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Mid-Priced Cat Litters

This is a list of all of the mid-priced cat litters that we have reviewed and ranked.  Our definition of “mid-priced” are for those litters that are a step up from a typical budget litter but still more affordable than the premium offerings.  Many of these products could be found for around a dollar per pound mark, with variations above and below.  Despite being a bit more expensive than our budget offerings, a majority of these products still primarily consist of clay.  However, you will start to see some of the clay-hybrid options as well as a handful of the more eco-friendly materials being used.  Also a vast majority of these are clumping litters (typically most of the non-clumping litters fall under the budget category).

Despite being a bit more pricey, there are still some excellent values to be had among these.  You will oftentimes get better performance than what some of the budget lines can offer, which might be important if you have a busy multi-cat household or live in a small apartment complex where odor blocking is extremely important.  Feel free to browse our huge list of reviews and hopefully you can find a product that aligns with what you are looking for!

Cat’s Pride Fresh & Light Quick Action

cat's pride fresh & light quick actionOur Rating:

 5 star

This has fantastic performance across the board and a great price to go with it.  It really has no major qualms and we consider this one of our top choices. It is available in 9 and 15 pound jugs and 21, 28, and 30 pound boxes and is comprised of clay.

Pros:  Extremely effective clumping, fights odors with ease, mess-free, affordable

Cons:  Minor tracking with multiple cats

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Tidy Cats 24/7 Performance

tidy cats 247 performanceOur Rating:

 4.5 star

This really is a fantastic product.  The clumps are some of the hardest that we have seen and that stay so for multiple days.  There is essentially no odor issues in both urine and feces.  Minor tracking and a somewhat high price are the only minor complaints but the rest of the positives easily trump them.  It is available in 14 and 20 pound jugs, 27 and 35 pound pails, and 23, 27, and 40 pound boxes and is comprised of clay.

Pros:  Clumps harden quickly and effectively, tackles both feces and urine smells with ease, easy cleanup

Cons:  Minor tracking

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Arm & Hammer Clump & Seal Naturals

arm & hammer clump & seal naturalsOur Rating:

 4 star

A well-performing product across the board and a price point that is more than fair for what you are getting.  There are definitely no major complaints with this litter. It is available in 8 pound bags and is comprised of wood, minerals, plants, and baking soda.

Pros:  Great clumping, locks in odors, easy cleanup

Cons:  Somewhat poor tracking, time-sensitive performance

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Cat’s Pride Fresh & Light Fragrance-Free

cat's pride fresh & light fragrance freeOur Rating:

 4 star

This litter is good to very good across the board.  Its bright point is definitely the hard clumps it forms and the other aspects aren’t far behind.  Depending on how much you end up paying could dictate whether this is a good purchase or a great purchase. It is available in 15 pound jugs and 21, 28, and 30 pound boxes and is comprised of clay.

Pros:  Great clumping, pretty good at capturing cat waste smells, easy cleanup

Cons:  Light tracking, multiple cats might overwhelm single litter box

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Cat’s Pride Fresh & Light Ultimate Premium Scented Multi-Cat

cat's pride fresh & light ultimate premium scented multi-catOur Rating:

 4 star

Great clumping, decent scent, and acceptable mess levels make this a buy.  The price is more than acceptable for what you are getting with this product. It is available in 12 pound jugs and is comprised of clay.

Pros:  Fantastic clumping, good at capturing odors

Cons:  Pretty dusty, somewhat artificial scent

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Garfield Flushable Tiny Grains

garfield tiny cat litter reviewOur Rating4 star

A great performing product that delivers rock-hard clumps and no powerful odors.  The added flushing ability is also a nice touch.  Does struggle somewhat with busy litter boxes in regards to feces, and tracking can be an issue due to how lightweight it is.

Pros:  Excellent clumping, no chemical fumes, flushable, gentle on paws

Cons:  Doesn’t fully lock in odors, tracks easily

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Scoop Away Super Clump Scented

scoop away super clump scentedOur Rating:

 3.5 star

A solid option with minimal issues.  The specific scenarios that clumping might struggle are for the most part trumped by the great scent and easy cleanup.  The price is also in an area that is agreeable with most people’s wallets. It is available in 20 and 25 pound boxes and is comprised of clay.

