14 best cat litters

Review of the best according to the editorial board. On the selection criteria. This material is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.

A cat litter box is an important attribute of keeping your pet clean. The type of filler used largely determines how quickly the animal gets used to its 'farm', as well as how convenient it will be to maintain the tray by the owners.

What are the fillers for cat litters

The first differentiation criterion is composition. Fillers can be:

  1. Silica gel is granules made from dried pieces of polysilicic acid, the most economical type of litter, suitable for adult cats;
  2. Clay is the most natural for animals due to the proximity of the material to natural soil;
  3. Wood from pressed sawdust are the most environmentally friendly and do not raise safety issues.

According to the principle of action, the fillers are divided into clumping ones, when the liquid, absorbing the material, forms a lump; absorbent ones do not change their structure, but retain moisture and odors.

The portal's experts have identified the best brands of litters based on the opinions of cat owners, veterinarians and general characteristics of the materials.

Rating of the best silica gel fillers

Nomination a place Name of product Rating
Best Silica Gel Cat Litter Fillers 1 Fresh Step Crystals 4.9
2 Smart cat 4.8
3 N1 Crystals 4.7
4 Cat step 4.7
5 PRETTYCAT 4.6
The best clay litters for cat litter 1 Ever Clean Multi-Crystals 4.9
2 Fresh step extreme clay 4.8
3 Canada Litter Scoopable Baby Powder 4.8
4 Eurolitter Baby Powder 4.7
5 Better Way Flushable 4.6
6 ProNature Holistic 4.5
The best wood litters for cat litter 1 Cat's Best Eko Plus 4.9
2 N1 Naturel Green Tea 4.8
3 Clean Paws Woody 4.7

Best Silica Gel Cat Litter Fillers

Transparent or slightly tinted silica granules differ in size, which is selected taking into account the size of the cat. The material actively absorbs water, increasing in its own volume, which ensures its efficiency. True, all silica gel fillers must be kept in a dry room in a completely sealed package, otherwise their effectiveness decreases due to the absorption of moisture from the air. Also, in view of the peculiarities of a significant increase in volume, used crystals cannot be thrown into the toilet – this can lead to blockages.

Fresh Step Crystals

Rating: 4.9

 Fresh Step Crystals

The American Fresh Step Crystals opens the rating of silica gel fillers – one of the best materials that can cope with unpleasant odors in cat litter. Moreover, this ability in granules lasts up to 30 days when used in accordance with the recommendations.

Fresh Step Crystals are formed, smooth granules without dust, they do not stick to the paws and do not injure them, so the house remains clean after the cat goes into the litter box. In addition, the softness of the granules contributes to the silent stay of the animal in the toilet.

The manufacturer recommends pouring a layer of granules with a thickness of 3.5 cm into the tray and promptly remove the formed lumps, stirring the remnants of the material to redistribute unused crystals.

Some users report low odor immunity, which may be due to insufficient amount of pellets in the tray (for example, a large cat will need more material), using crystals that have already been moistened, or health problems in the cat. These disadvantages apply to all types of silica gel fillers.

Advantages

  • Smooth granules without sharp edges;

  • No dust – up to 99% pure material;

  • The particles do not stick to the feet;

  • Long-term retention of odors and moisture.

disadvantages

  • High price from 436 rubles per 1 kg.

Smart cat

Rating: 4.8

Smart cat

The second place was taken by Smart Cat silica gel for cat litter, produced with a neutral odor and flavored with lavender, apple and even orange (which is strange, because cats do not like citrus smells).

Granules perfectly absorb moisture and odors, are safe for human paws and legs. The peculiarity of flavored litters is the creation of a light trail of orange, lavender or apple esters, but some users still noticed the withdrawal of cats from trays with such contents and henceforth preferred the Smart Cat without fragrances.

Despite the declared absence of dust, owners of tetrapods note the dustiness of the filler.

You can buy Smart Cat from 224 rubles per 1 kg.

