Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Ultra Cat Litter, 18 pound bag

Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Ultra Cat Litter, 18 pound bag

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What are dr. elsey’s precious cat ultra cat litter features?

  • Premium quality: a combination of premium texture and granule size made with 100% bentonite clay for maximum clumping creates litter particles that are just the right size.
  • Low dust: ideal for cats and owners who suffer from allergies with a 99.9% dust-free and hypoallergenic litter formulation.
  • Hard clumping: hard clumping medium grain clay helps prevent moisture from reaching the bottom of the tray and forms hard clumps that won’t break down, making it easier to scoop.
  • Superior odor control: formulated for single or multi-cat households with natural ingredients to keep your home smelling clean and fresh between litter box cleanings.
  • Low tracking: a unique formulation of medium grain clay helps keep litter in the box where it belongs.
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Bought twice-1st time loved it, 2nd time stuck like glue to bottom of litter box.has anyone had same problem? I added a few inches but it didn’t help.

Yup. We were using this litter for a couple of years and lately it becomes a thick mess, like fresh concrete, on the bottom of the litter box and its a real pain to scrap out the wet litter. We are now mixing it 50/50 with the ‘world’s best kitty litter’ because i don’t want to throw it away and the ‘worlds best’ while great at clumping is not as good at odor control. Something changed in the manufacturing of this product for sure!

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What is the litter made of?

It’s not dustless. To see this the best, watch and breathe as you tip (however gently) new litter in the pan. We get the best food, can’t afford the best litter so found this to be the best (we were on arm & hammer but they changed and got super dusty), then price started going up this year so we went elsewhere. Have use dpine which is good, but you have to clean every day as its non clumping, just lays on top. Spending a bit more now on wheat litter, no dust when you pour, cats are ok with it. Hope they cough less than with clay. Whats the point in the best food and then giving them clay (all clay litter produces dust and the cats are way more sensitive to it then us).

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How does this compare to ‘fresh step’ when it comes to the amount of airborne dust? Thanks!

We, too, used fresh step for years, until we discovered precious cat. Unfortunately, all cat litter has dust that can become airborne. That said, precious cat by far has the least amount. We have seven litter pans in one area (currently four cats) and keep an air cleaner there as well. Sweeping or vacuuming in the area daily is a must to keep litter from being tracked throughout the house, which gets crushed underfoot and can then become airborne dust.

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Is this litter sented?

The label/description is correct :’it controls odor naturally without perfume, deodorants or chemicals’.
This is an unscented litter vs some that say unscented but if you dig deeper (bad pun) you can find ‘masking scent’ as seen in some air/room/fabric deodorizers.

What is this litter made of?

The ground up bones of naughty little children, oh wait i mean clay, yes clay. It’s small nice size granular particles, great absorbency and cat liked it.

How does ‘classic’ in the red bag differ from ‘ultra’? Reviews all seem to be mixed up together.

So far the classic seems to have much less dust than the ultra and classic tracks less. Classic also clumps fine but not as solid as ultra due to the lack of dust. Both suck in regards to smell control but add some washed activated charcoal and it’s the best litter you will ever use.

What difference do you notice between the ‘classic’ (red bag) and the ‘ultra’ (blue bag)? I have multiple cats using multiple boxes.

I think the ultra has more ‘staying power’. I don’t change the box as often. I only have one cat.

How about tracking? My maine coon with his big paws, long fur on bottoms, really can track litter around…i’m looking for litter that is low tracking.

Our cat is a maine coon mix – big paws, very fluffy, also tracks litter everywhere. This litter doesn’t completely eliminate tracking, but compared to the costco brand we used to use, it seems to get tracked less and isn’t dusty (the granules are larger), so it’s easier to see and sweep up. Nowadays, outside of the bathroom, where the litter box is, i see bits and pieces in the hallway and sometimes on the coffee table, where he likes to sleep — before, we would see a trail from the bathroom to the window sill and dusty paw prints on all the fabric-covered furniture. So, it works better for us, and we continue to use it. You could try a smaller bag (i believe they have a 18lb bag somewhere on amazon) and see if it works better for you.

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Is the 18 lb. Bag enough to fill the cat box one time?

I think i buy the 40 lb. Bag and have plenty left over. I have the jumbo disposable boxes. I have one cat. I fill the jumbo box 80% to the top and over time it decreases b/c of use. This litter is so absorbent, that i can just add more litter to return it to 80% once it gets too low. No odors, no urine gets to the bottom b/c the litter absorbs it so well and quickly. Best litter i ever bought.

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Why is this product now only available through third party sellers at twice the price it used to be? Who is going to spend this much for cat litter?

Chewy has it cheaper. I refuse to pay almost $30 for the same size and product that used to be $10.49!!!

For those who have used the precious cat ultra premium clumping litter (blue bag), how does this compare?

I have used just about all of dr. Elsey’s litter products. Started with the respiratory relief. Didn’t really notice much difference. I’ve used the ultra. Imho, it’s dusty, and tracks a lot. Clumps well but becomes hardened like cement, especially in the litter box corners. Had to upgrade to a metal scooper and use a little more umph to get it out. I’m currently using the classic without issue. Cats seem to like it, seems to produce less dust, clumps well, and less tracking. Hope that helps!

