Premium-Priced Cat Litters
This is a list of all of the premium-priced cat litters that we have reviewed and ranked. We define “premium” as being a litter that is typically more expensive than what is in both the budget and mid tiers. This is the most expensive tier that we review, and these products can oftentimes creep over a dollar per pound and beyond. Many of the more exotic materials such as crystals, silica gel, and a lot of the eco-friendly and recycled products fall under this category. These unique materials have special advantages (and sometimes disadvantages) so it will be up to you to decide if they are worth the extra money. In addition, many of the specialty litters such as respiratory-assistance and long-haired compatible products will be in this tier. Finally, some of these litters might be higher due to lack of availability or that they come from a smaller company that doesn’t have as much exposure as the big guys. A majority of these will have some level of clumping capability and the smallest percentage of these will be strictly clay. It is important to note that specialty litters that are intended for cats with medical issues or that have unique circumstances and have to stick with a specific type of product do not weight into the ratings. We encourage you to look through our reviews and, if your budget allows, try out some of these higher-end litters and see if their unique qualities are something that you see being with the extra money.
Cat’s Pride Fresh & Light Ultimate Care Premium Unscented Hypoallergenic Multi-Cat
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
Ever Clean EverFresh
This litter performs wonderfully and the clumping could not be better. This, coupled with the charcoal feature, also translates to great odor control all the while having minimal messiness. However, it is a quite expensive product. We aren’t saying the price isn’t justified because it really is a great product, but for some taking a slight hit in quality for 50% less money might be a more attractive option. It is available in 25 pound boxes and is comprised of clay.
Pros: Excellent clumping, completely covers cat odor smells, very little tracking
Cons: Rather expensive, a bit too dusty
Fresh Step Extreme Odor Control Unscented
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
UltraPet Crystal Clear Litter Pearls
A very unique crystal approach with phenomenal odor control, but for a phenomenal price. The beads will be gentle on cat paws and attack waste smells like no other, but are you ok spending 3 bucks a pound on a cat litter? It is available in 7 pound bags and is comprised of silica gel.
Pros: Extremely good at locking in odor smells, quite absorbent, no litter smell
Cons: Somewhat dusty, expensive
Arm & Hammer Essentials Double Duty Natural
This litter does nothing wrong but at the same time doesn’t knock it out of the park on anything, either. We feel this type of description should come with a more “average” price as well. Unfortunately the sticker shock associated with this doesn’t make it a great buy, despite being a decent performer overall. For those of you looking for a more natural choice litter choice and willing to spend extra for it, however, we wouldn’t fault you for giving this a go. It is available in 9 pound bags and is comprised of corn fiber and baking soda.
Pros: Quickly clumps, more natural smell, lightweight
Cons: clumps don’t stay hard for very long, unique materials cause tracking
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 and is comprised of wood granules.
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
UltraPet Litter Pearls Micro Crystals
These micro crystals will feel great on cat paws (albeit track easily) and will stop odor with great ease but, like other similar crystal litters, it comes with a hefty price tag. It is available in 3.5 and 7 pound bags and is comprised of silica gel.
Pros: Handles both feces and urine odors with ease, locks in odors for days at a time, low maintenance
Cons: Very expensive, beards are tiny so they are kicked around and tracked easily
UltraPet Ultra Micro Crystals
For challenging odor control scenarios or cats with sensitive paws this might be the answer. Coincidentally the owners will likely have to have a rather large cat litter budget! A premium litter for those willing to spend the money for the unique odor control that exists with crystals. It is available in 5 pound bags, and is comprised of silica gel.
Pros: Great job at sealing in strong cat odors, soaks up moisture like a sponge, no litter scent
Cons: Beads are easily kicked around and tracked, very expensive
Jonny Cat Fragrance Free
A well-performing litter that is true to its promise of being fragrance free while still handling cat odors without issue. The lack of dust and minimal tracking is nice, too. However, why is it so expensive? It checks all the boxes for a premium litter but the lack of clumping makes us question why the price is so high. It is available in 10 and 20 pound bags and is comprised of clay.
Pros: Very little litter smell, blocks cat odors for up to a week, tracking isn’t an issue
Cons: A little on the expensive side
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 and is comprised of wood fiber and corn kernels.
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 nearly 2 dollars per pound 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 closer to a dollar per pound 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 and is comprised of corn fiber, plant extracts, and baking soda.
Pros: Clumps are hard initially, little dust
Cons: Expensive, recommended that you remove clumps daily, odd smell despite being natural
Fresh Step Multi-Cat Scented Scoopable
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
Fresh Step Plus Dual Action Crystals
We understand that generally crystal-based litters run more expensive than conventional clay. However, the product in question doesn’t necessarily do anything better than many other clay litters that are half the price. It doesn’t completely miss the mark in any regard, but why pay so much for something that is so ordinary? It is available in 14 and 25 pound boxes and is comprised of clay and crystals.
