Benefits of Non-Clumping Cat Litter

When you are deciding on the best type of cat litter for you and your pet, one of the first choices that you will have to make is whether to use clumping or non-clumping cat litter.

Traditionally, many cat owners have preferred clumping litters such as bentonite clay litters, but non-clumping cat litters such as wood pellet cat litter, silica cat litter and paper cat litter are increasing in popularity.

The main difference between clumping and non-clumping cat litters is that the litter absorbs the moisture instead of forming into clumps.

So with such a wide choice of litters now available, many cat owners are asking:

What are the benefits of non-clumping cat litter?

  1. Absorbency

One of the main benefits of non-clumping cat litter is that it is usually very absorbent. This is especially true of wood pellet cat litter, where the natural elements of the wood can quite often absorb a large amount of moisture.

This is also true of silica cat litter, which comprises of large, solid granules of sodium silicate. These granules are super absorbent, so they absorb a lot of moisture and some manufacturers of silica cat litter claim that you will only need to completely change the tray a couple of times a month!

  1. Ease of use

In general, trays of non-clumping cat litters will not need to be changed as often as clumping cat litter and they are also easy to use as it is simple to change the tray and dispose of the litter.

Some wood pellet cat litters can be deposited onto the compost heap, which will reduce the amount of waste and is also good for the environment.

It is also possible to flush some non-clumping cat litters down the toilet, and one of the leading brand is World’s Best Cat Litter. Although this is technically classed as a clumping cat litter, the clumps do disintegrate when they come into moisture for a second time making it possible to flush them.

  1. Masks the smell

Wood pellet cat litter is a natural product, so this does help to mask and reduce the smells associated with cat litter.

The pellets can usually hold the ammonia smell quite well, and many litters are now scented. Although this can help to reduce the smell further, be careful when using scented cat litters as a strong scent can put your cat off from using the litter tray completely.

  1. Dust free

Although it is almost impossible to find a completely dust free cat litter, some non-clumping cat litter such as paper cat litter will contain a lot less dust than traditional clumping litters.

Dust free cat litters are very good for cats that may have respiratory problems, and there are some excellent options available such as Pettex Premium Grey Cat Litter.

We have reviewed several types of non-clumping cat litter on this website, including Breeder Celect cat litter, Catsan Hygiene Litter and Pettex Pampuss just to name a few.

As with all aspects of finding the best cat litter, you may need to experiment with a few different brands and types of litter before you find one that you and your cat are happy with!

 

Dust free cat litter

Dust free cat litter is often requested by cat owners. This might be because your cat suffers from respiratory conditions or allergies, or you just may not want to have dust from the litter tray spread around the house on your cats paws.

Cats will often stir up the litter when they are using the tray, and this may release dust that can reach their lungs and exaggerate any problems that the cat may have.

It is therefore essential to minimise the amount of dust if your cat suffers from these problems, and although it is almost impossible to find a litter that is completely free of dust there are some excellent brands available that come very close.

Best dust free cat litter

World’s Best Cat Litter

The World's Best Cat Litter Clumping FormulaBuy now £14.99 (6.35kg)

 

The best dust free cat litters will be made from natural materials, and one excellent option is World’s Best Cat Litter. This litter is made from whole kernel corn, and it is a clumping litter which means that the litter forms into easily disposable clumps on contact with moisture.

World’s Best Cat Litter is natural, so it has many benefits and it is one of the most popular and best- selling brands of cat litter in the market.

It is an excellent option for cats which may suffer from the afore mentioned respiratory problems and it is safe and environmentally friendly.

Pettex Premium Grey Cat Litter

Pettex Premium Grey Cat LitterBuy now £6.80  (10kg)

 

This is a great alternative for a dust free cat litter, and differs  from World’s Best Cat Litter as it is made from pure grey fullers earth which occurs in natural clay deposits. It is also less expensive!

This means it has many of the benefits of a clumping litter but without the dust and environmental cost of more traditional clay based litters.

The original formula of this litter means that it is virtually dust free, and the natural minerals used in the product also help to limit odours.

