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9 Best Cat Litters For Kittens in 2021 – Top Picks & Reviews

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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

Rating Image Product Details
Best Overall
Winner
SmartCat All Natural Clumping Litter SmartCat All Natural Clumping Litter
  • Odor control
  • All-natural
  • Fast clumping
  • Best Value
    Second place
    CatSpot Litter, 100% Coconut Cat Litter CatSpot Litter, 100% Coconut Cat Litter
  • All-natural coconut fiber
  • No chemicals
  • Dust-free
  • Premium Choice
    Third place
    Feline Pine Cat Litter Feline Pine Cat Litter
  • Natural pine scent
  • Absorbs quickly
  • Low dust
  • OurPets Switchgrass Natural Cat Litter with Biochar OurPets Switchgrass Natural Cat Litter with Biochar
  • Biodegradable
  • No chemicals or dyes
  • Strong clumping
  • Precious Cat Dr. Elsey’s Kitten Attract Scoopable Precious Cat Dr. Elsey’s Kitten Attract Scoopable
  • Herbal attractant
  • Multicat formula
  • Softer texture
  • The 9 Best Litters for Kittens

    1. SmartCat All Natural Clumping Kitten Litter – Best Overall

    Pioneer Pet SmartCat Unscented

    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.

    Pros
    • Odor control
    • All-natural
    • Fast clumping
    • No fragrance
    • Dust-free
    • Sandy texture
    Cons
    • Tracks

    2. CatSpot Litter, 100% Coconut Cat Litter – Best Value

    CatSpot Litter

    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.

    Pros
    • 4 times as absorbent as clay
    • All-natural coconut fiber
    • No chemicals
    • Lightweight
    • Dust-free
    Cons
    • Non-clumping
    • Messy

    3. Feline Pine Cat Litter – Premium Choice

    Feline Pine Platinum Natural

    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.

    Pros
    • Easy to pour
    • Natural pine scent
    • Absorbs quickly
    • All-natural ingredients
    • Low dust
    Cons
    • Non-clumping

    4. OurPets Switchgrass Natural Kitten Litter with Biochar

    OurPets Switchgrass Natural

    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.

    Pros
    • Biodegradable
    • No chemicals or dyes
    • Strong clumping
    Cons
    • Dusty

    5. Precious Cat Dr. Elsey’s ‘Attract’ Kitten Litter

    Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat Kitten

    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.

    Pros
    • Herbal attractant
    • Multicat formula
    • Softer texture
    • Less dust
    Cons
    • Clay
    • Tracks

    6. Purina Tidy Cats Non-Clumping Cat Litter – Best Value Non-Clumping

    Purina Tidy Cats 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.

    Pros
    • Low tracking formula
    • Multiple sizes
    • Low dust
    Cons
    • It doesn’t control odor well
    • Flimsy packaging
    • Non-clumping

    7. Naturally Fresh Walnut-Based Pellet Non-Clumping Cat Litter

    Naturally Fresh 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.

    Pros
    • 3 times more absorbent than clay
    • Low tracking
    • Natural walnut shells
    Cons
    • Dusty
    • Dark color
    • Non-clumping

    8. PetSafe ScoopFree Premium Crystal Non-Clumping Cat Litter

    PetSafe ScoopFree Premium Crystal Non-

    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.

    Pros
    • 2 pre-portioned bags
    • Five times better odor control than clay.
    • Low tracking
    • Different types
    Cons
    • Dusty
    • It doesn’t last long
    • Bag smells

    9. NonScents Non-Clumping Natural Corn Cob Cat Litter Odor Control

    NonScents Non-Clumping Natural Corn Cob

    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.

    Pros
    • Fragrance-free
    • Dust-free
    • Biodegradable
    Cons
    • Smells strange
    • Some cats wouldn’t use it
    • Non-clumping

    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.

    • What Is Clumping Litter?

    As the name suggests, clumping litter is a product that absorbs moisture and holds it forming a clump. You can scoop out these clumps easily with your pooper scooper and place them in the trash. The downside to clumping litter is that it is usually dustier. Many clay litters are clumping, and there are a few new brands of litter using types of grass to create a clumping alternative to clay.

    • What is a Non-Clumping Litter?

    Non-clumping litter, as the name suggests, does not clump when it contacts water. Instead, it tries to absorb the moisture quickly, which helps to trap and lock in odor. Many of the new modern-style litters on this list are non-clumping, and they can work quite well. Corn, crystal, walnut shell, pinewood, and more are all non-clumping litter types. The downside to non-clumping litters is that you need to stir them frequently to get as much surface area of the litter contacting the urine as possible for maximum absorption. If you don’t stir it frequently, the urine will drop to the bottom of the pan, where it can create a bad odor. Most people who complain about these litters, including us, don’t mix it frequently enough to absorb all of the urine properly.

    Types of Litter

    • Clay

    Clay is by far the most popular type of litter that you can find, and while kittens have been using it since the beginning, many people feel that it is too dusty for a kitten whose nose is so close to the surface. Inhaling too much dust can lead to breathing problems. Clay also gets muddy when it’s wet and can stick to your cat’s feet, allowing your kitten to track dirt through your home.

    • Walnut Shells

    Walnut shells are a great low-cost alternative to clay that is absorbent and lightweight. These crushed shells are often softer than many other litter types, but walnut shells can also be quite sharp and could cut or injure your sensitive kitten’s paws as it digs in the litter box to cover its business.

    • Corncob

    Corncob is a great choice for litter because it’s highly absorbent and soft. It’s also easy to find in most pet stores and is usually reasonably priced.

    • Coconut Fiber

    Coconut fiber is another excellent non-clumping litter, and it’s among the most absorbent of any on this list. It’s extremely lightweight, so it’s easy to jump into the litter box and easy to store until you need it because you don’t need to lug around large bags.

    • Pinewood

    Pinewood can be a great choice of substrate for many people, especially someone with an odor control problem. While you will still need to stir your pinewood frequently, it has a pleasant smell of Christmas trees that you might enjoy and will help mask the odors from your litter box.

    • Crystal

    Crystal litter is becoming more and more popular and is a highly absorbent silica gel. This product works quickly to absorb moisture, locking in odor. It also dries out the feces reducing odor even more. Unfortunately, we found that crystal litter can have as much dust as clay, and the crystal dust is silica gel, so we recommend avoiding crystal at least until the cat is an adult.

    • Grass

    There are several types of grass litters on our list of reviews, and they usually clump for easy clean-up. There is also a good chance you can flush grass litter, making litter box maintenance even easier, but you will need to check your packaging to make sure.

    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.

    Conclusion

    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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