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Is this litter dusty? I refuse to use litters that are so dusty i can barely stand to dump it into the box so hope to hear soon. Thanks

I really want to like this litter. It’s inexpensive and unscented. But in my opinion, it’s declined over the years. I keep the litter pans in a bedroom, and i can’t stand over the pans when i’m filling them or i’ll end up inhaling a cloud of dust. And if i don’t constantly clean the room, i’ll end up with a layer of dust on my television. I’m surprised that anyone still thinks this litter is dust-free.

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Does it stick like cement to the box? I have been using precious cat ultra for years and i loved it then. But, now, it’s like scooping cement.

Hi, i just did a thorough replacement of litter in my litter box. I had ultra in there, and when i dumped it all out, nothing was stuck to the sides or bottom of the litter box, other than a little bit in the corner. I use target storage bins for my litter boxes and they do have some edges that could collect stuff but there was very little, to nothing there. I replaced the ultra with the classic, so i won’t know until i do another complete replacement. I can just say that the ultra does not stick to the litterbox.

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Why has this more than doubled in price in the past couple weeks?

Price is not the same. Could purchase directly from amazon with free prime shipping for $9-10 dollars for 18lb bag until about 1-2 weeks ago. I know. I bought it in bulk. Understand that amazon may no longer be buying straight from manufacturer so we are seeing third party seller prices. Guess i’m opening a chewy.com account…

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Can i mix this with the dr. Elsey’s cat attract litter without losing effectiveness of cat attract. Trying to save a bit of $.

I don’t know if this will help but i bought a jar of the cat attract herbs and have used it in the past on the regular precious cat litter. I was using it to train two feral kittens to use a litter box and it was highly successful. I just took a goodly pinch of the cat attract herbs and sprinkled it over the top of the regular litter. Doing this might save you some dough–instead of buying the cat attract litter.

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Approximately how long would a 40lb bag last for two cats?

I have 5 cats (all girls) and i use this litter in 1 rubber made box and then my other 2 boxes i use different litter. I love this litter no odor. They all love it as well cause i noticed the other boxes aren’t getting used. I scoop 2x a day. It’s been 2 weeks and i’m still using the same bag. It does track but i haven’t found any that don’t. I just vacuumed by the box 2x a day with a battery stick vacuume which makes it quick and easy.

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Been using this litter for a while and it is pretty good. Has anyone tried the precious cat crystal litter from the same company? Is it better?

I did but sadly we found it to be so much more of a mess. It’s very light sand and gets absolutely everywhere. Took me a while to give up because i wanted to like it…. Right now using the cat attract… Seems like it’s working but boy it’s messy. Thinking about the 100% bentonite clay … Sigh…

What does this litter smell like? Is it overwhelmingly perfumed?

It doesn’t smell. It only releases the scent when wet but we could never smell anything. Personally i have bought every kind of dr. Elsey’s and found this one to be more dusty. We now use the regular unscented (blue bag).

Why does this stick 90% of the time~~??? What do you use?

I use 3/4 of an 18 lb. Bag. Sammy uses a jumbo litter box with higher sides. His litter doesn’t start sticking until it’s time for me to clean it. That’s 8-10 days. I always scoop after he goes and i think that’s a good thing to do. He just yowls if he has to step into a dirty toilet. Think of it this way, when a cat goes pee much of what’s left behind after you scoop it is soiled enough that eventually urine just sink to the bottom and there’s not enough clean, or unsoiled litter and can’t fully absorb the urine, so it sinks and sits there glueing itself to the bottom. I use a metal scooper (amazon.com) it’s strong enough to scrape the bottom when scooping. Remember to scoop often but after about 15-30.

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Went to reorder this product in 40 lb bag..until i noticed price jump from 17.49 to 34.99 plus 5.00 shipping…$40.00 for a bag of litter?! Really??

I am the one who noticed the $34.99 price awhile back. Now its back to a low price 15.57. I don’t know what is happening here

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5Expert Score
Why isn't there a 6 star option?

Cat litter.

It’s dusty. Dusty and gray. Also, granular. Decidedly less so upon being used, it forms a foul smelling hillock that waits for the low-man-on-the-totem-pole of the household to reluctantly scoop it. It smells of…cat litter? What else does cat litter smell like? I dunno. It’s the medium in which we expect our pet cats to expel their waste.

That’s it.

That’s about as much brain real estate each of us has devoted to the rousing topic of ‘cat litter’ and deservedly so. Cat litter is one of those things that is so inconsequential in our lives, so banal of a product, that any amount of conversational effort devoted to it is too much. That is, when it works.

And yet…here i am reviewing it on amazon.

In addition to having a decent (boring?) enough of a life that i can devote time to reviewing cat litter on amazon, i have two cats. One is a white flame-point ragdoll cat that is the reincarnation of steve mcqueen that’ll befriend a rottweiler within minutes of meeting (tucker) and the other is a painfully shy siamese that closely resembles a raccoon that swallowed a medicine ball – we call her ‘the basement troll’ for her penchant for cool, dark spaces and cardboard boxes. Formally, however, she is known as ‘bailey’.

While bailey is extremely sweet, she’s very nervous and scares extremely easily. She hides in the basement whenever anyone comes to the house and hates being carried. While tucker is as cool as billy dee williams and makes the dos equis guy look like don knotts, bailey is more sensitive than an open cavity. As a result, she’s suffered from chronic bladder infections for years.

