Arm & Hammer Essentials Multi-Cat Natural Cat Litter
18 pound bags
Corn fiber, baking soda, and plant extract composition
Clumps are hard initially
Recommended that you remove clumps daily
Weird smell despite being natural
Arm & Hammer Essentials Multi-Cat Natural Cat Litter Review
Advertised Product Description
This is our Arm & Hammer Essentials Multi-Cat Natural Cat Litter Review. Arm & Hammer Essentials Multi-Cat Natural Clumping Litter consists of a proprietary blend of natural corn fibers, Arm & Hammer baking soda, and plant extracts. The corn fibers are advertised as being able to absorb twice as much urine as conventional clay, making it a good ingredient to handle higher traffic litter boxes. In addition, it is approximately half the weight of clay so despite the smaller, lighter bags it will last just as long. In addition, it is advertised as being virtually dust free. Since this is made of a more potent formula it is recommended as being used for multiple-cat households. It is available in an 18-pound bag.
Clumping Ability –
The clumping ability is decent, but it is recommended that you try to remove the clumps on a daily basis. The corn-based concoction apparently can deteriorate much quicker than conventional clay which means that keeping clumps in the box for long periods of time might prove to be detrimental. Overall the clumps aren’t overly hard, either. Again, this likely has to do with the lighter formula that this litter consists of. However, the removal is easy if done in a timely manner since the clumps are so much lighter.
Who This Cat Litter is Intended For
This product is designed for owners who have multiple cats or very busy litter boxes and need a powerful product that handles higher amounts of waste. However, they want this in a package that is environmentally friendly and all-natural. And, as many organic cat litters are, they are willing to pay a premium for this package.
What Makes this Cat Litter Unique
This cat litter solves a unique niche in that it uses natural ingredients such as corn fiber and plant extracts while still promoting being powerful enough in clumping and odor control to handle a multi-cat litter box. This is typically the role of clay litters, but they are obviously artificial and often will use powerful perfumes and harsh chemical to achieve a similar result.
There is a bit of an artificial scent to this which is also mixed with the natural scent of the corn fibers. This gives off a somewhat off-putting smell that some cats and humans might not tolerate. It really is something that will vary from person to person and from cat to cat so it is important to give it a test run before making a significant purchase of this litter. In addition, it doesn’t do a super great job of masking the cat smells, especially when the clumps fall apart. Any odor that has been contained seems to leak out when the clumps deteriorate, which happens way too soon.
Overall this product has very little dust, which mostly has to do with the fact that it isn’t clay-based. However, as mentioned earlier, when the clumps fall apart they form a sort of paste and can be difficult to remove. In addition, it will stick to the cats and can be easily tracked outside of the box. Removing the clumps in a speedy manner should minimize this, and if that task is performed then this is overall a pretty clean litter.
This litter can be yours online in the premium-priced area. We have found that many of the eco-friendly and non-clay litters fetch a higher asking price but it certainly isn’t something that we enjoy.
Overall Rating –
Clumping ability is acceptable but that is about it. When you are paying a premium price for a litter you should expect better, particularly in the odor control department. Obviously, part of the expense comes with the “natural” tag territory. If you shop around and can find it for a more reasonable price offline it isn’t a terrible buy but for this price, you can find better, even if you are avoiding conventional clay-based litters.