Dr. Elsey’s Premium Clumping Cat Litter – Ultra – 99.9% Dust-Free,

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Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Ultra Clumping Cat Litter is a unique formulation that combines the heavy non-tracking granules of classic with a medium-grain clay. The result is an excellent clumping litter that prevents moisture from reaching the bottom of the tray while providing a clump that will not break down. This cat litter is perfect for multi-cat households and those cat parents with sifting or mechanical litter boxes. With its superior odor control, you can be sure your home will always smell fresh and clean.

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10 reviews for Dr. Elsey’s Premium Clumping Cat Litter – Ultra – 99.9% Dust-Free,

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  1. Gizmo

    I wanted to give a very detailed review because I tried using reviews to choose litter, but it was very hard to do because often the reviews vary wildly in describing the same qualities of the same litter. I’ll start by saying I’ve tried Fresh Step, Tidy Cats, Arm & Hammer, Pretty Litter, and various other silicone litters before settling on this one. I have one short haired, older female kitty who has one litter box.

    For a long time, I used Arm & Hammer clump and seal litter. I didn’t hate it, but felt like it didn’t clump as well as it could and I wanted to try something else. So I switched to Pretty Litter for a while because I liked the color changing aspect. However, I started to notice that it wasn’t lasting as long as it was supposed to and I didn’t want to keep paying that much for something that wasn’t doing what it was supposed to. I liked the no-clump aspect, but it seemed to irritate my kitty’s toes. She was constantly picking stuff off the hair on her feet (and she doesn’t have long hair at all) and I felt like it tracked a lot. I then tried a few different silicone litters, but the more affordable ones were too hard to find regularly (ie often out of stock).

    So after all that experimentation, I had a few qualities I was looking for:
    – low dust
    – low tracking (I live in a very small apartment where there aren’t many steps between the litter box and the couch or the bed)
    – low odor
    – hopefully non-clumping

    I ended up compromising on the non-clumping part, because this litter meets my other wish list items so well.

    – Dust: I haven’t tried some of the “natural” litters like the ones made from corn, wheat, etc. so I can’t speak for those. But otherwise I have used many of the popular litters and I have concluded that there probably isn’t a 100% dust free litter. I think it’s just the nature of such a product. However, this has less dust than any other litter I can think of and I love that.

    – Tracking: again, not sure if there exists a 100% no track litter. But in my experience, this tracks the least. I did notice after I was sick for a couple weeks (still scooping ofc but not as worried about cleaning up the litter on the floor) it did start to get a little spread out and ground into the carpet. But as long as I was vacuuming regularly I barely noticed any tracking.

    – Odor: this and the low tracking were probably the main selling points for me. I’ve honestly forgotten to scoop the box a couple times because I. NEVER. SMELL IT! Even when scooping it, it hardly smells. Only towards the end of its life cycle does it tend to stink much, but again, that’s only when scooping. And I use the scent free one! I hate the smell of scented cat litter (it gets too strong for me and in my head it’s a “cover up” smell, like spraying perfume on a dirty shirt or pants lol) I think this is the best quality of this litter. If odor is your sticking point, I’d definitely recommend trying this.

    – Clumping: as I said above, this was what I compromised on. **This IS a clumping litter.** But it clumps EXTREMELY well. Honestly sometimes it’s a bit like scooping a rock. If it’s a larger clump sometimes I have to put in some effort to break it in half. So because of that and how great the other qualities are, I was fine with switching back to a clumping litter. I have a Litter Genie so it’s not too much of an inconvenience. Actually, my only (very minor) complaint would be that the clumps get too heavy to fill the Litter Genie bag as full as I’d like, but it doesn’t bother me that much.

    – Price: I haven’t sat down and figured out how this one compares to the others in terms of price, but it’s at least comparable and I think very reasonable for the quality of what you get. The 18lb bag is a little more than enough to fill up the litter box, and has been lasting about a month.

    So glad I decided to try Dr. Elsey’s! I hope this review is helpful to anyone else shopping around for litter like I was.

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  2. Mike

    Did a 25 day test w/ World’s Best Cat Litter Clumping Litter Formula, Nature’s Miracle Just for Cats Corn Cob Litter, and Just the Crystals Premium Crystal Cat Litter. I’ve also previously used Dr. Elsy’s Precious Cat Ultra Premium Cat Litter and can offer a comparison with it as well.

    (#1) World’s Best: Clumps very well and doesn’t track much at all. There is a small amount of dust, but the dust appears to have a large particle size and doesn’t stay airborne, so it settles quickly back into the box instead of getting all over everything. There is a slight odor to the litter which is a little unusual, but it doesn’t smell bad, and it seems to control the cat odor well. It’s also light weight, which makes it easy to scoop. My four cats had no problem w/ World’s Best. Of the four litters, this is the one I’ll probably end up going back to. Some people look at the cost per pound and say it is too expensive, but it is less dense than the clay litters, and as a result it takes less poundage to fill a litter box. While I didn’t measure this precisely, I’d tend to say the 28 lbs bag of World’s Best goes at least as far as a 40 lbs bag of Precious Cat (or other fine clay litter), which makes the costs a lot more comparable (just don’t overpay for the litter – some of the Amazon marketplace resellers gouge on the price).