While both of these cats are polar opposites of each other, both had one thing in common – they both had a penchant for leaving tootsie rolls just outside of their litterbox. In addition, because bailey suffered from routine bladder infections, we were starting to see rust-colored spots in not-so-inconspicous places around the house (essentially every carpeted corner in the house). While i certainly don’t condone the tendency for families to throw their hands up in the air in exasperation and send their pet cat straight to the kennel when this happens, i can understand how it happens.

If only there was some sort of miracle product that keeps such tragedies from happening…

Yes, precious cat ultra premium clumping cat litter is that product. How incredible is this stuff you ask? I’ll tell you: it’s so damned good that here i am, semi-supine in my cozy bed on the last tuesday before christmas and instead of figuring out how i’m going to get every last gift that i’m obligated to buy, i’m reviewing this cat litter. That’s how f—ing great this stuff is. It’s simply sublime – transcendent even. In a world where every product is so over-hyped, brightly packaged, and intrusively advertised on every screen in your house and yet is woefully and ultimately ineffectual, here’s a product that’s the equivalent of a circa 1974 george foreman right cross packaged in a manila envelope.

Before i continue, i would just like to say that this isn’t one of those inane, dipsh-t ‘ironic’ reviews that self-entertained hipsters write in the hopes that they get recognized by buzzfeed – i’m as sincere as i can be – this is the alpha and omega of cat litter.

With that out of the way, the first thing that comes to mind about this litter is that it saved our carpets, piles of dirty laundry and sanity from bailey’s sketchy bladder. Cynical as i am, i was fully expecting the worst for bailey – her bladder infections were a more consistent recidivist than tyron biggums and there was no end in sight. Like seemingly all pet ailments, i was fully expecting bailey’s treatment to be outrageously expensive.

Thankfully, we’re blessed with a vet that had long since paid off her exorbitant student loans and rather than recommend more ‘tests’ (i.e. $$), she recommended precious cat litter. Always in favor of the cheapest, easiest, and simplest answer, i happily ordered it from amazon. I replaced all the litter in the house (tidy cat) with the precious cat stuff and was ill prepared with how fast i saw results. Literally minutes later, there were fresh clumps in one of the litter boxes. Both cats took to this stuff like a fish to water. No longer do we find ‘surprises’ propped up against the litter box when it comes time to clean them out and that’s pretty damned nice.

So, i give this stuff an easy 5 stars right off the bat due to its ability to coax bailey to start using the litter box again, and thereby curing her bladder infections for good. That alone makes this a 5 star product. It fully exceeded my expectations. What really makes this stuff special is the comorbidity of the following:

1.) cost – this litter is significantly cheaper than the major brands you see in large jugs at just about every supermarket in the country. For the longest time i couldn’t understand why cat litter was so expensive – i mean it’s not like clay and ‘proprietary scent crystals’ are rare earth metals. Precious cat litter brings sanity back to cat litter pricing. It’s also pretty sweet that a 40lb. Bag of this stuff ships with free 2 day shipping with an amazon prime subscription. Thus, the value proposition is off the charts with this litter.

2.) scent – there is none.

No, i’m not just talking about the actual scent of the litter – i’m talking about after it’s been used. Bullsh-t you say? I can’t blame you – every friggin’ litter i’ve ever used that advertised such a claim has failed miserably. Cat urine is so putrid and so powerful that it causes many landlords to refuse cats to be present on their premises. I wish i had known about this product years ago because it effectively renders this objection null and void. The way this stuff absolutely smothers cat urine smells is positively game-changing. We have four cat litter boxes in our house – one is in the upstairs laundry room right at the top of the stairs. Normal cat litters would assault the olfactory senses of any poor soul unfortunate enough to walk upstairs in our house. Not so with this litter.

It’s ability to c-o-m-p-l-e-t-e-l-y void the stench of cat urine is truly other-worldly, maybe even a little bit spooky. Absolutely nothing should work this well at canceling out one of the worst smells known to the human race. Thus, i have no other choice than to conclude that simple logic dictates that beelzebub himself must be involved somewhere in the supply chain of this product – there’s no way humans alone have unlocked the superpower of neutering cat urine funk. However, this raises a philosophical question unto itself – how bad could the devil really be if he/she/it is involved with such a flawless product? Eh? Think about it.

So, precious cat litter is not only super good at eliminating cat urine stench, but it also forces consumers to deeply ponder some of life’s most mysterious philosophical questions. Tidy cat don’t do that, jus sayin’…

3.) clumping performance – to me, next to the puke-inducing smell of cat urine, scooping soggy piles of cat mess is the absolute worst part of changing the litter box. With the mainstream brands, i’ve noticed there’s about a 50:50 chance that the litter will clump. When it does, things are a-okay. When it doesn’t, you might as well don a painter’s mask and goggles to deal with the resulting acrid fumes. Once again, precious cat punches far above its weight here. This stuff clumps so consistently and so tightly that detroit should consider using this stuff to fill potholes. Cleaning the litter box with precious cat is a much faster, much easier, and much less painful experience than ever.

So, i conclude my review. Is precious cat a fantastic cat litter? Indeed. However, it’s something better than that – it’s a product that transcends its meager goals, which is to merely be a substance that cats crap into. For one, it’s absolutely unmatched in its ability to do what no other cat litter can do, namely ‘leave no trace’ that a cat resides in your house, a ‘silent warrior’ if you will. Yes, i said it – it’s essentially the navy seals of cat litter. It’s also cheaper than its inept competitors. Perhaps most importantly, it can be the difference between a cat being happy and comfortable in a loving home and a cat finding itself in a shelter. Lastly, it’s so outstanding that after witnessing its perfection, you’ll be highly motivated to write paragraphs about it on amazon.

