There are many brands of cat litter on the market, but how do you make the best selection for you and your cats? In this article we will consider several very popular brands and discuss the pros and cons of each. 

But first, what are we trying to accomplish with a new choice of litter? Ideally, the litter should be healthy for our cats and also for us - the kitty caretakers. Dust from cat litter can be harmful for you and your cat's respiratory system. We want litter that produces rock-like clumps that are easy to scoop. We want a litter that will eliminate odors. Also, we want litter that will resist tracking out of the litter box. 

So the four principal criteria for judging cat litter for our purposes, are:

1. Dust 

2. Clumping

3. Odor Control

4. Tracking Control

Also, be aware that switching litter brands can be psychologically problematic for your cat. They can be very particular in their choices and if you suddenly change their litter-type, they might defecate or urinate in inappropriate places just to express their displeasure. Therefore, try offering a box of the new litter, along with the old, and observe their reaction. If they react negatively, mix half and half (old clean litter to new clean litter). If they do not react negatively, provide a mix of 25% to 75% and then 100% after that.

Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat Ultra Clumping Cat Litter

A very popular clay litter (ranked #1 on Amazon!) uniquely formulated combining heavy non tracking granules with medium grain. The result is an excellent clumping litter that prevents moisture from reaching the bottom of the litter box, while providing a clump that will not break apart. Ultra is perfect for multi-cat families and cat owners with sifting or mechanical litter boxes and it controls odor naturally without perfume, deodorants or chemicals.

This litter is hypo-allergenic and contains no plant proteins, perfumes or deodorants. It is an all-natural clumping kitty litter that prevents moisture from reaching the bottom of the litter box or tray. It is almost completely dust-free, and features heavy, non-tracking granules resulting in far less mess than other brands. It is ideal for sifting or mechanical litter boxes such as the Litter Robot 3 "Open Air."

This product comes in 18 lb or 40 lb bags, shipped in sturdy cardboard boxes right to your door.

For many, the Amazon delivery to the door is a great convenience. Just transport the box with a hand truck to the litter box location- much more convenient than purchasing litter at the store and hauling it home. Even still, if you have upstairs cats (like me), you might consider the advantages of a lightweight cat litter.


· All natural 100% Bentonite Clay - Made in the USA

· Extremely absorbent and odor free.

· Almost completely dustless - hypoallergenic

· Very little tracking

· Great for automatic litter boxes such as Litter Robot 3


· It will stick to the bottom if there is not enough litter. You need 4-6"

· the bag is not re-sealable

Boxiecat Premium Clumping Clay Cat Litter

Winner of the Cat Fancy 2012 Editors' Choice Award - voted Best Cat Product of the Year! Veterinarian recommended, Boxiecat quality makes a noticeable difference. Unscented, it completely eliminates ammonia odors without using fragrance as a masking agent. It's all natural, over 99.9% dust-free, hypo-allergenic, and contains no chemicals or additives. Boxiecat litter stays ultra-clean even after weeks of scooping. Hard clumps form quickly on the top, rather than soaking to the bottom of the litter box. Clumps hold together during scooping, making litter care a breeze. Because Boxiecat forms smaller and lighter clumps, it is also longer lasting. One bag lasts one cat approximately one month. Boxiecat is fine and soft on cat’s paws, but it is not lightweight, so it resists tracking. Customers report that cats take to Boxiecat right away and that it helps attract cats to use the litter box. Boxiecat is perfect for single and multi-cat households, as well as regular, sifting, and mechanical litter boxes. Boxiecat’s packaging is durable, manageable to lift, easy to tear open, has a zip-lock for re-sealing, and is 100% recyclable. Boxiecat litter is biodegradable and made in the U.S.A. Boxiecat is family owned and operated, and supports Shelters and Rescues nationwide.

"This is truly the BEST litter! I am a veterinarian with 6 cats... I have used every litter on the market...all of the clay and non-clay litters. I couldn't stand the smell or the difficult clean up until Boxiecat! This litter clumps really well, so the litter lasts longer because you don't have the broken up chunks that fall from the scoop. I love this stuff and recommend it to anyone and everyone! I tell all my clients about it, too!"

-Dr. Lisa Franck D.V.M.


