Top 13 Best Cat Litters (We Tested Them All)

Hello, my name is Mallory and I'm here with All About Cats,

and in today's video, we're going to be talking about cat litter.

So over the last few years, We're All About

Cats has published over a dozen cat litter brand reviews and

done in home testing on over 30 different cat litter products.

I've spent hours researching litter, studying the industry,

learning about the different types of litter, and identifying

the qualities that are essential in any good cat litter.

So I

think I've developed a pretty good sense of what types of

litter are available and which types of litter tend to work


And it was based on that experience and research and

testing that we chose these 13 products as the best letter you

can buy.

Took things a step we bought all of

these litter products and then I tested them out in my home with

my two cats, Wessie and Forest.

So over the last couple of

weeks, I've been testing these products out.

I've been evaluate

their dust production, odor control, tracking and

scattering, scoopability, and other key factors.

Let's talk a

little bit more about our top 13 recommendations and my

experience using each of them with my two cats.

So our first

recommendation is from Dr. Elsey`s.

It's their Ultra

Premium multi cat litter.

So what I like about this cat

litter is that it's just all around high performance clumping

clay litter.

It does just about everything that you would want a

clumping clay litter to do and you can get it for a really good


This litter is relatively low dust.

As you can see it

doesn't make a huge plume of dust when you pour it into the

litter box and once it was in litter box, I found that it just

did everything that I would want a clumping clay litter to do.


created firm, cohesive clumps that were easy to remove, but I

did notice that it stuck a little bit to the size of the

litter box a bit more than some other products and I was

noticing some other customer reviews, saying They had the

same experience.

The granules are pretty heavy.

When I was

scooping this litter it was noticeably heavier than most

other products.

Overall, this Dr. Elsey`s litter is just an

all around high performance product and should be a good fit

for most people.

So our next recommendation is the best non

clumping clay litter.

Our number one recommendation for this

category is Purina Tidy Cats 24-7 Performance non-clumping


This litter does pretty much everything that any good

non clumping litter should do.

It's very absorbent and has been

a favorite among cat guardians for quite a while.

When I use it

in my in home test I noticed that it was moderately dusty,

like a lot of other clay litters, but the dust didn't

seem to linger in the air very much.

The litter offers moderate

odor control and generally seemed to work pretty well.


then again, it is a non clumping litter and you are going to have

to dump out every week, and its absorbency and odor control are

probably not going to be as great as that of a clumping

litter product.

Another good thing about this cat litter is

that it's quite economical.

I bought a 40 pound bag for just

over $10.

Our next recommendation is our top pick.

For those who are looking for a good silica gel crystal cat

litter, Just the Crystals litter has a slightly larger crystal

size than a lot of other products out there, which has

both benefits and drawbacks.

The main benefit of using a

moderately sized crystal is that it tends to last longer, it

doesn't reach its saturation point as quickly as would a more

fine grain product, but obviously this also means that

the litter might be harsher on the paws than another

finer-grain product.

In my in-home test, the first thing

that I noticed about Just the Crystals litter was that it was

extremely dusty.

You can't tell, but this litter produced a huge

plume of dust.

It was a very irritating dust.

Once it was in

the litter box, this litter appeared to work really well.


noticed that it had good odor control and it was very easy to

maintain, just as all crystal litter usually is.

I didn't have

to scoop out the urine.

I just removed the fecal matter and

they litter did the rest.

The biggest drawback of this cat

litter is that it is really expensive.

This litter costs

almost $5 per pound and it could cost upwards of $20 a month for

one cat which is pretty expensive.

Moving along to our

top recommendation for those who are looking for a natural or

biodegradable plant based litter that is Smart Cats all natural

clumping grass litter.

So this litter is, again, made from


It's a clumping litter that promises to out clump clay.

So how did they perform when I used it with my cats?

The first

thing that I noticed is that this litter is very low dust and

it actually has a really pleasant smell.

Once it was in

the litter box, this litter performed extremely, extremely


It forms clumps really, really fast.

So because this

litter works so fast, it creates a clump right at the surface of

the litter.

The moisture never seeps down to the bottom so it's

very unlikely to stick to your litter box.

So this is going to

make the litter really easy to scoop which it was really easy

to scoop and it also helps to prevent that sort of odor build

up that you would find if you had a lot stuck to the sides and

bottom of your litter box.

