Best Cat Litter
There are many elements to bringing a cat or small kitten into your home, and one of those which is most overlooked is which is the best cat litter to use.
Choosing the best cat litter is important, especially if your cat spends the majority of the time indoors. You will need to create an environment where your cat is comfortable in using the litter tray, and an integral part of this is using the most suitable cat litter for her needs.
We have gone into some detail regarding cat litter reviews, different types of litter and various other options to help you find the best cat litter. The table below will also help to provide you with a starting point for the most popular brands of cat litter available today.
Type of Litter
World's Best Cat Litter
Clean N Tidy Cat Litter
Which type of Cat Litter?
One of the first choices you will be faced with will be to decide which type of cat litter to use. The most common types of cat litter are clumping cat litter and non-clumping cat litter, and most litters will be one variation or the other.
Clumping Cat Litter
Many of the most popular brands of cat litter are a type of clumping cat litter. These litters are very convenient, economical and easy to use as the litter will form nice and firm clumps when it comes into contact with moisture.
Traditional, bentonite clay litters are usually the cheapest type of cat litter to buy and it is also easy to use as the clumps can simply be removed from the tray after use. The entire tray should be changed at least every couple of weeks.
This has always been a very effective way of managing cat litter, however bentonite clay is not very good for the environment so many of the leading brands have developed newer forms of clumping cat litter that take the form of materials such as natural clay or corn kernels.
We have provided more detail on these brands on our post on clumping cat litter.
Non-Clumping Cat Litter
The main difference between clumping and non-clumping cat litter is that non-clumping cat litter absorbs the moisture rather than forming into clumps.
This means that you will not have to remove clumps of litter on a regular basis, but you will need to change the whole tray more frequently.
The benefits of non-clumping cay litters are that they are easy to use, they are very absorbent, they hide the smell of cat litter and many types of litter are also easy to dispose of. Some types of non-clumping cat litter, such as paper cat litter and wood pellet cat litter will also contain much less dust than traditional clumping litter.
We have reviewed a number of leading brands of non-clumping cat litter on this website, including Pettex Pampuss Wood Pellet Litter, Catsan Hygiene Litter and Bob Martin Cat Litter Crystals, which is a silica cat litter.
Some types of non-clumping cat litter are also better for the environment, and if this is a concern then you could also consider flushable cat litter which can simply be scooped out of the tray and flushed down the toilet. Organic and biodegradable cat litters are also available.
Best Cat Litter Tray
As well as selecting the best cat litter, you will also need to select a cat litter tray that your pet will be comfortable in using.
A huge range of cat litter trays are available today, and your choice of tray will depend upon your budget and the type of litter tray your cat prefers.
Although this type of litter tray will be slightly more expensive, they can be more hygienic as the litter is hidden from sight so this is worth considering if you have small children or toddlers in the family.
They also provide the cat with a private place to use the toilet, which they will enjoy as naturally private animals.
Other types of cat litter tray include automatic litter trays which are great as there is no need for scoops or filters so you will have much less contact with the litter.
Another factor to consider when selecting the best cat litter is the best way to deal with the natural odours associated with your pet’s waste.
Cat litters are available in a huge variety of scents, and although this does help to mask most of the smell it is recommended not to use a very strong scent as this can be overwhelming for the cat which means they may find their own place to go.
A small amount of baking soda in the litter can be a good option to help to mask the smell without turning the litter tray into a no go area.
Litter for Kittens
If you are in the process of bringing a kitten into your home, then there are plenty of things to consider and litter training is just one of them!
It is advisable to start litter training as soon as possible so the kitten gets used to the litter tray, and although there are lots of different types of litter trays available it is best to keep things simple with a tray she can get in and out of easily.
Some cat litters are more suitable for kittens than others, and the best option to start with is to use a pellet or clay based litter.
We will aim to review the most popular brands such as World’s Best Cat Litter, Catsan and Pettex to help you find the best cat litter, as well as considering other options such as scoops, mats, liners and storage. We will also try to tackle some of the other key questions all cat owners face such as just how to deal with the soiled litter.
Cat Litter Reviews
You will find reviews of many different types of cat litter on this site, but as there are so many variations and brands available we thought it would be useful to provide an overview of 5 of the most popular litters around.
World's Best Cat Litter
- Clumping cat litter
- Premium brand
- Made from whole corn kernels
This is an extremely popular brand of cat litter, and is different from other brands as it is made from corn kernels.
This means that the litter forms strong and easy to scoop clumps, making it easy to dispose of. It is also great for your cat’s health and for the environment as it is made from completely organic material.
Although it is more expensive than most other brands, a bag of World’s Best Cat Litter should last 2-3 months providing fantastic value for an excellent brand of litter.
Catsan Hygiene Cat Litter
- Non-clumping cat litter
- Highly absorbent
- Helps prevent odours
This is a market-leading, non-clumping litter that keeps the litter tray clean and hygienic.
The litter consists of natural sand quartz and chalk, which helps to lock away a large amount of moisture and keep the tray noticeably cleaner.
Catsan Hygiene Litter also neutralises odours, is very low on dust, lightweight and easy to use. A great choice for a non-clumping litter.
Pettex Pampuss Wood Pellet Cat Litter
- Leading brand of wood pellet cat litter
- Highly absorbent pellets are biodegradable
- Easy to dispose of
This cat litter is manufactured from unique recycled wood pellets, which are highly absorbent, light to handle and easy to dispose of.
The pellets have a nice woody smell and they are biodegradable, so the used litter can be scooped into the compost heap.
Pettex Pampuss Woodbase Cat Litter performs very well, and as it is a wood pellet cat litter it is less expensive than some other types of litter.
Clean N Tidy Everyday Cat Litter
- Environmentally friendly and dust-free
- Forms tightly bound clumps
- Great value and long-lasting
This is an excellent choice if you are looking for a clumping litter but are looking for a less expensive option than World’s Best Cat Litter.
The litter consists of very fine granules and makes tightly bound clumps on contact with moisture. This means it is easy to remove the clumps and top up the litter without having to change the entire tray.
Clean N Tidy Cat Litter also helps to reduce odours and is almost entirely dust free.
Breeder Celect Cat Litter
- Leading brand of paper cat litter
- Comes in the form of compressed cylindrical pellet
- Suitable for kittens
- Environmentally friendly
This is a paper cat litter, which makes it different from the options above as the pellets are made from 99% recycled paper.
This means they are very absorbent, dust free and don’t have a fragrance, which can be an advantage as cats can sometimes be put off by a scented litter.
Great for the environment, paper cat litter is growing in popularity and this is a leading brand.
Wrapping it all up
Now that you have seen the options and reviewed our top picks for the best cat litter, it is up to you to pick what meets you and your cat’s needs and is in your price range.
You will need to consider your cat’s preference as well as your own, and you may need to try several different types of litter until you find one that your pet is happy to use.