Cat owners! If you are anything like me, you always dread when its time to get more litter at the grocery store. Or having to go to the pet store just for more litter.
It’s heavy and takes up so much room in your cart! I always felt like a crazy cat lady when I was getting two things of litter on some rare occasions. But! I figured out a hack that I only do now! I get my litter sent to my door every month! It is so awesome!
The price is the same as the grocery store! Heck, sometimes it’s even cheaper when there is not a sale going on! I only have to carry the litter in from my door step and can get it delivered even if I am not going to the grovery store when I need new litter. So I want to tell you guys my top litters to get on Amazon today!
Let my test drive save you guys time and money! And not have to carry 20 lb cat litters around the store ever again! You’re welcome!
Clumping versus Non-Clumping Cat Litter
Before I go straight into the different types of litters, I want to talk about the difference between clumping and non-clumping litter.
When most people think of litter, they think of clumping litter. It is easier to scoops, and usually does an excellent job of covering odors. So why don’t people exclusively use clumping litter? Well for a few reasons.
First, if you have a kitten, you need to use non-clumping litter until they are around 8-10 weeks old. At this age, they are curious and will want to put anything and everything in their mouths, much like a human baby. The problem arises when they swallow clumping litter.
Clumping litter does just that, it clumps when it comes into contact with liquids. That means that if a kitten eats litter, it could clump in their stomachs and cause bowel obstructions. This can be life threatening for kittens, even cats and is something that should be monitored or avoided if possible.
Another reason people tend to stray away from clumping litter is the affect on nature. Most of the time, non-clumping litter is recycled materials, or easily recyclable. This is less amount of used litter in the dump everyday! But I think that is really for the people who care a lot about nature.
For me, I usually recommend non-clumping litter to newborn kittens only. Let them get used to the litter and then they have the clumping when there isn’t a worry of bowel obstructions.
So without further ado, let’s go over my top clumping and non-clumping litter.
Let’s start with an obvious one. Obvious because it is so popular. Tidy Cats. They have so many different options, 24/7, Instant Action, even a Glade version. No matter what you want, you can find it somewhere in the Tidy Cat’s realm. They even have a lightweight litter, but I don’t usually recommend it because I have read it causes issues with cats if they were to consume even a little of it. I will go more into that on a later date thought.
When someone asked me what kind of Tidy Cat’s I use, I actually had to pause. Because the truth is, I like the switch it up! Right now, my go to has been the instant action. Mainly because Phoebe has been on a diet. And that diet tends to make her potty breaks smellier than normal.
Instant action is great because the entire house doesn’t stink when she does her business thanks to the Instant Action.
The biggest downside to Tidy Cats is that they eliminate odor so much, that I often have to remind myself to clean out their litter boxes. Its never because of the smell…it’s always because I realize I hadn’t done it in a day or two! Which I like to think is a pretty awesome problem to have!
When it comes to cat litter, fresh step is always an excellent contender. They are priced similarly to Tidy Cats and also has a variety of products, though not to the extent of Tidy Cats. This is great for people who are frustrated with Tidy Cats and are ready to try something different!
Worlds Best Cat Litter
Now this one that I will be honest. I haven’t tried, but it is actually on my to-do list to buy and test out. I have heard amazing things about this litter. That it traps odors and people don’t even know you have a cat in your house unless they see it!
I know that they use a special formula to help them clump and be scoopable without the cats breaking it when they walk on it.
When I was looking into these, this was one that always came up, so this is added on MY list and should be added onto yours, to at least try once
Arm & Hammer
Arm&Hammer is known for being tough on odors. This is true of their litter. When I think of Arm&Hammer, I always think of baking soda. So for me, their litter sometimes takes a backburner. That doesn’t mean their litter is bad though! They have excellent litter that my cats appreciate! I feel like my cats can be snooty about litter sometimes so if they are feeling prissy, they will give me a look when I have Arm & Hammer, but listen! I can’t smell anything from the litter box! They still go in it, I consider it a win still!
So, PetSafe has a special place in my heart. They are typically known for their automated litter boxes and sell their special litter trays as typical clumping litter doesn’t work. I hope to eventually do a full review of them because I just adore their products. But for now, I will talk about their litter.
Their litter is fairly similar to that of fresh steps or Arm&Hammer.It is excellent and underrated. It is obviously not as popular as Fresh Step, or Tidy Cats, but that’s really because those brands have such a large reputation. This is not always the easiest to find in store, but fear not. Because you would be buying this on Amazon! Heck, you could even try out the automated litter boxes and not have to worry about litter basically at all. Which is really the end goal for all us cat owners right? That’s the only bad thing about owning a cat.
This one is my all-time favorite non-clumping litter! It was the first one that I used when I was fostering Binx, and she loved it! Heck my cats even were so interested in it that they went in her little baby litter box a few times.
This litter does not smell and easy to tell when the kittens have used the restroom. It is soft on their feet and doesn’t decompose as quickly as other non-clumping litters.
If you have to get a non—clumping litter for your kittens, I recommend this one. Actually, just try it once. The quality will speak for itself.
Tidy cats, oh tidy cats. Here’s the deal. You really cannot go wrong with Tidy cats. They are a well known brand and they make good litter!
This litter was again soft on their feet and Binx had a real interest in using it. The biggest difference between Yesterday’s News and Tidy Cats was actually in the adult cats. They were less interested in the Tidy Cats than they were about Yesterday News.
I can’t say that is a bad thing because I didn’t really want them going into a baby litter box, but it was something I want to call out
Last but certainly not least is fresh steps. I do want to be completely transparent with everyone and say that this is one non-clumping litter that I have not tried. With only needing litter for a short period of time, Tidy Cats and Yesterday’s News supply was enough for little Binx.
I did want to include them in this review because they had such high reviews everywhere I was researching. People were extremely happy with this cat litter, very comparable to that of Tidy Cats and Yesterday’s News so I wanted that to be shown, even if I had not tried it myself.
My next foster kitten, this is going to be the first litter I try, so I will have to update you on this when I do.
There are a lot of great litters out there for you! And just because they exist in stores doesn’t mean you still need to go to the store to get them! Sit on your couch, drink your coffee, read more of my posts, and get your litter delivered to you on a regular basis.
The time and money you will save alone will make you question why you haven’t been doing this since you got your little furry friend! I know that’s how I felt! The last time I got litter at the store, I remembered just how frustrating of a process this is, which led me to want to write this post for you guys.
You can thank me later!
Actually, I want to know. Which of these litters do you use everyday? Are you going to start buying them on Amazon now?