All Natural Cat Litters
Last Updated by Brandon F. on May 28, 2020
This is a list of all the natural cat litters that we have reviewed and ranked. When we say “natural”, we are referring to liters that contain a natural-occurring, recyclable, or eco-friendly ingredient. There are many examples of these: corn, pine, recycled newspaper, etc. Since there is such a variety of options, a particular ingredient is going to have unique properties. Some of them are quite effective at clumping and odor control, while others can struggle.
Also, many don’t suffer from the artificial and perfume smell that many of the conventional clay cat litters have, which might be a big selling point to owners or cats who have sensitive senses of smell. The other big selling point is that these are typically better for the environment, which for some might weigh in enough to make them go with it over a better-performing competitor that isn’t as good for the environment. While we didn’t weight on on the eco-friendliness of a litter when giving it a performance review, we commend and respect those litters that do put this as a priority.
There are a lot of different options so feel free to browse or ratings and hopefully, you’ll find something you like!
World’s Best Cat Litter Multiple Cat Clumping
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, is comprised of wood fiber and corn kernels, and is available in the budget to mid-priced categories.
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
Garfield Flushable Tiny Grains
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
Healthy Pet ökocat Pine
One of the few eco-friendly litters we have tested that actually seem to thrive despite not using conventional (and typically better-performing) materials. Great scent, good ease of use, and a great price make this a recommended buy. It is available in 7.8, 12.4, and 18.6 pound boxes, is comprised of pine pellets, and is available in the budget-price tier.
Pros: Pleasant litter smell, absorbs nearly all cat smells, great price
Cons: Doesn’t clump so have to watch more closely, light tracking
CatSpot Cat Litter is a really cool litter that takes advantage of the natural absorbency and great scent of coconut. This non-clumping product is eco-friendly and perfect for owners and cats who may have sensitive allergies. There are some tracking issues and you are required to mix the litter around while using to get the full effect, but the sheer originality of a coconut-based litter is worth checking out.
Pros: Smells great, Very absorbent, Eco-Friendly, Lightweight
Cons: Easily tracks, Expensive, Requires Mixing
Arm & Hammer Essentials Natural Clumping
A so-so litter for those that are looking for a cheap option. It has mediocre clumping ability and the scent can be off-putting but it does a decent job of locking in cat smells without making an absolutely terrible mess. For the price you can’t really complain. It is available in 10.5 pound bags, is comprised of corn fiber, and is available in the budget-price tier.
Pros: Affordable, acceptable at masking odors, little dust
Cons: Poor clumping, a lot of tracking
Cat’s Pride Natural Scoopable
An acceptable budget choice for those who are more concerned with saving money than getting a premium product. The scent and ability to stop smells is likely the strong point, but there are no shining positives with this product. It is available in 20 pound jugs, is comprised of clay and fruit/vegetable extract, and is available in the budget-price tier.
Pros: Little litter smell, good at masking odors, relatively affordable
Cons: Clumps tend to fall apart, dusty, tracks easily
ProSense Fresh Results Clumping
A corn-based cat litter that tries to keep up with traditional clay products in clumping and odor-control. It does fall a bit short in clumping but does smell nicer and is more eco-friendly than most clays. But it also comes with a high price tag.
Pros: All-natural, Pleasant litter smell
Cons: Less than amazing clumping, Struggles locking in odors, Rather expensive
Feline Pine Non-Clumping
There are some issues with this product that range from potential odor control problems to the mess that the pine can form when it breaks down, but the price is so good that it is still worth checking out for those that are more concerned with the impact on your pocket book. It is available in 20 and 40 pound bags, is comprised of pine, and is available in the budget-price area.
Pros: Great price, enjoyable litter smell, great moisture absorption
Cons: Can’t handle multiple cats, bad tracking
Healthy Pet ökocat Natural Paper Dust Free
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, is comprised of paper, and is available in the mid to premium-price categories.
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
Cat’s Pride Natural
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, is comprised of clay, and is available in the mid-price tier.