Cat litter.

It’s precious cat or nothing.

5Expert Score
100% bentonite and unscented is the way to go

Tl/dr: bentonite just clumps better than other clay i’ve tried, my cats prefer unscented, and scented does little to help with odor issues in the long run.

Ever wake up in the middle of the night wondering if the earth’s store of bentonite will hold up to the demand? Yeah, i’ve been using dr. Elsey’s ultra for years and i finally, as a really dedicated worrier, got around to worrying about that.

A little googling suggests to me that if this is to become an issue, at least it won’t happen anytime soon. Which is good, b/c cats are picky. My daughter just went through a whole thing with her cat when her roommate pickup up a not-the-usual-litter brand: peeing on the rug, on the dogs’ beds, in the hamper, etc. Myself i’ve tried pine pellets and silicone gel crystal whatever it is, recycled newsprint, you name it – nothing holds down odors like bentonite and i like dr. Elsey’s for it ‘s relative low dust – although some bags are sadly dustier than others. The hard clumps mostly don’t stick*, so long as i keep a good 4 inches or so of litter depth – that’s an argument for having a high sided litter box. All litters will pick up the odor though, so i toss out all the litter, monthly. It may still be clumping but a happy cat is one who gets a regular box refresh and an unhappy cat may take its business elsewhere, if you know what i mean. Experience has taught me that it’s best to scoop twice daily and it doesn’t hurt to have a spray bottle of rubbing alchohol to do a little mini-disinfection/deodorization after scooping without adding all kinds of potentially unwanted perfumes. If you have one of those lidded boxes with the charcoal filter, etc., and the cat goes outside the box, that lid might be the issue – keeping odors in sound great but does not necessarily make for a pleasant bathroom experience. (do i sound a little obsessed here? Again, my cats do their business in. The. Box., and that’s what matters.)

i’d love to see ultra come up with some kind of (earth-friendly) paper or plastic container for better control on the pour – 18 lbs is just heavier when it’s contained in a shapeless bag. But i appreciate the price i get through subscribe & save, enough to re-pour it into a plastic container which i re-use.

*yeah, my one cat likes to pee on the side of the box, but i still save myself a lot of work by keeping a fairly deep layer of litter in the box.

5Expert Score
I settled on this after a few years trying different litters

I wanted to give a very detailed review because i tried using reviews to choose litter, but it was very hard to do because often the reviews vary wildly in describing the same qualities of the same litter. I’ll start by saying i’ve tried fresh step, tidy cats, arm & hammer, pretty litter, and various other silicone litters before settling on this one. I have one short haired, older female kitty who has one litter box.

For a long time, i used arm & hammer clump and seal litter. I didn’t hate it, but felt like it didn’t clump as well as it could and i wanted to try something else. So i switched to pretty litter for a while because i liked the color changing aspect. However, i started to notice that it wasn’t lasting as long as it was supposed to and i didn’t want to keep paying that much for something that wasn’t doing what it was supposed to. I liked the no-clump aspect, but it seemed to irritate my kitty’s toes. She was constantly picking stuff off the hair on her feet (and she doesn’t have long hair at all) and i felt like it tracked a lot. I then tried a few different silicone litters, but the more affordable ones were too hard to find regularly (ie often out of stock).

So after all that experimentation, i had a few qualities i was looking for:
– low dust
– low tracking (i live in a very small apartment where there aren’t many steps between the litter box and the couch or the bed)
– low odor
– hopefully non-clumping

i ended up compromising on the non-clumping part, because this litter meets my other wish list items so well.

– dust: i haven’t tried some of the “natural” litters like the ones made from corn, wheat, etc. So i can’t speak for those. But otherwise i have used many of the popular litters and i have concluded that there probably isn’t a 100% dust free litter. I think it’s just the nature of such a product. However, this has less dust than any other litter i can think of and i love that.

– tracking: again, not sure if there exists a 100% no track litter. But in my experience, this tracks the least. I did notice after i was sick for a couple weeks (still scooping ofc but not as worried about cleaning up the litter on the floor) it did start to get a little spread out and ground into the carpet. But as long as i was vacuuming regularly i barely noticed any tracking.

– odor: this and the low tracking were probably the main selling points for me. I’ve honestly forgotten to scoop the box a couple times because i. Never. Smell it! Even when scooping it, it hardly smells. Only towards the end of its life cycle does it tend to stink much, but again, that’s only when scooping. And i use the scent free one! I hate the smell of scented cat litter (it gets too strong for me and in my head it’s a “cover up” smell, like spraying perfume on a dirty shirt or pants lol) i think this is the best quality of this litter. If odor is your sticking point, i’d definitely recommend trying this.

– clumping: as i said above, this was what i compromised on. **this is a clumping litter.** but it clumps extremely well. Honestly sometimes it’s a bit like scooping a rock. If it’s a larger clump sometimes i have to put in some effort to break it in half. So because of that and how great the other qualities are, i was fine with switching back to a clumping litter. I have a litter genie so it’s not too much of an inconvenience. Actually, my only (very minor) complaint would be that the clumps get too heavy to fill the litter genie bag as full as i’d like, but it doesn’t bother me that much.

– price: i haven’t sat down and figured out how this one compares to the others in terms of price, but it’s at least comparable and i think very reasonable for the quality of what you get. The 18lb bag is a little more than enough to fill up the litter box, and has been lasting about a month.

