Cat Litter

The topic of cat litter can be quite extensive as I have found being in cat groups on the Internet. 

I, myself, prefer the more “natural based” cat litters.  I have used Arm and Hammer, Sweatscoop, “World’s Best Cat Litter”, and various pine, cedar, and grain types.  I have allergy sinus problems, so dust is a big thing with me…plus, it means more cleaning.  :-)

I finally ended up with the Healthy Pet Brands.  I mixed the 2 types I used to be able to buy locally.  One was a pine blend I believe and the other was the milled grain that you will see here at Hearty Pet.  They stopped selling it locally, so it was off to the Internet for me.  I searched and researched and finally found Healthy Pet online at various web sites. 

I have ordered from sites other than Hearty Pet, and their delay in placing the order and shipping was unreal.  I love how quickly you can get things here at Hearty Pet.  Well, at least in my area.  I live in South Carolina.  I know, that may sound like a plug for this site and it is.  :-) This is the only web site I have had such great customer service with.  :-)

For those of you who go the more natural route with cat litter, you may find that mixing a couple of your choice brands will give you more of what you are looking for.  Don’t be afraid to mix the natural ones.  But, if you prefer to flush the litter, then you need to be really careful about this.  For those who use it in composting or dispose of it in a landfill, you don’t have to be as careful. 

I love the light weight of the Healthy Pet “Dust Free” and “Health Plus” brands.  I find the “Health Plus” helps more with odor control.  I have also started adding a cedar “sawdust” litter in with the “Health Plus” and this works great for me…and my 6 cats.   The additional cedar helps even more with the odor control.  Dust and odor control is a biggie for me.  Plus, I want to use something that is “gentle” and “natural” for my cats. 

Those are my thoughts and experience on cat litter. 

Until next time…..

Take care!

Gizzaroo

21 Responses to Cat Litter

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  2. gizzaroo says:

    Thank you Roger! Very nice of you. :-) I do that, too. I checked out your blog site, btw, and I like it. I will be back there as well! :-)

    Later!
    Gizzaroo

  3. Mike says:

    Greetings Gizzaroo,

    I recently switched from Feline Pine (which I loved the thought of but not the saw dust) to the Cellulose dust free fiber litter…..love it, as do the cats.

    The problem I have in understanding/choosing between the different litters is how they differ from one another. Could you provide a comparable rating of good, better and best to distinguish the different lines of litter that Healthy Pet makes? Is it possible to do a brief chart to show the differences? Also, how do they compare to each other?

    Do any of them “react” like either the feline pine (breaking down into sawdust or other dust) or clumping?
    The areas of concern are DUST, Odor Control, moisture control, environmental sensibility (I like the recycled origins and compostability factors of products like Feline Pine and Yesterday’s news but hate their ultimate mess )

    I know I like the Cellulose…maybe some insight onto the benefits specific/unique to each different line?

    What are the results by mixing one or two types of Healthy Pet products? Would I get a better return on the product by mixing? Possibly to help with DUST, Odor, Moisture, etc….

    Dust is the BIGGEST problem for us, and smell a close second!!!!
    Any insight would be appreciated.
    Mike :)

  4. gizzaroo says:

    Hey Mike,

    I started working on a response for you but I became long-winded. :-) I want to trim it up a bit before I put it here. It won’t be in “chart form” because I don’t have a program I can do that with other than excel and I don’t think one person’s opinion should not be used in that type of chart format. It would be nice if we could do the reviews here like you can do on other sites…the 1-5 rating system with different categories, etc. That is the format I thought I would try to use to voice my opinion on the cat litters I have used. I will get back to you on that. :-)

    Thanks!
    Gizzaroo

  5. admin says:

    Hi Gizaroo

    When you say reviews, do you mean like a product review?

    We are in the process of implementing a product review feature that will allow customers to review individual products. I hope to have this in place within the next month or so. I will keep everyone posted on this.

    If anyone has other site functionality they would like to see, by all means let me know.