Overall I found that this litter

works really well.

The biggest drawback is probably that it's

quite light, which is nice for convenience and pouring ease,

but also means that you're going to want to pair it with a nice

big litter mat.

So our next recommendation is our favorite

litter for odor control.

So it's Ever Clean Extra Strength

Unscented Cat Litter.

Now this litter approaches the odor issue

in a pretty interesting way it contains activated carbon to

neutralize odors.

It also contains an apparent

antimicrobial agent that helps to prevent that bacterial


And it also contains what they call a paw activated

plant extract, which is supposed to eliminate odors for good.


by using this three agent odor control system, this ever clean

litter promises to be an extreme odor control solution, but how

does it actually work?

So the first thing that I noticed about

this Ever Clean litter is that it is extremely dusty.

So this

litter was the most dusty of all of the clay litters that I

tried, but once it was in the litter box, this product worked

really, really well.

It created strong, cohesive clumps that

were pretty easy to scoop and I did notice that it offered

outstanding odor control.

I didn't notice any odors coming

from this litter.

This letter is a tiny bit more expensive

than your average clumping clay litter at about 64 cents per


But if you're passionate about odor control, I think that

that price is going to be worth it.

Our next recommendation is

our top pick for multiple cat homes.

So ultimately, the only

difference between multi cat litter and traditional cat

litter is that multi cat litter promises to work better.

So that

being said, if you're looking for a multi cat litter, this

product from Arm and Hammer is probably one of the best that

you can buy is their Clump and Seal formula.

So when I tried

out this litter, the first thing that I noticed was that it was

extremely low dust.

Very surprisingly low dust.


magically, it seemed to have no dust at all.

It was really,

really impressive, actually.

And once it was in the litter box, I

noticed that this product created really nice clumps and

it seemed to also offer really good odor control.

Now our next

recommendation is considered a hypoallergenic litter.


another clumping clay product.

It's Dr. Elsey`s Respiratory

Relief litter.

So, in my in home tests, I was a bit disappointed

to find that this litter is not exactly a dust free litter, it

definitely created some dust when I was pouring into the

litter box.

So although it's called respiratory relief, it

really doesn't provide that much more relief than your standard

clay litter in terms of dust production.

However, it does

apparently contain plant extracts that are intended to

suit your cat.

I'm not able to comment on that I am not sure if

the litter soothe my cats very much at all.

But it did perform

really well in the litter box.

This is an unscented litter that

seems to control odors quite well.

I didn't notice a lot of

urine or fecal odors in the litter box and it also seems to

create pretty good clumps.

Now our next recommendation is for

those of you who want to flush your litter, now flushing your

litter, even if it is advertises a flushable litre is not

necessarily a good idea.

But if you do want to use a flushable

litter my top recommendation would be World's Best Cat Litter

multi cat formula.

In addition to being tested and proven to be

flushable this litter works pretty well.

So when I tried out

this litter I found that it controlled odors pretty well,

but it didn't offer the greatest clumping performance.

So while

the litter did create clumps, I found the clumps are a little

bit on the crumbly side.

A lot of other people really love this

litter and say that it clumps really well so I'm not exactly

sure what went wrong.

So overall, for a flushable litter

World's Best Cat Litter is one of the most reliable that you

can choose.

Now if you're looking for a lightweight

litter, I would recommend Cat Spot litter.

So this letter is

made from coconut husks and it's a non clumping biodegradable

litter that is incredibly light.

So five pounds of this will last

you as long as 20 pounds of Clay litter.

In my in home tests, I

found that the litter was very low-dust.

As you might expect,

it was very easy to handle.

The litter however, once in the

litter box, is not your power litter.

So it isn't going to

control odors that well and it also is not particularly


So when I did my side by side absorbency test with the

other litter products that I was trying out, I noticed that the

cat spot litter was still a bit damp the next day because it is

such a lightweight litter, it's very easy for your cat to toss

over the side of the litter box and I definitely noticed that

when I was testing it out.

So while this is not your ultra

hard clumping power litter It is one of the best options that you

can choose if you're looking for a biodegradable, very

lightweight cat litter.

Up until this point we haven't really

talked about pellet style litter.

In general I tend to

prefer finer granules because most cats seem to prefer them as


But if you are looking for a pellet style litter, you might

want to consider Feline Pine.