Breeder Celect Cat Litter

Breeder Celect Cat LitterBuy now £8.29 (10 litres)

 

Other types of natural cat litter will be worth considering, especially paper cat litter options such as Breeder Celect Cat Litter.

This litter consists of compressed cylindrical pellets, and is made from 99% recycled paper. This means that it is very environmentally friendly, as the pellets are biodegradable and easy to dispose of.

 

As well as being a dust free cat litter, Breeder Celect pellets are also free from toxins so it is safe for kittens as well as cats with respiratory problems.

Breeder Celect cat litter makes an excellent choice for a dust free cat litter and is available for £8.29 in a 10 litre pack. Larger packs of 20 and 30 litres are also available, and are often better value.

Litters to avoid

All cat litters mentioned above are made from natural materials, so although they may be slightly more expensive they will be a much better option than traditional clumping litters if you are looking for the best dust free option.

These types of litters will often include bentonite clay and so they are best avoided if you don’t want your cat to inhale the dust.

It is also recommended to avoid these type of clumping clay based litters for kittens, as not only can the dust they may inhale be harmful to them they are more likely to ingest some of the litter while in the tray.

The amount of dust in the cat litter you use is one consideration when you are looking for the best cat litter, and it will generally be better for your cat’s health to use a litter that is as dust free as possible.

It may be worth trying a few different types of litter until you find something your cat is most comfortable with.

Paper Cat Litter

Paper cat litter is one of the many options you will come across when looking for the best litter for your cat.

This litter type contains pellets or granules of recycled paper, so it is great for the environment as well as having a whole host of other benefits.

Note that cat litters are not one-size-fits-all as you have to get one that is appropriate for your pet. Some factors like ease of cleaning, safety, and price will help you select a pet litter. With so many brands of cat litter, it doesn’t hurt to have a little bit of information on how to select one. You first need to know what to expect from the cat litter you get.

Paper Cat Litter Benefits

These types of cat litters have several advantages, one of which is that they are dust free. When selecting a cat litter, the amount of dust it produces will matter greatly.

If you or your cat has respiratory conditions or allergies, then you have to keep your home free from dust, and this cat litter makes that possible.

This litter type is soft on cat paws, which is ideal for animals with recent surgical wounds or for a cat with declawed paws that requires soft surfaces. The use of recycled newspapers is good for the environment, and this leads to a lack of fragrance which is a big advantage as some cats may refuse to use a scented litter box.

Cons of paper cat litter

One of the cons that cat litters have is that they don’t clump. A litter that does not clump allows urine to stay where it is and makes it hard to scoop.

Recycled paper pellets are not flushable, so you cannot dispose of the litter in the toilet as you can with other types of flushable cat litter. It is also not advisable to compost this type of cat litter.

Best Paper Cat litters

Bio-Catolet Paper Cat Litter

Bio Catolet Cat litterBuy now   £13.57 (25 litres)

 

Bio-Catolet is one of the leading brands of this cat litter in the market. It contains absorbent granules from pressed waste paper, and that makes it 100% biodegradable. The pellets are very hygienic, which is always a concern for cat owners. It also prevents insect infestations and bacterial growth.

Bio-Catolet is dust-free and offers a surface that is smooth for cat’s paws and ideal for finicky cats. The litter is lightweight making it easy to transport. You can dispose of it in a trash bin or incinerate it. This cat litter is durable, which gives you good value for money.

Yesterday’s News Paper Cat Litter

Yesterday's News Cat LitterPurina’s Yesterday’s News is arguably the most popular cat litter among cat owners. The litter contains moisture-locking, low tracking pellets. Tracking is a common problem with cat litters; and so, reducing it offers a major advantage. Its absorbency is better than that of clay litters and it also provides excellent odour control.

Yesterday’s News Cat Litter is 99.7% dust-free, which is perfect for cats with respiratory and urinal tract infections. It also makes it safe for use for asthmatic people. The cat litter does not have added scents. Yesterday’s News is safe for cats and other small animals such as rabbits and guinea pigs. It is not toxic in cases of accidental ingestion.