  6. Tracy says:

    Hi Gizzaroo,

    Hearty Pet agrees with you on the product review feature. We are in the process of evaluating a “product review” plug-in and we will announce this in our newsletter once it comes available.

    I’ll be back to read your cat litter response.

    Thanks,
    Tracy :)

  7. gizzaroo says:

    Healthy Pet Cat Litters

    Hey Mike. Okay, here is what I think of them based on my experience with the different brands. I did not use the number rating system here…this time.
    ——————————————–
    Clumping:

    None are designed to “clump”. They can “lump” if that makes sense. What I mean by that is the type with milled grain in it will “lump up” break down with moisture. I like this, though. That way I can see it more readily and remove it. That helps to keep the litter box cleaner.
    ——————————————–
    Odor:

    *Healthy Pet Milled Grain
    I have not used this by itself, so I cannot rate this for odor alone. It seemed to help when mixed with others.

    *Healthy Pet Dust Free
    This is okay for with odors when “fresh.” It tends to have a medicinal odor but that was okay with me. It seems to neutralize the odors fairly well. I am okay with this type.

    *Healthy Pet Health Plus
    This does better on odors than the “dust free”. The addition of the milled grain does seem to help. That is why I prefer this one.

    ——————————————-
    Absorption:

    *Healthy Pet Milled Grain
    This breaks down but is okay for me.

    *Healthy Pet Dust Free
    This does very well with absorbing liquids.

    *Healthy Pet Health Plus
    This also does well with absorption of liquids.

    ——————————

    Overall, I like the “health plus” due to the addition of the grain. But I also mix in some Cedarific as well to help with odor control. When you go this route, without the addition of lots of chemicals, you have to expect some odor. I have heard you can put baking soda at the bottom of the litter boxes to help also. I have mixed baking soda in with the litter at times but not lately. It does add “dust” to the situation but it helps. Not the perfumed litter box baking soda, but plain baking soda.

    I have not tried buying the regular milled grain to mix in with the dust free brand yet. I may try that later. If you like qualities in different litters, mix them and see what happens. Once again, I would only do that with “natural” litters and be careful if you intend on flushing these mixed litters.

    I hope that helps a bit. Once again, that is just my experience and it could be different with you.

    Thanks!

    Take care,
    Gizzaroo

  8. gizzaroo says:

    Admin and Tracy,

    Yes, I am talking about a “product review.” I read those all the time on the Internet before I order something or buy something. They help me a lot. :-) I actually do searches on reviews for whatever I am thinking about buying. :-)

    Thanks!

  9. ~glitter~ says:

    I am just so confused. I am a recent first time cat owner. I own two beautiful Ragdoll kittens. World’s Best Cat Litter was highly recommended to me in not only the Ragdoll groups I joined, but from my breeder as well. My house stinks! I ran out of WBCL and ended up using Arm and Hammer and guess what, no smell! Now I’m back to WBCL (my order came in) and my house stinks again. I scoop twice a day and it is wicked! Can any of you compare WBCL to Healthy Pet for me?

    Thanks!

  10. gizzaroo says:

    It’s been a long time since I have used WBCL but it seems the odor thing is what made me switch, too. That and the dust. It’s hard for me to compare it with what I am using now since so much time has gone by. With 6 cats, I really have to stay on top of the litter boxes. I clean mine 2 and 3 times a day. I guess that helps to stay on top of the odor, too. Like I said in my previous posts, I have been happy with the “Health Plus” Healthy Pet litter. But, it may not have enough odor control for you. You may want to mix the Arm and Hammer with the current cat litter you are using. Or try mixing in regular baking soda with it…just a little, though. There’s the dust issue again. I like the Health Plus because it is light weight, too. I don’t flush my litters whereas I used to. I am afraid of clogging the lines again at the house I am living in currently. Just be careful if you flush your litter. All I can say is to try a bag of the Healthy Pet yourself. This weekend would be a good time to order one to try. :-) And no, I am not trying to get you to buy this brand but the only way you will know if it works for you is to try it. If you run across another litter you really like, I hope you will put something here about it. Hearty Pet is interested in hearing about what we like and they may be able to set those brands, etc., up on their site. :-)

  11. gizzaroo says:

    Hey Glitter,

    I meant to say this in my previous response to you. I don’t know which WBCL you used, but there are 2 types. One is for extra odor control and the other is “plain”, so-to-speak. The one that is supposed to address odor has or had a more grayish/taupish color and the other one is a cleaner sawdust color. Maybe you have used the regular one. Which one did you use? Still, I found neither was working for me for one or more reasons but it does not mean they won’t work for someone else. Everyone is different and so are cats and their chemistries.

