The Best Cat Litters of 2021

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Ah the litterbox, bane of many a cat person’s existence. The good news is you can greatly improve the litterbox situation for both you and your cat by choosing the right cat litter. Choose the wrong cat litter and you can create elimination issues and a stinky house. Choose the right litter and you’ll have a fresh home, easy to clean litterbox, and a happy cat. But not all homes (or all cats) are the same—different homes and different cats have different cat litter needs. Look no further for our picks for this year’s best cat litters, broken down for concerns and cats of all type.

1. ökocat

Key Features:

  • Plant based
  • Sustainable
  • Natural
  • Dust-free

First Impressions: okocat litter is sustainably created from natural wood fiber that is 99% dust free. This litter is a natural alternative free from synthetic chemicals, scents, and dyes. Six different formulas lend themselves to cats with delicate paws or long coats.

Helpful Reviews:

FINALLY, I’ve found Okocat. The clumping is fantastic and it has controlled the odour wonderfully. Now that I’ve tried it and am very happy with it, I’m putting in an order for 2 more boxes from Chewy today. I diligently clean my cat’s litter box every other day so that I don’t have the odour and this product has done it the best.—Bleatalon on chewy.com

Greatness, this is the bestest cat litter ever. easy clean up, great on odour catching, also my cat is a long hair and it doesn’t track with her across the carpet. I thoroughly recommend this litter for every cat owner.—Cricket on chewy.com

2. WBCL (World’s Best Cat Litter)

Key Features:

  • Outstanding odour control
  • Quick clumping
  • Dust-free
  • Lightweight
  • Flushable

First Impressions: WBCL is a safe and natural corn-based cat litter with multiple formulas catered to what your home needs most. They offer litter for single or multi-cat households, scented or unscented, all with natural absorbency and superior clumping. This litter eliminates dust and odour while keeping you and your cat happy and healthy.

Helpful Reviews:

Arvee has a thyroid problem and as a result drinks a lot of water resulting in a tremendous amount of urine. We have tried every litter on the market with the same terrible results. The pee soaked litter turned almost to concrete. We were struggling to get the huge hunks of urine soaked litter out of the box, actually breaking one of the lifters because of the concrete-like soaked litter. A neighbor told us about World’s Best litter, we bought a bag that day and are so very pleased that we will never use the other stuff again. Wish we had this tip a couple years ago!!—Arvee from chewy.com

I just discovered this litter, as it was recommended for my automatic Litter Robot. I LOVE this litter (can’t believe I’m even saying that, lol) – but I love that it’s natural, clumps REALLY well, and doesn’t get nearly as gluey as the clay litters I have used in the past. I also feel like it will decompose much more quickly and ultimately be better for the environment. It masks smells very well, and my kitten took to it immediately.—BKMCO from chewy.com

3. Sustainably Yours

Key Features:

  • Fragrance-free
  • Flushable
  • Sustainable

First Impressions: Cat Daddy Jackson Galaxy approved! This bright white litter makes monitoring your cat’s urine-changes easy. It’s odour-absorbing without the use of chemicals or fragrances. Made of corn and cassava, it’s soft on paws and flushable.

Helpful Reviews:

I’ve been trying to move away from clay for years now but could never find a litter that worked better. Really happy I was suggested to try this corn litter. It clumps better and so far the smell works better than clay. It does track a bit more than clay but not by much so I think the tradeoff is well worth it. I also love how there’s no dust.—Jenny on Amazon.com

I’m never going back to clay or crystal. This cat litter is the best I’ve ever used. It clumps PERFECTLY and lasts for a long time. I have 1 16lb cat. He usually fills up the litter box daily and I clean it at night. The litter lasts him a month with me switching it out for fresh at the end of the month and adding some as a refresher halfway through the month.—Lindsay on Amazon.com

4. NextGen Pet

Key Features:

  • All natural
  • Flushable
  • Lightweight

First Impressions: Next Gen cat litter is made from wood and green tea powder to ensure an odourless experience without the use of chemicals or fragrances. It clumps without using clay or bentonite as an ingredient. This litter is flushable and earth-friendly.

Helpful Reviews:

This is great litter! The smell is very light and also completely masking. I have the litter boxes in my office and can’t stand litter box smells and I have no problems working in my office all day. The pellets do break down a bit after a couple days, but not nearly as bad as other natural litters and it doesn’t track. The pellets sometimes go flying but that’s 1000x better than dust/tracking in my opinion and most lost pellets stay on the litter mat and I can just put them back in the litter boxes when I clean them. Every natural litter claims to be the best at no smells and no dust and I’ve tried a lot of them with no success but this one finally worked for me!—Melissa on Chewy.com

Honestly I’ve gone thru a lot of different litter brands since bringing Purrcius into my home and this one is my favorite. The pellets clump nicely, the pellets are big enough that my big boy doesn’t drag them everywhere around the house like with granule litter, and the green tea scent covers the smell of urine very nicely. It’s literally the best! Especially if you have a big cat!—Catmom on Chewy.com

5. Boxie Cat

Key Features:

  • Extreme odour control
  • Low dust
  • Solid clumping capabilities

First Impressions: Boxie Cat has a range of products to meet your needs from deep clean probiotic to extra strength and regular clumping litter. Their litter offers odour control in either scented or unscented varieties, and whichever you choose the dust count is low. The litter clumps quickly to make cleanup easy.  They also offer a convenient subscription service to make purchasing simple.