So glad i decided to try dr. Elsey’s! I hope this review is helpful to anyone else shopping around for litter like i was.

5Expert Score
Better than expected!

I saw a decent amount of negative reviews and not entirely sure why. A few people commented on the dust. I thought the dust was minimal. I used tidy cats light weight litter before this and my kitten was 8-10 weeks old, super crazy and would catapult in and out of the litter box (he thought it was fun i guess), anyway, we would find small litter covered poops around my condo, i guess from his catapulting. Anyway, we got this litter. Our kitten catapults 10x the speed now at 3months old and no random litter covered poops around! The dust is extremely minimal. No bad odor. Also, the amount of litter tracked outside of the litter box is like 10% of what it was with tidy cats. Seriously. Our psycho kitten had litter all over the place before, it was unreal. Now we only have to sweep a fraction of the time. There was also bad reviews about the pee spots in the litter becoming hard like concrete… What?!? I have not had that issue in any way at all. It’s super easy to scoop and get rid of. I haven’t had any problems at all and will definitely order this again.

When the litter arrived, as mentioned with a few other reviews, the bag was damaged and some leaked out. We opened the amazon box carefully and found that it was like a 1inch puncture in the bag. With a simple small piece of packaging tape over the hole, it was easily solved. I’m not sure how some people can write such bad reviews over a couple pieces of spilled litter.

Anyway, but the litter, you won’t regret it

5Expert Score
Dependable, affordable, low dust, low tracking

This product is unscented, but completely masks scent. Even the waste bin i fill after scooping the litter box doesn’t stink as bad as the last litter i used. Very fast clumping. Very low dust. I use this stuff with confidence in the litter box in my kitchen, without fear of contaminating all my surfaces with litter dust.

Almost no tracking. I would wager the only tracking that happens is when i accidentally step on the stuff with my bare feet as i’m cleaning up after they kick it out of the box. My cats are champion kickers, so they do still manage to kick it outside the box a little, but not much, and it doesn’t fly far. I use a litter mat under one of my boxes and it keeps it almost completely contained (have i mentioned my cats being strong kickers?).

Half the cost of the “no dust” clay litter from arm & hammer, but works much better. Does not stick to the walls of the litter box! This is really important because my kitty tends to urinate down the wall of her box all the time. Other litters would clump and harden on the box wall and stick there. Couldn’t scrape them completely off if i tried. Not so with this. It just comes completely away from the sides, even though my litter box is old and scratched up.

This stuff is amazing. Hands down the best litter i’ve used, and i’ve used some of the pricier ones. I would not want to use another litter even if i could easily afford it.

While in the process of switching to this from the high-cost, lightweight, all-natural, no-dust litter i’d been using previously, i had one box of this stuff and the rest of the old stuff. The cats completely ignored the old stuff. They would only use this stuff. They would rather use a very used box whole i was out all day at work, than use the “better” brand which was sitting untouched in the other box.

I’ve scooped immediately after liquid waste and it barely sticks to the scoop. Certainly much less than anything else i’ve used. Still, maybe let it sit it one minute before scooping. Solid waste? You can scoop it right away, as long as it’s been covered (mine doesn’t tend to cover his so i cover it for him). If it’s been sitting there for a minute or two you wouldn’t even have to cover it before scooping. This stuff is quick at desiccating all the waste very quickly.

Be warned. This litter is heavy. Not a good choice if you or your cats are weak or have pain issues, but if you’re strong enough, or have someone else who can help you with those things, it is totally worth it.

You might even try having a strong, wheeled bin for your litter, and standing at the door scooping the litter out into the bin at the door where your amazon driver drops it, if your arms, wrists, and hands are reasonably functional but your spine or legs give you grief. I already have distant future mobility issue workarounds planned out, because as long as they make this stuff, as long as i have cats, and as long as i am able to, i intend to keep using this.

5Expert Score
Really actually better than other cat litters

Cat little is cat litter, right? Yeah, pretty much … But i have been using this version for several years now and it’s kind of great. It’s the right size to clump well, and holds together when scooping. It doesn’t need any scent because it really does do the whole clumping thing well — even for my cat who sometimes does more of a spray than a pee. It does a good job making a scoopable clump in either case.

And unrelated to the product, but wow, having a huge thing of cat litter show up on your doorstep (thanks amazon delivery people!) is pretty awesome. I do the subscription thing so just having it show up is pretty sweet.

I highly recommend two other things: get a metal cat box, bags designed for holding the waste, and a metal scoop — plastic is terrible for box and scoop, but the default option. I have two metal boxes, actually, and this allows me to go away for a night or weekend without coming back to a stinky mess. I tried the automatic scooper boxes, and the special magic cat litters they use for a while, but in the end, not easier than just scooping.

5Expert Score
Happy with this litter, except for cost and weight

I’ve had a multiple cat household for a couple of years now (thanks, covid lockdown for bringing me these stray cats). We’ve tried various litters (mostly pine pellets) but weren’t 100% pleased with any of them. I always hesitated buying hard clumping litter because of concerns i’d heard about them ingesting it. But my fears have not been warranted. My cats seem to enjoy using this litter – even the more outdoorsy cats are using it! Which was totally unexpected (as they hardly went near the litter-boxes with the other litter)! A nice bonus. So i feel that i’ve hit on my litter solution.