    Here is the website that shows both types. You may or may not have seen it.

    http://www.worldsbestcatlitter.com/products/WBCL/default.aspx

    Thanks!
    Gizzaroo

    P.S. Also, be careful when using clumping litters. They can be a health issue for your cats. Please read the post here on the Dangers of Clumping Cat Litters.

  12. leuisc says:

    Hi

    Tell please where it is possible to find articles or news on the given theme.
    good by

  13. gizzaroo says:

    Hey leuisc,

    Your best bet would be to use the Google search engine and type in what you are looking for. That will pull up quite a few areas for you to explore. That is how I find all of my information. It takes some time, but I have it worth the effort. :-) I don’t really use any one area for the most part.

    I do get a lot of my information from Care2.com but you have to fill out a profile and become a member in order to join the groups there, etc. I think you can do some searches on their homepage if you are not a member.

    I also have a link to them via the post here about “The Dangers of Clumping Cat Litter”.

    I hope this helps. :-)

    Gizzaroo

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  16. catfan says:

    I see a lot of talk about the two usual suspects on litter: dust and smell. I also hate the tracking. I recently tried the new Breeze system. It’s really great for my space since I can’t hide the box in a low-traffic room. It uses pellets that don’t track, and there’s a pad that absorbs the urine and smell. No dust, no tracking, very little smell (only right after #2).
    Has anyone else tried this?

  17. Lisa says:

    Hi,

    I found your blog while Googling. Long story short, I lived in a New England state for two years and bought Cedarific cat litter at the supermarket. I mixed it with the clay litter for improved smell, plus the reduced weight for when you’re changing the box and it’s become heavier over the week. Well, upon returning to the west coast, I cannot find it ANYWHERE…except online, and the shipping is ludicrous.

    Is cedar cat litter a New England thing? One local store guy told me cedar products are “poisonous” to some kinds of animals (although he didn’t specify cats).

    Can anyone help me with this?

    Thanks.

    Lisa

  18. gizzaroo says:

    Hey Lisa,

    I don’t know why it is not available where you are now. I know we have it in grocery stores, some pet misc. stores, etc. here in SC. I remember reading about the cedar maybe causing some respiratory issues such as allegies, etc. It seems like I read about the oils in cedar/pine could bother some cats/animals. I don’t recall reading or hearing that it is poisonous to cats. Maybe small animals like hamsters, etc. I will Google that and see what I come up with. And BOY, do I know what you mean about shipping charges for cat litter online! Even light weight items are expensive. Shipping charges period when ordering online can be outrageous. I think it is fair to charge by weight and not by cost unless the charge covers their insurance. I am guessing it does.

  19. foollaRilleld says:

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    As newly registered user i just want to say hello to everyone else who uses this bbs 8-)

  20. wolfie says:

    hi, i must say i didn’t know there was so much involvement with cat litter. we had 2 cats inside ourselfs and had to move our tray around a fair bit. the cats seem to use ok most of the time, but i never thought about that the cats themself may have perferred litter. i never even knew that there was so many different cat litters around. I am writing an informative website about cat litter trays and i would like to thanks you for given me some more thought on cat litter like mixing 2 different types of litter. People always looking for information and help. your blog is awesome.

    thanks again

    wolfie

  21. Jasmine says:

    Pets Pets and its always about Pets, Things were not the same for me 1 year ago, I had a broken relationship and needed something to active charge my life, I got a cute little puppy and I must say she changed me ( THough housebreaking her was a Pain ) :) Great Post! Thanks

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