Best Natural Cat Litter
GRAPHIC WARNING: PHOTOS OF CAT POOP IN THIS POST!!!
Before I knew anything, I used to buy the cheapest litter at the store.
Then, I was astounded to find the health impact of cat litter on your cats.
I then went on a journey to find the best natural cat litter but that was still affordable enough.
After trying about 15 – 20 different types and brands of cat litter, including the popular biodegradable corn kernels, my favorite best natural cat litter is…
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Best Natural Cat Litter (in my opinion) is ÖKOCAT LONG HAIR
What I love about ökocat long hair:
It’s 100% natural, renewable, biodegradable wood pellets
NO GMO, NO toxic dyes, NO artificial fragrance, NO synthetic chemicals
It clumps both pee and poo extremely well
Honestly, one of the things I can’t get over is how well it captures odor
And for that reason, it lasts longer than any cat litter I’ve used. I can use the same batch for 3-4 weeks with a couple top-off’s in between. It does not smell like ammonia at all
It’s light in color so I can see all the pieces of poo to scoop up and throw out
It’s pretty lightweight, so you’re not breaking your back pouring it into the litter box
The price is very reasonable for an all-natural cat litter
It’s available on Amazon, so I can have it delivered
There are several types of ökocat. The one I get is the PURPLE, for LONG HAIR, which are wood PELLETS. This is what they look like:
Because they are pellets, you’d think that the pee would form a puddle, but nope! The pellets soak all that right up. And the poop is very easily identifiable.
Other ökocat Types (Super soft & Regular)
The other 2 ökocat cat litter are not bad. One is called “super soft” and has a pink band around the box.
It’s a very fine wood shaving:
and the blue regular, which are bigger wood shavings:
They are both pretty good at clumping well and are lightweight. HOWEVER, I don’t like these 2 types for these reasons:
- Because they are so lightweight, there’s so much tracking. When the cats get out of the litter box, it gets EVERYWHERE on the floor.
- The small wood shavings are very dusty, so it must not be good for the cats to breathe in. It doesn’t seem safe for them to have to breathe it in (and for me for that matter) everyday.
Hands down, I prefer the purple one that says long hair on the box.
Some Popular Brands I Used And Do Not Recommend
Of the many, many different cat litter I’ve tried, here are my thoughts on some of the more popular ones.
This was my go-to for a while, because it is natural and not toxic. But, the major con of this is that it doesn’t last long in odor control. I would say after about a week, the smell of ammonia gets unbearable. One other negative is that if you wait a while after your cat pees, then the clump gets hard and easy to pick up. But if you want to pick up the litter within a few hours of your cat peeing, then the clump hasn’t formed yet.
Tidy Cats LightWeight
For a while, I used to buy the Tidy Cats LightWeight because of the convenience of carrying it home easily from the store. Works pretty well. Clumps well and has a strong lavender scent that captures the odor. BUT try smelling it when you pour it into the litter box. I got a headache from inhaling a cloud of the lavender chemical. Imagine how bad the chemical must be for your cats.
World’s Best Cat Litter
This is a hugely popular cat litter. I used this for a while as well since it’s supposedly the world’s best cat litter. World’s Best is made of whole-kernel corn, so it’s natural and biodegradable. But 2 problems I found with this one. First, it’s not as good as trapping odor. The ammonia smell from the pee is strong after a couple of days even after you’ve thrown out the pee clump. Second, it’s EXPENSIVE. Like $3-4 per pound compared to less than $1 per pound for sWheat Scoop.
Blue’s Naturally Fresh Walnut-Based Litter
Another natural cat litter is the walnut based litter. I used this a few times but was definitely disappointed. It does not clump the pee well. And because it’s dark, you can’t see the small pieces of poo that your cat has left for you in the litter box. It’s a treasure hunt that you don’t want to take part in. So then my cats would step in the clumps of poo that don’t get scooped up by me because they’re not visible to the naked eye!
Fresh News Newspaper Litter
This cat litter isn’t “natural” but it is recycled and mainly composed of paper, so I tried it to see what it was like. Surprisingly, this little newspaper pellets work really well as cat litter. It clumps the poo quite well. But just as I suspected, the newspaper pelle did not clump the pee. The pellets that came into contact with the pee absorbed the pee to prevent puddling at the bottom of the litter box. But because the pellets didn’t dry quickly, a huge amount of the pellets remained wet with pee. That meant I had to scoop out almost a quarter of the the pee-ridden pellets in the litter box. It was a waste and costly to keep replacing.
I hope you found this helpful. I’m here to scoop the poop and give you the full scoop!