Helpful Reviews:

I love this cat litter! It is dust free. I know a lot of litters say that but this one really is! I buy unscented and it truly hides the smells. I have 7 litter boxes and 6 cats and no one visiting my home can believe I have that many litter boxes that aren’t stinky (I do scoop every day). It truly clumps and very easy to scoop. It is similar to sand.—TamaraL on chewy.com

This litter has little, if any dust. The cats track the same amount of litter particles outside the box but because the litter consists of very small particles, it falls from their paws quickly and does not track as far as larger particles. Smaller particles also mean less to clean up.. Seems to clump as advertised provided you replenish the box regularly as instructed to maintain the 3 inch depth. Appears to be an excellent product – you get what you pay for – as usual. I will purchase again.—Catagan on chewy.com

6. Pioneer Pet Products

Key Features:

  • All natural grass litter
  • Easy on paws
  • Low dust
  • Biodegradable

First Impressions: SmartCat is extremely soft on paws for cats who have trouble with other litters that may hurt sensitive feet. This natural, biodegradable cat litter uses a renewable resource that clumps quickly and eliminates dust.

Helpful reviews: 

This stuff is great! Second time cleaning his litter and it’s so easy to clean, I don’t dread cleaning it and since it’s so easy I clean it twice a day if I can now! The litter box is so light. The litter scoop is still brand new looking. The pee clumps and absorbs , no little pieces left behind or sticking to the scoop. The smell is pleasant. No more stinky pee clay litter smell or dust. Omg! The dust levels are 0. I love this stuff and the fact that it’s eco friendlier makes it that much better! My cat appears not to have a problem with it either. It’s much softer on his paws I imagine too.—Sariee on chewy.com

I love this product and I highly recommend it to everyone. We have 5 cats and 5 boxes. For years, we bought the most expensive litters which said 99.9% dust free, and they were insanely dust filled. No idea how others can call themselves dust free. This litter is light, totally controls the smell, and is TRULY dust free. It was a life saver for us, as it completely solved our problem. Worth every penny.—Shari on chewy.com

7. Snappy Tom (Safcol)

Key Features:

  • Lightweight
  • Environmentally safe
  • Inhibits bacteria

First Impressions: Snappy Tom litter is a non-clumping litter that only requires removal of solid waste. The crystals trap urine and odours and come in either lavender or unscented varieties. Low-tracking ensures that the litter stays where it’s supposed to, and as an added bonus, it’s environmentally friendly,

Helpful reviews:

I have 3 maine coons and have found that this litter has worked the best for not only smell but for tracking.—PetLover at chewy.com

This litter works very well. Lasts a long time. Just scoop out the feces and leave the urine. It keeps the smell locked in. Once it gets really dirty just throw out the litter, clean the box and put in new litter. Pretty great. One of our cats really prefers this litter.—AndreaS on chewy.com

8. TeddyBob 

Key Features:

  • Charcoal odour control
  • Extremely absorbent
  • Lightweight

First Impressions: For those not quite ready to completely give up on clay, TeddyBob offers a composite litter that’s 70% tofu and 30% bentonite. It manages odour well, and promises little tracking. As a bonus, the vacuum-sealed bags save space.

Helpful Reviews: 

It doesn’t hurt my cat’s sensitive paws, smells good, clumps, and doesn’t track too much. My favourite litter I’ve used!—LaurenW on Teddybob.com

Good quality, no smell, clumps very well, does not track as much as other litters. Also it’s very light, I was very happy to find out that that does not take away from its performance. Very good product.—ZeynepS on Teddybob.com

9. Catalyst

Key Features:

  • Natural
  • Dust-free
  • Lightweight

First Impressions: As a wood-based clumping litter, Catalyst adds variety to your litter options. Its mild, woodsy scent helps mask odours and the material is non-tracking. The addition of biobased oil and zeolite contribute to its effectiveness and make it a solid choice.

