With so many of us leading increasingly busy lives, we’re always looking for any shortcuts that’ll streamline our daily routine. Owning a pet can be a massive stress relief from the daily grind, but it also requires additional responsibility, like buying cat litter before it runs out or gets unbearably stinky. Fortunately, there’s a solution. Cat litter subscription services allow you to take the hassle out of purchasing this feline necessity by shipping it directly to your house on a regular schedule. If you’re thinking about trying one of these services, you’ve come to the right article. We’ve gathered reviews of what we think are the seven best cat litter subscription services this year. Hopefully, this information will make your decision less complicated and your life a little easier, which is the whole point anyway!
A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites of 2022
The 7 Best Cat Litter Subscriptions
1. Kitty Poo Club Cat Litter Subscription – Best Overall
|Types of litter available:||Clumping or non-clumping, clay, soy, silica, diatomite|
|Free cancellation?:||Refunds only when canceled within 3 weeks|
Kitty Poo Club is designed to be the simplest and easiest of all litter cleaning methods. The service offers five different odor control litters, shipped monthly in a recyclable, cardboard litter box. Once a new box arrives, simply recycle the old box and replace it with the new one. No cleaning of the old box or replacing with fresh litter. The boxes are large enough for cats up to 20 pounds. Shipping is free. Users overwhelmingly report this litter has excellent odor control no matter which type you choose. Some of the litter does create moderate amounts of dust but it is low-tracking overall. One box is designed to last one cat for 30 days, so multi-cat households will need to purchase more than one, which could get pricey.
2. Chewy Auto-Ship – Best Value
|Shipping frequency:||Set by you|
|Types of litter available:||Multiple brands and types|
Our pick as the best value cat litter subscription is Chewy’s Auto-ship program. We like this option because of its flexibility. Not only can you choose from dozens of types of litter but you can easily switch to a new auto-shipped brand if your cat suddenly develops an aversion to what you’ve been using. You also have the freedom to choose your own shipping frequency and adjust it as needed, even skipping a scheduled shipment. And if you decide this service isn’t for you, you can cancel anytime with no commitment. The downside of this service is shipping generally isn’t free unless you order over a certain amount, and heavy litter can be a bit pricey to ship.
3. CatSpot Cat Litter Subscription – Best Value
|Shipping frequency:||1-6 weeks|
|Types of litter available:||Coconut, clumping or non-clumping|
The CatSpot litter subscription is also a great choice. The litter itself is unique, as it is made out of coconut fiber, a naturally absorbent material. Catspot litter is lightweight, all-natural, and dust-free, with no added fragrances. A clumping or non-clumping version is available. This litter is even compostable, making it an earth-friendly option as well. One bag of litter is meant to last about one month, but the shipping frequency can be set from 1-6 weeks apart. With only litter material available, if your cat doesn’t like the feel of the coconut litter this service doesn’t have another option for you. Users also found that this litter was so light that it easily tracked out of the litter box and was quite messy.
4. Boxiecat – Premium Choice
|Types of litter available:||Clay, plant-based, clumping, scented, unscented|
Boxiecat offers all-natural clay or plant-based litter in several different formulations with varying prices. You have the option to make a one-time purchase or sign up for the litter subscription service, which you can schedule as often as you need and cancel anytime. The litter is designed to stay clean for weeks, limiting the amount you need to purchase because it clumps at the top surface rather than allowing the urine to soak down. The premium option, Boxiecat Deep Clean, contains probiotics that clean the litter on a microscopic level, keeping your home cleaner as your cat goes in and out of the box. Some of the available litter is more expensive than others on our list. Only 16-pound bags are available to ship, so multi-cat households may not find this service cost-effective.
|Types of litter available:||Silica clumping|
PrettyLitter offers lightweight, silica litter shipped once per month with a unique twist. The litter is designed to help you monitor your cat’s health by detecting various abnormalities in your cat’s urine and changing color accordingly. This feature allows you to quickly get your cat medical care without waiting for them to show other signs of illness. Besides this feature, the litter is dust-free, has no tracking, and provides powerful odor control, according to the thousands of positive reviews it has received. If by chance your cat doesn’t care for the silica litter, however, there’s no other option available from this service. It only ships once per month but seems to function well for the full 30 days. Purchasing litter for multiple cats can get expensive with this service.
|Shipping frequency:||Every 1-3 months|
|Types of litter available:||Clay, clumping|
Litterbox offers an all-natural, clay-based clumping litter as either a one-time purchase or a subscription with a 1-3 months shipping frequency. Designed to clump hard and control odors, the litter has a softer texture than many clay versions. Although it advertises itself as low-dust, some users did not find that to be the case. Others were not impressed with the clumping ability and found the litter seemed to stick to the bottom of the litter box. The litter has no added fragrance and is available in multiple sizes. The company offers other types of boxes as well, such as toys and catnip, but no other litter options.
7. Skoon Cat Litter
|Types of litter available:||Diatom pebbles, regular and fine-grain|
Skoon is available to ship as either a bag of litter or a pre-filled disposable litter box. The product itself is made of diatom pebbles, an all-natural material specially developed to be extra absorbent for odor control. It has no dust and low tracking. It’s available in unscented or scented versions and is hypoallergenic. The litter is more expensive than others on our list but does come with a money-back guarantee. Based on the multiple positive reviews, it doesn’t seem many people need to use it! The litter comes in two different textures, but that’s it as far as options if your cat dislikes the diatom pebbles.
Buyer’s Guide: Selecting The Best Cat Litter Subscription
Now that you know a little more about the litter subscription options, here are some pros and cons to keep in mind as you shop around.
The number one benefit of litter subscription services is their convenience. You don’t have to worry about hopping in the car and running to the store to buy cat litter since it’s shipped right to you. Some services are more customizable than others, so if you aren’t sure how often you will need litter shipped, those might be a better option for you.
Not all subscription services offer free shipping, which is an added cost to consider when deciding on the best option for you. Some want you to purchase a minimum amount for free shipping. You are also at the mercy of any shipping delays to keep your litter stocked, a possibility that bears consideration in light of lingering Covid-related supply chain issues.
Variety Of Litter Available
Some of the subscription services have only limited types of litter available. While they all seem to be high-quality, we know how picky some cats can be. If you subscribe only to find that your cat suddenly develops a dislike for the only available litter, you won’t be able to continue using that service. This is where a service like the Chewy Auto-ship gains an advantage since you can easily swap products, and there are dozens of options available.
Number Of Cats In The House
Many of the litter subscriptions frequencies were designed with one-cat households in mind. While most offer the option to purchase enough for multiple cats, the cost will obviously be higher. You also could run into trouble if your cats disagree over whether they like the litter or not. Litter subscriptions are designed to make your life easier, and having to buy litter from multiple locations to appease your disgruntled cats does the exact opposite.
Even if you’re only buying for one cat, the cost of litter subscriptions does tend to be higher than simply picking up a box of litter at the grocery store. This is especially true if you’re buying for multiple cats. Some cat owners will find the cost more than they can budget, no matter how much they enjoy the convenience.
We think that Kitty Poo Club is the best cat litter subscription on the market.
If you want a good value purchase then we recommend Chewy Auto-ship as they offer the greatest flexibility in litter choice and shipping frequency.
And then there’s CatSpot which combines shipping flexibility with an earth-friendly litter option.
We hope our reviews of these seven litter subscription services help you narrow down which (if any) will work best for you. Dealing with litter boxes is one of the least fun parts of life as a cat owner so it makes sense you would try to make it as convenient as possible. With the variety of litter subscriptions available, you have several options that will hopefully give you one less thing to have to worry about each day.
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