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10 Best Cat Litters Of 2021

Updated: Jun 22, 2022

Our reviews are based on extensive research and hands-on testing. We are not associated with any of the companies. Links to purchase are for easy shopping and price check. Some products might be available at your local grocery or pet store at a lower or higher price.

#1 Dr. Elsey’s Cat Ultra Premium Clumping Cat Litter

Positive side:

  • Creates hard, easy-to-scoop clumps

  • Affordably priced under $0.50 per pound

  • Relatively large granules help reduce tracking/scatter

  • One of the least dusty clay litters on the market

  • Unscented formula, good for sensitive noses

Negative side:

  • Like all clay litter, a little dusty

#2 Fresh Step Simply Unscented Clumping Clay Cat Litter

Positive side:

  • Affordably priced around $0.38 per pound

  • Forms tight, hard, easy-to-scoop clumps

  • Performed fairly well in controlling litter box odor

  • Texture seemed gentle on cat paws

Negative side:

  • Like all clay litter, a little dusty

#3 Pretty Litter

Plus Side:

  • Color-changing crystals indicate changes in urine pH

  • May help cat owners detect developing health problems

  • Absorbs urine quickly and dehydrates solid waste

  • Lightweight, soft texture is gentle on cat paws

Negative side:

  • Not a clumping litter, should be scooped daily

  • Needs to be stirred daily to distribute soiled litter

  • Expensive, costs over $3 per pound

#4 Fresh Step Premium Crystals Easy Care Cat Litter

Positive side:

  • Moderately sized crystals, excellent absorption

  • Relatively low levels of dust when pouring

  • Lasts longer than the average clay litter

Negative side:

  • Fairly expensive, over $1.50 per pound

  • Not a clumping formula, must be stirred to stay fresh

#5 Sustainably Yours Multi-Cat Plus Cat Litter

Positive Side:

  • Forms firm, cohesive clumps for easy scooping

  • Fine granules are gentle on your cat’s paws

  • Biodegradable, made from plant-based materials

  • Performed fairly well in odor control

Negative side:

  • May be a little bit dusty when you first pour it

  • Very fine granules tend to track and scatter easily

  • Fairly expensive, almost $2 per pound

#6 All-Natural Clumping Clay Litter

Positive side:

  • Unscented clay litter forms tight, hard scoops

  • Delivered right to your door through a subscription

  • Does a good job controlling litter box odor

  • Cats seem to like the texture and size of the granules

Negative side:

  • Produces some dust, may be a problem for some cats

  • Very expensive at $1.25 per pound

#7 Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Attract Unscented Clumping Clay Litter

Positive side:

  • Contains an herbal cat attractant to encourage litter box use

  • Forms tight, hard clumps that are easy to scoop

  • Performed fairly well in odor control in a multi-cat household

Negative side:

  • Fairly heavy

  • A little bit pricey, around $0.74 per pound

  • Quite dusty

#8 Pine Pellet Litter: Equine Bedding

Positive side:

  • Very affordable, priced around $0.14 per pound

  • Made from highly absorbent pine materials

  • Kiln-dried to make it safe for cats and other small animals

Negative side:

  • Some cats may not like the large granule size

#9 Yesterday’s News Paper Cat Litter

Positive side:

  • Non-clumping formula may be safer for kittens

  • Incredibly low in dust, great for sensitive noses

  • Made from recycled paper materials

Negative Side:

  • Very limited odor control

  • Not very absorbent, moisture can build up

#10 Ever Clean Extra Strength Cat Litter, Unscented

Positive side:

  • Creates hard, easy-to-scoop clumps

  • Relatively low dust production for a clay litter

  • Offers strong, long-lasting odor control

Negative side:

  • Somewhat expensive, priced around $1.50 per pound

9 Best Litter Boxes for Multiple Cats

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