Pros:  Creates clumps easily, great at masking odors, little dust

Cons:  Gets gooey around a lot of urine, minor sticking to surface

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Fresh Step Extreme Odor Control Unscented

fresh step extreme odor control unscentedOur Rating:

 3.5 star

Good clumping ability and odor fighting from the CarbonPLUS feature make this a buy.  It is a bit on the pricey side but if you should not be disappointed with how it performs and neither should your cat.  It is available in 20 and 25 pound boxes and is comprised of clay, carbon, and antimicrobial agents.

Pros:  Great small clumps, excellent at sealing in cat odors

Cons: Somewhat dusty, a little pricey

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Cat’s Pride Complete Multi-Cat Scoopable

cat's pride complete multi-cat scoopableOur Rating:

 3 star

While this product has great clumping attributes, the smell and relative messiness knock it down a couple of notches.  If you are looking to be somewhat frugal and are primarily concerned with clumping ability at the cost of smell and cleanup then this might work for you.  It is available in 14 and 20 pound jugs and is comprised of clay.

Pros:  Fantastic clumping, only marginal tracking issues

Cons:  Quite dusty, intense litter smell, feces smells tends to come out

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Ever Clean Multiple Cat

ever clean multiple catOur Rating:

 3 star

An overall average to slightly above average offering from Ever Clean.  Good, hard clumps and decent odor control is offset somewhat by the higher levels of dust.  The price point is good enough to still recommend it as a purchase if better choices aren’t easily available.  It is available in 25 pound boxes and is comprised of clay.

Pros:  Pretty affordable, small hard clumps that hold up

Cons:  A little too dusty, overwhelming perfume smell

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Fresh Step Multi-Cat Unscented Scoopable

fresh step multi-cat unscentedOur Rating: 3 star

A decent option from the clumping ability alone.  The dust levels and the fact that for an unscented litter it does have a pretty powerful smell bump it down some but it will still be serviceable in this price range.  It is available in 20 and 25 pound boxes and is comprised of clay and plant extracts.

Pros:  Very effective at clumping, holds in cat smells for several days without concern

Cons:  Clumps can sometime cake, quite dusty

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Scoop Away Multi-Cat Plus Crystals

scoop away extra strength scentedOur Rating:

 3 star

This is one of the few budget (or near budget) litters on the market that are able to incorporate crystals.  Generally the crystal-based litters cost substantially higher so this is one of the few opportunities to experience the benefits of crystals without opening up your pocket books deeply.  It does an average to slightly above average job in clumping and odor blocking and is about average messiness.  Not the best thing in the world but worth a try.  It is available in 25 pound boxes and is comprised of clay and crystals.

Pros:  Great price for a litter with crystals, great job of knocking out cat waste odors

Cons:  Clumps could be harder, strong perfume scent, need to be timely in clump removal

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So Phresh Odor Control Paper Pellet

so phresh odor control paper pelletOur Rating:

 3 star

Generally the specialty litter materials have a bit of baggage, either via their odor absorption, clumping specifics, or price tag.  In this case none of these are major concerns although the price is a bit high.  For being an eco-friendly option it does everything well enough to warrant a soft recommendation from us.  It is available in 25 pound bags and is comprised of paper pellets.

Pros:  Overwhelming litter scent, paper absorbs most cat odors, no dust

Cons:  Requires a bit more maintenance, somewhat pricey

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Precious Cat Classic

precious cat classicOur Rating:

 3 star

A popular offering from Precious Cat, it does the trick for the most part without any major complaints.  It is a safe choice that should appease most single-cat boxes, although we do wish the price was under a dollar per pound to help make it more convincing. It is available in 18, 40, and 54 pound bags and is comprised of clay.

Pros:  Extremely hard clumps, little smell comes out from either litter or cat waste, pretty easy to clean

Cons:  Moisture can sometimes overwhelm box, very large clumps

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Fresh Step Multi-Cat Scented Scoopable

fresh step multi-cat scentedOur Rating:

2.5 star

Honestly for the price we were hoping for a bit more.  It is decent in most regards and clumps do stay hard for a while but when you are paying this much for a litter you should expect more.  It is available in 14, 20, 25, 34, and 38 pound boxes and 42 pound bags and is comprised of clay, activated carbon, and plant extracts.

Pros:  Pretty good odor blocking, above average clumping

Cons:  Very dusty, strong chemical smell, pretty expensive for what you are getting

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Cat’s Pride Natural

cat's pride naturalOur Rating:

 2.5 star

There is nothing amazing about this product.  It is serviceable but some struggles with odor control and some tracking and dust issues keep it from being a definite recommendation.  For what you are getting the price could also be a bit lower. It is available in 10 20 pound bags and is comprised of clay.