    (#2 – tie) Just the Crystals: I tried this litter based on the excellent reviews here on Amazon. It doesn’t track very much at all (and given the large granules, it is easy to vacuum up when it does). It is easier to scoop than the others, as you just scoop out the poop and then stir it – you don’t need to remove the urine. While that sounds a bit gross, it really doesn’t appear to get wet, smelly, or dirty any quicker than the others. I was also really impressed with the manufacturer, who definitely seems to stand behind their brand. All of that said, while Just the Crystals is much less dusty than the clay litters, it did create a small amount of airborne dust while scooping. It wasn’t particularly objectionable, but was more than either Nature’s Miracle (which had none) or World’s Best (which settled before getting very airborne). My cats also used this box less than the others, though they’ve never used a crystal litter before and likely just aren’t used to it, which I can’t hold against Just the Crystals. The verdict? I probably won’t continue with Just the Crystals myself, but if I used an automatic litter box this would probably be my litter of choice. Price does seem a little bit more than other premium litters when measured by volume (not weight), but because you don’t throw out the peed up litter, you still have just as much litter in the box after 3 weeks as you had when you filled it initially (versus the other litters where you’re steadily throwing away litter as it gets peed up), which balances things out a bit.

    (#2 – tie) Nature’s Miracle: Basically zero dust, very lightweight (so it is really easy to scoop), and it also smells great coming out of the package. It does track a bit more than the others, though that’s only a minor annoyance to me (could be worse depending on where the box is). The real problem though is that it doesn’t clump well, and since the clumps fall apart, small pieces of old, peed up litter gradually build up in the box, which means it starts smelling bad faster. While I used Nature’s Miracle for years, this is eventually what pushed me away from it. If they could fix the clumping issue, this would probably be my favorite litter because of the non-existent dust and light weight. The clumping issue is a fairly big deal to me though, and World’s Best gets me most of the advantages without that major disadvantage. Per unit of volume this seems comparable to other premium litters – perhaps a bit less than World’s Best or Just the Crystals – but you might need to change it more often to keep it from smelling bad, which could make it less cost effective.

    (#3) Dr. Elsy’s Precious Cat: Clumps extremely well and controls odor quite well. When I had a stray cat and her kittens, this is the litter I picked once they were of age to use a litter box (rather, I used the kitten version of it) because it seemed to control the odor the best for the longest period of time. It does track a bit more than the litters with larger granules (like World’s Best or Just the Crystals), and it’s fairly heavy, which makes it harder to scoop and change. The worst part is the dust though. As the litter ages, the granules seem to break down into smaller pieces that go airborne and make absolutely awful dust. The older it got, the worse it became. Scooping it would set off the smoke alarm in the room, and I had to wipe down everything in the room with a wet rag to remove the thick coating of litter dust. With one box in the past (prior to this test), it eventually got bad enough I felt like I had to cover my mouth while scooping it. I’ve tried their Respiratory Relief version as well, and that wasn’t any better. I’ve also tried mixing it with a less dusty litter like Nature’s Miracle, but that made little difference. Price per unit volume seems a bit less than World’s Best or Just the Crystal’s (more comparable to Nature’s Miracle – maybe a little less than it too), but I wouldn’t use it anymore even if it were free – can’t stand the dust.

    As for test methodology… All of the boxes were changed the same day. They were also washed before changing them using fragrance free detergent (I use fragrance free laundry detergent to do the boxes – it’s mild, leaves no odor, and I’m sure won’t irritate my cats). The litter boxes are converted from large Rubbermaid totes (I needed something with high sides as I have one cat that sometimes doesn’t squat and pees over the sides of regular litter boxes). I scoop them once daily at night.

    While all of the boxes are pretty large (again, they’re Rubbermaid storage totes), one is about 50% larger than the others. Historically, my cats have preferred that box, perhaps because of the extra room. In this test, that box had World’s Best, and, true to form, they used that box more than the others. That said, the box size may factor into that.

    Also, I did not actually measure volume for the price comparisons. Those are very loose estimates based on how much it felt like I needed to dump into the boxes to fill them. At the end of the day, the price differences between them weren’t so significant as to be the major differentiator between them.

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  3. Marinite

    We recently adopted an adult cat whose litterbox habits have resulted in going through 60 lbs. of litterbox sand in just the four weeks that we’ve had her. We didn’t realize how easy our previous cats (R.I.P.) made litterbox maintenance. For them, we used a lightweight, hard-clumping litter, and they would do their business tidily atop the litter, cover it up and be done, making it easy to just skim the clumps off the surface, leaving dry litterbox sand beneath. So we only needed to wash the box and completely replace the litter about once a month with our former cats. But our new cat’s litterbox habits may break the plastic scooper, as well as our pet-supply budget. Time to buy a sturdier, metal scooper!

    When she urinates, our new cat likes to scrape away all the litter (even though we fill the box so the litter is quite deep). Then she wees directly onto the bottom of the box, pretty much negating the main function of clumping litter. She then pushes the cat sand OVER the pool of wee, creating a cement-like mess that lurks hidden underneath and practically bonds with the base of the litter box. The box gets sifted several times a day, but after 3-4 days, the entire box needs to be completely emptied, washed and refilled with another massive amount of litterbox sand. Which is where this new litter comes in.

