Last Updated on: July 29, 2020
One of the hardest things about having a feline is maintaining their litter box. For many pet-parents, it comes to the point where they feel like they are a slave to “the box”. Worse than that, if you’re not using an effective litter, the mess and smell can be tremendous.
In our years of cat ownership, we have come to realize that the mark of a good litter is clumping action. It cuts down on everything from dust to the noxious odors. Of course, there are so many options available it can make your head spin.
To worry, though. We have rounded up the 10 best clumping cat litters on the market. In the reviews below we will share details like its effectiveness, dust level, odor-fighting action, and much more. There is a buyer’s guide with more tips, as well.
A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
|Best Overall||Dr. Elsey's Precious Ultra Unscented||
|Best Value||Frisco Multi-Cat Unscented||
|Premium Choice||World's Best Clumping Corn||
|Purina Tidy Cats||
|Fresh Step Multi-Cat Scented||
The 10 Best Clumping Cat Litters – Reviews 2020
1. Dr. Elsey’s Precious Clumping Clay Cat Litter – Best Overall
Our favorite option is Dr. Elsey’s Precious Clumping Clay Cat Litter. This product is available in 18, 20, or 40-pound bags, and it’s made of a silica-free, natural clay formula. Without the silica, this litter is 99.9% dust-free, which will keep you and your cat’s respiratory system out of danger. You will also not have to worry about synthetic fragrances as this formula is unscented.
Dr. Elsey’s is designed to handle multi-cat households. It has excellent odor control that will keep your home smelling fresh for up to two weeks. This cat box filler is made of medium-grain clay. It creates hard clumps that won’t break down, and it absorbs all liquid, not allowing any moisture to reach the bottom.
You will find this litter is easy to scoop, change, and it’s not heavy. There is little tracking with this product, not to mention, it’s comfortable on your cat’s paws. Besides that, you can use it in mechanical boxes as well as the traditional option. Overall, this is our favorite cat clumping litter.
2. Frisco Multi-Cat Unscented Clumping Cat Litter – Best Value
When it comes to cat litter, most people spare no expense in buying the most effective option. On the other hand, there is something to be said for being on a budget. If that is the case, we recommend the Frisco Multi-Cat Unscented Clumping Cat Litter. As the name suggests, this is a great formula if you have more than one feline using the box.
The Frisco litter is available in 20 or 40-pound bags. This natural clay formula is safe for your pet with no plant proteins, dyes, perfumes, or added fragrance. It is unscented, yet it provides immediate odor control keeping urine, feces, and other organic smells at bay. Not only that, but it also creates hard clumps that are easy to scoop. There is no scraping required with this litter.
You will also find this option to be low-tracking. It’s advertised as hypoallergenic, and it’s not too heavy. The only drawback of note is there is more dust with this product than our first pick. That being said, it is still a low-dust litter that can be used in regular or mechanical boxes. Altogether, this is the best clumping cat litter for the money.
3. World’s Best Clumping Corn Cat Litter – Premium Choice
If you don’t mind spending some extra money on a cat box filler, the World’s Best Clumping Corn Cat Litter could be the product you are looking for. This is a corn-based option that is unscented and comes in 7, 14, or 28-pound bags.
This type of litter creates quick clumps as soon as your pet uses its box. Not only that, but it also has immediate odor control keeping your house smelling fresh. As it’s not made of clay, it’s 99% dust-free. This will keep the mess to a minimum, and it’s healthier for your home. You can also feel comfortable knowing this option is all-natural, eco-friendly, and it can even be flushed down the toilet.
If you prefer to throw your litter in the trash, there is no more back-breaking weight with this light formula. There are no chemicals or artificial perfumes, and it can be used in multiple cat homes. The only drawback, besides being more expensive, is the corn is easier to track than our first two picks.
4. Purina Tidy Cats Clumping Cat Litter
The Purina Tidy Cats Clumping Cat Litter is available in 14 or 20-pound jugs, a 35-pound pail, or a 40-pound box. It is a lightly scented product that will give off a pleasant fragrance when your tabby uses the box. What’s more, it is made with an all-natural litter that is safe for your pet.