Pros:  No powerful litter smells

Cons:  Cat smells easily kicked up, dusty, on the expensive side for non-clumping litters

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Fresh Step Extreme Clay

fresh step extreme clayOur Rating:

 2.5 star

Generally non –clumping litters’ selling point is their ease of maintenance and low prices.  Because of this, we aren’t really sure why this product is so expensive, especially considering that the rest of its aspects are nothing amazing.  If the price was maybe half of what it is then we would say it is an acceptable purchase but honestly we aren’t real excited with it at the current online price.  It is available in 7, 14, 21, 40 and 45 pound bags and is comprised of clay and antimicrobial agents.

Pros:  Low maintenance

Cons: Struggles with cat urine smells, quite a bit of tracking, rather expensive for a non-clumping litter

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Cat’s Pride Fresh & Light All Day Odor Control

cat's pride fresh & light all day odor controlOur Rating:

 2.5 star

A pretty average showing on all fronts, and a pretty average price to go with it.  If you are in a pinch and there aren’t many other options this will do but if you are buying online then there are better choices, even at the relatively low price point. It is available in 12 pound jugs and is comprised of clay.

Pros:  Good job of masking cat odors, pretty affordable

Cons:  Questionable clumping, rather strong scent, extremely dusty

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Arm & Hammer Multi-Cat Extra Strength arm & hammer multi-cat extra strength

Our Rating:

 2.5 star

A very “meh” product.  It does nothing particularly well but nothing absolutely fails miserably either.  In fact, you could make an argument that its struggles with keep clumps in one piece would push it down from a neutral buy to a slight avoid recommendation.  Even for the near budget price we would still like to see better and there is better to choose from.  It is available in 26.3 and 40 pound boxes and is comprised of clay and baking soda.

Pros:  Decent at masking odors

Cons:  Clumps tend to fall apart, tracking can be an issue

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Healthy Pet ökocat Natural Paper Dust Free

healthy pet okocat natural paper dust free Our Rating:

 2.5 star

Like many of the other eco-friendly litter options on the market by going with abnormal materials it sometimes comes at the cost of performance.  While this product doesn’t do anything inherently bad, there are lots of small issues that add up and take away from it being a recommended choice.  It is available in 5.1, 8.2, and 12.3 pound boxes and is comprised of paper.

Pros:  Handles liquids very well, essentially scentless litter smell, does good job of capturing odors short-term

Cons: Can struggle clumping solids, light weight so it tracks easily

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So Phresh Dual Odor Guard

so phresh dual odor guardOur Rating:

 2.5 star

For being a dual odor guard, we were a bit disappointed in the struggles that it when clumps fall apart, which they can sometimes do with this litter.  If this wasn’t an issue we would have rated it much higher.  There is also some tracking issues but this is quite common with the litters that have crystals mixed in with them.   It is available in 16 and 20 pound tubs and is comprised of mineral crystals.

Pros:  Good moisture absorption, good at capturing urine smells

Cons:  Clumps could be a bit better, tracks easily, can struggle with combating feces odors

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Scoop Away Super Clump Unscented

scoop away super clump unscentedOur Rating:

 2.5 star

A pretty typical budget litter that has some issues but hopes you will overlook them with the decent price.  If there is nothing else available it will work but even for the relatively ok deal there are better choices that clump better and clean up much easier. It is available in 14 and 25 pound boxes, and is comprised of clay.

Pros:  Clumps harden relatively quickly, formula does good job of masking cat odors

Cons:  Urine has tendency to get to bottom, very dusty

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Arm & Hammer Clump & Seal Lightweight Multi-Cat

arm & hammer clump & seal lightweight multi-catOur Rating:

 2 star

Subpar clumping, off-putting scents, extreme dust and stickiness, and a somewhat high sticker price make this a litter to avoid in our opinion.  There are many other options in this price range that will suit you much better. It is available in 9 and 15 pound boxes and is comprised of clay and baking soda.