    Because our cat creates such a muddy mess at the bottom of the box, the much finer granules of the lightweight litter we were using before was getting stuck between her toes, depositing it all over the house, and in the mornings, we’d wake up to our bed covered in clumps of dirty, damp sand. So, out with the finer-grained, lightweight sand, and on to something different. We noticed that the Dr. Elsey’s litter seemed a bit grainier, though still offering clumping properties, and thought we’d give it a try. It tracks a lot less, and what little is tracked is easier to see and sweep up due to the larger size of the granules. And so far, those larger granules haven’t been sticking to our cat’s feet. But this litter is HEAVY! Our cat doesn’t have any issues pushing the sand around (a good feline fitness workout!), but because of her odd litterbox habits, it still gets stuck to the bottom of the litterbox, and takes a lot of effort to scrape off. So it appears that we’ll just be spending a lot of time and money on litterbox maintenance, whatever we try. And the wet clumps are super heavy, so taking out the garbage is a weight-bearing exercise. (TIP: we replaced our Litter Genie with the largest size of the OXO compost pail, which has a much larger opening, is so easy to fill and empty, and we can use any sturdy plastic bags to line it — no need to buy those Litter Genie refills. So it quickly pays for itself. And the OXO compost bin also keeps any unpleasant smells from escaping before emptying.)

    So, to sum up the litterbox saga (seems I’m not alone, as others appear to have epic issues when it comes to dealing with the litterbox situation):
    • If your cat doesn’t have a problem pushing around a heavier type litter, we found Dr. Elsey’s to be great at clumping if you go really deep when filling the box. But one downside to its hard clumping is that if you have a cat who likes to dig close to the bottom when urinating, the hard clumps adhere like cement to the bottom of the litter box, making it no job for a plastic scooper. So a heavy-duty metal scoop is a must.
    • Tracking is minimal and the larger granules make it easier to see and sweep up any tracked bits.
    • So far, the larger granules have eliminated the issue with sand getting stuck between our cat’s toes, so any tracking stays within a close distance to the litterbox, and doesn’t end up on furniture and beds.
    • Does well at controlling odor provided box is sifted at least once a day.

    We’ll continue buying the Dr. Elsey’s litter, and though we expect that every bag will be a bit different, we’re hopeful that it will continue to solve some of the problems we had with the finer-grained, lightweight types of litter. There’s likely not a litter on the market that can quickly absorb urine deposited directly on the bottom of the box and not create heavy sludge or really hard clumps that adhere like cement, so for now, this is as close as we’re likely to get to the Holy Grail of litterbox sand.
    12/20/23 UPDATE: I’ve purchased two 18-lb. bags from Amazon in the past 5 weeks, at a little over $11 per bag. Now the price has increased to over $16. I know we’re in inflationary times, but I can’t help but question the need for this particular increase, other than sheer avarice. Not suggesting the increase is Amazon’s decision — it may well be their supplier, but still… My local pet supply store is still selling it for just over $8 for the 18-lb. bag. While I appreciated the convenience of having it delivered to my door, I’m going to have to stop being lazy and just make the short drive to my nearby pet store, because the Amazon increase to $16+ just breached my annoyance threshold, as well as my budget.

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  4. Jennifer Woods

    This product is unscented, but completely masks scent. Even the waste bin I fill after scooping the litter box doesn’t stink as bad as the last litter I used. Very fast clumping. Very low dust. I use this stuff with confidence in the litter box in my kitchen, without fear of contaminating all my surfaces with litter dust.

    Almost no tracking. I would wager the only tracking that happens is when I accidentally step on the stuff with my bare feet as I’m cleaning up after they kick it out of the box. My cats are champion kickers, so they do still manage to kick it outside the box a little, but not much, and it doesn’t fly far. I use a litter mat under one of my boxes and it keeps it almost completely contained (have I mentioned my cats being strong kickers?).

    Half the cost of the “no dust” clay litter from Arm & Hammer, but works MUCH better. Does not stick to the walls of the litter box! This is really important because my kitty tends to urinate down the wall of her box all the time. Other litters would clump and harden on the box wall and stick there. Couldn’t scrape them completely off if I tried. Not so with this. It just comes completely away from the sides, even though my litter box is old and scratched up.

    This stuff is amazing. Hands down the best litter I’ve used, and I’ve used some of the pricier ones. I would not want to use another litter even if I could easily afford it.

    While in the process of switching to this from the high-cost, lightweight, all-natural, no-dust litter I’d been using previously, I had one box of this stuff and the rest of the old stuff. The cats completely ignored the old stuff. They would only use this stuff. They would rather use a very used box while I was out all day at work, than use the “better” brand which was sitting untouched in the other box.

    I’ve scooped immediately after liquid waste and it barely sticks to the scoop. Certainly much less than anything else I’ve used. Still, maybe let it sit it one minute before scooping. Solid waste? You can scoop it right away, as long as it’s been covered (mine doesn’t tend to cover his so I cover it for him). If it’s been sitting there for a minute or two you wouldn’t even have to cover it before scooping. This stuff is quick at desiccating all the waste very quickly.

