lot of money. Your job of scooping out the clumps will also be a lot easier if the litter is lightweight.
Buying litter is the most expensive part of owning a cat. This is why clumping clay litter is so popular as it is cheaper than other litter types. However, there’s more to the cost than the price per pound.
Cheap litter has a tendency of drying up so fast, which means that you have to change it every week. This will end up being more expensive in the long run, not to mention the amount of effort you have to put in to change the litter boxes and buy new litter so frequently.
Well, there you have it. Those are the most popular cat litters on the market today. Each of them has their own sets of advantages and disadvantages, so bear in mind that nothing is perfect.
Also, on top of that, cats are insanely picky. Get the wrong kind of litter and they will not poop in it. So, it’s best to try out a few different brands until you find the one which suits you and your furry friends the best.