Unglamorous Litter Box Update

Due to my allergies, Mom has been reluctant to change anything in the house, including the brand of litter I use. But she’s fed up with the current brand and decided to try a new cat litter.

Out with the old – Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat scoopable

We’ve used Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat scoopable litter for years, but it doesn’t seem to work as well as it used to.

Clumps never get really hard or dry. Clumps that are against the side or bottom don’t come off the pan, and getting them off makes a sticky mess on the scooper and lots of broken pieces in the litter pan.

It’s so dusty that Mom refills my litter pan outside. She sets up a big fan to blow across the litter stream as she pours from a foot or two above the litter pan.  A noticeable coating of dust blows onto the ground around the litter pan. Even after that, there’s plenty of dust in the bathroom.

Mom read some online reviews and other have made the same criticisms about Precious Cat litter. Maybe the clay is coming from a different area or it’s being processed differently. Whatever the reason, it’s not what we want in a litter.

What we want in a clay litter

  • Hard clumping & easy scooping
  • Unscented
  • Reasonably low dust

In with the new – Fresh Step Ultra Unscented

After reading some reviews, Mom decided to try Fresh Step Ultra Unscented litter. She used Fresh Step years ago and liked it, so we’re giving it another try.

Mom bought a 25 pound box on sale for $9.99.

She poured the entire box into a litter pan and was amazed at how little dust wafted up. She did it outside, just in case there was lots of dust, but there wasn’t any. This is a litter she’d feel comfortable pouring inside the house.

As for clumping, this litter is making harder & drier clumps that are easier to scoop. So far, only one of my pees was against the side of the pan, but it came off easily. Hopefully that continues.

I think this might be our new favorite litter and Mom will have to buy more while its still on sale.

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11 Responses to Unglamorous Litter Box Update

  1. We’ve been using Dr. Elsey’s litter for years too. It does seem a little more dustier than it used to be. But we still use it and we think it clumps really well. The mom has never liked Fresh Step…it was always too perfumey…but maybe she should give it another try. ‘Specially this unscented one.

  2. Summer says:

    I’m glad you found something that works better for you! My human can’t deal with the weight of clay litter, especially when we travel, so we use either World’s Best or Almost Invisible Cat Litter (the latter isn’t clumping at all – it’s sandy-textured silica so it absorbs, odor free and doesn’t need to clump).

  3. Good review. I must say, we use Fresh Step, with success.We have tried many, but always come back to it. Our post today has to do with litter boxes. *wink*

  4. Brian says:

    Good for you! We tried that one and really like it but we could never find enough on a dependable basis to meet our weekly needs of 9 boxes.

  5. 15andmeowing says:

    I am glad your mom found a good litter that meets your requirements.

  6. Yay for finding a litter that works.
    We are not fans of scented either 🙂
    Purrs Georgia,Julie and JJ

  7. The bigger the bag of litter, the better the price. But 50 lbs is too heavy! So, I’ve learned to get smaller bags, so I don’t throw my back out, hehehehe

  8. Jan K says:

    I never could stand all the dust or anything perfumey smelling. We use Okocat, but it may not clump as well as some others do, plus Sam tracks it all over the place. But there’s no dust, and we like that it’s all natural.

  9. Cathy Keisha says:

    We noticed the same thing with Dr. Elseys and dust. TW was getting asthma attacks after filling my box. We mix the Fresh Step Ultra Unscented with another unscented litter cos the Fresh Step does have a scent which you can’t tell unless you move the litter around. TW notices it when she scoops.

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