When choosing a cat litter, practice caution and consider what your pet prefers. Reading objective reviews online will aid in making comparisons of the best brands of cat litter on the market.

Wood Pellet Cat Litter

Wood Pellet cat litter is widely available and preferred by many cats and their owners for a variety of different reasons.

Benefits of Wood Pellet Cat litter

  1. Wood Pellets are absorbent

Wood Pellet Cat litter is a non clumping cat litter, and the natural elements of the wood means that the litter can absorb quite a large amount of moisture. This means that the litter does not need to be changed very often, although you will need to change a litter tray of wood pellet cat litter more regularly than silica cat litter.

  1. Masks the smell

It is a natural product and this helps to mask the odours associated with cat litter. A freshly filled tray of wood pellet cat litter can actually bring a pleasant fragrance to the room – and the pellets usually hold the smell of ammonia very well.

  1. It is easy to change and dispose the litter

A tray of wood pellet cat litter will need to be replaced and the litter tray fully cleaned on a regular basis, but this is a straightforward process and also beneficial to the health of your cat. You should be able to deposit some of the used pellets onto the compost heap – so this means that it is more friendly to the environment than other litters that are clay or silica based

  1. Less tracking

The wood pellets are usually quite large and heavy, so this means that the litter will generally track less than clumping litter. If the cat gets a large wood pellet stuck on their paw then this is easier to clean up than dusty litters.

  1. Cost

Wood Pellet cat litter is also more economical than some other cat litters, especially if you are able to buy in bulk. The best brands are usually available at a very reasonable price, and there are also some very cheap brands available.

Disadvantage of wood pellet cat litter

Although it is quite difficult to document the disadvantages of wood pellet cat litter, a litter with poor quality wood pellets is likely to disintegrate quite quickly after coming into contact with moisture. This means that the pellets can turn into sawdust which remains in the box until it is cleaned.

It is also worth considering that although a good quality wood pellet cat litter has many benefits, as with any type of litter there is no guarantee that your cat will enjoy using it. This means it is important to try several different types of cat litter before you find your preference.

Brands of Wood Pellet Cat Litter

Pettex Pampuss Woodbase Cat Litter

Pettex Wood Pellet Cat litterBuy now £8.20 (15 litres)

 

You are spoilt for choice in options of this type of litter, but if you would like to use a premium brand then you could consider Pettex Pampuss Woodbase Cat Litter.

This is the No 1 best selling cat litter on Amazon, and it is available in a very large bag containing 30 litres of litter for around £10.99 or a smaller 15kg bag for £8.20.

It consists of highly absorbent, recycled pine fresh wood pellets which gives the litter a fresh woody smell, and the pellets are biodegradable so they are environmentally friendly and can be disposed of on the compost heap.

 

RSPCA Cat Litter

RSPCA Non Clumping Wood Pellet Cat LitterAnother option is the RSPCA Non-Clumping Wood Pellet Cat Litter which is a similar price at £9.95 for a 30 litre bag and contains 100% natural wood pellets from UK forests.

This litter is endorsed by the RSPCA, so it is used in their animal rescue centres and provides similar benefits to the Pettex litter with highly absorbent and bio degradable wood pellet litter.

The pellets are a by product of a sawmill producing fence posts, so this is good to know that it is friendly to the environment as well as doing a good job of masking the smells of cat waste.

There are some cheaper makes of this type of litter available, but as with anything in life you get what you pay for so a bag of litter for under £5 is unlikely to be as good quality as those listed above.

Many cat owners swear by wood pellet cat litter, and it is an excellent option if you are looking for a non clumping, environmentally friendly way to deal with your cat waste.

Clumping cat litter

Clumping cat litter is one of the most common types of cat litter used among cat owners. It is convenient, economical and easy to use as the litter tray does not need to be changed as often as if you use a non-clumping cat litter.

The litter usually consists of granulated bentonite clay which forms nice and firm clumps when it comes into contact with moisture, making it easy for the clumps to be removed and leaving the rest of the litter clean and fresh.