· Cats love it

· Clumps hard, quick, and on top

· Scoops easy, stays clean

· Scent-free

· Eliminates ammonia odors

· 99.9% dust free - new and improved dust control formula

· Resists tracking

· All Natural

· Hypo-allergenic

· For all litter box types

· For single and multi-cat households

· Longer Lasting: 1 bag + 1 cat = 1 month

· Winner of the Cat Fancy 2012 Editors' Choice Award - voted Best Cat Product of the Year!

· Veterinarian Recommended - This is TRULY the best litter - Dr. Lisa Franck D.V.M.

· Clumps hard and stays ultra-clean even after weeks of scooping

· 99.9% dust-free - new and improved dust control formula

· All natural, unscented, completely eliminates ammonia odors, hypo-allergenic, and tracking resistant


  • A tad pricey

Cat's Pride Fresh and Light Premium Clumping Fragrance Free Scoopable Cat Litter

Less weight, works great. Now, a premium clumping litter that’s up to 25% lighter than other heavier scoop able litters, all while providing the same number of uses. Absorbs odor-causing enzymes so your litter box stays fresher, longer. Superior clumping for easy scooping and low-dust help prevent litter from tracking. Fragrance-Free for sensitive and allergic cats.

· Premium Clumping Fragrance-Free Litter That Is Up To 25% Lighter

· A Low-Dust Formula You Can Trust Helps Prevent Litter From Tracking

· Fragrance and dye-free formula for cats who are sensitive or allergic yet still delivers powerful odor control

· Fifteen Pound Jug


· Very little dust

· Excellent odor blocking

· No scent

· Lightweight


· Tracking performance is so-so

World's Best Cat Litter 391032 Clumping Litter Formula

World's Best Cat Litter delivers the gentle fragrance of natural wood fibers, but adds the natural absorbency of whole-kernel corn for outstanding odor control and simplified cleanup. Safely eliminate pet odors with the quick-clumping litter made with the addition of 100% natural wood fibers. World's Best Cat Litter is the only forest scented natural cat litter made from whole-kernel corn. That means it has a naturally absorbent structure that keeps nasty odors and smells inside the litter. More and more pet parents are solving their litter box problem with World's Best Cat Litter because it's the quick clumping and easy scooping solution that is Pet, people and planet friendly!

World's Best 391032 comes in 28 lb or 14 lb bags. It is a quick clumping formula that is easy to scoop. The package claims that it is 99% dust free, however, there of course is always some amount of dust however low. A good strategy might be to start with a small bag to see if your cat will like it. Some cats will reject a litter no matter how good it is. Also, with a small bag you could experiment with various blends of litter types.

Blending different types of litter can augment the positive attributes of various litters. For example, you might consider using this corn based litter as a top layer in the box, on top of a clay based bottom layer. This way you get less dust and more odor absorbency.


· Flushable and bio-degradable

· Clumps well

· Made of corn - lighter and softer than clay litter

· There's no overwhelming scent.


· Odor control is not as good as clay based litter especially is the cat doesn't bury it completely

· Tracking is harder to control than clay litter

· Some cats might try to eat it

Arm & Hammer Multi-Cat Clump & Seal Clumping Litter

Not just a new litter. A new kind of litter. ARM & HAMMER Clump & Seal Cat Litter is specially formulated to provide exceptional odor control. Moisture-activated Micro-Granules form a tight seal around your cat's odors while heavy duty odor eliminators and ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda destroy sealed-in odors. It's the secret to keeping your house fresh for 7 days, guaranteed.

· 7 Day Odor-Free Homes Guaranteed

· No Crumbly Clumps

· Ultra Low Dust

· Low Tracking

· Your cat will love the softer feel


Manufacturer's Instructions for use:

1. Fill a clean, empty litter box with 3-4 inches of Arm & Hammer™ Clump & Seal™ complete odor sealing litter.
2. Litter seals in and destroys odors, forming rock-solid clumps. Remove clumps and solid waste daily to keep the rest of the litter fresh.
3. Add more Arm & Hammer™ Clump & Seal™ to replace what you have scooped out and maintain a depth of 3-4 inches. Once a month, empty the entire litter box.
4. Dispose of used litter in trash. Do not flush or put in drains.


· Dust free

· Very little tracking


· Not unscented

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