Advantages

  • Retention of odors and light aromatization of the air (when using scented granules);

  • Optimal cost;

  • Quiet use.

disadvantages

  • The filler is a little dusty, small particles are carried around the house on the paws.

N1 Crystals

Rating: 4.7

N1 Crystals

The popular N1 Crystals brand offers pet owners a versatile litter tray as well as antibacterial. The latter is recommended for use in homes with small children, allergy sufferers and sick animals – the material prevents the reproduction and spread of pathogens.

N1 Crystals absorbs odors and moisture as well as the previously considered fillers, and the third place for the product was due to the increased content of crystalline dust, which adheres to the cat's paws and is carried around the house. Some users have found a way out – sifting the contents of the package through a sieve, but this is not always a convenient procedure.

The cost of silica gel N1 Crystals starts at 97 rubles per 1 kg.

Advantages

  • Absorption of odors and moisture;

  • The inability to develop and spread bacteria;

  • Low price.

disadvantages

  • There are a lot of dust particles in the packages.

Cat step

Rating: 4.7

Cat step

Cat Step, an antibacterial, odor-blocking, silica gel cat litter ranked fourth. Crystals absorb liquid, but their resource is shorter – most users have a duration of use not 2-3 weeks, but 1-2 weeks, which is especially important for toilets of large animals. Granules are also distinguished by an increased size, possibly from that by a coarser structure – the sound of a cat using the tray is more audible.

Hardened crystals and faeces must be removed as they form, leaving only clean granules.

The cost of Cat Step per kilogram is on average 78-82 rubles.

Advantages

  • Price;

  • No dust;

  • Antibacterial effect.

disadvantages

  • The granules are quickly absorbed;

  • The size and flowability of silica gel are not quite comfortable for cats.

PRETTYCAT

Rating: 4.6

PRETTYCAT

Closes the rating of silica gel litters for cat litter PRETTYCAT – widely advertised and demanded material for the litter box. It absorbs moisture, but very quickly and the resource of the granules is much less than the manufacturer claims – 1-2 weeks instead of a month when used by an adult cat. PRETTYCAT crumples up, making it easy to keep the litter box hygienic.

There is no dust in the packages, the granules are blue – this is a danger for families with small children. Also, filler for small kittens is not suitable – the crystals are too big for them and will most likely be perceived as a toy.

The cost of PRETTYCAT per kilogram is approximately 246 rubles.

Advantages

  • Convenient packaging with a zip lock;

  • Clumping filler.

  • Blue color (can be attributed to the disadvantages).

disadvantages

  • Large pellets suitable for medium to large cats;

  • Reduced filler resource.

The best clay litters for cat litter

Clay is the closest in composition to natural soil, so cats walk best on clay fillers – they absorb well, retain a lot of odor, easily get over with paws for burying, however, the cost of a kilogram is slightly higher than that of middle-class silica gels. Fillers differ in particle size and the type of clay used.

Ever Clean Multi-Crystals

Rating: 4.9

Ever Clean Multi-Crystals

The leading position among clay litters for cat litter was taken by the unique product Ever Clean Multi-Crystals made of bentonite and additional blue and green crystals, assisted by activated carbon to help mask odors, while there are no flavors in the filler. The composition additionally contains antibacterial additives to prevent the multiplication of pathogens, which is especially useful for sensitive, sick animals.

Concrete used for the manufacture of granules with a size of 0.5 … 2.0 mm, perfectly absorbs water – up to 5 liters per 1 kilogram of clay, the tray can not be renewed for up to 2 months.

The peculiarity of Ever Clean Multi-Crystals is combined granules; a piece of coal is hidden under the bentonite shell. Such a layering of the crystal provides the most reliable protection against odors. The blue and green components block the secretion that was not absorbed into the main granules immediately.

The manufacturer's recommended layer thickness of Ever Clean Multi-Crystals in the tray is 7 cm or 5 kg per insert. Moistened areas harden, they should be removed as they form, only thrown into the trash can.

The cost of the filler is about 120 rubles per kilogram.