Pros:  Lightweight

Cons:  Poor Clumping, Struggles with Odor Control, Overwhelming Scent, Messy

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Precious Cat Touch of Outdoors

precious cat touch of outdoorsOur Rating:

 2 star

A rather messy option that has difficulty with both clumps staying hard as well as fighting cat smells.  We appreciate the attempt to go with something more natural such as prairie grasses but unfortunately they just don’t hold up to the rigors of a litter box. It is available in 20 pound boxes and 40 pound bags and is comprised of grass.

Pros:  Enjoyable natural litter smell, handles feces odors quite well

Cons:  Struggles with clumping, urine can easily overwhelm it, grass is easily tracked

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So Phresh Advanced Odor Control Scented

so phresh advanced odor control scentedOur Rating:

 2 star

There are too many small issues with this example to consider it a buy.  It is extremely messy and the smell can be a bit much.  At least the clumping is alright, but unless it was half the price that it is we wouldn’t recommend it.  It is available in 16 and 30 pound tubs and is comprised of clay.

Pros:  Clumps are serviceable in short-term, good at moisture absorption

Cons:  Can struggle with locking in odor long-term, on the dustier side, clumps can fall apart and become a gooey mess

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Swheat Scoop Original

shweat scoop originalOur Rating:

 2 star

The utilization of what really misses the mark on this litter.  The clumps struggle, the cat smells easily get out of control, and it is quite dusty with difficult cleanup.  Thankfully it is pretty affordable but even then we can’t recommend it.   It is available in 7, 14, 25, and 40 pound bags and is comprised of wheat.

Pros:  Enjoyable subtle litter smell, not much dust, acceptable price

Cons:  Clumps take a long time to harden and fall apart, becomes very stinky when exposed to moisture, tracks easily

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World’s Best Cat Litter Advanced Natural Scented Pine Blend Multi Cat

world's best cat litter advanced natural scented pine blend multi catOur Rating:

2 star

Too many issues make this a struggling multi-cat option.  The clumping, while not awful, has some underlying issues directly related to fluids.  The cat waste scents can rear the ugly head way too quickly and the cleanup could become too burdensome for those large multi-cat households.  There are better options out there at this price. It is available in 6, 12, and 24 pound bags and is comprised of pine composition.

Pros:  Small tight clumps, enjoyable pine litter smell, easy clump removal

Cons:  Can struggle with large amounts of fluid, rather dusty

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World’s Best Cat Litter Advanced Natural Original

world's best cat litter advanced natural originalOur Rating:

1.5 star

We are really disappointed with this litter, especially considering how well its sister products are.  The decision to go “all natural” comes at a hefty price here, and that price is lackluster clumping ability, difficulty masking scents, and an overall huge mess. It is available in 6, 12, and 24 pound bags and is comprised of wood/plant fibers and corn kernels.

Pros:  Holds in odors alright when clumps stay together, environmentally friendly

Cons:  Very soft clumps, quite dusty, on the expensive side for what you are getting

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Cat’s Pride Fresh & Light Ultimate Care Premium Unscented Hypoallergenic Multi-Cat

cat's pride fresh & light ultimate care premium unscentedOur Rating:

 4.5 star

This product does everything well.  It has some of the best clumping we have experienced and is extremely easy to maintain.  This sort of performance would be more than enough even in the top price tier and the fact that it is still technically a mid-level litter makes it even better.  We definitely recommend this.  It is available in 12 pound jugs and is comprised of clay.

Pros:  Amazing clumps, locks in odors, basically no tracking

Cons:  Somewhat time-sensitive clump removal

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Nature’s Miracle Intense Defense Fragrance Free Clumping

nature's miracle intense defense fragrance free clumpingOur Rating:

4 star

We are really impressed with this litter.  It has rock hard clumps that last for days and the smell isn’t too overbearing.  It is powerful enough to do the job for multiple days so constant maintenance isn’t necessary.  And on top of this, it comes it a great price.  We definitely recommend this Intense Defense offering.  It is available in 20 and 28 pound bags and is comprised of clay.

Pros:  Very good at clumping, easily masks cat waste odors, easy cleanup

Cons:  Actually has a litter smell despite being “fragrance free”

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World’s Best Cat Litter Lavender Scented Multiple Cat Clumping

world's best cat litter lavender scented multiple cat clumpingOur Rating:

 4 star

A great clumping product that fights odors off with ease by the usage of corn and wood fibers coupled with the addition of lavender oil.  Cleanup is not a major issue due to the strong clumps and good moisture absorption and the price is reasonable enough to warrant a buy.   It is available in 7, 8, 14, 15, and 28 pound bags and is comprised of wood fiber, corn kernels, and lavender oil composition.

