What’s the Best, Non-Toxic Cat Litter?

by Diane Burket

I rescue cats…so as you can imagine…I’ve had way too much experience with good and bad cat litters.  I want to use a litter that’s economical, but that is not toxic to my cats…or to humans.  I also want a litter that will clump hard and not stick to the sides of the litter box.  So here are my ratings for 4 different kinds of litter, from best to worst.


   #1  WORLD’S BEST CAT LITTER
PROS
                                                                  

ALL NATURAL INGREDIENTS – 100% CORN
PET, PEOPLE & PLANET FRIENDLY
NO SILICA DUST
NO CLAY, CHEMICALS OR PERFUMES
SAFE FOR CATS TO LICK PAWS AFTER USING
CLUMPS HARD & FAST
DOES NOT STICK TO BOX
VERY LITTLE TRACKING
VERY LITTLE DUST
CHEAPER THAN OTHER LITTERS IN THE LONG RUN
     

CONS

None!
This litter is the only kind we use

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#2   SWHEAT
 
PROS

ALL NATURAL INGREDIENTS

BIODEGRADABLE

NATURALLY PROCESSED WHEAT

CERTIFIED FLUSHABLE

NO CLAY, CHEMICALS OR PERFUMES

BIODEGRADABLE

NO SILICA DUST
SAFE FOR CATS TO LICK PAWS AFTER USING



CONS
DOESN’T CLUMP HARD

HARD TO SCOOP

TRACKS AROUND HOUSE
SMELLS LIKE URINE AFTER THE FIRST WEEK
I really wanted to like this litter.
 It’s way too hard to scoop because the clumps break up. 
Also…the cats tracked it all over the house.
 It’s lightweight and sticks to their paws.
Not great at smell reduction and a bit dusty.
 I won’t buy this one again.  ;-(
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#3  BLUE BUFFALO MULTI-CAT CLUMPING LITTER


PROS

OK AT REDUCING ODORS

TOXIN-FREE
BIODEGRADABLE


CONS

STAINED MY CARPET BROWN

DUSTY

I really wanted to like this litter because Blue Buffalo makes great wet and dry dog and cat food.  But the white feet on my tuxedo cats turned brown and my carpets now have brown stains on them. ;-(


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#4  ARM & HAMMER CLUMPING LITTER

 …AND ALL CLAY LITTERS
PROS
USUALLY GOOD AT CONTROLLING ODORS

CLUMPS WELL


CONS
NOT SAFE FOR HUMANS OR CATS!
CONTAINS SILICA DUST WHICH CAN CAUSE RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS & IS A KNOWN CARCINOGEN
CONTAINS SODIUM BENTONITE— ABSORBS LARGE AMOUNTS OF LIQUID WHEN INGESTED & CAN BE A HAZARD TO LUNGS AND EYES
NOT SAFE FOR CAT TO LICK PAWS AFTER USING—LITTER CAN CLUMP & EXPAND IN THE INTESTINE & CAN RESULT IN DEATH
PROMOTES CLAY STRIP MINING

STICKS TO LITTER BOX

VERY HEAVY
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I prefer the lavender scented World’s Best Cat Litter.
My cats seem to like it too!





9 Replies to “What’s the Best, Non-Toxic Cat Litter?”

  1. Tidy Cat has some green alternative litters. some are made with recycled newspaper—others with corn, cedar and pine. These litters are safe for cats. However, most of the Tidy Cat litters are primarily clay—which is very toxic to cats and humans. Please see my post for more information. Thanks!

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  3. I foster nursing moms, so I need a litter that is safe if a kitten 4 weeks old, ingests it. Any advice? Worlds Best Cat Litter told me not to use their litter on kittens less then 4 months of age. Any advice?

  4. This is what I found on the Worlds Best Cat Litter site: Is World's Best Cat Litter™ safe for kittens?
    World's Best Cat Litter™ products are made from food or feed grade ingredients and are safe for kittens over 8 weeks of age. In general, veterinarians do not recommend that kittens under eight weeks old use cat litter." You might also try the newspaper pellets. Just nothing with chemicals in it.

  5. Where I live in Europe my litter choices are limited. The brand I've used for years has been replaced by a white variety that clumps much better but tracks much more than the old non white one and sticks to the litter box much more readily. Here is my question. I have a multi cat community, strictly indoors, well, in their own quarters in an outbuilding. One of the older (8 yrs) lads must have had a pelvic injury before he came to me as he limped and has always had issues with a tendency to hard stools requiring lactulose on a regular basis with good results. Within the last 2 weeks the lactulose has not worked for him and we've been to the vet 3 times for enemas. (A new experience for both of us!) His lactulose dose is increased now and I'm hoping to get some dietary changes to help things along. Having read your comments regarding bentonite litter, which this white litter def. is, I'm starting to think this could be a contributing factor to his sudden enema requiring constipation. The litter changeover has been about 2 months ago. I'd apprecieate your thoughts on this. In any case I'm going to try and find something else. I have a lot of cats and don't want to create more problems! Thanks, Cindy

  6. Beware of Swheat Scoop litter!!! When I was looking at litters I read about the pantry moths – Indian mealmoth- that you can find in it and which will infest your home. It was a few people on Amazon but the people who like it like it a lot. I asked my husband to buy some and to open it and put it in a plastic container before he came into the house. In our very first bag there were moths! I was sooo glad that we hadn't brought it in. Apparently they are very difficult to get rid of. It's not worth the risk!

  7. Hello "Unknown"! Thanks for your comment. I wrote to the folks at Worlds Best Cat Litter and here's what they said: Hello Diane,

    Thank you for contacting us.

    As we had previously stated; Although World’s Best Cat Litter™ is not a food product, it is made from the same corn used for animal feeds, human grade food products, and pharmaceutical products in the U.S. This corn supply likely includes several approved varieties of GMO corn as more than 80% of the corn grown by farmers in the U.S. is modified to help combat both insects and weeds. The varieties we purchase meet all the standards set by the EPA, USDA, FDA and European Union and are approved for food products sold domestically and exported globally.

    With the thorough review of the science by these respected agencies and the long history of consumption in foods by U. S. and international consumers, we are confident that the corn supply used to produce World’s Best Cat Litter™ is completely safe.
    More than 15 years of history and millions of cats using World’s Best Cat Litter™ during this time add to our confidence it is a completely safe cat litter. We produce World’s Best Cat Litter™ AND we are also cat owners who love our pets. We do not hesitate to have our beloved cats use World’s Best Cat Litter™ in our own homes.
    Our company appreciates your feedback and we pledge to continue to monitor comments related to GMO ingredients. We respect your right to choose products you feel work best in your household. Our company stands behind the integrity of World’s Best Cat Litter™ and we are confident we are producing a cat litter product which is as safe, if not safer than, any other litter in the marketplace.
    We hope you will use World’s Best Cat Litter™ for your pets with confidence you are providing a healthy, safe litter with no chemicals, clays or perfumes.
    Best regards,

    JENI VASQUEZ | Customer Service Representative
    p 563.264.4517 | f 563.264.4788

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