Blue Buffalo NATURALLY FRESH WALNUT Clumping Cat Litter Review
Purpose: Offering a natural alternative to common clay cat litters. This is a litter made out of walnut shells and claims to be no dust and low tracking. There are few different kinds including multi-cat, quick clumping, pellet, alpine meadow, and herbal attraction. The specific kind that I am reviewing is the multi-cat. I cannot find a difference between the quick clumping and the multi-cat. Even on the website nothing is listed stating what the difference is. The pellet litter is non-clumping and is in pellet form. Alpine Meadow is a scented version that is still all natural because it is scented by herbs and botanicals. Last is the herbal attraction litter that has specific herbs blended in to help cats that do not use the litter box consistently. All types of this litter are 100% natural, environmentally friendly, and biodegradable.
I have had cats all my life, and have used a wide variety of a litters over the decades. Clay, wheat, absorbent beads, corn, pine... This one by far smells the best. Finicky cat began using her box again (!). Doesn't make near the dusty, gritty mess that clay does. Doesn't weigh 30 pounds, either. Clumps way better than gooey wheat litters or fluffy pine pellets. Cats don't reject the hard pine pellets under their feet; I had to pour water on mine to make it fluffy before they'd use it! You can scoop the poop and flush it down the toilet without worrying about a clay buildup which eventually clogs your pipes with mud.
This litter may stick to the box some, but not noticeably more than others, and nowhere near as bad as clay litters! Clumps wipe/wash away much easier than clay, too. Sweeps very easy, as others have said. Doesn't leave a fine dust after sweeping which turns to a fine mud when you mop...
I've found that this litter masks odor better than others, with the exception of heavily-scented clay litter, where the fragrance itself screams "litter box". This litter has a much more subtle, natural cedar scent. I love it. I see complaints about odor control, but note that one review describes using very little litter in the box, and with multiple cats. I currently have only one cat. Perhaps for multi-cat households, more of this litter is required in more boxes than other formulations, and is therefore not best for those circumstances.
I discovered this litter by accident when my husband brought home the wrong brand, heh, heh. I can't say enough good things about it, and have recommended it to my cat-loving Facebook friends!
Biodegradable cat litters are becoming increasingly popular as they have their own unique advantages. For one, they are an ideal flushable cat litter; even clumping biodegradable cat litters don't contain the clumping agents used in clay litter, and hence will not clog your plumbing system the way that clay products can. They can also be recycled or composted because they're biodegradable and won't sit in a landfill for decades. Biodegradable cat litter can be made from a variety of un-litter-like substances, including wheat, corn, walnut shells, dried wood, grass or even recycled newspapers. One caveat is that some cats may not take to the larger-sized pellets found in many of these natural litters, as reviewers say they tend to prefer the fine, sand-like texture of clay litter. Also, if you're planning to switch from a clay litter to a biodegradable solution, it may be best to start off with a small bag first; cats are creatures of habit and may not appreciate you switching litters. This kitty’s litter has been bought and reviewed the most this year. When it comes to your cat’s health safety, Precious Cat Ultra Premium Clumping Cat Litter is one of the most ideal. It does not contain added perfumes or deodorants. It clumps the litter naturally, and it does not allow the moisture to go to the bottom of the box. Due to its naturally clumping design that makes sure that the clump does not break apart, it is 99.9% dust free. This litter also uses dense granules that reduce tracking. It is the most ideal for a family with more than two cats and also those using mechanical litter boxes.There are, of course, tons of other clay-based clumping litters. These don't get much in the way of expert feedback, and user reviews don't provide a lot of separation between brands. One recommendation that's shared by expert after expert is to bypass the scented varieties and stick with an unscented litter. The fragrance might be appealing to a cat owner, but testing shows it to usually be a turn off to the cat. Even worse, it can mask an unsanitary situation. Dr. Pierson is quite blunt on this: "CLEAN THE DARN BOX! Do not look to litter as a way of controlling odor," she says. Dr. Karen Becker at Healthy Pets adds that many cats are adverse to scents and even odor control additives, so the best way to avoid litter box problems is to pick a litter that doesn't contain these. "This will give your kitty as natural an environment as possible in which to do his business," she says.From a letter from the manufacturer: "Our company size does not allow us to battle the larger national manufacturers and their war chest of monies to launch an ad campaign to say our product is more cat friendly. We can only try to inform the consumer in ways such as our label, the Internet and correspondence with concerned consumers such as yourself. As previously mentioned, we use guar gum, the same product that is used in chewing gum, as our clumping agent. Using natural clay and guar gum produces a firm clump in the litter box and can be removed the same way as other clumping litters. Because of the smaller granules used in clumping litter, it is impossible for kittens or cats not to have this product adhere to their paws or fur. It is, therefore, ingested during their normal cleaning habits. By using guar gum in our product, if ingested by kittens or cats, it will break down. Sodium bentonite which forms a hard clump in the litter box, if ingested, will remain hard and not break down after time."