Purina Clumping Litter can be used in all types of boxes, and it’s great for multi-cat homes. It has odor-trapping and neutralizing properties that will eliminate strong odors. Additionally, instant clumps are created as soon as moisture hits the surface, and it keeps liquid from seeping to the bottom. It’s easy to scoop and clean, but this option is heavier than others.
Something else of note with this litter is it’s not dust-free. This is not good for people or animals with any respiratory issues. Furthermore, although the litter is soft on your cat’s paws, you will find some tracks about your home. Other than that, this is a solid option.
5. Fresh Step Multi-Cat Scented Clumping Cat Litter
The Fresh Step Multi-Cat Scented Clumping Cat Litter is our next pick up for review. This clay formula is scented with a Febreze fragrance that is paw-activated. Each time your feline digs in the box, a light scent is released. Not only that, but the product also has odor-controlling charcoal elements to naturally remove bad smells.
This product can be used in cat boxes that are used by more than one tabby. It has ClumpLock technology that absorbs liquid, plus helps to reduce odors. That being said, this option does not clump quite as tightly as others. Also, cleaning is a bit more difficult because it’s a heavier formula.
The Fresh Step is a natural and safe formula. On the other hand, the large clay particles can be rougher on your pet’s paws, and it will track through the house. What’s more, it creates a good amount of dust.
6. Arm & Hammer Fresh Scented Clumping Clay Cat Litter
The Arm & Hammer Fresh Scented Clumping Clay Cat Litter is an all-natural clay formula that is lightly scented. It has instant odor control with the help of baking soda which is added to the formula. This will keep strong smells from your cat box neutralized while also providing a pleasant fragrance.
The Arm & Hammer comes in 20, 26.3, or 40-pound bags. It’s 99% dust-free and is safe for your family and pets. Keep in mind, however, that this litter is more effective at odor control than clumping. Although it creates clumps, they fall apart easily, plus it’s not as absorbent. Not only that, but cleaning is harder because the product is heavy to carry especially when wet.
This option is also not low-tracking, and you will see evidence of it throughout your home. Additionally, this is a product that is better suited for single cat homes. Besides that, this is a run of the mill option for your litter box.
7. sWheat Scoop Clumping Wheat Cat Litter
This next pick is the sWheat Scoop Clumping Wheat Cat Litter. As you guessed from the name, this is a wheat-based formula that is unscented. It’s made without silica dust, sodium bentonite, or other harmful chemicals, and it’s safe for you and your cat.
The sWheat comes in 12, 25, or 36-pound bags. This litter is not recommended for multi-cat homes as it’s not as effective at odor control. What’s more, it does not clump as well as other options. Though this litter has some absorbing action, it is more difficult to clean. On the other hand, it is a light product.
This litter is eco-friendly and biodegradable. It is safe to use for kittens and post-surgical feline patients, as well. Unfortunately, this product is more prone to stick to your cat’s feet and track through your home. Not only that, but the wheat can cut sensitive cat paws.
8. ökocat Natural Wood Clumping Cat Litter
The ökocat Natural Wood Clumping Cat Litter is made of eco-friendly, sustainably sourced, wood fiber. It is all-natural and made with no artificial fragrances, synthetic chemicals, toxic dyes, or GMOs. This option is unscented, yet it does have a natural “woodsy” smell that can be strong especially when mixed with…moisture.
The ökocat is light, plus septic system safe, so you can flush it down the toilet. There is little to no dust, as well. On the other hand, this product is not effective at odor control or clumping. The wood in the litter creates mounds versus clumps that are messy to scoop. It is also not that absorbent.
This option is not recommended for cat boxes with more than one user. It will also get stuck in your cat’s paws, and it will track through the house. You can pick this option up in a 9.9, 13.2, or 19.8-pound bag.
9. Naturally Fresh Clumping Walnut Cat Litter
In our number nine spot, we have the Naturally Fresh Clumping Walnut Cat Litter. This product is available in 14 or 26-pound bags. It is made of biodegradable, eco-friendly natural ground walnut shells that have no chemicals, toxins, clay, or grains. Unfortunately, the formula can be sharp and cause small cuts on your feline’s feet.