Advantages

  • Complete elimination of odors;

  • Antibacterial effect;

  • Small pellets, convenient for the animal;

  • Corresponds to a period of use up to 2 weeks with careful removal of lumps.

disadvantages

  • Granules stick to the legs (sometimes).

Fresh step extreme clay

Rating: 4.8

Fresh step extreme clay

The experts gave the second place to Fresh Step Extreme Clay cat litter with triple odor control system. It is made of light clay (1 kg is 2 liters of granules) with high absorption. By absorbing moisture, the granules release the natural aroma of cleanliness and freshness, trapping the unpleasant odor inside with the help of activated carbon.

The peculiarity of the Fresh Step Extreme Clay litter is the use of the Fresh step system, which is activated as soon as the cat enters the litter box and throughout the entire stay of the animal in the litter box. It also prevents the growth of bad-smelling bacteria between visits to the tray.

The cost of Fresh Step Extreme Clay filler is about 213 rubles.

Advantages

  • Reliable protection against odors;

  • Effective Fresh step deodorization system;

  • The lightness of the material.

disadvantages

  • As part of a flavoring agent (an animal may be allergic).

Canada Litter Scoopable Baby Powder

Rating: 4.8

Canada Litter Scoopable Baby Powder

Canada Litter Scoopable Baby Powder cat litter has a delicate scent of baby powder – it is soft for the receptors of the cat and at the same time refreshing, while the granules absorb moisture and 'lock' unwanted odors. The raw material for production is effective sodium bentonite, which has a high absorbency – up to 350% of its own weight. The filler poured into the tray can work for several weeks, you only need to remove the resulting lumps.

The filler receives the third place for a relatively high consumption – the manufacturer recommends pouring a layer of 10-12 cm, you will need a tray with high walls. When used in a low chute, the fill will need to be renewed more often.

The cost of Canada Litter Scoopable Baby Powder is low – about 63 rubles per kilogram.

Advantages

  • High absorption rate;

  • Lack of chemical additives;

  • Light scent of baby powder.

disadvantages

  • High consumption according to the manufacturer's recommendation.

Eurolitter Baby Powder

Rating: 4.7

Eurolitter Baby Powder

Another Canadian litter for cat litter, Eurolitter Baby Powder, which, by the way, also has a powdery smell, took fourth place in the clay litter category. Granules of the optimal size absorb moisture well and block most of the odors inside, but do not fully collect volatile substances, from which some 'odor' can still be felt if the tray is not cleaned in time. Otherwise, it is a worthy solution for a domestic cat and punctual owners.

The cost of Eurolitter Baby Powder clay granules is about 60 rubles per kilo.

Advantages

  • Effective absorption;

  • No dust in packs;

  • Affordable price.

disadvantages

    • There is a flavoring;
  • Some users report incomplete absorption of odors.

Better Way Flushable

Rating: 4.6

Better Way Flushable

Fifth in the ranking, Better Way Flushable cat litter from the United States is the first to differ in the type of clay for the production of granules – the process uses zeolite in combination with the previously mentioned bentonite. Natural zeolite has a unique ability to absorb moisture and odors without losing crystal structure.

The consumption of Better Way Flushable is standard – it is necessary to maintain a level of 7-10 cm in the tray and after the cat goes to the toilet, eliminate the formed lumps. By the way, the manufacturer allows throwing it out into the toilet – this is possible thanks to the natural zeolite, which retains its shape with limited swelling.

Filler price for 1 kg – from 124 rubles.

Advantages

  • Safe and completely natural composition;

  • The granules clump and can be flushed down the toilet;

  • Optimum grain size without dust.

disadvantages

  • There are no pronounced ones.

ProNature Holistic

Rating: 4.5

ProNature Holistic

The rating of clay litter for cat litter is completed by the product of the ProNature Holistic brand. These are clay granules, in addition to absorbing moisture, they additionally mask unpleasant odors with natural eucalyptus oil added to the composition – not all cats like it, but the owners simultaneously provide animal care and freshness in the room. True, this is possible only with the timely cleaning of spent swollen granules and feces.