    Be warned. This litter is heavy. Not a good choice if you or your cats are weak or have pain issues, but if you’re strong enough, or have someone else who can help you with those things, it is totally worth it.

    You might even try having a strong, wheeled bin for your litter, and standing at the door scooping the litter out into the bin at the door where your Amazon driver drops it, if your arms, wrists, and hands are reasonably functional but your spine or legs give you grief. I already have distant future mobility issue workarounds planned out, because as long as they make this stuff, as long as I have cats, and as long as I am able to, I intend to keep using this.

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  5. Senior Moments

    Reading some of the horror stories of some reviewers, I was nervous about trying this different kind of litter. My kitty’s box sits out on my balcony. So, I wondered if I would wake up to find her box filled with a cement block of this clay litter. And, being basically outside, would there be too much moisture?
    But, the low dust feature, and the promise of better odor control, plus the reasonable price motivated me to give it a shot. I had not begun to use it when the snow came and I had to drag the litter box inside. In a small one bedroom apartment there are not many options for cat box location. It goes behind a chair in the living room. And, I just want to say my sweet, soft little kitty has a super power: Stinky Poop that can knock people out. I keep a can of air freshener nearby for when the inevitable stinky business happens, and there are times when even the spray isn’t enough. I have to open the door and use a fan to find relief from the smell. The cold air that comes in is more relief than annoyance.

    After a couple weeks I was able to put the box on the balcony again, just about the time I started adding Dr Elsey’s to the box, a little at a time. I checked daily for cement blocks in the box—happily that didn’t happen. Gradually the Elsey’s filled the box, and as long as I scooped the box regularly (never more than two days) all was well.
    Then, the snow came again. The box came back inside and I braced myself for the attack of incredible odor. And, here’s where it gets WONDERFULLY WEIRD:

    Not one Whiff of stink! This incredible kitty litter is the most effective odor control I have ever experienced! It has been three weeks of the litter box inside and I have not once smelled even a little bit of kitty poop stink. And, secondly but not to be ignored, no dust. Even the “99% No Dust” brands still fill the room with a mist of dust every time I add more litter. This one doesn’t.
    I have tried and used many many brands. Dr. Elsey’s is the ONLY one that has completely killed the odor. I am so impressed!

    So, here’s the one downside, if there is one to be mentioned: The weight of the bag. I ordered the 40lb bag because it was the best price. At 69 and no strong sons or neighbors around, I should have known better. Well, fortunately it comes in a bag, in a box. I managed to push and slide the box into a corner, then had to just scoop the litter out into a smaller container I use to pour it into the box. For the benefit of this exceptional litter, I will put up with that. This is the Best Litter Ever. I give it 10 Stars!

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  6. John Doe

    Cat litter – I love and hate it. I love that I don’t have to take my cat on walks and follow it around with plastic bags to pick up steaming piles of rank, soft poo. So it is great that the cat can go when it wants, indoors. On the other hand, I never want my house to smell like a toilet, so I am very particular about cat litter. I clean the litter box every day; as part of my morning routine, and dump and replace all the litter (and sanitize the box) monthly.

    I have tried all kinds of litter boxes from simple pans, to expensive automatic self-cleaning boxes, including decorative enclosed boxes (hidden) in nice looking wood furniture. I have a large (14 lb) male cat, and he is assertive with his digging and cover up. He also sometimes pees on the inside wall of the box, so a high wall box is critical for us. We have found that top entry boxes are the best overall for containing waste, smell, and litter spray when digging, as well as minimizing tracking. The basic Amazon one is good, but the PetCo brand is by far the best (pricey, but worth it!) because it has a larger walking area on the top to capture litter. This litter drops back into the box with a neat hinge when you clean it. This model is also the easiest to clean because the hinge top is very, very convenient. With the Amazon box, you have to remove the top and put it aside. If you clean the PetCo box daily (which is very easy to do), it outperforms the expensive self-cleaning units, by far, in mess and odor control. Cleaning daily is much easier if you keep a bag dispensing scoop handy and toss out the daily bag of waste.

    When it comes to litter, there are 5 critical factors IMO (ranked in order of importance to me, as #1 is the most important):
    Odor control. If litter doesn’t contain odor, what is the point? That is its #1 job!
    Hard clumping. Scrapping a mushy litter paste off the bottom or side wall is awful, messy, time consuming, and disgusting. Plus it leaves your scoop all gross.
    Low tracking. I don’t want litter all over the house. Keep it in the box please!
    Price. It is a regular purchase, so it adds up. Price matters.
    Low dust. I don’t want to feel like I am breathing in poison or getting permanent lung damage every time I change the litter box.

    Here is my breakdown of some of the leading brands. Note the best solution is last.

    Dr. Elsey’s Ultra (total 19 points):
    Odor Control: 55555 stars: I never smell waste even after 30 days of use.
    Hard Clumping: 4444 stars: works pretty good for 15 days, in the second half of the month, I am occasionally scraping pasty off the walls, but not always, it is pretty good for most of the month.
    Low Tracking: 4444 stars: the granules are large enough that most of them stay in box; however, there is always some that sticks to his feet and gets scattered nearby.
    Price: 333 stars: not the cheapest, but not really expensive either.
    Low Dust: 333 stars: always a cloud of dust when I fill the box. It settles quickly, and I don’t see any more until I fill it next month.