Although this means that you won’t have to completely change the entire litter tray as frequently as if you were to be using non-clumping litter, you should still empty and thoroughly wash the tray every couple of weeks. This means that your bag of clumping cat litter should last just a little bit longer than if you were using non-clumping litter.

Clumping litter is also a good choice if you use litter tray liners, especially if you use sifting litter tray liners where the soiled litter is removed in the liner every day and the clean litter is ‘sifted’ back into the tray.

Most leading brands offer a clumping cat litter as part of their product range, and although there are too many options to provide a complete guide we thought it would be useful to look at some of the leading brands.

Pettex Premium Clumping Cat Litter

Pettex Premium Grey Cat Litter

Buy now  £6.80 (10kg)

 

Pettex is one of the leading brands of cat litter available including Pettex Pampuss Woodbase Cat Litter and silica cat litter.

However, one of their leading products is Pettex Premium Clumping Cat Litter, which is a step up in quality from traditional clay based litters as it is a natural clay product manufactured from pure grey fullers earth.

This litter includes a unique sieving system, which enhances the clumps and makes them easier to remove.

Pettex Premium Clumping Cat Litter is available for around £6.80 for a 10kg bag or £13.50 for a larger 20kg bag.

 

The World’s Best Cat Litter

The World's Best Cat Litter Clumping FormulaBuy now  £12.99 (6.35kg)

 

This is another leading brand, as The World’s Best Cat Litter is made from whole kernel corn which helps to keep odours within the litter.

This is a quick clumping litter that traps the liquid and stops the moisture from seeping through to the bottom of the tray, keeping the rest of the litter nice and dry.

This is a top quality clumping cat litter, although you will pay much more for this leading brand with a 6.35kg bag priced at £16.99.

 

Clean-n-Tidy Everyday Cat Litter

Clean N Tidy Everyday Cat litterBuy now  £6.50 (7kg)

 

This is a much more economical option for clumping cat litter, with a 7kg bag priced at £6.50. However, this litter will still do the job as the tightly binding clumping action ensures quick and easy removal of the waste.

This clumping cat litter is also environmentally friendly and virtually dust free.

It is also worth mentioning that clumping cat litter is not the best option if you are introducing your kitten to the litter tray for the first time as kittens are so sensitive.

It may be worth trying a few different brands until you find the best cat litter that works best for you and your cat, but whichever litter you decide upon there is no doubt that clumping cat litter will continue to remain as a popular choice for cat owners as it is so convenient and great value

Flushable cat litter

Flushable cat litter is just one of the many types of cat litter available today, and it is an excellent option for cat owners that are concerned about the environment and wish to avoid filling their rubbish bins with bags of soiled litter.

Traditional cat litter is made of clay, which has to be disposed with the weekly rubbish as it forms a very hard, cement like constitution in water. This means that traditional clay litter cannot be flushed down the toilet as it would clog up the pipes and systems, so it needs to be disposed of in landfill where it can remain for a very long time.

This means that although traditional cat litter is more economical than most other types of cat litter, many pet owners are turning to solutions such as flushable cat litter which are more environmentally friendly.

A good quality flushable cat litter is not only more environmentally friendly, it is also very convenient as it means that the litter can simply be scooped out of the tray and flushed down the toilet. This also helps to reduce some of the odours associated with cat litter as well as having hygiene benefits.

There are flushable cat litter options available on the market and some of the recommended brands are:

The World’s Best Cat Litter

The World's Best Cat LitterBuy now £12.99 (6.35kg)

 

This brand is the market leader in flushable cat litter with a quality product that is made from natural, whole kernel corn.

One of the key features of The World’s Best Cat Litter is that after the litter clumps together when it comes into moisture in the tray, the clumps then disintegrate when they come into water again so they can be safely flushed down the toilet. This means it is easy to scoop out the used parts of the litter and it also avoids the smells and hygiene issues mentioned above.

The World’s Best Cat Litter is available for around £12.99 for a 6.35kg bag, which is more expensive than most other brands but you will use less of this litter as you don’t have to change the whole tray and you will find that a bag will last much longer.

