Dust and-free, chemical-free, natural corn litter comes in clumping and non-clumping forms. Some manufacturers boast a bio-enzymatic formula, and you can find special litters for multi-cat households or for cats that prefer smaller pieces of litter.
But, as good as corn cat litter can be, it can also be hard, do a lesser job of masking odors less, and can prove expensive when compared to more traditional clay and wood pellet options. It is important, therefore, that you opt for the best available corn cat litter.
To help you wade through the many options, avoid poor quality, and opt for effective litter, we have compiled reviews of seven of the best products we could find.
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The 7 Best Corn Cat Litters – Reviews 2021
1. World’s Best Clumping Cat Litter For Multiple Cats
World’s Best Clumping Cat Litter is designed for use in multiple-cat households. Multi-cat litter performs the same functions as standard cat litter but is stronger. It clumps quicker and usually offers better odor control. The extra odor control, usually somewhat chemical, can be off-putting to some cats.
The World’s Best Clumping Cat Litter forms strong clumps quickly, preventing a mess and minimizing smell. The clumps retain their structure, too, even when skimming and clearing the tray.
Utilizing a natural scent, this litter can struggle with the odor control elements of owning multiple cats. The neutral smell shouldn’t put sensitive cats off using the litter, but after a few uses, it will start to smell of cat urine, so regular cleaning is necessary.
The World’s Best Litter does tend to track, like most corn litters, and its reliance on a natural scent means that you will have to clean it regularly to avoid the acrid smell of cat litter. But it is reasonably priced, forms really good clumps, and is even flushable, which makes it our top choice of the best corn cat litter.
2. Arm & Hammer Litter Natural Scented Clumping Corn Cat Litter
Arm & Hammer’s Natural Scented Clumping Corn Cat Litter uses natural ingredients and is very well-priced for a corn cat litter. The company claims that it is capable of absorbing twice as much liquid as clay litter despite being half the weight.
Lightweight cat litter can track more easily, which is something of a problem with corn litter in general. It gets stuck between paws and pads and then drops off the feet as the cat moves around the house. However, it is easier to carry, easier to tip, and it is more convenient to store. Lighter litter also tends to be less painful for cats when standing on it.
The ability to soak up liquid is important in a cat litter. This clumping litter uses a plant-based clumping agent and clumps quickly. However, the clump does not hold forever and if you don’t skim the litter a couple of times a day, you will find that the clumps break down too easily.
Arm & Hammer has also used a natural ingredient for odor control: baking soda. It also contains odor neutralizers. This combination does a good job of masking smells, at least until the clumps fall apart, but can be quite strong smelling initially.
3. Nature’s Miracle Corn Cob Litter
Nature’s Miracle Corn Cob Litter is described as clumping and having a bio-enzymatic formula. This means that the litter’s formula includes bio-enzymatic agents that attack and break down the components in urine and feces that cause odors. However, Nature’s Miracle’s enzymatic agent has a strong smell. This may put your cat off using the litter initially.
The litter forms clumps quickly, and they do last without you having to be immediately on hand to remove clumps as soon as they form. However, they aren’t the strongest clumps, and they can fall apart when compared to other litter options. What’s more, while the manufacturer claims that this litter is dust-free, which is common with corn husk litter, it produces more clouds than other litters in this list.
It is a very cheap litter compared to other corn litters and it will last, but Nature’s Miracle Corn Cob Litter smells strong, kicks up dust, and because it is so light, the clumps are fragile and prone to breaking apart before you have a chance to get to them.
4. Tidy Cats Pure Nature Cat Litter
Tidy Cats Pure Nature Cat Litter is a clumping cat litter that is claimed to be 99.9% dust-free and offers 10-day odor control. More expensive than other litters on this list, Tidy Cats Pure Nature Cat Litter uses a combination of cedar and pine to combat the smell of urine and feces. While this natural odor control smells good, it prevents users from being able to flush the litter. However, the corn clumps naturally and forms a strong bond so it can be cleared up quickly and easily.
To facilitate long-term odor control, this litter does have a strong scent of its own. Some cats may find the pine scent to be overpowering, causing them to avoid the use of the tray. However, the strong scent makes it beneficial for multi-cat households, where it is necessary to overcome ammonia smells.
The combination of additional ingredients also means that the Tidy Cats Pure Nature Cat Litter is not as dust-free as other corn litters, so expect a little dust.
All in all, Tidy Cats litter is beneficial if you have multiple cats and none of them are especially sensitive to strong smells or corn dust. However, if you have one cat with minimal litter requirements or of a sensitive nature, you may want to look elsewhere.
5. Rufus & Coco WeeKitty Natural Flushable Clumping Cat Litter
Rufus & Coco WeeKitty Natural Flushable Clumping Cat Litter is a clumping, flushable cat litter. This type of litter needs to meet a fine balance. It needs to include a clumping agent so that the litter clumps into an unbreakable ball when it comes into contact with urine or feces, but it needs to completely break down when immersed in liquid after being flushed.
Natural corn can meet both of these requirements, depending on what it is mixed with, and Rufus & Coco WeeKitty does clump well and can be flushed. However, it gives off more dust than most corn litter alternatives. It is also an expensive litter option. The litter is lightweight, so it is easy to store and refill, and it is harder than other corn-based litter.
Although the manufacturer claims that there is no ammonia smell after 5 minutes, the smell does ruminate from the litter after a longer period, which means that you will have to clean the litter tray out very frequently to avoid a smell in your home.
6. Garfield All Natural Cat Litter
Garfield’s All-Natural Cat Litter is made from sustainable raw materials, including corn. The manufacturers claim that it quickly creates unbreakable and strong clumps, that the combination of corn and cassava work to naturally trap and eliminate odors, and that the litter does not produce dust, making it a good option for cats and owners with respiratory problems.
