We all want our kittens to have the best, but most of us will do plenty of research before putting down our hard-earned money. When it comes to a suitable litter for kittens, it can be difficult to find good information, and there are so many choices that it can be hard to narrow down the list. We’ve chosen nine popular brands of kitty litter to review for you so you can see the differences between them. We’ll tell you the pros and cons of each one so you can see the difference between them. We’ve also included a short buyer’s guide where we discuss what makes a good kitten litter so you will know what to look for if you continue to shop.
Join us while we look at the material, dust, clumping, cleaning, and more to help you make an informed purchase.
A Glance at Our Favorites in 2021
|Best Overall||SmartCat All Natural Clumping Litter||
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|Best Value||CatSpot Litter, 100% Coconut Cat Litter||
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|Premium Choice||Feline Pine Cat Litter||
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|OurPets Switchgrass Natural Cat Litter with Biochar||
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The 9 Best Litters for Kittens
1. SmartCat All Natural Clumping Kitten Litter – Best Overall
SmartCat All Natural Clumping Litter is our pick as the best overall kitten litter. It uses all-natural grass to create a highly absorbent clumping cat litter. The quick absorption helps it lock in odors, and the tight clumping makes it easy to scoop without breaking apart. There are no artificial fragrances, and it’s 99% dust-free, so you should experience less dust in your home if you are used to traditional clay litter. The sandy texture is more natural and easier for your kitten to dig in.
The downside of the SmartCat is that the sandy texture sticks to the kitten’s feet, and we often see footprints leading away from the litter box.
All in all, we think this is the best litter for kittens this year.
2. CatSpot Litter, 100% Coconut Cat Litter – Best Value
CatSpot Litter, 100% Coconut Cat Litter, is our pick as the best litter for kittens for the money. It uses an all-natural coconut fiber to create a highly absorbent non-clumping litter that absorbs urine nearly instantly and is four times as absorbent as clay. It will dry up feces as well, reducing odors significantly over clay. There are no chemicals, fragrances, or dyes that could cause health problems for your cat or cause them to avoid it. There is very little dust when you are pouring it from the bag and when the cats are digging, and it’s extremely lightweight, weighing almost nothing.
The downside to CatSpot Litter, 100% Coconut Cat Litter, is that it can be messy. It’s so lightweight that it is easy to dump too much out of the bag. Another problem we had was that we prefer clumping litters. Even though this brand absorbs moisture extremely well, urine can build up on the bottom of the litter box and begin to smell bad. Stirring fit will help the coconut absorb the urine, but it’s easy to forget.
3. Feline Pine Cat Litter – Premium Choice
Feline Pine Cat Litter is our premium choice litter, and as you may have guessed from the name, it uses all-natural pine wood to do the work. It’s highly absorbent and will quickly soak up urine, locking odors inside. It contains no artificial colors or fragrances, but the natural will gives off a pleasant pine scent that helps mask litter box odor. This lightweight litter is also easy to pour, and most of our cats enjoyed using it.
The only real downside to Feline Pine Cat Litter is that it is non-clumping. Many people prefer non-clumping litter, but we forget to stir it, and the urine can build up on the bottom, creating a nasty odor.
To conclude, if you’re looking for premium picks, we think this is the best cat litter for kittens this year.
4. OurPets Switchgrass Natural Kitten Litter with Biochar
OurPets Switchgrass Natural Cat Litter with Biochar brand kitten litter is a clumping litter that uses all-natural switchgrass to create an absorbent clumping litter that contains no chemicals or dyes. It’s biodegradable, and you can even flush it instead of throwing it in the trash for a more environmentally friendly litter
The primary downside we experienced while we were using this brand is that despite its claim of low dust, we found it to have very fine dust that could make you cough when you are cleaning the box.
5. Precious Cat Dr. Elsey’s ‘Attract’ Kitten Litter
Precious Cat Dr. Elsey’s Kitten Attract Scoopable kitty litter is a clay-based litter that features a special herb formula that attracts your cat to the box. It’s especially helpful when training kittens to use the litter box, and we found it quite effective and would call it one of the best litters for kittens training. It also features a special multicat formula that makes it more absorbent and better at controlling odor, and it produces very little dust, especially for a clay-based litter.
The downside to Precious Cat Dr. Elsey’s Kitten Attract Scoopable is that it is a clay litter, and like all clay litter, it creates some dust, and it also sticks to the cat’s feet, so it often makes tracks as it leaves the box.
6. Purina Tidy Cats Non-Clumping Cat Litter – Best Value Non-Clumping
Purina Tidy Cats Non-Clumping Cat Litter is another clay-based formula that does not produce much dust, especially for a clay-based litter. Purina designed it to be low tracking, and while we did see pawprints leading away from the box, we felt it didn’t track as bad as some other brands making similar claims. One of the nicest things about this litter is that it’s available in multiple sizes allowing you to purchase from 10-40 pounds of litter at a time.