Pros:  Some of the best clumping out there, great litter scent, easily masks cat odors, easy cleanup

Cons:  Corn has some tracking issues

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World’s Best Cat Litter Multiple Cat Clumping

world's best cat litter multiple cat clumpingOur Rating:

 4 star

A solid option for those looking for a well-performing litter at a respectable price.  Clumping is great and the odor control is serviceable enough for those who monitor the box somewhat frequently.  Obviously the busier the litter box the more often you’ll need to clean it but overall it will tackle a busy cat household’s waste challenges with ease and without causing a huge mess or headache.  It is available in 7, 8, 14, 15, and 28 pound bags and is comprised of wood fiber and corn kernels.

Pros:  Fantastic clumping, natural litter scent, easy clump removal and only marginal dust

Cons:  Can give off foul smells when exposed to a lot of fluid, minor tracking

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Garfield Flushable Grand

garfield grand cat litter reviewOur Rating4 star

Another cat litter that takes advantage of its unique plant-based material to deliver great clumping.  Being slightly larger than its sister product the tracking is kept in check a bit better but at the cost of slightly worse odor control as well as going through a bag quicker.  However, the pros easily outweigh the cons.

Pros:  Good clumping, odor-free, less tracking than fine grain product, gentle on paws

Cons:  Can struggle with feces odors, goes through bag quicker

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Ever Clean Extra Strength Scented

ever clean extra strength scentedOur Rating:

 3.5 star

An all-around decent litter that shouldn’t disappoint.  Its strong points are definitely the rock hard clumps which translates into easy cleanup.  We aren’t a huge fan of the perfume that is added to the product but it does a good enough job of stopping the cat waste smells that we can’t complain too much.  The price isn’t terrible, either.  It is available in 14 and 25 pound boxes and is comprised of clay,.

Pros:  Hard clumps, low dust levels

Cons:  Clumps can take a little while to harden, strong artificial perfume smell

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Precious Cat Ultra Scented

precious cat ultra scentedOur Rating:

 3.5 star

The clumping really shines here.  There is a bit harsh of a smell and the price could be a bit lower, and for both of those reasons we had to drop the rating down some.  Still a solid choice for most applications.  It is available in 20 and 40 pound bags and boxes and is comprised of clay.

Pros:  Awesome clumping, better than average at stopping cat smells, little dust

Cons:  Litter scent can be a bit much, somewhat expensive for a clay litter

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Arm & Hammer Ultra Last arm & hammer ultra last

Our Rating:

 3 star

A well-performing product with good clumping and little caking issues.  But the smell is bad enough that you might overlook its many positives on this one negative alone.  If you can handle the scent or decide to wear a gas mask around the litter (might need one for your cat as well) then it isn’t a terrible deal.   It is available in 20, 26.3, 31, 37, 40, and 50 pound boxes and is comprised of clay and baking soda.

Pros:  Good clumping, little to no caking on box

Cons:  Very off-putting litter smell, somewhat pricey for a clay litter

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Cat’s Pride Scoopable Scented

cat's pride scoopable scentedOur Rating:

 3 star

This product does a good job of clumping and containing odor, but it does have some noticeable flaws as well.  It is quite messy both from dust as well as clumps falling apart after several days.  It is not a terrible choice but there are better out there in this crowded price range.  It is available in 10 and 14 pound jugs, 10 and 20 pound boxes, and 22 pound canisters and is comprised of clay.

Pros:  Quite good at clumping, good job at controlling odors for a couple of days

Cons:  Extremely dusty, easily tracked out of box

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Fresh Step Odor Shield Scented

fresh step odor shield scentedOur Rating:

 3 star

This product really hits it out of the park on in the clumping department.  However, it does have some issues with its scent and how dusty it is.  If you are willing to put up with these issues then it can still be a good choice for an OK price. It is available in 7, 12, 14, 20, 25, and 38 pound boxes and 42 pound bags and is comprised of clay.

Pros:  Super effective clumping

Cons:  Pungent artificial litter smell, way too dusty

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So Phresh Advanced Odor Control Unscented

so phresh adanced odor control unscentedOur Rating:

 3 star

A pretty standard offering, this example doesn’t have any unique selling points other than that it doesn’t screw anything up too bad.  The price it is currently at is a good level for defending this description, and we wouldn’t fault someone who decided to give this litter a go.   It is available in 40 pound bags and 16 and 30 pound tubs and is comprised of clay.