Helpful Reviews: I’ve tried a lot of different “natural” litters trying to find a better option for the environment that actually works. This is the first one I’ve tried that works better than all the clay litter’s I’ve used. The odour control is so good I’ve actually found myself forgetting to scoop the box. Great clumping too. I am a new customer for life!—catmom on chewy.com

Switched to Catalyst, far less dusty than even ” dust free” clumping litters, took a while to transition but well worth it.—Hanter on Chewy.com

10. InstaChew

Key Features:

  • Flushable
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Natural

First Impressions: Petkit tofu litter with active charcoal is a natural, odor-eliminating alternative to heavy clay. Food-grade soy pulp is safe for you and your cat and its 2x more absorbent than regular litter. This litter can be used in their Pura Box automatic smart litter system as an added bonus.

Helpful Reviews:

I switched to this litter because I noticed when using clay litter, my cat sneezed all the time! The clay said 99.9% dust free. But once I switched, she isn’t sneezing anymore and her eyes aren’t watery, this absorbs smells great! It also has a sort of sweet scent to it. I’m really loving this litter. But yes, it still tracks.—CareE on Amazon.com

Best litter I have tried yet! Very absorbent without it sticking to the bottom. My cat smells like a pastry now. Lol.—Hannah G-S on Amazon.com

11. Skoon

Key Features:

  • Light
  • Odour controlling
  • Non-clumping
  • Hypoallergenic

First Impressions: Skoon is a non-clumping, all-natural litter that takes a weight off. [cw: not sure what Becky meant by “takes a weight off”] It is made from highly absorbent diatom pebbles that lock odor in and keep it out of your home. They offer a disposable kitty litter box as well as bags of litter. This litter is completely safe even if ingested, and also boasts low tracking.

Helpful Reviews:

These pebbles are the best. I haven’t noticed a smell from the litter at all. The poop also clumps up nicely and it’s so easy to scoop out. It’s almost like sifting through tiny pebbles and it’s actually satisfying having no clumps that stick and smell. I almost keep waiting for the gross wet clumps to resist when scooping but it’s just a clean sift every time.—TayOhh on Chewy.com

I’m pleasantly surprised that this has lived up to the hype! I couldn’t wait to try it so I put it in one of our boxes (we have 3) and have been taking note of how it does tracking wise, smell concealing etc. so far, quite good! A few pebbles have gotten out of the box but the pee has been completely masked and the cats are taking to it. It takes half the time or less than regular litter to clean and is so much lighter.—Coco on Chewy.com

12. Ultra Pet (Neon Litter)

Key Features:

  • Silica crystals
  • Fun colours
  • Clumping
  • Odour control

First Impressions: Neon Litter makes the litterbox chore a little more fun with its bright, eye-catching colours. Made of silica gel, it’s soft on paws and controls odours. It comes in 5 fun colours and offers a lightweight, dust-free alternative to clay.

Helpful Reviews:

Having 2 cats has been a joy. Except for someone with asthma. Cleaning out the clay litter always required a mask along with holding my breath. This is the ABSOLUTE best liter!!! No clay cloud, No odor and it clumps way better than the clay. The different color options are fun too. It’s nice not to have litter trails from the box too.—Cat2stars on chewy.com

We have 4 cats and multiple litter boxes and needed a better litter than what we were using, so we bought Neon litter for just one of the boxes to see how it would do. It clumps well, almost no odor, no large plumes of dust when we scoop, and now all of the cats refuse to use the other litter boxes- just the one with the Neon litter in it. Needless to say we are switching them all over, because the cats have spoken!—Skfitz on chewy.com

13. Odour Buster

Key Features:

  • Clay litter
  • Superior odour control
  • Sustainable

First Impressions: Proudly made in Canada, Odour Buster is made from premium quality clay that clumps and eliminates odours. This 100% natural litter was developed from a formula originally created to control odours in pig and chicken farms. Its powerful odor control gets the job done.

Helpful Reviews:

Best litter out there

I’ve had cats for several years and have tried multiple types of Litter. This is by FAR the best one we’ve had. It truly is odourless… can do for longer than we should and it doesn’t smell like a little box. It’s dust free as well, which is great.—Jen on RensPets.com

Love this litter!

Ive been using this litter for a number of years now (6+) and love it. Ive had cats my whole life and this litter doesn’t stick to the box and super easy to clean.—DJ on renspets.com

14. Kitty Poo Club

Key Features:

  • Delivery to your door
  • Tailored plans
  • Sustainable

First Impressions: For top convenience, Kitty Poo Club delivers litter and a disposable, recyclable box right to your home. Choose from clumping (clay, soy) or non-clumping (silica) to meet your needs. Whichever you choose, you can feel good knowing that Kitty Poo Club puts sustainability first.

Helpful Reviews: 

My cat adapted to the new litter box with dome with no problems. It is so easy to clean out and there are no foul smells. Love having it delivered to my house – no more lugging around big boxes of litter from store to my house. Absolutely love this product and highly recommend it.—Susan at Kittypooclub.com

Never thought a litter box can be so easy to clean. Affordable, not time consuming, and looks great. Literally minimal maintenance. best thing I’ve purchased!—Stephanie C at Kittypooclub.com

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