The naturally Fresh litter is described as unscented, yet it has its strong smell that is not pleasant without any cat box use. With use, it also has very little odor control. What’s worse, this option doesn’t clump at all. Instead, it turns into a sticky mess that is hard to clean. Due to those issues, we do not recommend using this one if you have more than one cat.
Another drawback is the tracking. Though that is a problem unto itself, the walnut shells can stain light-colored fabrics, rugs, etc., when it’s wet. On a positive note, this formula is very light and silica dust-free. Finally, this litter does not absorb any liquids.
10. Ever Clean Unscented Clumping Cat Litter
Our final pick is the Ever Clean Unscented Clumping Cat litter. This is a clay formula that has antimicrobial agents that control bacteria growth in your litter box. Unfortunately, it is not effective at clumping or absorbing liquids. Instead, this type of litter becomes like a paste and hardens. This makes it not only very hard to clean, but also very heavy when it’s time to change the box.
This option is also advertised to be unscented, yet it has a very strong floral scent. If you or your cat does not tolerate fragrances well, this is not the right litter for you. Besides that, the clay creates a lot of dust, and you will find it tracks all through your home from your feline’s feet.
Another downside of the Ever Clean litter is it only comes in a 25-pound bag. If you have a hard time lifting heavy items, you will have trouble with this product. This cat box filler is not recommended for multi-cat homes. What’s more, the charcoal-infused material is designed to neutralize odors. Not only does it not do a credible job of getting rid of bad smells, but it can dye your pet’s paws gray thus leaving gray prints all over the place. In general, this is our least recommended clumping cat litter.
A good clumping litter can be a huge help in keeping your home odor, dust, and mess-free. The hard part is finding the right option. As you have seen, there are many pros and cons to each option that you can consider. Below, we will take a look at the main features of a litter, so you can decide which is the most important aspect of your purrfect litter.
Most pet-parents have six key features they look for in a cat litter. The best ones will be able to provide all six aspects while others will be stronger in some areas while lacking in others. Depending on your budget, needs, and personal preference, you can find a product that works for you.
Below, take a look at the six important features of a clumping cat litter:
These are the six most important aspects of a cat litter, but there are other issues at play, as well. For example, you may need a litter that is light or flushable. Either way, finding the right formula will keep your home clean and smelling fresh.
We hope you have enjoyed the above reviews, and it has helped you find the right option. If you want all of the good stuff in one, our favorite option is the Dr. Elsey’s Precious Clumping Clay Cat Litter. It has all six features plus much more.
If you need a more affordable option, however, we recommend the Frisco Multi-Cat Unscented Clumping Cat Litter. With only a bit more dust, this is a great option that will keep your home as neat as possible.
Featured Image: Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Ultra Unscented Clumping Clay Cat Litter
Roland has been an animal lover all his life, with cats holding a special place in his heart. He is owned by three felines: Wheely, KitzKitz, and Nugget (all rescues) who bring all the laughter and mischievousness one can expect from the feline master race. As the creator of ExcitedCats, his mission is to assist in the search for the best gear to help improve the health and wellbeing of cats everywhere.
- A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
- The 10 Best Clumping Cat Litters – Reviews 2020
- 1. Dr. Elsey’s Precious Clumping Clay Cat Litter – Best Overall
- 2. Frisco Multi-Cat Unscented Clumping Cat Litter – Best Value
- 3. World’s Best Clumping Corn Cat Litter – Premium Choice
- 4. Purina Tidy Cats Clumping Cat Litter
- 5. Fresh Step Multi-Cat Scented Clumping Cat Litter
- 6. Arm & Hammer Fresh Scented Clumping Clay Cat Litter
- 7. sWheat Scoop Clumping Wheat Cat Litter
- 8. ökocat Natural Wood Clumping Cat Litter
- 9. Naturally Fresh Clumping Walnut Cat Litter
- 10. Ever Clean Unscented Clumping Cat Litter
- Buyer’s Guide