Pros:  Very good hard clumps, above average odor control

Cons:  Very dusty, litter can break down into messy “sand” if exhausted

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World’s Best Cat Litter Clumping

world's best cat litter clumpingOur Rating:

 3 star

Both the clumping and absorbency really shine in this product, thanks to the inclusion of wood fibers and corn kernels.  However, this comes at the cost of some issues with smell as well as a bit too much tracking.  We wish the price was a bit lower and we would be more inclined to recommend this litter. It is available in 7, 8, 14, 15, and 28 pound bags and is comprised of wood fiber and corn kernels.

Pros:  Rock hard clumps, very absorbent towards all moisture, no litter smell

Cons:  Can struggle somewhat with masking cat odors, pretty expensive, large clumps

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Precious Cat Kitten Attract

precious cat kitten attractOur Rating:

3 star

No major issues with this product.  Above average in every regard except for price, which could come down a little bit.  However you shouldn’t have any concerns if you decide to give this litter a go.  It is available in 10 pound cartons and is comprised of clay.

Pros:  Product lasts for a while, locks away odor for several days, easy clump removal

Cons:  Minor dust issue

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Tidy Cats 4 in 1 Strength

tidy cats 4 in 1 strengthOur Rating:

 3 star

A decent solution with no glaring issues, but isn’t going to knock any features out of the park as well.  We like the 4 in 1 strength approach and think with a few small tweaks it could be a great litter rather than simply a good litter.  It is available in 14 and 20 pound jugs and 35 pound pails and is comprised of clay.

Pros:  Acceptable clumping, locks in odors for several days, decently priced

Cons:  Clumps can deteriorate into mushy balls, strong chemical litter smell, rather dusty

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Fresh Step Triple Action Scented

fresh step triple action scentedOur Rating:

 2.5 star

The dust levels of this litter are really what do it in.  The clumps are hard enough and timely enough to get a pass and the cat smells are subdued for several days which is a positive, but cleanup and general maintenance can be an absolute nightmare.  Because of this we can only give it an average rating. It is available in 25 pound boxes and is comprised of activated carbon, plant extracts, and clay.

Pros:  Clumps stay relatively hard, combats cat odors for several days

Cons:  Clumps are rather large and use a lot of product, extremely dusty

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Jonny Cat Original

jonny cat originalOur Rating:

 2.5 star

There is nothing really to get excited about with this product.  It is a standard-performing clay litter, so why does it cost nearly twice as much as other clay options on the market?  It will do what you need for the most part but unless you have no other options (or happen to find a great sale on this stuff) then we recommend shopping around.  It is available in 10, 20, and 40 pound bags and is comprised of clay.

Pros:  Hides cat odors pretty well, low maintenance

Cons:  Somewhat expensive for non-clumping litter, quite dusty

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Scoop Away Multi-Cat Scented

scoop away multi-cat scentedOur Rating:

 2.5 star

The only thing that really shines out for this product is the clumping ability.  It does have some issues with odor control and especially with the dust.  The price isn’t too extreme but it would be nice if they came down a bit on it since there are other better options out there that are cheaper.  It is available in 14, 25 and 38 pound boxes and is comprised of clay.

Pros:  Clumps pretty well, clumps do good job of holding in odors

Cons:  Extremely dusty, very strong artificial perfume smell

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Tidy Cats Instant Action

tidy cats instant actionOur Rating:

 2.5 star

The price can be quite good for this product, but its difficulty in dealing with urine still makes it a hard sale.  While it seems to handle feces well, we wish this ability would translate to all waste, at which time it would be a definite recommendation. It is available in 7, 14, and 20 pound jugs, 27 and 35 pound pails, and 27 and 40 pound boxes and is comprised of clay.

Pros:  Very good hard clumps for feces, dust isn’t bad, handles feces smells fine

Cons:  Has a tough time with urine both in clumping as well as odor control, messy urine balls can form

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Swheat Scoop Multi-Cat

swheat scoop multi-catOur Rating:

 2.5 star

The multi-cat formula seems to have bumped up the odor control and clumping ability a bit compared to the standard Swheat offerings but the fact that there is still a large wheat grain component hurts it.  And also this slight improvement in performance also comes with a slight increase in price.  It is available in 7, 14, 25, and 40 pound bags and is comprised of wheat.