    Arm & Hammer HardBall (total 19 points):
    Odor Control: 55555 stars: I never smell even even after 30 days of use.
    Hard Clumping: 55555 stars: fast and hard clumping, pee on the side wall comes off in a clean hard clump without pasty scraping … very nice!
    Low Tracking: 22 stars: the granules are very small, so there is alot more tracking.
    Price: 22 stars: it is pricey.
    Low Dust: 55555 stars: no dust when I pour, no dust all month.

    Fresh Step (total 16 points):
    Odor Control: 4444 stars: I don’t smell much but odor control starts to fade near the end of the month.
    Hard Clumping: 22 stars: clumping is not that great plenty of pasty scrapping, especially in the back half of the month
    Low Tracking: 333 stars: the granules are smaller, so there is more tracking.
    Price: 4444 stars: it is cheap and readily available in bulk at places like Sams and Costco.
    Low Dust: 333 stars: lots of dust when I pour, and some dust when the cat stirs it.

    Boxie Cat (total 10 points):
    Odor Control: 1 star: Started good, but in only 3 days I had the very strong odor of cat urine – no odor control after a few days.
    Hard Clumping: 22 stars: Started good, but daily pasty scrapping after 3 days.
    Low Tracking: 22 stars: the granules are very small, so there is alot more tracking.
    Price: 1 stars: it is crazy expensive with TONS of marketing you are paying for.
    Low Dust: 4444 stars: some dust when I pour, not much after that.

    Mixed! The best solution I have found is to mix ⅓ Arm & Hammer HardBall with ⅔ Dr. Elsey. This way you get all of the benefits of Dr. Elsey with the added hardening from Arm and Hammer. (total 20 points):
    Odor Control: 55555 stars: no smell all month.
    Hard Clumping: 55555 stars: Already good clumping from Dr Elsey, beefed up Arm & Hammer’s HardBall formula.
    Low Tracking: 333 stars: adding the Arm & Hammer adds a little bit more tracking that you would just get with just Dr. Elsey.
    Price: 333 stars: not crazy – mixing makes both last longer so pricing is moderate.
    Low Dust: 4444 stars: less Dr. Elsey means less dust when I pour, not much after that.

    I hope this helps!

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  7. Travis

    I am very impressed with this litter so far. When I first received it and added it to my cats’ litter box, I was pleasantly surprised not to be able to smell anything at all from the box. Normally, there’s always a little bit of odor when I walk past the laundry room, no matter how often I scoop. This litter completely smothers any odor when the litterbox has been scooped, and I can still barely smell anything when walking past the laundry room even if the box needs to be scooped. It’s important to note, however, that I have a hooded litterbox with a flap over the entrance, and I scoop the box usually every other day. I have two cats, and they fill a litterbox quickly. However, keeping 4 or so inches in the box allows them to bury things better and means I can scoop the box less and smell odors less. I haven’t kept 3-4 inches in the box in the past because it takes so much litter that I would have to buy two pails just to fill it to 3-4 and then have clean to add to it as I scoop it. However, this litter’s granules are larger than most others’, and the 40 lb. bag is excellent for the price. After adding 3-4 inches of litter to my cats’ XL size hooded box, there’s still at least 2/3 of a bag left. After scooping, the litter left in the box looks clean and doesn’t get discolored and wet like other litters I’ve used. So far, I haven’t added any extra litter to the box. With other litters I’ve used, I usually feel the need to add some on top often after scooping because the litter in the box gets stinky really fast. With this litter, I can see myself only adding more when the level in the box gets lower, and that’s what I want. I originally searched for another type of litter because one of my cats has a coughing problem, and I wanted to see if switching to an unscented, dust free litter would help. I wish it was completely dust free, but 0.1% dust isn’t much to complain about. I haven’t noticed any dust at all, and my cat rarely coughs any more. One thing of note about this litter is that it is EXTREMELY heavy. I say this as a man who regularly lifts upwards of 100 lbs. at work. This stuff feels like it’s made of lead. I think the fact that it comes in a bag, without many places to gain purchase, makes it harder to lift. I recommend lifting it up and hugging it with both hands on the bag when pouring instead of trying to hold one corner of the bag, as this makes the litter pour out very slowly. That being said, it’s also best to support the "spout" (or the corner you cut open) with one hand. Otherwise, the top part of the bag is going to go limp and dump a ton of litter into the box. The weight of the bag does make it cumbersome, but I’m willing to deal with the logistics of it for the quality of the litter. However, I do recommend getting a metal litter scoop. The plastic one I have bends unless I’m careful about how fast and at what angle I scoop. It makes getting into the corners difficult, and I expect the plastic scoop to break soon. I’ll definitely be getting a metal scoop when that happens. Despite the heaviness of the litter, it’s very easy to scoop. My cats love to dig in the corner of the box and pee, which makes the pee get stuck on the side of the box. This litter is very easy to scrape off the sides, however. It also clumps very tightly, and even weaker clumps, like those formed by the urine scraped off the side of the box, have the consistency of a thick, sandy paste and are very scoopable. I haven’t had any clumps fall apart on me. Also, an unforseen benefit of the heaviness and coarseness of this litter is that my litter mat can catch tracked litter a lot better. Since switching to this litter, there have been a lot less stray granules all over the laundry room floor, and I haven’t seen any litter clumped in the fur on the bottoms of my long-haired cat’s paws, which is what happened with the last litter I was using. Overall, I’m very pleased with this litter, especially considering it’s about $17 for a 40 lb. bag. I could easily see one bag of this litter lasting me two months, even with two cats. That being said, I’m concerned about the price fluctuations and discrepancies in quality noted by other reviewers. If the price does go up beyond how much I’m willing to pay, I will probably search for another site to order this litter from or just look for another brand. The value of this litter is a huge factor of how much I like it, so taking that away would definitely turn me away from buying this litter regularly and exclusively, which is what I plan to do if everything remains the same as with this first order. If I receive a bag of product with bad quality, I won’t be ordering this litter from Amazon again and will try to find somewhere else to order it from instead. But that being said, I’m very pleased with the product that I have received for this first order, and I will definitely be purchasing this product again.