Unfortunately, the dislike of some cats towards the ProNature Holistic litter box is not the only drawback of the material, the difficulty of finding it in the store is another difficult task. However, those who are lucky will have to pay from 85 rubles per 1 kg.

Advantages

  • Dust-free refined clay granules;

  • Intensive absorption of moisture and odors;

  • Low price.

disadvantages

  • The smell of eucalyptus is not tolerated by all cats;
  • Rarely on sale

The best wood litters for cat litter

Fine wood sawdust is one of the most environmentally friendly types of cat litter. In fact, its production is the recycling of waste logging materials. Fillers manufacturing enterprises clean up and press sawdust by means of simple installations and pack the product into bags. Trees recently felled by the element can also be involved. This is the main reason for the low price of wood pellets, which, by the way, are more practical than ordinary sawdust – they do not stick to the paws so intensively, and the pellets crumble only when wet. In any case, the material used will rot in a few years without much effort of nature, for which fans of eco-products love it.

Cat's Best Eko Plus

Rating: 4.9

Cat's Best Eko Plus

The leader among wood litter for cat litter is Cat's Best Eko Plus. It is much more effective than analogues – liquid in a volume of up to 700% is retained in the capillaries of wood fibers, which, moreover, block the smell and mask it with its own ether, from which you can remove the tray a little less often, although it is recommended to do this in a timely manner. For production, no improving additives are used, only natural wood, predominantly coniferous.

Used Cat's Best Eko Plus can be flushed down the toilet in small quantities – like toilet paper, it is completely soluble in water and does not form sewer clogs (if local waste disposal regulations allow it). In addition, soft sawdust in granules is comfortable for the paws of cats and they go to the tray with pleasure.

The cost of 1 liter of Cat's Best Eko Plus starts at 86 rubles.

Advantages

  • Absolute environmental friendliness of the material;

  • Can be disposed of in the toilet;

  • Like cats;

  • Long-term moisture retention.

disadvantages

  • It is pulled around the house on its paws.

N1 Naturel Green Tea

Rating: 4.8

N1 Naturel Green Tea

In the second place in the ranking is Himalayan cedar wood filler filled with green tea from the N1 Naturel brand. The fibers are distinguished by intense absorption of liquid, as well as the retention of odors, which is facilitated by the green tea leaves in the composition. The aroma of the filler is soft, not as active as that of coniferous sawdust, therefore, it is especially pleasant for many cats.

The peculiarity of 'N1 Naturel Green Tea' is the ability to clump, which is provided by a unique Australian production technology.

Like any other wood filler, Naturel N1 has a significant drawback – the ability to stick to folders and thus spread around the house.

The cost of 'N1 Naturel Green Tea' is 247 rubles per 1 kg. Expensive, but optimal for cats with allergies and digestive problems.

Advantages

  • Unique production technology;

  • Odor absorption and masking;

  • Effective spending.

disadvantages

  • High price;

  • Sticking to feet.

Clean Paws Woody

Rating: 4.7

Clean Paws Woody

The final rating for cat litter 'Clean Woody Feet' is claimed to be non-stick to the paws of the animal and has been validated by cat owners using the material. 'Clean feet' are compressed pellets. They absorb moisture and odors without scattering. The effect was achieved by tighter pressing, from which the lumps become more rigid and are often perceived by the animal as toys. Accordingly, this filler is not suitable for training a kitten to the tray.

From a practical point of view, 'Clean Wood Paws' has no complaints about quality, and the granules fall apart very rarely, with timely harvesting of wet wood, the problem is excluded.

The cost of granules is low – from 32 rubles per 1 kg.

Advantages

  • Dense granules do not crumble when wet and do not stick to the paws of the animal;

  • Odor absorption;

  • Low price.

disadvantages

  • Very dense granules are sometimes perceived as a toy;

  • Not suitable for tray training;

  • Sometimes it still sticks to the paws.


Attention! This rating is subjective and does not constitute an advertisement and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.

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