Thursday, January 07, 2010

Litter Test Results

GEORGE

Before the holidays we were asked by the people at "The World's Best Cat Litter" if we'd sample their litter and do a review and, of course, we said yes. We want to apologize for taking so long, but Mom didn't have time during the holidays to do a fair review.

We received a 7 lb. bag of litter to test and a cool litter mat. Before I tell you the results of our use, I want to say this. We are a family of 4 cats and we have two main litterboxes on the first floor living level. (We also have two in the basement, which don't get used unless someone forgets to close the basement door, but we aren't talking about those today.) Our main box is actually an under-the-bed, plastic storage container, about 18" x 30" x 7" high. 7 lb. of litter wouldn't have filled the box 1/2" deep so we decided to test using our second, smaller litterbox.

The second litterbox on the main level is your standard type with a dome cover, seen here when Mom posted that embarassing picture of me. This box is 13" x 16" x 8" high and is the one we used to test the 7 lb. sample. Mom emptied, then scrubbed the box so it was sparkly clean. Then she poured in the sample litter, which came to under 2" deep. Everyone except Max checked it out right away.

(Note to companies that want a fair test of your product: Bear in mind how many cats are in the family, how many times a day we "go" and send enough for real use)

This product claims,

• Unsurpassed odor control • Compact clumping on contact Long-lasting use • A safer solution for pets, people and our planet alike Since World's Best Cat Litter™ is made from all-natural whole-kernel corn, it is safe for cats and kittens (over 8 weeks) without worry of ingestion, dust or allergy problems. World's Best Cat Litter™ is also clumpable, scoopable and septic safe. World’s Best Cat Litter™ lasts the longest when compared to other litters. Clumping on contact keeps the rest of the litter dry. As a result, one bag of World's Best Cat Litter™ can last up to 2 or 3 times longer than other clumping litters.

I will address each of these claims after first saying our usual litter is a clumping, scoopable, granular clay litter , which we've been using for a long time. The test product is a granular type litter made of corn.

ODOR CONTROL - Excellent. There is no odor to the litter itself and after a week being in the litterbox, there is still no litterbox smell.

CLUMPING - Excellent. Hard clumps that don't fall apart. Easy to scoop.

LONG LASTING - Mom thinks we aren't using the test box as often as we used to when it had our regular litter in it because we cats don't like change or it could be that we're used to a box with more litter in it . After a week, the test box isn't being used as often as the main box, so it's hard to say how much longer the litter in the test box will last.

SAFER - The risk of problems caused by swallowing a few grains of clay litter would seem equal to the risk of swallowing a few grains of corn litter. Mom does like the fact that there is no dust and the litter is easy to sweep up.

There is one item that hasn't been considered and that is cost. Mom normally buys a 40 lb. box of litter which lasts over a month. She would like to know how much 40 lb. of the test litter would cost.

25 Comments:

At January 08, 2010 12:11 AM, Blogger Inigo Flufflebum and d'Artagnan Rumblepurr said...

It would be good to know where this is available too - e.g. we're in New Zealand, can we get it here? Make these product dudes tell you what countries you can buy their products in to get the maximum impact (we hate getting excited about something new only to find we can't buy it :( We steal Rumblemummy's credit card for nothing!)

Excellent review! You guy are really good at this!

 
At January 08, 2010 12:39 AM, Blogger Max said...

No smell? When I tried it the smell was horrible. Bad enough that the Woman was kind of glad I refused to use it...

 
At January 08, 2010 1:47 AM, Blogger Huffle Mawson said...

I think that was a very fair review, for what you had to try.

 
At January 08, 2010 4:41 AM, Blogger Elizabeth and Connor said...

We use Tidy Cats Small Spaces clumping cat litter, and a 20 pound jug lasts about a month. We're pretty happy with it.

 
At January 08, 2010 5:18 AM, Blogger The Island Cats said...

We tried the WBCL too...but only I would use it once in awhile..so mom gave up after 2 weeks and switched us back to our old litter. She liked that it was dust free. From what mom has seen in the store, WBCL is kinda expensive...

 
At January 08, 2010 6:35 AM, Blogger Busby and Raymond said...

Thanks for the review. We tried WBCL awhile back. Our humans liked it. The problem was that Busby ate it. Not just a few grains. Then he wouldn't use it as litter because he thought of it as food. We switched to Feline Pine and we like it very much.

Happy Friday, Raymond

 
At January 08, 2010 6:58 AM, Blogger The Kitty Krew said...

We tried WBCL and it works well, and The Mommy likes it better than the Tidy Cat we were using before, but it definitely is more expensive upfront than TC is. It does seem to last longer, though. There were some difficulties at first with switching over, but it seems to have all worked out okay.