And although this new litter is scent-less, it somehow works great at eliminating any odor, once the cats have covered up their business! I’m not sure how, but it does. One fill of the litter-box seems to last a good week for multiple cats.

My only issues:
– it’s expensive
– it’s ridiculously heavy (delivery packaging is hard to handle)

5Expert Score
Odor virtually disappeared when i added this to the box

I am very impressed with this litter so far. When i first received it and added it to my cats’ litter box, i was pleasantly surprised not to be able to smell anything at all from the box. Normally, there’s always a little bit of odor when i walk past the laundry room, no matter how often i scoop. This litter completely smothers any odor when the litterbox has been scooped, and i can still barely smell anything when walking past the laundry room even if the box needs to be scooped. It’s important to note, however, that i have a hooded litterbox with a flap over the entrance, and i scoop the box usually every other day. I have two cats, and they fill a litterbox quickly. However, keeping 4 or so inches in the box allows them to bury things better and means i can scoop the box less and smell odors less. I haven’t kept 3-4 inches in the box in the past because it takes so much litter that i would have to buy two pails just to fill it to 3-4 and then have clean to add to it as i scoop it. However, this litter’s granules are larger than most others’, and the 40 lb. Bag is excellent for the price. After adding 3-4 inches of litter to my cats’ xl size hooded box, there’s still at least 2/3 of a bag left. After scooping, the litter left in the box looks clean and doesn’t get discolored and wet like other litters i’ve used. So far, i haven’t added any extra litter to the box. With other litters i’ve used, i usually feel the need to add some on top often after scooping because the litter in the box gets stinky really fast. With this litter, i can see myself only adding more when the level in the box gets lower, and that’s what i want. I originally searched for another type of litter because one of my cats has a coughing problem, and i wanted to see if switching to an unscented, dust free litter would help. I wish it was completely dust free, but 0.1% dust isn’t much to complain about. I haven’t noticed any dust at all, and my cat rarely coughs any more. One thing of note about this litter is that it is extremely heavy. I say this as a man who regularly lifts upwards of 100 lbs. At work. This stuff feels like it’s made of lead. I think the fact that it comes in a bag, without many places to gain purchase, makes it harder to lift. I recommend lifting it up and hugging it with both hands on the bag when pouring instead of trying to hold one corner of the bag, as this makes the litter pour out very slowly. That being said, it’s also best to support the ‘spout’ (or the corner you cut open) with one hand. Otherwise, the top part of the bag is going to go limp and dump a ton of litter into the box. The weight of the bag does make it cumbersome, but i’m willing to deal with the logistics of it for the quality of the litter. However, i do recommend getting a metal litter scoop. The plastic one i have bends unless i’m careful about how fast and at what angle i scoop. It makes getting into the corners difficult, and i expect the plastic scoop to break soon. I’ll definitely be getting a metal scoop when that happens. Despite the heaviness of the litter, it’s very easy to scoop. My cats love to dig in the corner of the box and pee, which makes the pee get stuck on the side of the box. This litter is very easy to scrape off the sides, however. It also clumps very tightly, and even weaker clumps, like those formed by the urine scraped off the side of the box, have the consistency of a thick, sandy paste and are very scoopable. I haven’t had any clumps fall apart on me. Also, an unforseen benefit of the heaviness and coarseness of this litter is that my litter mat can catch tracked litter a lot better. Since switching to this litter, there have been a lot less stray granules all over the laundry room floor, and i haven’t seen any litter clumped in the fur on the bottoms of my long-haired cat’s paws, which is what happened with the last litter i was using. Overall, i’m very pleased with this litter, especially considering it’s about $17 for a 40 lb. Bag. I could easily see one bag of this litter lasting me two months, even with two cats. That being said, i’m concerned about the price fluctuations and discrepancies in quality noted by other reviewers. If the price does go up beyond how much i’m willing to pay, i will probably search for another site to order this litter from or just look for another brand. The value of this litter is a huge factor of how much i like it, so taking that away would definitely turn me away from buying this litter regularly and exclusively, which is what i plan to do if everything remains the same as with this first order. If i receive a bag of product with bad quality, i won’t be ordering this litter from amazon again and will try to find somewhere else to order it from instead. But that being said, i’m very pleased with the product that i have received for this first order, and i will definitely be purchasing this product again.

5Expert Score
You have cats???

Living in the country and being a total sucker, i have more than a few cats. They find me. Even living 40 miles out in the country, further than anyone will drive to dump animals, they still find me. Seriously. I wake up in bed with cats i don’t know. I come home to find cats i don’t know partying in the living room, napping on my bed and helping themselves to chow in the kitchen. Last year a feral had kittens under my kitchen sink. Three cats i had just met, in my house, had litters of kittens in bed next to me while i was sleeping.

So i’m not kidding when i tell you i need good litter.

None of my cats have had any of the cement clumps some people talked about. I guess that could eventually happen if the boxes aren’t cleaned out in a timely manner. I’m not willing to check that out though.

I put this litter in what i call ‘the popular box’, the one they all seem to prefer. I used my regular litter in the back room with the other boxes that get a lot less use. Just for giggles, i skipped a day of cleaning the box with this litter, but did clean the ones with the other litter.

Even though the box with dr elsey’s litter missed a day of cleaning, even though that box get about 3 times as much use as the other boxes, it didn’t smell. At all. The others did.

What dust? Very minimal. I especially noticed the difference when i added old litter in the back boxes. There is almost no dust with this stuff.

