We have used Fresh Step Unscented Cat Litter for a long time. Before that I used Fresh Step Dye & Perfume Free. I much preferred it but it became impossible to find. So, I switched to the Unscented which always caused a little bit of issues with my allergies but nothing super severe like the other brands did. Then recently I don’t know if they changed ingredients or what but the Fresh Step Unscented seemed to get waaaay more dusty and started burning my eyes and causing my daughter to sneeze. So, I started looking around online for a better litter option. I found this and then bought it at Pet Smart as soon as I could.
It’s pricy. It was $20 (on sale) for a 26lb bag. We have three cats. So, usually a 25lb box of Fresh Step lasts us about two weeks before we need to add fresh litter (we use a large tupperware container as a litter box and we dump the whole 25lb box in at once and scoop it at least once a day). So, we will see how long this bag lasts before needing new litter. If it lasts over 2 weeks then it won’t be as pricy as it seems. If it does only last two weeks then that mean it is twice the cost as the Fresh Step. I’ll update this post to reflect the outcome of this sometime in the next couple weeks.
On first site the litter is very odd looking. Its made of ground up walnut shells and so its a rich dark brown. It looks a bit like coffee grounds. Our cats were wary of it at first. I think the color threw them off as much as it did us. They did eventually give in and start using it though. They just looked very cautious of it upon their first step into the litter box.
It does clump really well and the clumps don’t break apart easily. It’s very easy to scoop with our metal litter scoop. The process is much quicker than it was with other litters. We do still scoop it everyday. I’m not sure how well the clumps would hold up if we had to skip days. They seem pretty firm, though and I think it would be okay as long as we didn’t skip to many days. I’m pretty sure it could withstand skipping days much better than our old litter did.
Considering it has no scent at all it seems to do a decent job of blocking the odors. At first I thought it wasn’t but found out that one cat just wasn’t burying her poop at first (she’s old and doesn’t like change). She seems to be now, though and the odor no longer lingers after they use the litter box. Again, I’ll have to update this post after we see how well it blocks it as the weeks go on using the same litter.
My allergies have been unaffected by this litter. There is no dust at all and much less tracking of the litter outside of the litter box. It is also completely fragrance free (although they do offer a kind with fragrance if thats your thing but price wise I think if you can handle fragrance added litter then you can find a cheaper option). Since my allergies was our only real reason for switching litter to such an expensive brand this is a really important factor to our continual use of litter. So, it seems that unless we find a cheaper and equally effective and non-allergy triggering litter we will be continuing with this litter for the foreseeable future.
Overall I give this 4 out of 5 stars so far. I subtract the one star because it is so pricy but if it proves to last us longer than the other litter then I’ll change my rating to 5 out of 5 stars.
*I will try to add my own pictures later*
UPDATE 3/21/2015: So far I can’t even tell the litter level has went down and it is still doing its job. I have noticed that the clumps don’t stay together super well if we skip a day scooping but that rarely happens. I also don’t like how it looks on the floor when they knock the litter out of the box. It looks like dirt got tracked in from outside but thats just a dumb thing that annoys me. Its not a flaw in the product. It just means I sweep more which I probably should do anyway. The smell of the litter, which is kind of earthy, also gets stronger the longer it is used but you only smell it when bending over the box to scoop it. As far as lasting power it definitely seems like it going to last longer than the Fresh Step usually does. And it is still dust free. Its doesn’t break down and get dusty as you use it either. I had worried about that. I might add some baking soda to it to help with the scent cover up when the cats first use the litter box before they bury it but other than that I am very happy with this litter and I think its definitely worth the cost even with its heftier price tag.
UPDATE 4/22/2015: We just changed the cat litter out a few days ago. The one bag of litter ended up lasting over a month. It could have lasted another week or two as well but we decided to go ahead and dump it all and replace it with fresh litter. So, this cat litter is actually much cheaper than the other brands because it lasts forever. One 26lb bag lasted us over a month and we have one cats. I imagine with just one cat one bag could last you 3 months at least. That’s really impressive.