What Type of Litter Is Best?

If you’re a cat owner, then one of your biggest headaches is a litter box. They need to be cleaned very frequently and sometimes they still manage to make the house smell like “cat”.

We are (obviously) cat people but neither of us can stand the ‘cat smell’ that a lot of cat-friendly houses have. Sometimes people can’t stop their cats from spraying, but most of the time the litter is to blame here. So which cat litter is the best? For us it is the one that is easy to clean, and doesn’t leave that cat smell.

Should I use Clay Litter?

Clay litter is the first type of litter that a cat owner encounters because most people use it. There are so many clay litters on the market that it would be impossible to name the best of them, but I can tell you which of them is the worst: All of them.

Literally all clay litters are just terrible.

Why are clay litters terrible, you ask? Well, they are effective at clumping, that is for sure, but most of the time they don’t trap odors in any meaningful way. Clay litters also have the distinction of being incredibly messy and downright impossible to clean up. The fine little sand particles get everywhere and there’s no getting them out. Having a clay litter box is like having all of the worst parts of the beach in your home.


Other than that, the clay litter can get stuck in the kitty’s toes, which the cat then eats as it cleans itself. Now, these are supposed to be non-toxic, but what happens when these litters get wet again? Not to mention breathing in the dust! Whenever we travel, we swing by a PetsMart and grab a disposable litter box because its just easier, and the dust is never easy to adjust to! And if its bad for me, six feet in the air and 10 feet away, imagine what its like for the cat, who has to sit in it? Every time they dig, they just paw up so much fine dust and then breathe it in. No good!

Crystal Litter

I have no experience with crystal litter. Just being honest. I’ve never really wanted to try it because it just looks uncomfortable to kitty paws. My brother had an older cat named Shadow, and they used crystal litter with her for a very long while. It doesn’t track out of the box as much as clay litter does, but he complained that you could always smell when the cat had done its business.

Have you tried crystal litter? Let me know in the comments if you had problems with any smell or anything!

Bonded Paper Litter (Yesterday’s News)

We’re getting closer to a great litter! Bonded paper litters, like Yesterday’s News, are stepping in the right direction. They barely track at all, they make the feces flushable (if your litter box is in the bathroom, super easy clean up), and they dissolve on contact with urine.

We tried a bag of Yesterday’s News and found it was a decent litter for our cat. It did exactly as advertised, minus one exception (but I’ll get to that). Bonded litters are great because they’re pellets of material. Their larger size means they don’t track out of the litter box often, and when they do you can easily toss them back in!

Our only real gripe with Yesterday’s News is that instead of eliminating odors, it seemed to hold on to them. Because the product is paper based, it seemed to absorb urine more than other solutions we tried and really did nothing to mask that fact. It was for this reason alone that we stopped using the product.

Bonded Pine Litters (Feline Pine)

Jackpot! What a great litter! We have tried dozens of different litter types in the bonded pine category and Feline Pine is without a doubt the best out there.

This litter is amazing. It is made from real pine that has been chipped down into saw dust and then, using just pressure (as far as I know) pressed back together in pellet form. The pellets are large and easy to handle. You will probably, because of how different this is from other litters, need to slowly transition your cat to this litter over a few weeks.

Feline Pine smells like pinewood, and smells like pinewood richly. It smells so good that it masks most odors, and what it doesn’t you can quickly hide with a litter freshener. This is a non-clumping litter so it doesn’t really stick around the feces. This isn’t a problem if your cat is burying their waste. Just make sure you get in there daily and scoop out the solid waste.

feline pine non clumping litter

When it comes into contact with urine, the litter pellets absorb the urine and then break down into saw dust. Unless you get a sifting litter box (we had one by Martha Stewart for a long time) clean up can be a bit of a chore, and you should clean the saw dust out every two or three days.

This litter does a remarkable job of hiding the sight and smell of cat waste in your home, it barely tracks at all, and smells remarkable. This is our exclusive litter.

We’re currently working our way through an industrial size bag of “ExquisiCat” pine litter because it was on sale, we were out of litter, and no one in town seemed to have Feline Pine on hand, but for the money it was okay. I still recommend the Feline Pine brand over anything else.

The best cat litter is bonded pine litter (we recommend Feline Pine)

So there you have it! That’s our run down of cat litter! Did I miss anything? Do you disagree, or have a better solution? Let us know in the comments!

Comments (11)
April 25, 2016

We actually use pine shavings. That seems to work best for us. 🙂

    April 25, 2016

    Like you would lay down in a small animal cage, you mean?

      April 25, 2016

      Yes. We buy All Natural PetPicks Pine Bedding in a very large bag. It doesn’t give a weight in pounds. It says it is 2.0 cubic ft. that expands to 4.0 cubic feet. We buy it at Walmart. http://www.walmart.com/ip/Pet-s-Pick-Pine-Bedding-4.0-cu-ft/24232050 Hopefully they are restocked at our local Walmart. lol This bag usually last about a month. It does track out of the litter box but it is easy on the vacuum cleaner. If Sully should lick it off his feet he is not breathing in dust or sand. You can scoop the solids out. and it does control odor well. I usually change the whole box once a week. One of the advantages using these pine shavings… it makes great mulch for our garden and flower beds. 😀

April 25, 2016

Oh, by the way Sully is my kitty if you want to check out his posts just read Sully Saturdays.

April 25, 2016

Lol I forgot to say on OUR RETIRED LIFE.

April 26, 2016

My fave litter is World’s Best, but thanks for the info!!! Would love to follow your blog, but I don’t see “follow by email” anywhere. Can you please add that? Also, hoping you will follow my blog too!!! you should join Blogpaws (Go to Blogpaws.com) and tell them I sent you.

April 28, 2016

The only litter I’ve EVER used is Arm & Hammer scoopable unscented. I’ve tried other litters on Sam and – well – it’s not been pretty. HAHAHA

Hugs, Pam

    April 28, 2016

    We’re pretty blessed in that our cat adapts easily to change, so we’re able to expirament with stuff like this 🙂

      April 28, 2016

      That’s good…….Sam is well past the “experiment with this and that” stage……he’s definitely set in his ways now!

Maryrose Crook
March 7, 2019

why do you prefer simply pine to exquisicat pine? I’m thinking of trying the latter because it’s so reasonably priced.

thank you for the informative blog by the way!!


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