The downside we experienced while using Purina Tidy Cats was that we didn’t feel that it controlled odor as well as other brands on this list, and it’s non-clumping, so you need to keep stirring it if you want better odor control. We also felt that the packaging is flimsy on this brand, and it often rips where it can make a mess before you finish the bag.
7. Naturally Fresh Walnut-Based Pellet Non-Clumping Cat Litter
Naturally Fresh Walnut-Based Pellet Non-Clumping Cat Litter is another alternative to clay that uses natural walnut shells as an absorbent litter. It creates less dust than most clays and is low tracking, with only an occasional footprint leading away from the litter box. It’s lightweight and is easy to dump into the box.
The primary downside to using Naturally Fresh is that the walnuts are quite dark in color, and it can be difficult to see and remove the feces. It also makes it hard to see the urine, so you might not see that it’s time to mix it up. While we agree there is less dust than with most clay litters, there is still a lot of dust when hanging the litter or when the cat is digging.
8. PetSafe ScoopFree Premium Crystal Non-Clumping Cat Litter
PetSafe ScoopFree Premium Crystal Non-Clumping Cat Litter is a unique crystal litter that uses silica gel to quickly absorb urine and dry feces to help reduce the odor in your litter box. The silica gel can absorb five times more moisture than clay, and it doesn’t stick to your cat’s feet, so it won’t leave crystals or paw prints around your home. You can also purchase different varieties of this litter, including original, sensitive, and lavender, depending on your cat’s requirements.
The downside we experienced while using this brand is that it can be quite dusty and might be even dustier than clay. The second thing we didn’t like is that both prepackaged bags began to smell bad after only a few days.
9. NonScents Non-Clumping Natural Corn Cob Cat Litter Odor Control
NonScents Non-Clumping Natural Corn Cob Cat Litter Odor Control is the last brand on our list to review for you and the first to use corn cob as a litter. This brand is 100% biodegradable and creates no dust. There are no added fragrances or colors, and the non-clumping litter is extremely absorbent.
While we were using NonScents, we didn’t like the strange odor it has, and after a few days, the box began to have an odor of urine despite our efforts to keep mixing it. We also had a few cats that refused to use this litter no matter how much we tried to coax them.
Buyer’s Guide: How to Find the Best Litter for Kittens
Let’s look at a few things you should consider before purchasing your next litter.
Clumping versus Non-Clumping
When choosing a new litter for kittens, one of the first things you will need to do is decide if you will use a clumping or non-clumping litter. Clumping litters are our favorite and are often recommended because they are easier to scoop out if you are a beginner and tend to control odors better.
Types of Litter
What Makes a Good Kitten Litter?
Kittens are very small with tiny airways and fresh lungs, so we highly recommend choosing a litter that doesn’t create much dust. This litter shouldn’t contain any chemical fragrances or artificial colorings that might cause an unpleasant reaction in your pet. Avoid litters that get muddy when wet to avoid tracking it into your home. We also recommend avoiding litter that is difficult for your cat to dig in. Digging is normal, and the kitten might look for another spot if it can’t dig.
When choosing the best kitten litter, we highly recommend our pick for the best overall. SmartCat All Natural Clumping Litter is 99% dust-free, and it contains no artificial colors or fragrance. It uses all-natural grass that is soft, biodegradable, and controls odor well. Another smart choice is our pick as the best value. CatSpot Litter, 100% Coconut Cat Litter is extremely absorbent and is one of the most effective litters for eliminating moisture. It’s extremely lightweight, but our cats were able to keep most of it in the box, and it didn’t track around our home, making it our favorite non-clumping brand.
We hope you have enjoyed reading over these reviews and found a few litters you would like to try out in your home. If we have helped you improve your kitten’s bathroom arrangements, please share these nine best litters for kittens on Facebook and Twitter.
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- A Glance at Our Favorites in 2021
- The 9 Best Litters for Kittens
- 1. SmartCat All Natural Clumping Kitten Litter – Best Overall
- 2. CatSpot Litter, 100% Coconut Cat Litter – Best Value
- 3. Feline Pine Cat Litter – Premium Choice
- 4. OurPets Switchgrass Natural Kitten Litter with Biochar
- 5. Precious Cat Dr. Elsey’s ‘Attract’ Kitten Litter
- 6. Purina Tidy Cats Non-Clumping Cat Litter – Best Value Non-Clumping
- 7. Naturally Fresh Walnut-Based Pellet Non-Clumping Cat Litter
- 8. PetSafe ScoopFree Premium Crystal Non-Clumping Cat Litter
- 9. NonScents Non-Clumping Natural Corn Cob Cat Litter Odor Control
- Buyer’s Guide: How to Find the Best Litter for Kittens