Pros: No powerful litter smells
Cons: Cat smells easily kicked up, dusty, on the expensive side for non-clumping litters
Tidy Cats Yesterday’s News Original
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, is comprised of recycled paper, and is available in the mid to premium-price levels.
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
Healthy Pet ökocat Natural Wood Clumping for Long Hair Breeds
The struggles this litter has with any hard waste really bumps it down in our ratings. Also the fact that it is 2 bucks per pound doesn’t help, either. We understand how frustrating it can be to find a good litter for long-haired cats but unfortunately we would recommend continuing to shop around and skip over this one. It is available in 8.4, 13.5, and 20.2 pound boxes, is comprised of wood pellets, and is available in the premium-price tier.
Pros: Handles urine well, very little tracking, no off-putting litter scent
Cons: Struggles with feces clumping, expensive
Swheat Scoop Original
The wheat aspect really struggles here. The clumps are simply too soft, cat odors are released very quickly and easily, and the dust levels are higher than we would like to see. Thankfully it is pretty affordable but even then we can’t recommend it unless you are dead set on trying out a wheat-based cat litter. It is available in 7, 14, 25, and 40-pound bags, is comprised of wheat, and is available in the budget to mid-priced tiers.
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
World’s Best Cat Litter Advanced Natural Scented Pine Blend Multi Cat
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, is comprised of pine composition, and is available for in the mid to premium-price areas.
Pros: Small tight clumps, enjoyable pine litter smell, easy clump removal
Cons: Can struggle with large amounts of fluid, rather dusty
UltraPet Better Way Cedar
We have seen the wood-based litters struggle and this one is no exception. While it is inherently more eco-friendly, the extremely high price and poor performance (in clumping, odor neutralization, and cleanup) you pay for it just isn’t worth it in our opinion. It is available in 14 pound bags, is comprised of benonite and cedar, and is available in the premium-price tier.
Pros: Refreshing wood litter scent, odor control is alright with timely litter box maintenance
Cons: Very expensive, weak clumping, messy cleanup
World’s Best Cat Litter Lavender Scented Multiple Cat Clumping
The inclusion of lavender oil here really gives off a nice scent and doesn’t affect the great clumping and odor control that we have seen when you combine corn and wood together. 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, is comprised of wood fiber, corn kernels, and lavender oil composition, and is available in the mid-priced tier.
Pros: Some of the best clumping out there, great litter scent, easily masks cat odors, easy cleanup
Cons: Corn has some tracking issues
Garfield Flushable Grand
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
An all-around great performing wood cat litter, Cedarific has really made a name for itself. We like the subtle cedar scent and the innate ability of the wood to lock in odor and moisture. Your cat will also like the soft shredded wood under their feet. Our only minor complaints have to do with the high asking price and the inability to clump. If you have an extremely active cat, there may also be some light tracking.
Pros: Great scent, Good odor control, Easy to use
Cons: Pricey, May track some, Doesn’t clump
Blue Buffalo Naturally Fresh Ultra Odor Control
This cat litter combines the odor-fighting power of enzymes with the unique traits of walnut granules. The results are acceptable but there are a couple of minor issues that are worth noting.
Pros: All-natural, No harsh scent, Tracking isn’t bad
Cons: Dust is hard to clean, Doesn’t clump as well as clay
This is certainly one of the more unique eco-friendly cat litters that we have tested. We love the originality and the scent is very pleasant. However, there are some struggles with clumping, messiness, and asking price.
Pros: Unique approach to a cat litter, Great scent, All-natural
Cons: Clumping could be better, A bit messy, Expensive
Feline Pine Clumping
No major negatives other than the messy aspect, which can be quite frustrating. However, the clumping and odor control are good enough that, coupled with the pretty good price, makes this an alright option if you are looking for a more environmentally-friendly wood litter product. It is available in 8 and 14 pound bags, is comprised of pine, and is available in the budget-price category.
