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 I need some help with cat litter. When I first adopted my cat, Cow, he came with a half used box of traditional clay litter, and as soon as  the box has been finished, I switched him over to the clumping Feline Pine. I loved the odor control, but the litter was so light that he tracked it all over my apartment, in spite of the fact that he has to walk across a litter mat and a bathroom rug before getting to the rest of the apartment. I live in a tiny apartment - it's a 350 sf studio - and having cat litter everywhere quite literally drove me insane. I then tried the original non-clumping Feline Pine, which solved my tracking problem, but Cow sometimes has difficulty actually covering his poop with the large pellets, which prevents the odor control from doing anything and in a tiny apartment that means that the entire place will smell. It technically isn't a big deal for me to go and cover it up for him, but it's certainly unpleasant to come home to a warm house that smells like cat poop. I've read through the archives and have been able to find a whole host of recommendations for environmentally friendly, cat friendly litters, but no one talks about how much they track. I'm specifically looking for recommendations for cat litter that has solid odor control that won't get tracked all over my apartment.  



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Mar. 13th, 2011 05:12 pm (UTC)
solid odor control that won't get tracked all over my apartment.

Not to be discouraging, but when you find this magical substance, I wanna know :(

I guess it doesn't help that we have 4 cats, but...I don't think I've ever found a cat litter that doesn't track all over. I have to sweep 2x/week or more sometimes.

I've heard good things about Swheat Scoop, but have yet to try that one at least. I'm afraid our cats won't use it because they seem to favor sandy/clay stuff more :-/
Mar. 13th, 2011 11:04 pm (UTC)
Not to be discouraging, but when you find this magical substance, I wanna know :(

Me too-- OP, please post if you find something that works out for you.

I use Swheat Scoop since it has pretty good odor control, no added fragrances, and clumps a little without getting the muddy or gummy texture I've seen with some clay litters. However, even with a litter mat and bathroom rug it does still get tracked around the house (in part because I have a small bathroom and the cat likes to fling it around enthusiastically).
Mar. 13th, 2011 05:28 pm (UTC)
I use Tidy Cats Breeze. No tracking, very little odor, and minimal cleaning. Plus, it's the most disability-friendly litter system I've encountered.
Mar. 13th, 2011 05:47 pm (UTC)
I mix the shavings with the pellets and add Tidy Cats crystals
Mar. 13th, 2011 06:07 pm (UTC)
I have tried so many cat litters it's ridiculous.

"Purr and Simple" (www.purrandsimple.com)is my favorite so far. I've only tried the clumping, but love the odor control and the low-track factor. It's hard to find.

Runner up is Healthy Pet's "Milled Grain" (http://www.hpcatlitter.com). Again, good odor control and minimal tracking. It also has a smaller pellet size which has been deemed acceptable by my picky cat. I hadn't heard of any of the other varieties until I dug up the link for you just now, but I'm curious about a couple of them and may make it a point to go track them down.

I had the same issues as you with both varieties of Feline Pine, plus my one kitty boycotts large-pelleted litters.

Pine, cedar, and citrus based litters can all a bad idea to use for your kitty's health, so that eliminates those. The forementioned pellet boycott eliminates Yesterday's News.

I do really like the silica crystal cat litters. I have no idea how the silica is procured, how/if it breaks down, or whether or not it's hazardous to one's (or one's kitty's) health (spidey senses say yes). I'd love for anyone to share info on this, actually. It's hands-down the best odor control of any cat litter I've used and the track factor is good too.

Swheat Scoop was just kinda meh for me. Mediocre odor control, tracked a normal amount.

I think World's Best Cat Litter has been my least favorite (and that's including traditional clay litters). The product itself smells really awful to me (when it's clean) and it doesn't get better with use. Really unimpressed, especially for the price.

I've been meaning to try alfalfa pellets (as in rabbit food) as a cat litter, but haven't gotten around to it.

Mar. 14th, 2011 08:36 am (UTC)
awilynt, I have the same problems with both types of Feline Pine. I just stick with the clumping and vacuum/sweep often. It's kind of a no-win situation when it comes to dealing with shit. :X

elcewa, I recently read about Purr and Simple on moderncat - http://www.moderncat.net/2011/03/07/introducing-purr-simple-all-natural-cat-litter-enter-to-win/ - and emailed the company after checking out their site and seeing no vendors in my entire STATE. lol... they wrote back and offered to send a sample! Way cool. I'm glad to hear someone else say they like it - it gives me hope for once the sample comes in! So, awilynt, you could always write them to see if they'd be willing to send you a sample to try as well.
Mar. 13th, 2011 06:12 pm (UTC)
I've been using swheat scoop for awhile and I love it. It combined with the litter mat and we never had cat litter make it out of the bathroom..