So Feline Pne is made from

compressed sawdust formed into pellets, which your cat uses and

then when the pellets get moist, they sort of disintegrate back

into sawdust.

I found that the Feline Pine was very effective,

especially when paired with a sifting litter box.

So if you're

using a traditional scoop, what you're going to do is lift up

that litter and then shake out the sawdust into your trash can

and then return the clean litter to the box.

This can be kind of

a tedious and time consuming process.

But with a sifting

litter box, it gets a lot easier you just sift out the sawdust,

throw it away, and then replace the clean pellets ready to use


Using my sifting litter box I found that the feline

pines did an excellent job of controlling odors.

My cat seemed

comfortable with the pellets and overall it just performed really


My biggest issue with the Feline Pine is that it does tend

to track and scatter quite a bit.

Now you're not getting the

number of granules that you would get with a fine grain

litter, but you are getting these big chunks that can be a

little bit difficult to clean up.

My second issue with Feline

Pine is that it's a little bit expensive at about 64 cents per


There is a much cheaper alternative, which is just

equine bedding or animal bedding pellets.

They're essentially the

same thing.

I'm not sure if there's something different

about Feline Pine that makes it more appropriate for using the

litter box.

But a lot of people are using this type of litter

and it is significantly cheaper.

So our next recommendation is

also a pellet style litter.

This time, instead of being made of

compressed pine, the litter is made out of recycled newspaper.

So it's Yesterday's News, Unscented litter.


Yesterday's News is not a super high performance litter.

When I

tested it out, I found that it's odor control was mediocre, and

that it tended to get pretty saturated pretty fast and that

the litter would just break down.

And I would probably have

to change it on a very regular basis, maybe even more often

than a non clumping clay.

So while Yesterday's News is not

really a litter I would recommend for most cats, it

could be a good option for kittens or any other cat who is

at risk of ingesting the litter and need something that is safe

in that department.

Our next recommendation also comes from

Yesterday's News.

It could also be a good choice for kittens

because of its lack of clumping ability.

But it's our top

recommendation for declawed cats or cats with sensitive paws in


So it's the Yesterday's News Softer Texture Formula.


as far as I can tell, the softer texture is mainly different in

that it has smaller pellets than the original yesterday's news.

This didn't seem to affect its performance, it overall seemed

almost exactly the same as the Yesterday's News original.

So it

provided moderate odor control and it tends to get saturated

pretty fast.

That being said, this type of paper based litter

is a really good option if your cat has wounded paws, is

recovering from surgery like declawing, this type of litter

is not going to contaminate or stick in those wounds.

Now, our

verylast recommendation is our topic for people who hate

cleaning the litter box.

So it's not exactly a litter.

This is a

litter system.

So here's how the system works.

You're going to

get a whole new litter box and it has two main sections.

So the

top section is a graded tray and that's where you're going to put

your deodorizing super absorbent pellets.

And then below that

there's a drawer and that drawer is going to contain a puppy pan.

So when your cat uses the litter box They'll go onto that top

section go into the pellets, the liquids are going to drop down

through the grate and onto the puppy pad.

Anything that's

leftover will be absorbed by these super absorbent

deodorizing pellets.

So whenever you're using a brand new litter

system, you're bound to experience some resistance from

your cats and I definitely noticed that my cats did not

want to use the litter at first.

And when they did use it, I

think it was very unfamiliar for them.

I noticed that my cat

threw up quite a bit of the pellets out of the litter box out the very

low front.

I also think that my cats just didn't

really care for the fact that the layer of pellets was so thin

that they weren't really able to cover their waste.

So I don't

think that my cats really liked it.

That said I did find that

the litter had outstanding and really impressive odor control.

So overall, this isn't the most cat-friendly litter system, but

if you really dislike cleaning the litter box, it could be a

good option for those of you who want something in between a

traditional litter box and an automatic litter box.

You can

get the entire breeze system starter kit, which includes the

puppy pads, the litter box and the pellets for $24 and 74


So that's it, we've made it through our full list of the

best cat litter you can buy.

I hope that this was helpful.


know, choosing the best litter for your cat is very, it's an

individual decision and your perfect litter is going to come

from a combination of your cats preferences, your budget, a lot

of different factors.

And so you might be choosing something from

this list or you might be using it as inspiration to make a

completely different choice.

Alright, so thank you so much

for watching this video.