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How to Pick a Cat Litter

When searching for the right cat litter, a stroll down the cat aisle can feel like a game of litter roulette: Which litter should be the winner? One box says clumping, another says lightweight, while another says it’s all natural. With so many options to consider, here’s a guide for picking a litter.

1.Clumping Litter:

A favorite among cat lovers, clumping cat litter is designed to make it easy to remove both urine and feces from the cat litter box.

  • Clumping litter often contains a material called bentonite, which allows the litter to clump as it absorbs urine and feces.

  • There are also natural clumping litters that use  plant-derived fibers and clumping agents.

  • Clumping makes it easy to scoop out urine-soiled litter — and to keep a cleaner, fresher litter box for longer.

  • Once you remove those clumps, you’ll need to refill the box with fresh litter to maintain the 3-4 inches that will satisfy your cat’s primal need to dig and cover his waste — and to control odor.

  • You’ll still need to clean out the litter box every day, and empty, clean and refill the litter box at least once a month, depending on your cat’s litter habits. It can be frustrating scraping and scrubbing when cleaning the litter box, so try ARM & HAMMER™ Slide™, nonstick litter that slides right out.

2.Non-Clumping Litter

An oldie but a goodie. Unlike clumping litter, this type of litter absorbs relatively large volumes of urine.


  • Non-clumping litters are most often made of clay, but there are also plant-based alternatives like wheat and wood—or pine, like in ARM & HAMMER™ Feline Pine™ Litter.

  • They often have larger granules, which can help reduce tracking.

  • Non-clumping litters are often less expensive than the clumping kind, making them the go-to option for cat owners.

  • As your cat continues to use his box, urine can pool at the bottom, which makes it difficult to remove without changing the entire litter box — often a once a week frequent routine to help manage odor.

  • Some cats prefer non-clumping litter.

3.Multi-Cat Litter

Higher traffic patterns call for stronger odor control — and when you have more than one cat in your family, you have busier litter boxes in your home.


  • Multi-cat litters tend to have more odor neutralizers in them to help eliminate the toughest odors on contact.

  • More cats mean more cat litter boxes — one litter box for each cat, plus (according to experts) one additional litter box.

4.Lightweight Litter

For heavy weight odor control without being heavy, lightweight litters deliver.


  • Lightweight litters weigh up to 50% less than regular clumping litter.

  • Since they weigh less, they’re easier to pick up and pour, as well as to carry.

  • They may track more often.

5.Natural Litter

If you’re one with nature, or one-ish, a litter made with plant-based ingredients may be right for you and your cat.


  • They’re available in clumping and non-clumping options, for when nature calls.

  • Natural litters are made with ingredients such as corn, sawdust, wheat, pine and recycled paper.

No matter which kind of litter you choose, know this: cats aren’t big on change. So, add a small amount of new litter to the litter box over a week before making the switch to make the transition easier for your favorite feline. And with so many options to choose from, a little research — and patience — will make you both happy in just a few days.




1“Natural Cat Litter: What's the Difference, and Should You Switch?” Web 21 Aug 2017.

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