Cats have a bit of an advantage over dogs as pets. They are fairly independent as you do not need to spend so much time bathing them, or taking them for a walk when the weather gets cold or hot. But it does not mean that cats will exempt you from all responsibilities. For one thing, cats need food and water regularly.
If not careful, dealing with a dirty and smelling litter box might be the price you pay for not having to take your cat out for a walk every now and then. And if you have had to deal with this, you will realise that it could be a real pain.
Cats can be particularly habitual when it comes to toilet habits, often preferring to go in a similar spot and conditions. If you are likely to use a cat litter tray, it is best to train them to use one as early as possible to get them into the habit. Choosing the right cat litter (and hooded cat litter tray) will play a key part in the habits your cat creates.
What type of cat litter should I use?
There are numerous types of cat litter on the market, but the main types are non clumping clay, clumping clay or silica crystals.
Non clumping cat litter is highly absorbent but does not form clumps when faeces and urine are present. This type of cat litter is generally slightly less sticky than clumping cat litter, but often requires significantly more cat litter to be removed from the tray during cleaning. The main downside of non clumping cat litter is that it often creates a smell significantly quicker than its clumping alternative.
At BestCatProducts.co.uk, our cats all use clumping cat litter.
What is clumping cat litter?
Clumping cat litter is a form of cat litter that clumps when faeces and urine are present. Most litters are typically made with bentonite, although there are natural options. Once a cat uses the litter box, the litter clumps around the waste so it’s easy to scoop out. This makes it easy to find the waste and remove it quickly without having to dig around with the scoop.
We find that clumping cat litter is far slower at causing stinky smells, but it can get slightly sticky during removal if you only have a thin covering in your cat litter tray.
Our Best clumping cat litter picks in the UK
Choosing a clumping cat litter can be difficult because there are so many options to choose from. We have listed our top clumping cat litter products that are available in the UK.
1) Catsan Clumping Litter, 5 Litre (Pack of 3)
Since cats generally love the idea of cleanliness and a good hygiene, the Catsan Clumping Litter prides itself on providing your cat with a litter box that’s always clean and hygienic. The way it works majorly is by absorbing the odor even before it starts to smell. It is very economical as it consists only of those finest granules of natural, high-performance clay. They can be easily removed every day so the remaining litter in the box stays pleasantly clean and dry for a long time and does not need to be completely changed so often.
- Clumping Litter
- Absorbs before odor can develop 100% clump guarantee.
- Catsan – the caring expert for demanding cat hygiene for more than 30 years.
- Cats love cleanliness and freshness and that’s why cats love cats.
- Catsan litter is low-dust and unscented.
The fine granules of Catsan ultra plus will be as gentle to your cat’s paws as a sunny, sandy beach. It’s so easy.
2) World’s Best Cat Litter, 6.35kg, Original
This clumping cat litter is widely chosen because it is great for controlling your pet’s odor and for the quick way it clumps. It is made from all-natural whole-kernel corn, which makes it easier in limiting odors. It clumps fast, 99% dust free, scoops easily and is pet, people and planet friendly. The following makes it very popular among cat owners:
- Made from whole-kernel corn it has a naturally microporous structure that keeps nasty odors inside the litter.
- Quick clumping
- Easy to scoop – with its patented formula and quick-clumping abilities
- Pet and people friendly because there’s no silica dust for you or your cat to breathe
3) Clean-n-Tidy Adult Everyday Cat Litter, 15 Kg
This is rated one of the best clumping cat litters out there as it is designed to clump both faeces and urine into one big clump. Its litters are fine granules (small and gritty) which do not stain at all- just some pale gray color. It does not stick to the cat’s paw nor will the cat stain the home immediately after use with marks on the floor of your house. It is very suitable for a 2-cat household.
- Very easy to use
- Litter forms clumps that are easy to scoop away
- Good odor control
- Big bag which gives real value for money
- The cat may leave a few marks on paws.
- Becomes stinky as soon as the wee comes in and stays a while
4) Cats Best Oko Plus Clumping Litter, 4.3 kg
Cats Best OkoPlus is the only wood-based clump-forming, biodegradable eco cat litter on the market. It is made from 100% pure organic fiber, it binds liquid and odor effectively inside the fiber and boasts up to 3 times higher yield than mineral-based cat litters. It is compostable and 100% biodegradable, and, depending on local disposal laws, can be disposed of safely via your toilet.
It is a lightweight litter that clumps well, making it easy to remove from the litter tray when it gets soiled. It has a very good odor control and an astonishing clumping power (it’s very quick). It was specially designed to absorb urine really well. Among many cat owners, this clump cat litter is highly preferred.
- A cat can mess up the house with marked paws after use.
- Quite expensive
5) Tigerino Canada Double Pack Cat Litter Sensitive 2 x 12kg
Some of its amazing features include:
- Cat litter
- Low amount of dust
Although the packs look a little heavy and may be quite expensive too, it lasts longer than other clumping cat litters and it clumps very fast. The wee clumps into balls and are easily sifted with a scoop. The poo gets covered well and it’s quicker at eliminating odors than some other litters. It is also very easy to clean up.
6) Pettex Clean Paws Super Clumping Ultra Cat Litter 15 kg
It is a very good buy if you purchase this clumping cat litter for your cat. It is made of a good quality material that makes odor control seem like a very easy technique. It clumps really well with very little waste. It has large grains of sand and thus does not leave very horrible dusty tracks after your cat gets out. Its major selling point is the way it clumps. With is second to none in the market. Special features summarized as follows:
- 100% natural
- Super clumping micro granules
- Longer lasting than most litters
- Will banish odors
It’s over to you
The clumping cat litter you choose is really a personal decision. Many cats appear to prefer clumping litter because it is easier for them to push aside, and as a cat owner, your best choice will also be a clumping cat litter because of the advantages it offers.
Choosing the litter that your cat prefers makes it less likely that litter box avoidance issues and inappropriate elimination will become a problem for you. So consider the features of each, and also some other external factors like price, dust, clumping ability, and ease of use.