Purrs and hugs,
The Kitty Krew

 
At January 08, 2010 9:30 AM, Blogger The Kool~Kittie~Krew said...

PAWesome post! Now only if they had that stuff here! We'd LOVE to try a sample! Have a happy weekend y'all!

 
At January 08, 2010 9:52 AM, Blogger Cheysuli and gemini said...

We have liked the WBCL when we used it. It was just that the Woman didn't get to the store where it was sold often enough... she is really liking the breeze and we use it too.

 
At January 08, 2010 9:56 AM, Blogger Amy and The House of Cats said...

We got asked to try it but didn't because we know that the cost is going to be too high to continue, so we figured that even if it is awesome we wouldn't be able to afford it. We actually just switched to tidy cat (we have a bunch of boxes, some we scoop, some are regular) and that works well and is much less expensive.

We like your review because it seems fair and it does point out the problem with this kind of thing - not enough to accurately test the item. 7 lbs would maybe fill our smallest box.

 
At January 08, 2010 10:03 AM, Blogger The Paw Relations said...

That is a thorough review! Thanks

 
At January 08, 2010 10:16 AM, Blogger The Furry Kids said...

Great review! We use Swheat Scoop, mostly because those delicious, pink ears like to go litterbox surfing and The Mom doesn't need any additional v-e-t bills. heh heh

EG

 
At January 08, 2010 11:16 AM, Blogger Brian said...

Thanks for the scoop on the litter (HA!). Have a great weekend y'all!!!

 
At January 08, 2010 11:50 AM, Blogger Daisy said...

An excellent review! We liked WBCL when we used it, but we have to make a special trip to a pet store to get it. So, we use Feline Pine clumping, instead, and like it just as well. And you can get it at the grocery store!

 
At January 08, 2010 1:30 PM, Blogger Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

Good revue but we think we'll just keep using what we have. It's kinda dusty when mom pours it out of da box but it keeps da stink down and da clumps is easy to scoop. It also doesn't cost as much as some other of the so called "better" stuff.

 
At January 08, 2010 2:31 PM, Blogger Cheyenne -Millie said...

Nice to meet you, thanks for visiting my blog!

When it comes to kitty litter price is a big factor here. Often we tend to buy what is the least expensive and can get in bigger containers.

 
At January 08, 2010 5:10 PM, Blogger Eric and Flynn said...

We have the clay clumping litter. Mum has tried to change us ti different ones but we refuse ti use anything different.

 
At January 08, 2010 10:15 PM, Blogger LC, Ayla, and Iza said...

That was a good review. Very organized and thoughtful.

We are tryin it on our own. We 3 have 4 litterboxes. 2 are clay scoopable, 1 is Breeze, an 1 is World's best

Our only problem with The Worlds Best is that The Big Thing says it takes FOREVER for the unused bits ta fall through the scoop. But thats HIS problem...

Other than that, we use it OK when we gotta. We would probly use it allus iffen it was all we had. It sctratches OK and smells fine.

 
At January 09, 2010 7:14 AM, Blogger Cliff and Olivia said...

Excellent review. You should go pro.

We only have one litterbox - and one in the summer house of course.

 
At January 09, 2010 10:03 AM, Blogger Jan's Funny Farm said...

Sounds like a very fair review to us. We have tried WB and we like it. Well, some of us like it and some of us are die-hards against change so we tested with one box WB and one box our regular litter too.

 
At January 09, 2010 12:13 PM, Blogger Ariel said...

Great review sounds like a excellent product :)

 
At January 09, 2010 7:08 PM, Blogger Fin said...

Dad likes this one, Mom liked the old crystal kind. I like anything that is fresh.

 
At January 10, 2010 10:21 PM, Blogger Joey said...

Very inneresting. Tracy is always trying out new litter stuff. It's very exciting!

 
At January 11, 2010 8:56 PM, Blogger Angel and Kirby said...

We started out liking it especially the dust free part.So we had it in both boxes. Then the color changed, darker. We started having poo our of litter problems. We would pee in it but not poo. We have some left over that Mom will not use

You did a very good review!

 
At January 15, 2010 8:59 PM, Blogger Noir the Texas Tabby said...

GREAT review! You did give Tommy an idea about the 'main box' We have five. Four in the laundry room, and one in a back bedroom. Tommy says she's seen the litter in PetSmart, and bougt faint into her cart when she saw the price. It's pricy--15-20 bucks or so for whatever size the bag was? We use Tidy Cat Regular Immediate Odor Control. Tommy says she's OK with an old reliable, but wouldn't mind trying this..GREAT review again!

 

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