Arm & Hammer Platinum Double Duty Cat Litter
Clay and Baking Soda Composition
Enhanced Odor Control
Perfume May Still be too Strong for Some
Arm & Hammer Platinum Double Duty Cat Litter Review
Last Updated by Brandon F. on May 6, 2020
Arm & Hammer Platinum Double Duty Cat Litter is the next generation of clumping cat litter offered by Arm & Hammer. Many of you have likely experienced their original Double Duty products. We have reviewed their original Double Duty formula in a previous test.
With the Platinum line, Arm & Hammer has promised improved performance thanks to 20% more odor eliminators. Also, the granule recipe seems to have been slightly adjusted to further meet customer needs. And these changes come with no major changes to the asking price.
Who This Cat Litter is Intended For
This is a great cat litter for those of you who have enjoyed previous Arm & Hammer Clumping Cat Litters in the past. It attempts to take all of the good things that this brand has done and build upon them while trying to minimize past complaints. It is good for single-cat households or households with multiple litter boxes. Finally, it is very reasonably priced which makes it good for those on a tight budget.
Clumping Ability –
One of our favorite aspects about Arm & Hammer Cat Litters it that they almost always clump extremely well. The clay that they use locks in moisture, providing excellent clumps that are easily identified and removed. And these clumps tend to stay hard for a couple of days. This is great for those of you who are unable to get to your cat’s litter box every night to remove cat waste.
The granules are at a nice size to make solid clumps while still not “wasting” excess litter where it is not needed. You may also notice that the granules on the Platinum Cat Litter are a bit larger than in some of the other Arm & Hammer products out there. We aren’t sure why this is the case but don’t have any major issues with it.
We have all seen cat litters that create enormous clumps. This makes good in the sense that it helps to lock in odors but it also means that you go through a container of cat litter much quicker. That was not an issue here.
Probably the most common complaint that we hear from users when it comes to Arm & Hammer litters is the perfume smell. Many people find the powerful perfumes that are used to simply be too intense for them and their cats. We certainly can relate to this with some of the older Arm & Hammer products.
However, the company must have heard many complaints and have greatly improved the overall perfume smell. While still present, it isn’t nearly as overwhelming as in previous versions. And the smell itself is quite nice and should be a welcome addition to any home.
As for how well the litter locks in cat waste odors: we are extremely impressed. Arm & Hammer has included 20% more odor eliminators in their Platinum formula compared to their original formula. And you can tell that it makes a difference! While we found that their original Clump & Seal performed just fine in this regard, having that extra boost means that you can wait a little longer between cleaning sessions and get away with it. Also, while not explicitly recommended by Arm & Hammer, this particular litter may even be strong enough for multi-cat litter boxes if you are timely in your cleaning.
And the good clumping mentioned in the section above also plays a part in keeping odors in check. Good clumps typically mean cat waste odors are locked in. This plus the inclusion of powerful odor eliminators packs a great 1 2 punch.
The major concern common in many clay litters is that they can be quite dusty. This dust can kick up both when pouring/emptying the litter box and also when scooping. Arm & Hammer has traditionally managed to keep their dust levels in control for the most part. And that is also the case here. You may see some slight dust upon a heavy pour of fresh litter into the box but it quickly dissipates.
Also, the larger granules mentioned above mean that they are also heavier. This makes them quite difficult to track out of the litter box. Your cat should be able to do its business and move around litter without kicking it outside the box or tracking it out on its fur.
Finally, the great clumping means that you can easily maintain the litter box without making a mess. Cat waste (both solid and wet) is easily removed and we found no issues with it wanting to break apart or smear during removal. And all of the waste tends to stay on the surface instead of sinking to the bottom (which can create a nasty pit of goop!).
Clay cat litters are almost always leading the pack when it comes to pricing. And while you may pay a slight premium for an Arm & Hammer Cat Litter based on its name alone, the proven formula and reliability are worth the slight upcharge. You do get a powerful and consistent clumping cat litter here. And given the price, we find it to be a great bargain.
Overall Rating –
We came away from our experience with Arm & Hammer Platinum Double Duty Cat Litter extremely impressed. The original version had some notable issues that we discussed in our previous review of it. However, Arm & Hammer seems to have taken notice of these issues and corrected them in their new Platinum line. The overwhelming perfume smell present in older batches has been corrected.
While there still is a perfume smell, it is very pleasant and not at all overpowering. The odor control (which wasn’t bad in the previous version) has also been further improved thanks to a 20% increase in odor eliminators. And the great clumping and low dust levels that we have come to expect from this brand are still in place. And all of this is yours for what we feel is a very competitive price. All in all, this is one of our favorite Arm & Hammer Cat Litters that we have tested and we highly recommend it.