 

Betterway Cat Litter

Betterway Cat LitterBuy nowCurrently unavailable

 

An alternative to The World’s Best Cat Litter and another option for flushable cat litter is Betterway Cat Litter.

This product works on a similar principle in that the clumps of clay dissolve during flushing, which means that the remaining litter is clean and fresh and only a small amount will need to be replaced.

Betterway Cat Litter is also the only litter to contain SANEL, which is a natural smell that attracts cats and that only cats can smell. This is claimed to remind cats of the outdoors, and to help to train reluctant animals to use the litter tray.

The small clay granules of Betterway Cat Litter help the litter to clump so it can be flushed, but this can also result in the granules getting stuck to the cat’s paws and tracked around the house.

Betterway Cat Litter is currently unavailable although it is usually generally slightly more expensive than The World’s Best Cat Litter.

Other brands and different options are available, and if you do choose to use flushable cat litter it may be worth trying several different products so that you can find which option works best for you and your cat. If you do decide to use flushable cat litter in the long term, you will enjoy the convenience and benefits that it provides.

Silica Cat Litter

Silica cat litter is just one of the many forms of cat litter available, and it is also sometimes known as crystal cat litter. It is one of the newest forms of cat litter on the market – so what is it all about?

Silica cat litter is not as well known as other types of litter such as wood pellet cat litter or clay based cat litter. This is because it has not been around as long or as widely used – however there are plenty of brands of silica cat litter available today.

Advantages of silica cat litter

1. Absorbent material

Silica cat litter is non clumping, and it comprises of large, solid granules of sodium silicate. The silicate is a very absorbent material, so this means that the cat litter can absorb a large amount of cat urine so the tray should not need to be changed as often.

2. Ease of use

Some manufacturers claim that you can leave the tray for several weeks with a single filling of silica cat litter. In reality you will probably find that you will need to completely change the tray a couple of times a month, although one of the benefits of silica cat litter is that it is extremely easy to use so for this reason it is a good choice for automatic cat litters. Another contributing factor to the ease of use of silica cat litter is that it is very light. This makes it much easier to scoop the litter and to move the tray around.

3. Masks the smell

Another advantage of silica cat litter is that is does help to mask the odours produced by cat waste – which is an essential if you only change the tray a couple of times a month! The absorbent nature of the silica means that it is better at masking the smell than clay based litter.

4. Less dusty

One of the main complaints of cat owners regarding litter is the amount of dust that is produced, especially from clay based litters. This is another of the advantages of silica cat litter, and although it is unlikely to be completely dust free this sort of litter will produce less dust than other types.

Disadvantages of silica cat litter

Reading all of the above you must be thinking – ‘This is great, where can I get some silica cat litter?’ However, there are some drawbacks to silica cat litter as well:

1. Cost

There is no doubt about it, silica cat litter is more expensive than most other types of cat litter. This is purely down to the expensive of the material, so if you are shopping for your cat litter on a budget then you may want to consider other clay based varieties.

2. Hygiene
As mentioned above, the silica is a very absorbent material and you should only need to completely change the litter tray a couple of times a month. However, this does mean that you can have granules that have absorbed urine lying around for several weeks – which is not a very hygienic situation.

3. Your cat may not like it

Silica crystals are very crunchy underfoot, so your cat may not enjoy using the litter tray if you try using silica cat litter. As it is very light, then it is quite easy for your cat to inadvertently transfer some of the crystals from the litter tray to the floor. This can be unhygienic, especially if there are small children around and painful if you accidentally step on the crystals.

Brands of silica cat litter

Pettex Silica Cat LitterThere are plenty of options when it comes to buying silica cat litter, and one of the most popular brands is Pettex Silica Cat Litter. This is available for around £8.95 for a 7.6 litre bag, and just over £5 for a half sized version.

It is really up to you if you would like to try using silica cat litter. Although it is more expensive, some cat owners swear by this product and will not use anything else thanks to the ease of use and the reduction in dust and odour. There are some drawbacks, but most people find it is worth the money!