Quick clumping litter is tidier and cleaner. The litter clumps within a few seconds of urine hitting, which prevents the liquid from seeping down to the bottom of the tray. The best litter not only clumps quickly, however, but it creates clumps that last. Poor clumps break easily, which means that they fall apart when you try to scoop them up. When this happens, they usually cause the acrid urine smell to emanate around the litter tray area.
The litter is on the more expensive side, although certainly not the most expensive on the list. This Tiny Grains variant is an ultra-fine litter, which is suitable for flushing when it is time to get rid of the used litter. However, the tiny flecks easily stick in paws, so it tracks a lot. While the corn and cassava do a decent job of masking urine smells, the litter is not as effective at eliminating the smell of feces.
7. Frisco All Natural Unscented Clumping Grass Cat Litter
Frisco All Natural Unscented Clumping Grass Cat Litter is actually made from natural grass. Grass is low-dust and is naturally soft on your cat’s paws and feet. Even if you have a fervent litter burier, the grass litter will not cause any injuries or damage.
The material clumps well and it has a natural odor that helps to mask the scent of cat pee and poop. This natural odor means that Frisco has not added any artificial ingredients to its all-natural litter. It is modestly priced, convenient to carry and store, and is considered suitable for use in multi-cat and single cat households.
However, the combined smell of cat urine and grass takes some getting used to and the litter sticks to paws before being kicked or shaken off on furniture and into carpets. Also, while the litter does clump, it sticks to the bottom, suggesting that it doesn’t clump straight away and urine is allowed to reach the bottom of the tray before it does clump into a ball.
Unless you need to find an all-natural alternative to corn, it may be best to opt for one of the corn-based litters higher in the list.
There is a surprising range of cat litter materials available, from the traditional sand and newspaper to the ultra-modern silica gel and the ubiquitous clumping clay cat litter. Corn is one of several natural materials. It boasts lower dust than other materials, is considered a green option because it can be made from corn husks, and in its pure form it can be flushed down the toilet, making it a convenient option. It is also naturally clumping and prevents odors, although it does benefit from some enhancements in these areas.
Below are the most important factors when buying this type of kitty litter.
Clumping or Non-Clumping Litter
Clumping cat litter is preferred by most, but not all, owners. When it gets damp or wet it clumps and forms a ball. This can be scooped or skimmed from the litter, negating the need to have to empty the tray. It is considered more convenient and tends to do a better job of trapping and hiding odors.
Non-clumping litter relies on your kitty to cover their urine and feces, which most will do, and it is cheaper, but the vast majority of litter sold today is clumping. All of the litters in our list above are clumping, thanks partially to the fact that corn husks and recycled corn naturally clumps when it is damp.
If you want non-clumping litter, you are better off looking at an alternative litter material.
Is It Flushable?
Pure corn litter is described as being flushable. This means that you can scoop used litter into the toilet and flush it away. It is made from biodegradable material so if it doesn’t fully break down in the toilet water, which most of these litters do, it will break down in the environment.
Bear in mind that some types of litter are mixed with other materials, which may mean that they are no longer flushable, and some owners simply do not trust that flushable litter really is safe to flush down the toilet.
If you enjoy the convenience and cleanliness of flushing used litter, check the bag to make sure that the product you buy can be safely disposed of in this way.
Odor Control Options
Odor control is an important role in cat litter as it’s no secret that cat pee and poop both smell.
Clumping litter does a decent job of collecting some of the smell of cat urine. The odor is collected in the clump itself and not allowed to escape.
Some other litters include extra ingredients and materials, for example, pine, which serve to further mask the smell of ammonia.
Some litters use chemical-based ingredients to mask the odor, but these can be strong and they can be as off-putting as the smell of cat pee.
Dust Cloud Prevention
Another reason that a lot of people choose corn-based litter is that it is naturally dust-free. Other materials, especially clay, can suffer from large volumes of dust. This gets into the environment when it is poured into the tray and further agitated when your cat scratches to cover up or when you scoop poop.
Finer litter tends to give off more dust, and while corn is largely dust-free, you should look for litter that is described as dust-free if you have a cat or a family member with respiratory problems because the dust can cause serious problems.
Corn is lightweight. It is certainly lighter than clay and tends to be lighter than wood pellets and other commonly used materials. Lightweight litter has its advantages and disadvantages. For a bag of the same dimensions, corn weighs less and is easier to move and lift than materials like clay. The litter tray itself will be lighter and easier to throw around.
However, lightweight litter tends to track more. This occurs when litter gets caught in your cat’s paws. As they walk out of the tray and brush their paws against the carpet or furniture, the litter is knocked off their feet and causes a mess. Look for low-tracking litter to avoid this.
Corn cat litter is popular because it is lightweight, natural, and it is naturally low in dust and clumping. There are a lot of options, including those mixed with other materials.
In our reviews, we found the aptly named World’s Best Cat Litter to have good odor control, excellent clumping capability, and it can be flushed down the toilet. For those looking for an alternative, Arm & Hammer Naturals Litter is lightweight and clumps quickly, although the clumps do tend to fall apart quite soon.
We hope that our reviews and guide have helped you find the best corn cat litter for you and your kitties.
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- A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
- The 7 Best Corn Cat Litters – Reviews 2021
- 1. World’s Best Clumping Cat Litter For Multiple Cats
- 4. Tidy Cats Pure Nature Cat Litter
- 5. Rufus & Coco WeeKitty Natural Flushable Clumping Cat Litter
- 6. Garfield All Natural Cat Litter
- 7. Frisco All Natural Unscented Clumping Grass Cat Litter
- Buyer’s Guide