Two nights ago when I was scooping our cat litter, I got a bit annoyed at the cloud of dust that forms every time I scoop it or fill the litter up. It's like the nuclear bomb type cloud formation each time, with the dust settling everywhere in the general vicinity. With 4 cats and 3 litter boxes, this frustration happens quite often.
Over my approx 10 years of scooping litter for our kitties, I really didn't keep up on the latest litter news. I think we heard they had different types of litter, like corn based, recycled material litter, etc, but when I did research a while back they didn't seem to fit our needs.
Last night I did a quick search and came upon Dr Elsey's Precious Cat Litter Ultra page on Amazon. The reviews are excellent almost across the board. Be sure to check the reviews out for yourself. I was very impressed and actually quite excited! Yes, potentially awesome products that help me or my cats, or in this case both, are exciting to me. I couldn't wait to try it out!
Here are the key facts:
- 99.9% Dust Free
- Hypo-allergenic, contains no plant proteins
- All Natural
- Hard clumping
- Ideal for sifting/mechanical litter boxes
- Superior odor control
As far as odor control goes, many of the Amazon reviewers live in small apartments and afterwards they could hardly tell they even had a litter box. After just a few hours my wife and I have both commented how impressive it is so far, both on the dust free and odor control front.
There was literally no noticeable dust given off when I filled the box. That was the main reason for the purchase and it exceeded my expectations there. For sure it will be much better than standard litter. Watch the video to see for yourself.
Odor wise it's still early on, but results are good so far. The one box that I filled has been used by three of our cats to pee so far and it really does a great job of neutralizing the odor. Normally litter has a perfumy smell to cover up the smell of the cat waste, but this doesn't have that. The true test was waiting until the morning to see how things held up overnight and it worked great. No major smell this AM.
A lot of people in the Amazon reviews mentioned they love being able to order the 40 lb bags through Amazon so they can get them delivered right to their door. It is also available through Petco and Petsmart.
At Petsmart, it is normally $15.99, but it was on sale for $14.99 for the 40lb bag plus tax when I went in to try it out, but they were out of stock. I asked an employee if they had any big bags in the back and they said no, but they would give me 2 - 20lb bags for the price of the 40lb bag, so that was good.
They said that the big bag is one of their best selling products and it hardly ever stays on the shelf longer than a few days. That's a good sign, but one reason I may order them on Amazon eventually.
** I previously listed a $5 off coupon, but that is now expired. However, I found an even better deal. You can get your first 40lb bag absolutely FREE after rebate. Here is the Dr. Elsey Cat litter rebate form.
Hope that helps and by the way, Dr. Elsey is a cat only veterinarian that has developed a bunch of other useful products. For example, they make a litter or additive you can add to your own litter, for cats that have issues going outside the box. The litter additive attracts the cat and gets them to use the box. That one comes with a money back guarantee if it doesn't work also.
If you try any of the products, I'd love to hear how they worked out for you. Please leave a comment and let me know. Thanks!
2/8/2012 Update: It's been a week now since we switched over all of our litter boxes to the new litter and we also decided to consolidate down to 2 litter boxes from 3 and so far so good. All we've done since we filled them up is scoop them so far. We have not added any more litter. We're still thrilled with the new litter.
3/7/2012 Update: I wanted to provide a quick update now that it's been over a month since we've been using the litter. It still does a great job of keeping down the dust, but it is not 100% dust free. I do notice a slight amount at times, but it is nothing like our old litter. Still very happy there. As far as the smell goes, it still does a better job in that category as well, but it is not a miracle product that miraculously sucks up all cat waste odor unfortunately. However, in both categories it still works much better than our prior litter and we will definitely be sticking with it.
7/29/2012 Update: We happened to have some of our old litter in the garage and rather than open up a new bag of the Dr. Elsey litter, I mixed in some of the old litter and holy cow, mushroom cloud of dust. It's funny how I forgot so quickly just how bad the old stuff is. It really is night and day different. It also definitely helped our one cat that would cough occasionally. He no longer did that after switching litter.
5/26/2013 Update: "Glammy Bee" mentioned in a comment on my YouTube video above that it would be helpful to see how it scoops. I hesitated to post an actual video of me scooping the litter, cause who wants to see someone scooping cat poop/pee, but we're all cat people here I'd have to assume, so here goes! :o) As you can see, no dust cloud whatsoever.
5/16/2013 Update: We went away on vacation last week and had a pet sitter come to take care of our boys. When I got back and went to scoop the litter I noticed a cloud immediately and a strong smell of urine. What the?! Turns out that I didn't even realize we had an old bin of Tidy cat from well over a year ago in that room and he was using that to fill up the litter box. So this weekend I will be tossing all of the existing litter and replacing it with Precious Cat. It is such a huge difference.
While you are here, be sure to check my best pet water fountain post as well. It is another excellent product. The water constantly flows through the fountain, keeping it clean and fresh. Our cats love it! I included several videos and pictures on the post, showing the fountain and our kitties in action.