Feline Pine Natural Cat Litter
Longtime buyer, has the formula changed
Did something change? The two bags of feline pine that we received were not pine. Pine has a distinct odor and color. Both these bags the "pine" was light gray and had no smell.
I think this is an anomaly as usually feline pine is an exceptional product. Still it's better than old school litter. After 12 years buying this product there's little chance I could convert my cats to litter.
February 19, 2014
Have used product for over 15 years
Far better than clumping, smells great. Three cats have used same box at a time and only scoop solids twice a day. After flushing solids I scoop and sift remaining dust and pellets in the scoop over a plastic bag with only the dust falling into the bag and putting the remaining whole pellets back into the litter box. Therefore no waste and product last a long time. Add new pellets if needed to cover just the bottom of litter box. Too much makes sifting more difficult. Some whole pellets do at times stick in paws and are tracked out of box, ( you feel them with bare feet, they are hard! ), so a mat or rug is nice to have in front of box. No odors except when solids are present. Have ask if friends and relatives smell any cat odors in house when visiting and they claim not. 15+ years of perfection!
February 1, 2014
Without a doubt, the BEST liter I have ever used. In the past I used 'clumping'liter until I was introduced to NATURAL LITER by Feline Pine. There is no odor,
no tracking, and flushable.
Feline Pine," Natural Liter" lives up to its recommendations. I would never go back to "clumping", even by Feline Pine.
January 28, 2014
No product's perfect, but...
I really love this product. Mostly because it does not track, it smells great.... like pine! and it neutralizes urine odour and only solids need to be scooped. Oh, and I use far less of it than other types of litter.
I noted in some of the other comments that people found it hard to sift because of the large pellets. True, it's not easy to sift, but I find that with a little wrist action I can shake most of the pellets out and isolate the poo. Or I just dig underneath first and pour it back in slowly, and the solids land on top and can be easily picked up from there. I use a ladle sometimes to get at the sandier stuff that appears after the urine breaks down the pellets. Even though I do discard some pellets, i'm puzzled that people say they use more than with other litters. I find the pine goes much much further. Although, I'm curious about an earlier commenter that mentioned there's a pine pellet litter box! Never seen one. Now I'm curious.
If your cat doesn't like the texture, which I was afraid of, it's not a bad idea to introduce slowly with different litter. I know that you're not supposed to, but it worked. I have one cat, but put out a second litter box with just pine so she could muse over it a bit. It took i'd say at least a week, maybe more before she started using it, but as I gradually put more in the other litter box she became accustomed to it.
I'm also puzzled that people complain about odour. I suppose if you don't like pine, that's a problem. But I love tree smells, and it blends with the oils i put in my aromatherapy diffuser :-) Poo is always going to smell. I try to control that with diet. The food product going in makes the bigger difference. Nonetheless, I still find this product works better when it comes to that. But where it REALLY excels is in controlling urine odour. Sometimes that can be just as bad, especially with clay litters after a couple of days. The pine naturally neutralizes the ammonia in the urine, so no masking.... just gone. And there are no urine clumps to dig out because the urine is fully absorbed by the pellets, which then slowly break down into a finer "dust" (but not "dusty" dust, if that makes any sense... it's heavier). When the pellets begin to disappear altogether, it's sort of like one of those toothbrush indicators - you know it's time to change!
Litter box maintenance will never be fun and breezy, but so less frustrated and disgusted with this over clay. And the corn dust paw prints almost drove me mad. It's all what you get used to, but it was worth a bit of effort to convert. Also, there are other pine pellet products out there, and I think they are all pretty comparable, but I think feline pine smells a bit "pine-ier". Also, I've never tried, but don't get pellets confused with "clumping" pine.... this is essentially sawdust; not sure that would work as well.
December 12, 2013