Pros: Locks in nearly all cat smells for a long time, decent at clumping
Cons: Very expensive, not as strong at clumping as conventional clay, tracking and dust can be an issue
Nature’s Miracle Just for Cats Easy Care Crystal
A low-maintenance choice for those that would rather avoid having to scoop out cat waste. Compared to other crystal litters it performs average, but it definitely comes at a hefty price. It is available in 8 pound bags and is comprised of crystals.
Pros: Great job of locking away odors for several days, very absorbent, little dust
Cons: Crystals can break down and be tracked, very expensive
Precious Cat Long Haired
For being a non-clumping litter the price is very high. This is simply the cost of admission when you go with some of the more exotic materials such as silica gel. For cats with long hair that have issues with conventional litters there might not be any other choice. At least the odor control is quite good although it is a messy product. It is available in 8 pound jugs and is comprised of silica gel.
Pros: Does not stick to cat fur even on long-haired cats, acceptable litter smell
Cons: Can be a messy cleanup, cat smells are easily kicked up, very expensive
So Phresh Dual Odor Guard
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
Tidy Cats Glade Tough Odor Solutions
The clumping is decent and the odor neutralization is serviceable, but the price is just a bit too high in our opinion for what you are getting. You won’t be overly disappointed with the features of this litter but we feel you can achieve the same results with several cheaper options. It is available in 23 pound boxes, 14, 20, and 40 pound jugs, and 35 pound pails and is comprised of clay.
Pros: Acceptable clumping, handles feces with ease, low dust levels
Cons: Goes through product quickly, struggles with urine, some tracking
UltraPet Trackless Litter Pearls
We weren’t as impressed with this product as other crystal litters. The odor control is still good but comparably lower than equivalent examples and the mess is a bit more than we like. While the price is a “little” lower than some of the other options the performance took a big enough hit that we feel it needs to be even lower to be an easily justifiable purchase. It is available in 3.5, 7, and 10.5 pound bags and is comprised of silica gel.
Pros: Great odor control, pretty absorbent
Cons: Still tracks, crystals are sharp and can cause scratches, expensive
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 and is comprised of wood.
Pros: Good at masking odors short-term, no dust
Cons: Clumps are quite weak, easily tracked, pretty expensive
For being a “perfect litter” we found multiple things that make it far from perfect. While we appreciate the lightweight attribute, the unique ability to detect warning signs of FLUTD, and the decision to go with some more exotic materials such as vermiculite and perlite, sometimes “keeping it simple” is best and this looks like one of those cases, especially when you look at how incredibly expensive it is. It is available in 4 and 10 pound boxes and is comprised of vermiculite, perlite, guar guam, and proprietary materials.
Pros: Unique ability to detect FLUTD, decent clumping, scentless litter smell
Cons: Can’t handle a lot of fluids, easily tracked, extremely expensive
Precious Cat Senior
Nothing really stands out with this litter except for the high price. It is intended for older cats and has some benefits for that target market that lie outside of odor control or dust levels. For that purpose it is still practical for some, but unfortunately those people that need it will also end up with a subpar litter. It is available in 8 pound bags and is comprised of silica gel.
Pros: No overpowering litter smell, gentle for older cats
Cons: Poor clumping, struggles with feces odors after a couple days, can be messy during cleanup, expensive
Tidy Cats Lightweight with Glade Tough Odor Solutions
The lightweight feature hurts things more than helps here, and just makes the whole thing a dusty, poorly clumping mess. And for a price that is near the top in what is available online, there really isn’t a good justification for using this product. It is available in 6 and 8.5 pound jugs and 12 and 7 pound pails and is comprised of clay.
Pros: Great job of covering up odors for being so lightweight, clumps hold up decent enough
Cons: Clumps tend to sink to bottom, when clumps do fall apart it kicks up odors, tracks very easily, quite expensive
Fresh Step Extreme Odor Control Scented
For how expensive this litter is you would expect something that clumps well, hides odors, and is low on maintenance. Unfortunately you don’t get any of that with this product. We recommend shopping for other options. It is available in 12, 20, 25, 28, 34 and 38 pound boxes and 42 pound bags and is comprised of clay, carbon, and antimicrobial agents.
Pros: Clumps harden easily
Cons: Goes through product very quickly, overwhelming artificial scent, very messy
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 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
UltraPet Better Way Flushable
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
Tidy Cats 24/7 Performance
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
Cat’s Pride Fresh & Light Ultimate Premium Scented Multi-Cat
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
Precious Cat Ultra Scented
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
Arm & Hammer Ultra Last
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
Fresh Step Lasting Power Scoopable
The clumps and odor control are on point with this product. It is also relatively headache-free other than the dust and tracking, but the price is a bit higher than we would like. If you could find this close to a dollar per pound we would definitely recommend it as a buy. It is available in 25 and 38 pound boxes and is comprised of clay and antimicrobial agents.
Pros: Very effective clumping that stays hard for a long time, great job of locking in odors
Cons: Hit or miss in actual litter smell, extremely dusty, very expensive
Scoop Away Extra Strength Scented
What this litter does well it does extremely well, and what is struggles with it has major struggles with. It has some incredible clumping that stays rock hard for extended periods of time, but the smell from it can simply be overpowering. The dust aspect is also quite frustrating. Finally, the high price was the final nail and is what stopped us from rating it higher despite being one of the best clumping litters on the market. It is available in 25 and 38 pound boxes and is comprised of clay.