And the clumping? Wow! You could hurt someone with those clumps! Seriously! If you find a stranger in your house, just grab one of these to throw. They’ll be in some serious pain!

I barely noticed any odor when i was cleaning out the ‘popular box’. The far less used boxes with the old litter seemed overwhelming after using dr elsey’s.

One thing to note is that although this is a forty pound bag of litter, the bag it comes in is not much bigger that the 20 lb bags i usually buy. This stuff is heavy! I had to drag the litter over to the box and scoop it out with a cup!

I also noticed that there is a lot less tracking of litter. I wasn’t expecting that.

Needless to say, i’m beyond pleased with this litter. It’s a little more expensive, more so for me because i have so many ‘guest boxes’, but i’m definitely not going back to that other stuff.

Now, if they could make a litter that will scatter itself over the poo when my cats can’t be bothered. Is it so much to ask at least that much after everything i do for them???

I guess they want to make sure i don’t forget who’s really the boss around here.

5Expert Score
Pay more attention to the current use of kitty litter. I now have 200 lbs-just a bit too much.

Pay more attention to your current use of kitty litter. I now have 200lbs of kitty litter hiding behind furniture, the livingroom chair i slept in for over a year. I have tried to keep the area’s clean, but it’s quite a job sometimes with the 3 litterboxes but i am so greatful that i listened and i haven’t had one accident since i set them up. I do use the pet formula of ‘amour-hammer’@ rug deodorizer for animal smells. The first litter i had had it mixed in, so whenever i cleaned each i said, ‘ok guys, this one is all clean.’ before that they were very slow in trying it out. I use so little, i think it is as much a ritual than anything else.
I love my 2 little sweethearts, and i think the one who wasn’t covering is now doing so.i will continue to use dr. Elsey’s cat litter, but i heard that their superior (more expensive) little keeps the clumps on top so you don’t have to dig. I really love the litter and the low cost; and in comparison to picking up poop or puke from the floor, i prefer they dig as far as is necessary.

4Expert Score
Better than the worst of brands

Been using it for about two weeks now and it’s has it pros and con compared to my old cat litter that i used. It absorbs poop pretty well, doesn’t get into my cat’s feet, and hides the smell of the poop better than my old litter. My cats seem to enjoy it more, i see them covering up their business better after they finish using the bathroom with this litter. My problem with this litter is that it sucks at absorbing pee, the pee sinks to the bottom and sticks to the cat litter box, the is however pee is absorbed a little bit but when i go to clean up after them i have to press or scoop hard enough to get the pee absorbed cat litter. Though there are times where the pee is absorbed perfectly and i have no problem with it, i’d say it’s a 50/50 chance the pee does and doesn’t absorb. This is a 40 pound bag so hopefully i don’t have much trouble with it further on. But, everything else is great and for the price you’re paying and how much you’re getting i’d say it’s worth the try.

4Expert Score
A good economic alternative

I would not advise the use of this product during the summer months; when it is going to be hot you are going to want the high dollar litter. Still, once cooler weather comes around this is a great way to save money. This is far from the worst litter i have ever used (and the worst litter i’ve ever used costed more). I’m really glad to see that there are companies coming up with economic solutions. For those of us who have multiple pets it can be a huge assistance. I assume that i am going to consistently order this brand throughout the fall, winter, and early spring.

4Expert Score
Best fragrance free and dust free alternative to fresh step

For many years, i used fresh step scoopable clumping cat litter exclusively. In terms of odor control and clumping (the clumps are hard and do not break up), fresh step is the gold standard. However….

Two new kitties entered my life last fall, and one of them has breathing issues. The dust and/or fragrance associated with fresh step was just too much for him and caused him to sneeze, cough, and ultimately to need an inhaler. I did not need to be told to switch litters. The problem was, which one? The solution? I have 5 cats and four huge litter boxes (petmate giant litter pan), so i bought four types of clumping litter and test drove each simultaneously. I am lucky enough to have an empty tiled office in the basement that serves as the litter box room, so all four boxes were available to all the cats in one place, each with a different type of clumping litter (all unscented). The test lasted 5 months. The points of judgment were, in descending order of importance: dust, odor control, clumping ability, weight, and, to a much lesser extent, tracking. None of the litters i tried were so awful that i tossed them, but i did settle on two winners, each of which continues to occupy two boxes. Here’s what i used:

the losers:

swheat scoop multi cat natural wheat cat litter:
someone from another review said that it worked fine but smelled like vomit. I think it smells a bit more like stinky cheese, but either way, eww. I do not think it worked well. It controls odors okay, but has one of its own that’s unpleasant and even more unpleasant when mixed with cat poo. And while the litter clumps well, the clumps don’t hold up when they are jostled about by the cats or hit by the scoop. The cats did not seem to like this litter, as it was almost exclusively a ‘pee only’ box. Swheat scoop is a little dusty, but not too bad. It tracks a lot. Bonus: this litter is very light.

World’s best cat litter, multiple cat clumping formula:
it is certainly not the best, and for my little experiment, was actually the worst performing. Moderate odor control, decent initial clumping, but the clumps were tenuous at best, falling apart easily into bits too small to be caught by the scoop. It smells really good coming out of the bag – a nice natural grainy smell, but the cats did not seem to like this litter, as it was a ‘pee only’ box. Dust is minimal and tracking is moderate. Added plus, this litter is light. Not super light, but certainly far from clay heavy.

