Best Natural Cat Litter
For a while after I adopted Nala & Charlie, I bought the cheapest litter at the store. Then after about a year, I started researching about cat litters and was astounded to find the health impact of cat litter on your cats.
I then went on somewhat of a journey to find the best natural cat litter but that was still affordable enough. After trying about 15 different types and brands of cat litter, including the popular biodegradable corn kernels, I landed on my favorite one.
Best Natural Cat Litter – My Favorite
I HIGHLY recommend the sWheat Scoop All-Natural Cat Litter.
(*MONEY SAVING TIP* By the way, sometimes it’s cheaper on Amazon and sometimes it’s cheaper on Chewy.com. And there are different colored bags that have the same purpose but have different price points.
They’re honestly the same products; I think they have them differently for marketing purposes. So, check both of them to see which one is on sale, because you can save a few bucks on the same stuff.
Why I love and only use this cat litter:
- It’s made out of 100% natural, renewable, biodegradable wheat.
- It clumps both pee and poo well.
- It’s effective in capturing odor.
- It’s light in color so I can see all the pieces of poo to scoop up and throw out.
- Comes in a big bag so I don’t have to buy frequently.
- The price is very reasonable for an all-natural cat litter.
I order the 36-lbs sWheat Scoop every 6 weeks on Amazon for 2 cats. This is by far my favorite cat litter.
What Didn’t Make The Cut (From My Experience Using Them)
Of the many, many different cat litter I’ve tried, here are my thoughts on some of the more popular ones and why I don’t like them as much as sWheat Scoop.
- 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. But that was before I discovered sWheat Scoop. 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.