Pros:  Litter smell is subtle, does a good job of locking in feces smells

Cons:  Strong ammonia smell can come out from urine, clumps are somewhat weak, tracking is a concern

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Tidy Cats Yesterday’s News Original

tidy cats yesterdays newsOur Rating:

2.5 star

A rather unique approach in terms of the shape and specifications of the litter but the end result is pretty ordinary.  It doesn’t clump per se which we wouldn’t mind seeing here and the price could be a bit lower to make it a more attractive buy.  It is available in 5,15, and 30 pound packages and is comprised of recycled paper.

Pros:  Environmentally friendly, no litter smell, handles feces well for the most part

Cons:  Messy cleanup since no clumps, can be overwhelmed by too much urine

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Tidy Cats Lightweight 24/7 Performance

tidy cats lightweight 247 performanceOur Rating:

 2.5 star

An average to slightly below average choice.  The lightweight aspect hurts it here because the clumps just don’t get very hard and this also affects how well it is able to absorb odors.  The fact that it is quite messy and especially the high price add up to make us not real excited about this one.  It is available in 8.5 pound jugs and 18 pound boxes and is comprised of clay.

Pros:  Pretty good clumping, can handle good levels of both feces and urine

Cons:  Clumps tend to stink to bottom, extremely dusty

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UltraPet Better Way Fresh

ultrapet better way freshOur Rating:

 2.5 star

The bentonite is just too soft here and the spring scent, while surprisingly refreshing, just doesn’t do a good enough job of stopping odor.  At least the price is more in line with the type of results.   It is available in 14 pound bags and is comprised of clay.

Pros:  Gentle on cat paws, refreshing flower litter scent, decent price

Cons:  Clumps are too soft, overall struggles with stopping cat odors, quite dusty

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Arm & Hammer Clump & Seal Lightweight Fresh Scent

arm & hammer clump & seal lightweight fresh scentOur Rating:

 2 star

There really isn’t anything great to say about this product other than the fact it is relatively light which helps in handling it.  For the performance we would like to see it being priced at half of what it sells for at best.  It is available in 9 and 15 pound boxes and is comprised of clay and baking soda.

Pros:  Scent isn’t too overpowering, Good odor control early on

Cons:  Clumps tend to fall apart, Easy to track out of box

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Fresh Step Odor Shield Unscented

fresh step odor shield unscentedOur Rating:

 2 star

There are much better options out there.  This product is relatively poor in all aspects.  If it were an extreme budget litter (as in well under a dollar per pound) we might give it a pass but for the asking price there are simply too many other better options out there.  It is available in 14 and 20 pound boxes and is comprised of clay.

Pros:  Initially does acceptable job of capturing odors

Cons:  Clumps fall apart and are sticky, strong artificial litter odor, difficult to clean up

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Scoop Away Complete Performance

scoop away complete performanceOur Rating:

 2 star

For being “complete performance” this product is missing on several marks.  The clumps, albeit large, do alright but the smell is simply too much to bear.  That, plus the dust and tracking issues make this one best left avoided, even with the somewhat affordable price.   It is available in 42 pound bags and is comprised of clay.

Pros:  Clumps feces with ease, holds in feces odors for several days

Cons:  Struggles with fluids, heavily perfumed in a bad way, very dusty

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Tidy Cats Pure Nature

tidy cats pure natureOur Rating:

2 star

The option to go with natural elements such as cedar, corn, and pine might sound good on paper but it really misses the mark here.  This concoction struggles with clumping and also holding in moisture.  Even the cleanup can be a headache.  It is available in 7.5,12, and 14 pound pouches and is comprised of cedar, corn, and pine.

Pros:  All natural

Cons:  Struggles with clumping, overpowering turpentine smell, does not do a good job of masking odors and can actually amplify them, bad at tracking

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UltraPet Better Way Flushable

ultrapet better way flushableOur Rating:

 1.5 star

We were really disappointed with this litter.  The clumps just don’t seem to form as we would like and this in turn makes it struggle with odor control.  Furthermore, it is rather dusty and cleanup can be a huge headache.  It would be one thing if this was a super affordable example but it can be in the premium category depending on where you buy it!  Definitely try another option.  It is available in 12 pound bags and is comprised of zeolite.

Pros:  Subtle litter smell

Cons:  Soft gooey clumps, struggles with odors especially urine, dusty and sticks to litter box easily

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