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  8. Wicket

    I have tried just about every litter on the market of the “clumping” variety. I moved a year and a half ago from a home where I had lived with two cats for years. While helping me pack this huge house which was filled with way too much “stuff,” my daughter and her husband both commented on all the dust on everything, especially everything close to the above-ground basement where the two litter boxes were placed. Both of them said the dust made them cough, and once I started paying attention, I realized that I was coughing myself every time I cleaned the litter boxes, and the coughing got worse from disturbing the dust going through and sorting and packing. Once I was in the house I rented, I tried two or three different clumping litters, but all of them had the same heavy perfume odor and there was dust from it everywhere, and about half an inch of dust in the bottom of the litter box at all times, so there is no wonder it was getting everywhere with the help of the cats digging and the stuff flying everywhere. Not only that, but the cats sometimes had “damp” paws, the dust would stick to the paws, and they were tracking cement-like trails across the laminate flooring – and the carpeting as well, though at least I could not SEE that! Then I bought a house and spent four months remodeling it. Once again, during the process of packing, we could all see the cat litter dust everywhere and smell that heavy perfume they use to mask odor. I decided that before I moved into my home with brand new everything, including floor tile, carpeting, blinds, etc., I was going to do some research and try to find a less irritating and dusty litter. My reasoning was that if it was making people cough, it could not be good for my cats to breathe it, either. and I had had more than enough of the dust and the “wet cement” paw marks! I decided to give Precious Cat a try, and this was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I am just sorry it took me so long to take the time and do the research. I have been using Precious Cat since the end of February. There is no perfume odor whatsoever, there is absolutely NO dust at all, the litter clumps as hard as a rock and never comes to pieces while being scooped, and for some reason, I seem to be adding litter to the boxes less frequently. I have not quite figured out the reason for this yet! Yes – it is pricey, but it is worth the price to me to get rid of that constant cloying smell and the dust everywhere all the time. At least Amazon has it now PRIME, which is a huge benefit, because I looked at Petco on-line and thought I had found a real deal. Wow! Forty pounds for $15.99! Then I got to checkout and the shipping was over $16.00! So back I came to blessed Amazon.com, and this is where I will purchase my Precious Cat Litter from now on. I will pay the higher price for such a high-quality litter, especially since I am using less of it than any other litter I have used in the past. Thanks for carrying Precious Cat, Amazon – and thanks for having it available PRIME, too. By the way, anyone who says the “pee balls” stick to the bottom of the box, try this: I lift one end of the box and drop it about 2 inches back to the floor, then tilt it away from me and repeat the process. This completely loosens the clumps and they are easy to scoop. I do this because I am 74 and the less time I spend being down on my knees cleaning litter boxes, the better off I am! I DID replace my litter boxes, because the ones I had were made of some weird kind of plastic that the clumps DID stick to. Remembering a Maine Coon cat breeder with a LOT of cats and kittens who used plastic tote bins without the lids, I bought two Rubbermaid Roughneck bins with 8″ sides, tossed out the lids that came with them, and they are in use now as litter boxes and work great. The higher sides keep the litter from being thrown out with fastidious kitties getting carried away in the covering up process and flinging the litter about, and because one of my cats is a 17-pound Maine Coon female, she is VERY happy not to have to cram her big furry self, including her gorgeous long plume of a tail, into even the largest covered litter box I could find. We are ALL much happier with Precious Cat and new open-top litter boxes! And I must be honest – my first purchase of Precious Cat was NOT from Amazon, because at the time it was not PRIME and I got it cheaper elsewhere. Happily, this is not the case any longer.

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  9. C. G. Moore

    Cat litter.

    It’s dusty. Dusty and gray. Also, granular. Decidedly less so upon being used, it forms a foul smelling hillock that waits for the low-man-on-the-totem-pole of the household to reluctantly scoop it. It smells of…cat litter? What else does cat litter smell like? I dunno. It’s the medium in which we expect our pet cats to expel their waste.

    That’s it.

