Product Review: Three Kinds of Eco-Friendly Cat Litter

I’ve talked before about how we live as “green” as possible – we compost, purchase chemical-free household products, make DIY air freshener, etc. Another big way we’re green is by using eco-friendly cat litter. I switched about five years ago from clay litter to pine litter. Clay litter is not particularly eco-friendly, human friendly, or pet friendly. The dust from clay litter can cause respiratory problems in humans and animals, the chemicals that enable clay to clump are not biodegradable, and the clay acquired for litter must be mined. I prefer eco-friendly brands because they are responsibly sourced and are biodegradable. That said, this post isn’t mean to start a debate – I just do what I think is best for my home and my Reggie boy.

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My go-to litter for years has been Feline Pine Original. For whatever reason over the past few months it has rarely been on the shelf at my local Target. I can’t find any news or articles about discontinuation or production issues so I’m not sure what’s going on. The local shortage I’m experiencing encouraged me to try out a few new eco-friendly litters. Here is a comparison of three eco-friendly cat litters we’ve tried.

Feline Pine Original Non-Clumping Litter
Price/Quantity: $10.19 at Target for a 20 lb. bag
Pros: Made from 100% pure pine, no dust, the bag lasts for weeks, I don’t mind Reggie digging around in this because it doesn’t stick to his paws.
Cons: A 20 lb. bag is not easy to lug around the store and into the house, the pellets disintegrate into dust once peed/pooped on, if you step on these pellets with bare feet the pain is unreal, doesn’t cover fresh pee/poop odors at all, pointless to scoop so I just toss the whole litter box at once.

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I think this is Reggie’s favorite – he’s a big fan of digging in his litter box (he will sometimes go in just to dig, not to pee/poop) so I think he prefers the pellets of this brand best. That said, having compared it to a few other eco-friendly options, I don’t think I’ll be going back to this kind of litter even if it does show back up on the shelves.

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Swheat Scoop
Price/Quantity: $14.99 at Target for a 15 lb. box
Pros: Made from US-sourced wheat and other grains, the box/litter is very light, controls odors very well, very little dust, flushable/sewer and septic friendly.
Cons:  Sometimes sticks to Reggie’s paws, is a little pricey, isn’t always on the shelf at Target, doesn’t clump that well.

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I really like how much this litter controls odors. It also lasts for much longer than I thought it would too.

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Feline Pine Clumping Litter
Price/Quantity: $7.99 at Target for an 8lb. bag
Pros: Made from 100% natural pine, the bag/litter is very light, controls odors.
Cons: The dust gets all over the cat and everything he touches, the value isn’t great, uses a clumping agent (it’s plant-derived, but still), hard to scoop/clumping doesn’t work all that well.

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I knew instantly that I hated this stuff. Reggie tracked this all over the house which I could see because the dust was literally everywhere – on the floor, his paws, his bed, his blankies, etc. Gross.

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So which one is the winner? It’s Swheat Scoop! The name is silly and the cat on the box looks like one of those goofy photoshopped googly-eyed greeting card cats, but it beats Feline Pine by a long shot. In fact, I’m so glad that the shortage of my normal litter introduced me to this one. Even though it’s a bit pricey, it’s far better at controlling odors and not getting all over the house. Reggie can still dig in it all he wants and doesn’t seem to mind the transition at all.

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(Product reviews are never sponsored; they are just my musings on products I’ve tried and want to share with you.)

About Domestocrat

I'm a lady who enjoys photography, football, cooking, long drives with the windows down, This American Life, kettlecorn, hot yoga, pop punk, my nephews, my cat Reggie, and my home: Boston.
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7 Responses to Product Review: Three Kinds of Eco-Friendly Cat Litter

  1. melissa says:

    I love this post, and I am interested to see a real world comparison! I need to figure out how I can adapt these types of litter into my household. Unfortunately right now the economics of the ‘green’ litters is cost prohibitive for me. I have a litterbox that needs to contain between 40-50 pounds (yes you read that right) of litter at a given time. I’ve been working my way through the most common brands of clumping litter, trying to find the one that is the least dusty. (I run a hepa air filter near the box – the dust that the stuff kicks up is no joke!)
    I envy the people who can buy 10-20 lbs of litter once every so often. I buy in bulk – if the brands you reviewed started to make bulk packs of litter I think I’d be more inclined to try them!
    (good god I just realized I wrote an embarrassing amount about cat litter)

  2. lynnwilcott says:

    Big Man uses the Swheat scoop as well, because it’s flushable. It definitely tracks, but a quick sweep and it’s all taken care of. He uses it just fine and rarely complains even when the levels get low.

    World’s Best Cat Litter is supposedly also clumping and flushable; but I haven’t tried it yet.

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