Pros: Incredible good hard clumping, feces and urine odors stay locked in for days
Cons: Very strong off-putting perfume smell, extremely dusty, quite expensive
So Phresh Odor Control Paper Pellet
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
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 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
UltraPet Ultra Pearls
Crystal-based litters are a unique and pricey approach, and this is no different. Some of the best odor control in the market is here but at the expense of nearly 4 dollars per pound. Whether this is worth it to someone is on a case by case basis. It is available in 5 pound bags and is comprised of silica gel.
Pros: Excellent at concealing urine and feces odors, beads are comfortable on cat paws, absorbs all moisture
Cons: Some tracking issues, incredibly expensive
Fresh Step Fast Acting Scoopable
A very average-performing litter than unfortunately comes at an above average price. While it doesn’t necessarily do anything terrible (other than having a rather high dust content) if you are willing to spend this kind of money there are much better options out there. It is available in 25 pound boxes and is comprised of clay and plant extracts.
Pros: Captures fluids before they can make it to the bottom, odor eliminated for long periods
Cons: Clumps can fall apart over time, very dusty, pretty pricey
Fresh Step Crystals
For being a crystal litter it does what it is intended to pretty well. Good odor absorption without overpowering perfumes and relatively easy to monitor and maintain are two definite positives. But for over 3 dollar per pound? If you are dead-set on a crystal-based litter then this one shouldn’t disappoint but we have a hard time justifying the extreme price. It is available in 4, 8, and 10 pound bags and is comprised of crystals.
Pros: Excellent job of masking odors for multiple days, no dust
Cons: Extremely expensive, requires a bit of maintenance
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 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
LitterMaid Premium Natural Clumping
Average clumping. Average odor control. Pretty good cleanup capabilities. A lot of litters have this description but not all of them are so expensive. We won’t talk you out of trying this litter if you want but we aren’t going to try to sell you on it, either. It is available in 7 pound bags and is comprised of clay and corn.
Pros: Captures moisture quite well, very little litter smell, basically no dust
Cons: Clumping could be better, can be a bit messy, a bit expensive
Precious Cat R&R Respiratory Relief Silica Gel
This is a specialty litter intended for cats with medical issues, and as such you are primarily paying for that aspect and not particularly the odor neutralizing or cleanup specifics. For someone who doesn’t have a cat that has these specific respiratory problems you would be crazy to spend this kind of money on what is honestly an average at best offering. It is available in 7.5 pound bags and is comprised of silica gel.
Pros: Very little litter smell, decent odor control, no dust
Cons: Urine can easily overwhelm, extremely expensive
Tidy Cats Lightweight 24/7 Performance
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
So Phresh Odor-Lock Crystal
For the high price the sale points just aren’t there. The fact that this litter doesn’t clump is a big reason, but even beyond that the crystals don’t do a significant enough of a job in locking in odor to warrant the sticker and other problems. It is available in 8, 15, and 30 pound bags and is comprised of silica gel.
Pros: Handles feces and urine odors for several days, crystals absorb most of the moisture
Cons: Can easily be overwhelmed if litter box is used too much, pretty expensive
UltraPet Ultra Lite
The combination of unique ingredients plus the lightweight formula makes for a poorly-clumping and messy concoction. However, it does a reasonably good job of stopping odors. We are pretty neutral on this product overall. It is available in 5 and 10 pound bags and is comprised of clay and silica gel.
Pros: No overpowering litter smell, locks odors in for several days, not overly dusty
Cons: Clumps are too soft, tracks extremely easy, quite pricey
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 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
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 quite expensive 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 and is comprised of wood pellets.
Pros: Handles urine well, very little tracking, no off-putting litter scent
Cons: Struggles with feces clumping, expensive
So Phresh Advanced Odor Control Scented
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
Tidy Cats Lightweight Instant Action
A dusty, gooey, expensive mess. It might act somewhat quickly, but it is more that the overpowering perfumes are masking the cat odor smells than anything else. Definitely shop around before trying this product out. It is available in 8.5 pound jugs and 17 pound pails and is comprised of clay.
Pros: Product will last a while, hides cat odor smells quickly
Cons: Clumps are not very hard, strong artificial smell, very dusty, extremely expensive
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 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
Fresh Step Extreme Lightweight Scented
An expensive option that fails in just about every area. Your cat, your patience, and your pocketbook will thank you if you go with one of the many better options that can be had for this price. It is available in 15.4, 20.8, 23.4 and 25.8 pound boxes and is comprised of clay and carbon.
Pros: Relatively lightweight
Cons: Extremely weak clumps that fall apart, powerful artificial perfume scent, struggles to retain cat odors, extremely mess, very expensive
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 and is comprised of pine granules.
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
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 and is comprised of benonite and cedar.
Pros: Refreshing wood litter scent, odor control is alright with timely litter box maintenance
Cons: Very expensive, weak clumping, messy cleanup