    That’s about as much brain real estate each of us has devoted to the rousing topic of "Cat litter" and deservedly so. Cat litter is one of those things that is so inconsequential in our lives, so banal of a product, that any amount of conversational effort devoted to it is too much. That is, when it works.

    And yet…here I am reviewing it on Amazon.

    In addition to having a decent (boring?) enough of a life that I can devote time to reviewing cat litter on Amazon, I have two cats. One is a white flame-point ragdoll cat that is the reincarnation of Steve McQueen that’ll befriend a Rottweiler within minutes of meeting (Tucker) and the other is a painfully shy siamese that closely resembles a raccoon that swallowed a medicine ball – we call her "the basement troll" for her penchant for cool, dark spaces and cardboard boxes. Formally, however, she is known as "Bailey".

    While Bailey is extremely sweet, she’s very nervous and scares extremely easily. She hides in the basement whenever anyone comes to the house and hates being carried. While Tucker is as cool as Billy Dee Williams and makes the Dos Equis guy look like Don Knotts, Bailey is more sensitive than an open cavity. As a result, she’s suffered from chronic bladder infections for years.

    While both of these cats are polar opposites of each other, both had one thing in common – they both had a penchant for leaving tootsie rolls just outside of their litterbox. In addition, because Bailey suffered from routine bladder infections, we were starting to see rust-colored spots in not-so-inconspicous places around the house (essentially every carpeted corner in the house). While I certainly don’t condone the tendency for families to throw their hands up in the air in exasperation and send their pet cat straight to the kennel when this happens, I can understand how it happens.

    If only there was some sort of miracle product that keeps such tragedies from happening…

    Yes, Precious Cat Ultra Premium Clumping Cat Litter is that product. How incredible is this stuff you ask? I’ll tell you: it’s so damned good that here I am, semi-supine in my cozy bed on the last Tuesday before Christmas and instead of figuring out how I’m going to get every last gift that I’m obligated to buy, I’m reviewing this cat litter. That’s how f—ing great this stuff is. It’s simply sublime – transcendent even. In a world where every product is so over-hyped, brightly packaged, and intrusively advertised on every screen in your house and yet is woefully and ultimately ineffectual, here’s a product that’s the equivalent of a circa 1974 George Foreman right cross packaged in a manila envelope.

    Before I continue, I would just like to say that this isn’t one of those inane, dipsh-t "ironic" reviews that self-entertained hipsters write in the hopes that they get recognized by Buzzfeed – I’m as sincere as I can be – this is the Alpha and Omega of cat litter.

    With that out of the way, the first thing that comes to mind about this litter is that it saved our carpets, piles of dirty laundry and sanity from Bailey’s sketchy bladder. Cynical as I am, I was fully expecting the worst for Bailey – her bladder infections were a more consistent recidivist than Tyron Biggums and there was no end in sight. Like seemingly all pet ailments, I was fully expecting Bailey’s treatment to be outrageously expensive.

    Thankfully, we’re blessed with a vet that had long since paid off her exorbitant student loans and rather than recommend more "tests" (i.e. $$$$), she recommended Precious Cat Litter. Always in favor of the cheapest, easiest, and simplest answer, I happily ordered it from Amazon. I replaced all the litter in the house (Tidy Cat) with the Precious Cat stuff and was ill prepared with how fast I saw results. Literally minutes later, there were fresh clumps in one of the litter boxes. Both cats took to this stuff like a fish to water. No longer do we find "surprises" propped up against the litter box when it comes time to clean them out and that’s pretty damned nice.

    So, I give this stuff an easy 5 stars right off the bat due to its ability to coax Bailey to start using the litter box again, and thereby curing her bladder infections for good. That alone makes this a 5 star product. It fully exceeded my expectations. What really makes this stuff special is the comorbidity of the following:

    1.) Cost – This litter is significantly cheaper than the major brands you see in large jugs at just about every supermarket in the country. For the longest time I couldn’t understand why cat litter was so expensive – I mean it’s not like clay and "proprietary scent crystals" are rare earth metals. Precious Cat Litter brings sanity back to cat litter pricing. It’s also pretty sweet that a 40lb. bag of this stuff ships with free 2 day shipping with an Amazon Prime subscription. Thus, the value proposition is off the charts with this litter.

    2.) Scent – There is none.

    No, I’m not just talking about the actual scent of the litter – I’m talking about after it’s been used. Bullsh-t you say? I can’t blame you – every friggin’ litter I’ve ever used that advertised such a claim has failed miserably. Cat urine is so putrid and so powerful that it causes many landlords to refuse cats to be present on their premises. I wish I had known about this product years ago because it effectively renders this objection null and void. The way this stuff absolutely smothers cat urine smells is positively game-changing. We have four cat litter boxes in our house – one is in the upstairs laundry room right at the top of the stairs. Normal cat litters would assault the olfactory senses of any poor soul unfortunate enough to walk upstairs in our house. Not so with this litter.

    It’s ability to c-o-m-p-l-e-t-e-l-y void the stench of cat urine is truly other-worldly, maybe even a little bit spooky. Absolutely nothing should work this well at canceling out one of the worst smells known to the human race. Thus, I have no other choice than to conclude that simple logic dictates that Beelzebub himself MUST be involved somewhere in the supply chain of this product – there’s no way humans alone have unlocked the superpower of neutering cat urine funk. However, this raises a philosophical question unto itself – how bad could the devil really be if he/she/it is involved with such a flawless product? Eh? Think about it.

