Purina® TIDY CATS Instant Action Non-Clumping Cat Litter
The best and only litter used at our rescue
We have now 14 cats in our rescue (home), but have had as many as 30 here (we have a county animal kennel permit for 40).
This is the ONLY litter we will use and the only one I recommend.
1. It clumps well. It could be a little less dusty, but no litter I have ever tried was acceptable in that way regardless of brand.
2. It isn't gummy. Some litter (even more expensive types) are gummy, not clumping. I hate that. It gets the litter scoop all goofed and coated with sticky litter and requires washing the scoop after every use (and we scoop a LOT here).
3. It isn't priced sky high, and is often on sale at PetSmart. That's important for us. It's much cheaper at PetSmart than at other large pet supplies.
4. It does a great job at odor control ASSUMING one keeps the litter deep enough (see below) and that you scoop regularly through the day (at least twice/day for each cat). Keeping the box clean is the key to odor control.
What we do here is use very large high-sided storage boxes and the litter NEVER gets below 8" deep. That way, the urine NEVER reaches the box bottom. When it does reach the box bottom, you have a situation that requires tossing the litter and washing the box. This method avoids that completely, is far more efficient and economical. This method eliminates the need to toss any litter EVER. We add litter as it is used keeping the box full all the time (but litter shouldn't be SO high it allows a standing urineator to urinate over the box side).
We wash the insides of the box (the inside sides) daily to keep urine and fecal matter off the box sides. Works great. We use a vinegar/water mix which is non-toxic.
This method also works GREAT for cats who stand and urinate (high box sides mean the urine doesn't go over the box sides).
Because box cleanliness is absolutely essential for us and for the cats, we scoop a LOT. A dirty box makes cats not want to use a box. This really cannot be emphasized enough. Not using a cat box is the #1 reason owners give a cat away. (if a cat does this, also be sure your cat doesn't have a urinary tract infection which is not uncommon, though we VERY rarely get them here). You can use the empty litter containers with the snap-top for dirty litter, and keep the container with a scoop right next to the box(es).
Cats have no objection to entering the higher box, but with any older cat with arthritis, just put a wood block next to the box and that seems to work just fine.
I did try our method with other litter but it was a no-go. Problems with gummy, gooey box sides, as well. Wasteful. Icky. Unworkable.
We just won't use anything else.
I do NOT, however, use clumping litter for kittens until they are older as they tend to get it on them and often consume it. Not good. For kittens I start with newspaper (shredded), then move to Tidy Cat non-clumping litter at perhaps 9wo and when they are doing well with that, I move to clumping litter. Just depends on the kittens. They are all different.
It is my opinion that non-clumping litter is wasteful, dirtier for the cats (you absolutely cannot get urine out) and thus less healthy. It also produces more odor. There really isn't ANY reason one should smell a cat box in a house when one or two cats are involved. With 14 here, there is NO odor.
We keep a little dust pan and hand broom at each box to sweep up the litter that ends up outside the box. There's almost no way of avoiding that regardless of the type of litter box/litter including top-entry boxes. I will say, however, that if litter on the floor gets wet, the other litters produce the same problem on the floor.... gooey, sticky mess.
As for recycling the plastic containers, we give the extras to guys that use them for "stuff" in their garages, or to use for mixing small batches of cement, etc. We wash and reuse them to store food, and eventually use them for dog waste after they are used a bunch of times for other things (we also have five rescue dogs here). We also keep potting soil and other things in them as well which works great given the handles and stackability of the containers that are water proof.
We think it's a GREAT litter!
Love your kitties!
December 20, 2014
since the change in the litter it now takes 3 times as much too use in the same amount of time. what has changed with it. the cats use it and come away with black stuff all over them selves tracking it every where. does not clump any more and instead of just changing the clump now you have to change the whole box, going to begin looking for different litter at this rate. have only ever used this brand for over 10 years no longer happy with this product. go back with what you had, if it isn't broke do not fix it!
September 13, 2014
My litter system: I have 2 cats w/ 2 litter boxes that are lined. I scoop every 2-3 days and change out the litter and liner completely every week. I go through about 1.5, 35 lb buckets a month.
Pros: Using this brand and my litter system -- people are surprised when they see I have cats! It is pleasant smelling on its own, and doesn't track through the house. For what little that does escape the box, the vacuum picks it up without problem. My cats love it and clean up is easy. I am able to find it on sale, which is a good time to stock up.
Cons: This litter is dusty and will get muddy, smelly and become messy if you do not scoop regularly or use enough to accommodate your cat's waste.
August 27, 2014
Love it but.....
I have just got one kitten and i have loved i havent smelled the nasty box however i have to change it 2x a week and going through this container in a week or two for one cat. it seems that since this is for multiple cats that one would make it last. I do notice a lil smell after 3 days of not scooping. I am looking to try something else to see if it is better.
July 9, 2014