CatSpot Cat Litter Review
No Foul Smells
Non-clumping But Still Requires Maintenence
CatSpot Cat Litter Review
Updated by Brandon F. on May 14, 2020
Advertised Product Description
CatSpot Cat Litter is a new type of litter that is comprised of coconuts. This groundbreaking formula approaches cat litter in a whole new way. Rather than requiring the litter to clump and have to be scooped out, CatSpot Cat Litter instead is designed for the owner to simply stir the waste around, mixing it in with the absorbent coconut formula.
The brand believes that this all-natural approach will still have the odor-fighting that people need while being better for the environment. It comes in 5-pound bags.
Who This Cat Litter is Intended For
This cat litter is good for cats (or owners) that have traditionally suffered from bad allergies because of litter dust or the strong smells associated with many litters. It is also good for owners who are sick and tired of having to pick up clumps but don’t want the traditional non-clumping litters.
What Makes This Cat Litter Unique
It goes without saying, but just about everything related to this cat litter is unique! The usage of coconuts as the primary ingredient certainly makes CatSpot stand out from the crowd. But beyond this, the specific maintenance requirements for a coconut-filled cat litter box are also quite different. We love when cat litter brands try to think outside of the box and that is certainly the case here.
Clumping Ability – N/A
CatSpot Cat Litter is not designed to clump. However, it can’t be lumped in with your typical non-clumping litter either. You see, with typical non-clumping litters, you simply let the cat waste stay in and be absorbed until the point that the odor is too strong. At that time, you simply pour out the entirety of the contents and refill with fresh cat litter.
There is a very subtle coconut smell associated with this cat litter. Compared to most other materials, the smell is much more pleasant and cats and owners both seem to approve. Going with a less harsh-smelling material was very smart as it allows this litter to be a good candidate for owners and cats that have very sensitive allergies. We have not heard any complaints about cats suffering from allergies when using this litter.
As for how well the litter does at fighting cat waste odors, it depends. We will admit that we were surprised at just how absorbent coconut is. The flake-like material seems to soak up both cat urine and cat feces alike. And any remaining feces that are spotted can simply be mixed back in. The only real sign that you can even tell that there is any remaining cat waste is by a color change. Over time, you will find that the litter changes from a brown color to a more grey hue.
The problem is that mixing the litter around isn’t getting rid of it. And over time, all of the cat waste odors will begin to creep out of the litter box. And that point in time, you will have to treat this product like any regular non-clumping cat litter and empty all of the contents.
That being said, compared to traditional non-clumping cat litters, this seems to perform as good if not better than most. Other than silica gel-based cat litters, the coconut material is superior at fighting odors compared to other materials (particularly other eco-friendly materials). In our tests, you should get around 10 days of use before needing to refill and replace it.
The first thing you will notice with this product is just how lightweight it is. The entire bag (which is about the size of a normal bag of cat litter) only weighs 5 pounds! But don’t fret: a little bit goes a long way and CatSpot states that their 5-pound bag is equivalent to a traditional 20-pound bag of clay cat litter.
While being lightweight makes it much easier to transport, it also means that it is much easier to track. Cats with long hair or that tend to move around a lot in their litter box will likely track out some of this material. Thankfully, stepping on this barefoot doesn’t hurt nearly as bad as stepping on clay or silica gel!
Also, as it gets to be close to the time for a refill, the old litter can become a bit “cakey”. This is because of all of the moisture that the coconut has absorbed. It can form a somewhat sticky residue that can stick to litter box walls or even onto your cat’s paws.
The big selling point, however, is that you don’t have to worry about removing clumps (which can always lead to messes). But you are still required to mix the litter around (something that you don’t have to do with non-clumping litters). So a good way to think of this product is a high-maintenance non-clumping litter.
You may have a bit of sticker shock when you see how much this product costs compared to the weight of the bag. Here at CatLitterHelp, we tend to use dollars to pounds as our ratio for deciding if a product is a good price or not. However, that wouldn’t be fair here as this product is extremely lightweight.
In terms of how much use you will get out of a bag before needing to replace it, we found that this coconut-based material doesn’t seem to last quite as long as traditional clay. And considering that the price of the bag is a good bit higher than many clay bags, it still bumps it up into the premium price tier.
However, we are used to seeing all-natural cat litters in the premium price tier. That is simply the price you have to pay to get away from most clay-based litters.
Overall Rating –
We are certainly impressed with CatSpot’s unique approach to using coconut as its main ingredient. This material has some very interesting qualities that no other litter material has. Not only is it incredibly lightweight and relatively odorless, but it possesses incredible absorbency that rivals even the best clay and silica gel litters.
However, it doesn’t have clumping ability (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing) and requires additional mixing to fully take advantage of the coconut’s performance. From an odor standpoint, it does a pretty good job locking in odor but, as you might expect, the odor-fighting abilities go downhill pretty quickly once it nears time to dump out the litter.
We recommend that people who are very self-conscious about the environment and/or have cats with very sensitive allergies should give this litter a try and see if it becomes a new favorite over wood, corn, or paper-based litters. And for people who simply want a nicely-performing litter, you should give it a go just for curiosities’ sake. But if you are only concerned about a litter that clumps well, fights odor for long periods, and is extremely affordable, then there are better options out there.