The winners:

blue buffalo naturally fresh multi-cat clumping cat litter:
this litter is made from crushed walnut shells. Its clumping ability is okay, but the clumps fall apart too easily. However, the cats love this litter. It comes out of the bag smelling wonderful – almost coffeeish. It has an odd sort of odor control. It doesn’t really mask anything, but the natural smell of the litter seems to nullify both pee and poo smells. This litter is moderately dusty and tracks a lot, and since it’s dark brown, it’s sort of gross looking. In truth, this would have been a total loser if the cats didn’t take to it so well. I don’t know why, but they love the walnut litter the best. This litter is very light and easy to scoop.

Precious cat ultra premium clumping cat litter:
this would have been the only winner if the cats weren’t so crazy about the walnuts. This litter clumps like crazy and stays clumped. Someone in another review claimed the urine went through the litter and created a sort of uni-clump on the bottom of the box. My experience is this would happen only if (a) a very shallow amount of litter was used, or (b) the box was not scooped frequently enough. My litter boxes, which i scoop daily, are huge, filled at least 5′ deep, and there are four of them and five cats. I never found what (s)he described. I did notice that the clumps in this litter are a little sticky and are round rather than cookie shaped, like with fresh step, which i believe is due to precious cat having larger particles and being pretty much dust free. If a clump sticks to the sides or bottom of the box, it can cling pretty tightly, but comes up with not much effort. If i let the boxes go for three or more days, however, i can certainly see how i would have problems cleaning them properly due to the weight of the clumps and their stickiness. This litter tracks lightly. The precious cat ultra premium clumping is as close to fresh step as i got while remaining fragrance- and dust-free. Big downer: extremely heavy, perhaps even heavier than fresh step. But as long as amazon offers to ship it free, i’ll buy.

Bottom line:
if i had to select just one litter, it would probably be precious cat ultra premium clumping, at least for now. True, it’s extremely heavy, but the dust problem is solved. In the rest of my house i am still cleaning up many years of fresh step dust (i can tell by the smell of that awful ‘fresh scent’ that used to seem pleasant but that i now associate with cat poo). My one cat’s breathing problems are receding and he no longer needs his inhaler. The two brands of litter my cats seemed to dislike, swheat scoop and the world’s best cat litter, tended to be ‘pee-only’ litters. I’m not sure what that fact means in the cat world, but i wouldn’t want to commit to a litter the cats see as unworthy of their poops. I tend to think that the reason the walnut shell-based blue buffalo naturally fresh clumping litter is such a big hit is because three of my cats are elderly, two of them being 14. I think their paws are sensitive and this litter is easy on their old paw pads. I would think that the swheat scoop and world’s best would also be old paw friendly, but… All i can say is, cats are fickle and they don’t explain themselves.

4Expert Score
Great litter for the price, but not worth the hassle

This is a great litter for the price. It’s a fairly large bag , that is cheap but still serves the purpose intended. Definitely no odors, completely eliminated. The hard clumping makes for easy scooping when cleaning out the litter. My only gripe about this littler is it tracks. My cat likes my tub so i always find the littler in the tub and some throughout the house but not to bad.

Update: so this litter creates a lot of dust which is not helpful to my asthma. The tracking is insane! I literally find litter every where. What makes it worse is if the litter gets wet it hardens almost like concrete which has been a nightmare for my drain and me cleaning my tub. Most certainly will not buy again.

4Expert Score
Best litter ever

This litter is outstanding. I have four cats. Visitors have no clue and friends are amazed they can’t smell them.
The clumps are very hard, there is no dust.
I took points away for 1. Packaging. Dr elsey’s box is very tight around the 40 lb bag, but amazon puts their big loose box on it and it’s ridiculous. The big box often falls apart. 2. Tracking. The litter box room has a kitty door with an entire floor of litter catching mats they walk across, but still it sticks to their paws and end up throughout the outside room.

4Expert Score
My cat loves this!

My maine coon has a lot of issues tracking litter – she loves to play in her litter box. However, this is the first litter that i’ve found where it’s extremely clean, barely any dust, is easy to scoop (clumps well), and keeps the odor to a minimum.

Highly recommend, it’s worth the price and the low dust is good for your cat!

4Expert Score
Well…not so bad

I have two kittens, and this litter was recommended to me by my friend. Honestly, i just fell in love with the price. The dust of this cat litter is beyond my expectations; i mean, you like living next to a stone factory. Fortunately, my cat litter box is closed. The clumping is moderate. I think i’ll keep using this one until i find another cat litter.

4Expert Score
Worst packaging ever

I will never buy this product again! It is shipped in two boxes, the inner one of which is nearly impossible to open. Are you people nuts?? This i# no way to package an extremely heavy item. I should not have to spend thirty minutes and injure my back struggling to open a package. I like the product but it is simply too difficult to handle. Two thumbs down for cluelessness!!

4Expert Score
Very good litter (but heavy & unwieldy bag)

I like this litter. It does have a little dust— but not too bad. It is packed in a large heavy plastic bag which was difficult for me to lift. I ended up opening it and transferring the litter into two empty cat litter jugs i happened to have. The manufacturer may want to consider offering it in jugs or maybe a two pack of smaller bags. Clumping and odor control seem to be fine.

4Expert Score
Great litter

Great litter. It has no odor and clumps well. My cat uses it with no issues. It says it’s 99% dust free but it still produces a fine layer of dust on anything around the litter box and it tracks a few feet from the box. I sweep daily to keep it from spreading even further.

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