Never had a problem with odor either. . .
Mar. 13th, 2011 06:13 pm (UTC)
Swheat Scoop. I had the same experience with the Feline Pine. Switched to Swheat Scoop and love it.
Mar. 13th, 2011 06:26 pm (UTC)
World's Best Cat Litter

Similar to Swheat Scoop but made from corn. I use it with a Littermaid litterbox and while there's the occasional scatter of litter when my boy cat gets too enthusiastic, it stays in the box.

Edited at 2011-03-13 06:26 pm (UTC)
Mar. 13th, 2011 07:21 pm (UTC)
This is what I use and I only find litter right outside of the box. Probably due to the fact that one of my cats has furry little toe hawks I refuse to trim because they're cute lol. But other than that I don't see any more litter around the place.
Mar. 13th, 2011 08:02 pm (UTC)
Yep. My boy cat is part Maine Coon and he's got those cute furry no-traction paws. It's fun to watch him fail to make the turn from the kitchen into the dining room at speed :)
Mar. 16th, 2011 08:43 pm (UTC)
I had the opposite experience. I had a dark bedspread and after I switched to World's Best I came home to find my bedspread covered in little kitty tracks from the World's Best, never had that problem with any other litter.
Mar. 13th, 2011 07:51 pm (UTC)
have you tried an activated charcoal deodorizer in or near the box? It can help with the problem until you find the right litter.
Mar. 13th, 2011 08:07 pm (UTC)
You don't have to buy cat litter at all. The most environmentally-friendly and non-tracking litter box option I have found is this brilliant little gem I found on the internet called The Green Pee Cat Litter System. Here's an Instructable on how to make it:


There are a few other instructables on the same web site for other cat litter options.

Also, you can just put a layer of Baking Soda in regular clay litter, and that will neutralize the odor.
Mar. 13th, 2011 08:31 pm (UTC)
That's a very close variation of the system I'm using - except I wouldn't have to drill, and I could save an incredible amount of money... which is something I was actually stressing out about this morning.

That... might just be brilliant. Thank you! I think I'll have to buy a bag of pea gravel this week and see if they take to it.
Mar. 14th, 2011 12:08 am (UTC)
I love my Breeze catbox: http://www.amazon.com/Tidy-Breeze-Litter-Multiple-1-Count/dp/B001411SK0

The cost doesn't make me jump for joy, but I also live in a studio with 2 rescue cats. It's so ridiculously easy to handle.
Mar. 14th, 2011 12:17 am (UTC)
I don't know what kind of litter box you use, but I have one that has a dome-lid on it(Like this. This prevents a lot of the tracking that occurs from kitties who like to dig over-enthusiastically and throw litter all over the floor. :P However, some cats don't like to go inside this kind of litter box so it really depends on your cat if this will help you.

I don't know of any cat litter that doesn't track - I have come to terms with the fact that I will have to sweep more often because I own a cat. I do prefer the "World's Best Cat Litter" and don't notice a ridiculous amount of tracking when using it, though.
Mar. 14th, 2011 12:17 am (UTC)
I use Nature's Miracle. One of my boys has super smelly poo, and it does ok with odor control when he actually buried his buisness, and doesn't track too badly either considering I don't have a mat outside of the box and both boys like to leap gloriously from both boxes and spray litter behind them.
Mar. 14th, 2011 03:44 am (UTC)
i use feline pine and love it. the pet store i used to work for also used it for the in-store cat; litter tracked everywhere. with my cat, it doesn't. i think it probably has a lot to do with the litter box... i have a booda dome. it looks ridiculous and cost way too much money, but it keeps the litter tracking to a minimum. swheat scoop was pretty good for not tracking, but it was also good for making my cat's urine turn into cement on the bottom of her litter box.
Mar. 14th, 2011 11:39 pm (UTC)
I use Feline Pine with the Feline Pine litter box, which completely eliminates any tracking problems. The good thing about it is that only the pellets stay in the top of the box, so you can put more pellets in to aid with complete poo coverage.

That works for Holden and I both, but I especially find that her poo is way less smelly when I feed her quality food. I had been slacking and feeding her cheap junk food for a bit, and the smell got out of control! Back to Innova, and problem solved.
Mar. 14th, 2011 11:53 pm (UTC)
I've always used Yesterdays News, with a covered litter box and some baking soda to control smell. I also did litter scoops at least twice a day to help with the smell, and a full litter change three times a week. Good quality food with no grains and fillers is the best way to control smelly waste. My brand of choice was always Innova for cats (and for ferrets as well :3).
Mar. 16th, 2011 07:00 am (UTC)
Tidy Cats Breeze. Seriously worth it, you'll never turn back. No tracking, no odor. Try it!
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