    So, Precious Cat litter is not only super good at eliminating cat urine stench, but it also forces consumers to deeply ponder some of life’s most mysterious philosophical questions. Tidy Cat don’t do that, jus sayin’…

    3.) Clumping performance – To me, next to the puke-inducing smell of cat urine, scooping soggy piles of cat mess is the absolute worst part of changing the litter box. With the mainstream brands, I’ve noticed there’s about a 50:50 chance that the litter will clump. When it does, things are a-okay. When it doesn’t, you might as well don a painter’s mask and goggles to deal with the resulting acrid fumes. Once again, Precious Cat punches far above its weight here. This stuff clumps so consistently and so tightly that Detroit should consider using this stuff to fill potholes. Cleaning the litter box with Precious Cat is a much faster, much easier, and much less painful experience than ever.

    So, I conclude my review. Is Precious Cat a fantastic cat litter? Indeed. However, it’s something better than that – it’s a product that transcends its meager goals, which is to merely be a substance that cats crap into. For one, it’s absolutely unmatched in its ability to do what no other cat litter can do, namely "leave no trace" that a cat resides in your house, a "silent warrior" if you will. Yes, I said it – it’s essentially the Navy SeALs of cat litter. It’s also cheaper than its inept competitors. Perhaps most importantly, it can be the difference between a cat being happy and comfortable in a loving home and a cat finding itself in a shelter. Lastly, it’s so outstanding that after witnessing its perfection, you’ll be highly motivated to write paragraphs about it on Amazon.

    Cat litter.

    It’s Precious Cat or nothing.

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  10. Gabby

    If you’re looking for a short’n’sweet answer, I’ll just say – This litter is wonderful. Clean, dependable odor control, low tracking, and strong clumping. It has met all my expectations based on it’s glowing reviews.
    Now, if you’d like to know my litter story, please continue.

    In my short time as a cat owner (about 8 months), I have discovered a few things about myself. The first and most prominent feature of my "cat lady-ness" is that I am PICKY about litter! My cat is 7, I am not her first owner. When I first adopted her, she was using scented TidyCats with Glade. While I admit that the litter box miraculously smelled like clean laundry, TidyCats tracked EVERYWHERE. I even found it in my bed every day – gross! Additionally, the smell was so strong that I couldn’t imagine my cat enjoying being trapped in a box with that much odor – good or bad. I decided to go on a search. My cat is a Ragdoll, which means she has very long fluffy fur.
    I wondered if her fur was the biggest problem with the tracking – so I set out to find a litter designed for cats with long fur. This led me to Precious Cat Long Hair litter crystals. This litter had pros, but was outweighed by the cons. The pros: the tracking nearly ceased completely, and the crystals are much easier to clean. The cons: VERY dusty, and It REEKED. At first, I didn’t notice. The container claims that you shouldn’t have to do a full litter change more than every 2-3 weeks. However, about 1 week after changing the box to the new litter, I was scooping out the hard waste and suddenly caught a strong whiff of the urine on the bottom. I almost threw up. The stench was so horrible. I immediately dumped the entire thing and refilled it. Now, normally I would do an entire cleaning of the box once a week. But those crystals were expensive! I was really relying on that 2-3 week guarantee to make them work the dollar amount spent on them. I realized I needed a new solution.
    I decided to go back to clay, because scooping the urine out daily seems healthier for my kitty. So, I tried Arm&Hammer Double Duty. The box said odor control, but it should have read "Strongly perfumed"! I assumed that the baking soda was doing most or all of the odor controlling. Boy, I was wrong. The second I opened the box, a STRONG chemical smell erupted out. I was worried. This was stronger than the TidyCats, and not nearly as pleasant. But I was out of litter, so I had to use it for the time being; I filled the box. A little while later, my cat went to use her litter box. She started meowing and crying, so I came to check on her. She was standing outside her litter box, her head slightly poked in – smelling it! Then she looked at me, clearly very unhappy. And continued to just stand there and whine about it. Oh dear! She eventually used it, thank heavens! But continued to meow and cry over it every time she had to.
    I immediately got on Amazon started some more litter research. Finally, I decided to give Precious Cat Unscented Scoopable a shot. I definitely was tired of the scents, and very few reviews complained about tracking. Scooping out the clay should help with the waste smells as much as anything. I ordered it on Prime, and the day it got here – another full litter box change!
    FINALLY. Something that we both love.
    My pros: Unscented – I really can’t smell anything, litter or waste! Very little tracking – Just a little bit on the mat ouside the box, none in the bed! Scoopable – Much more hygienic! No dust – I can pour it into the box and keep breathing.
    Cat’s pros: Unscented – she hasn’t hesitated with using it at all, and I didn’t even do a transition period. Scoopable – she loves it when I can clean everything out daily. No dust! – she doesn’t cough and sneeze as much as she used to.
    Cons: Just one, the bag is very heavy and a bit difficult for a small person like me to manage. Would be easier with a container with a handle, but that would probably raise the price – so I’m not complaining! 🙂

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