Pros: Clumps harden quickly, wood excels at soaking up moisture, nice pine smell, decent price
Cons: Tracking is an issue, very dusty
Healthy Pet ökocat Soft Step Clumping
Good clumping and good odor control as well as a good texture for cat’s paws, but these come at the cost of being a bit messy also being pricey. If your cat has sensitive paws and you are willing to dish out some extra money to make it happy then this product will perform well enough. It is available in 7, 11.2, and 16.7 pound boxes, is comprised of wood granules, and is available in the premium-price tier.
Pros: Soaks up moisture and forms hard clumps, great job of hiding cat odors, gentle on cat paws
Cons: Product is easily wasted, pretty expensive
World’s Best Cat Litter Clumping
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, is comprised of wood fiber and corn kernels, and is available in the mid to premium-price levels.
Pros: Rock hard clumps, very absorbent towards all moisture, no litter smell
Cons: Can struggle somewhat with masking cat odors, pretty expensive, large clumps
World’s Best Cat Litter Forest Scented Clumping
This product has the same great clumping qualities we have come to expect from World’s Best Cat Litter and the odor control is serviceable (although we prefer the natural and lavender scent) but why is this product so much more expensive than the other examples? It is still a decent buy but if you have the choice between this and others we recommend the latter, especially at this price. It is available in 6, 12, and 24 pound bags, is comprised of wood fiber and corn kernels, and is available in the premium-price level.
Pros: Superb clumping, does alright jobs of locking in odors for a few days, easy clump removal
Cons: A bit expensive, tracking from corn kernels, smell can become foul if left alone too long
Arm & Hammer Essentials Multi-Cat Natural
Clumping ability is acceptable but that is about it. When you are paying a premium price for a litter you should expect better. 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. It is available in 18 pound bags, is comprised of corn fiber, plant extracts, and baking soda, and is available in the premium-price level.
Pros: Clumps are hard initially, little dust
Cons: Expensive, recommended that you remove clumps daily, odd smell despite being natural
Swheat Scoop Multi-Cat
We can definitely notice an improved performance in the odor control and clumping departments when compared to the standard Swheat cat litter. However, the granules are still sized so that the clumps that form at relatively soft and tracking is also a significant issue. In addition, the price seems to be a bit higher than its sister products online. It is available in 7, 14, 25, and 40-pound bags, is comprised of wheat, and is available in the mid-priced tier.
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
Healthy Pet ökocat Natural Wood Clumping
A messy litter than tries to be more nature-friendly but at the cost of performance and likely an increase in price. If you are dead-set on having a more eco conscious litter there are better options. It is available in 7.5, 12, and 18 pound boxes, is comprised of wood, and is available in the premium-price tier.
Pros: Good at masking odors short-term, no dust
Cons: Clumps are quite weak, easily tracked, pretty expensive
Precious Cat Touch of Outdoors
The litter is very messy, and on top of that, it really struggles with making hard clumps and controlling cat waste odors in general. 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, is comprised of grass, and is available in the mid-priced area.
Pros: Enjoyable natural litter smell, handles feces odors quite well
Cons: Struggles with clumping, urine can easily overwhelm it, grass is easily tracked
Tidy Cats Pure Nature
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, is comprised of cedar, corn, and pine, and is available in the mid-price tier.
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
Nature’s Miracle Just for Cats Natural Pine
This litter really misses the mark unfortunately. The clumping is severely lacking, it has some glaring odor control problems, and the decision to use pine can result in quite a mess. To top it off, it is priced as being one of the premium litters on the market. We understand the desire to go with a more eco-friendly medium but it just doesn’t work here. It is available in 8 pound bags, is comprised of pine granules, and is available in the premium-price category.
Pros: Refreshing pine litter smell, little dust
Cons: Really struggles with clumping, off-putting smell when cat waste mixes with pine scent, quite messy, expensive
World’s Best Cat Litter Advanced Natural Original
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, is comprised of wood/plant fibers and corn kernels, and is available in the mid to premium-price tiers.
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