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We spent 35 hours researching and testing kitty litter with help from experts and a few dozen cats. Find out which is the best one for most cats and their owners. Tell us what you think of our new site. Reviews for the real world. You support us through our independently chosen links, which earn us a commission. Read more about what we do. We spent 35 hours reading about cat litter, interviewing experts, testing 10 litters with fake waste, and finally testing four clay clumping litters with a panel of a few dozen cats to find the best cat litter for most people and their pets.

Price is important here: Your cat will go through nearly 3,000 pounds of litter in their lifetime. Once known as Precious Cat, this is the best cat litter—it forms sturdy clumps, has decent odor control and low dust, and is one of the least expensive options available. Our favorite litter keeps odors at bay as well as almost any other litter we tested, without adding other weird smells to the mix. That it can be ordered on Amazon Prime is a huge convenience: A heavy bag of litter can be a nuisance to carry home from a shopping trip. This litter forms the toughest clumps and has a container that makes pouring super easy—but it’s twice the price. It’s like holding a large bag of groceries minus the convenient handles. The plastic jug has a handle that’s comfortable to grip and a screw-on top that makes resealing super easy.

Cat’s Pride Natural also tended to form tougher clumps compared with everything else we tested, but it’s twice the price of Dr. This litter does the best job of scent control, though it can’t replace regular scooping and is also pricey compared with our top pick. It was the best at odor control out of the 10 litters we tested, managing to smell almost, well, fresh in tests with fake cat waste. This litter’s average clumping action, so-so container, and high price-per-pound kept it from being our upgrade pick, but it’s our pick for sensitive noses. This large and easy-to-hold scoop will make a gross chore as pleasant as possible. It’s the only scoop that wasn’t gross by the end of testing, with minimal crust of pee and litter on the edge, and no bits of litter stuck in the mesh.

The generous size of the scoop and sturdy construction make raking it through the litter box to catch everything easy. Though it costs more than other scoops, it’s a one-time purchase that will make one of the grosser parts of your day nicer and help you keep your litter box cleaner. Please choose a newsletter to subscribe to. That wasn’t a valid email address. You’ll receive a confirmation email soon for Wirecutter Weekly and Deals We Love. Do you need to switch litters?

Is clumping litter safe for kittens? But I’ve spent three years living with indoor cats in small apartments. I know firsthand that a good litter situation can make or break how comfortable your home is for you, your pet, and roommates or guests. The Ohio State University, survey the vets in her network for answers to our toughest litter questions. I put 10 litters to the test with fake cat waste, and then took the four that performed best to the Brooklyn Cat Cafe where dozens of cats provided their, er, input. It’s common for two to four percent of cats to reject any given litter. If your cat is using the litter box, and the litter you’re using right now is reasonably priced, clumps well, and doesn’t smell terrible with regular scooping, keep using what you’re using.

Even our favorite litters can only do so much. Cats have a reputation for being picky about litter, but if your litter leaves room for improvement, chances are that your cat will go along with a change. It’s common for around two to four percent of cats to reject any given litter, according to Brown. Ease the transition by mixing in some of the new litter with the old for a week. If you’re unhappy with your current cat litter setup—it’s hard having a small animal crapping where you live! Scoop your litter at least once a day. I was braced for the place to smell like a farm. That’s because the volunteers at the cat cafe are always scooping, often within minutes of a cat doing its business. Though Brown told me litter formulas are tested for their clump integrity and odor control for up to three days—that’s in case you miss a day, or a clump—you still need to try to scoop every day. Or, as one of our editors has done, just cut a hole in the top of a plastic storage container. Sweethome writer Lesley Stockton uses for her cat Chuy. It’s big enough to catch the litter off his paws, even when he takes a flying leap out of the box. Switching litter won’t solve health problems.