These days pellet litters are arguably less popular than granule based litters. But, despite this, there are still countless products on the market catering to cats (and owners) who prefer pellets over granules.
Today we are going to take a look at why you would choose a pellet litter, and we’re going to talk about a few things you should be looking for when shopping around. At the end of this article, we are going to review 5 of the best pellet cat litters on the market – and provide you with an overall recommendation.
Let’s get started.
Why Choose A Pellet Cat Litter
Pellet litters are almost always made from recycled biodegradable materials – which is a big selling point these days. This isn’t something that many other litters can claim.
For example, clay litters are very resource intensive products to produce that require mining operations on massive scales, they also cannot be recycled (which means they end up in landfill sites).
Pellet litters, on the other hand, can usually be composted and recycled, and as they are made from recycled materials themselves (usually) they are a sustainable way to line your cat’s litter tray.
Some cats also seem to prefer the feeling of pellet based litter underneath their feet, and when they reject granule based litters a pellet based product is often the next thing owners will try.
Most pellet litters are non-clumping due to the way the pellets are formed, instead, they break down into fine particles when they come into contact with moisture. If your cat is known to get litter on their paws, this is a benefit, as licking clumped litter and potentially ingesting it can cause gastrointestinal issues for your kitty.
Pellet based litters are also usually more absorbent than standard materials used in litter (like clay) which means they last longer and will go further pound for pound.
One of the biggest benefits, however, is with regards to tracking. Because pellet based litters are much larger (and heavier) than granule based litters they are much less likely to get attached to your kitty when they are in the tray. This means that they are inherently super low tracking products – the days of finding litter all over the house will largely be behind you when you switch to a pellet based product.
What To Look For When Buying A Pellet Cat Litter
Let’s take a look at some of the things you should be looking out for when shopping around for a good pellet based cat litter.
Due to the nature of pellet litters, there are several different materials you’ll be able to find out there on the market. They are almost always natural materials, and they are often recycled too – but there are exceptions to this. Check before you commit to a purchase.
Many pellet based litters are a little more expensive than granule litters. This is sometimes down to the materials being used, but it is also down to the manufacturing process being a little long winded. It’s worth comparing several litters to find one that’s economical – more expensive doesn’t always mean better in the litter world.
Many pelleted litters are unscented and use the natural scent of the material to mask the odor of your cat’s pee. However, there are several scented pelleted litters on the market that seem to be very popular.
Ensure that any scented litters you’re considering have antimicrobial properties to minimize the amount of scent that needs to be covered up in the first place. If the litter is not of a good enough quality, you get a combination of cat pee and perfume that makes the problem worse instead of better.
Pros And Cons Of Using A Pellet Cat Litter
- Pro – Better for the environment
- Pro – Usually made from recycled materials
- Pro – Often more absorbent than clay
- Pro – Good for cats with “sticky paws”
- Pro – Often compostable
- Pro – Low tracking
- Con – A little more expensive than granule litter
- Con – Usually doesn’t clump
Overall Best Pellet Cat Litter
So now we know a little bit about why you would choose a pellet based litter and we know a thing or two about what to look out for when shopping around. Let’s get into the review section…
We’ve searched high and low to find what we think are 5 of the best pellet cat litters on the market. However, we found one product that is in our opinion much better than the rest – The Breeze Cat Litter Pellets By Tidy Cats.
If you’ve not heard of Tidy Cats before, they’re one of the biggest and most adventurous brands in the industry. They regularly combine forces with some bigger and more well-known brands (like Purina) to create products that put the customer’s needs first.
This product is no exception to their reputation for quality.
These pellets are made from clay, which we found ourselves quite hesitant to offer up as our overall recommendation (as they are not recyclable) but the other benefits outweigh this one and only downside in our opinion.
It’s designed to be used in conjunction with the Tidy Cats breeze litter tray – which is one of the best on the market. The pellets only stop the “solid” waste on the surface, they are designed to let the liquid waste fall through to the bottom of the tray. In the bottom of the breeze litter tray, there’s Tidy Cats’ cat pad which is well known for its amazing odor killing properties.
This system means that this litter will last much longer than regular litters being used in regular trays. Tidy Cats say that one bag of 7lbs will last you at least a month (and maybe even longer). This is an incredible level of efficiency – which offsets our initial concerns about it being a non-recyclable product.
It’s obviously a non-clumping litter, and as it’s made from clay you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s going to be a dusty product – but it’s not. A huge amount of effort has been put into the engineering of this litter to make it one of the lowest dust clay products on the market – it’s 99.9% dust free!
Like all pellet based litters, because the pellets are larger than granule litters then they are much less likely to track around the house. However, this is not a normal pellet based litter…
Because it is made from clay (which is arguably the heaviest material used in litter) it is much more difficult for these granules to attach themselves to your cat. Tracking is basically a thing of the past when you put this litter in your box.
At around $14 for a 7lb bag it can seem a little bit expensive at first – there are not that many products on the market that can command this kind of price tag. However, as we mentioned a moment ago – this single bag will last you a month.
So it’s pretty great value, despite being more expensive pound for pound.
It’s a brilliant litter, that works with a brilliant tray, and we highly recommend you consider both of them.
4 More Really Good Pellet Cat Litters
The product above from Tidy Cats is one of the best pellet litters on the market, but it does need to be used with a certain kind of litter tray – which isn’t ideal if you don’t want to change trays.
Here are 4 other products we came across during our research that are more than worthy of your consideration and can be used with any kind of litter tray.
Naturally Fresh Walnut-Based Pellet Non-Clumping Cat Litter
This great product from Naturally Fresh is a super eco-friendly option that’s made from completely recycled (and recyclable) materials. It’s walnut based pellet litter that’s one of the best in the business in terms of odor elimination. This is because the natural compounds inside the walnut shells are much better than many other materials at destroying ammonia causing bacteria (it’s up to 7 times more effective).
It’s a virtually dust-free product, which is great for households that have cats or humans with a sensitivity or allergy. It’s also completely free from harmful nasty artificial chemicals and compounds – ensuring safe and healthy toilet times for your kitty. It’s a reasonably heavy material, so again combined with the large pellet size it’s a super low tracking product.
It’s great value at around $6 for a 14lb bag, and we highly recommend you put it at the top of your shortlist.
Yesterday’s News Original Formula Cat Litter
Every time we talk about this product range from Purina we never stop being amazed by how perfect the name of it is. Yesterday’s News is a paper-based cat litter that is quite literally made from Yesterday’s News (recycled newspaper).
Paper-based litters are super absorbent, and Purina state that this product, in particular, is around three times more absorbent than clay. As an added bonus paper-based litters are inherently low dust products (there’s no dust anywhere in the manufacturing process) and this litter 99.97% dust free!
It’s an unscented litter, but it does a darn good job of eliminating odors and it’ll keep your litter tray smelling as fresh as possible. At around $15 for a 30lb bag it provides great value for money, and if you’re looking for the most eco-friendly litter possible – this is one to consider.
Yesterday’s News Softer Texture Fresh Scent Cat Litter
The second product on our list from Yesterday’s News is very similar to the first – it just has a few notable differences. It’s still made from recycled newspaper so it still has the ultra high absorption rate we mentioned above (and it’s still a super low dust product too).
The main difference you’re going to find is that the pellets in this product are much softer and slightly smaller than the pellets in the product above (they’re made from softer paper). This means that it feels much more like normal clay underneath your cat’s paws and the chances of rejection are super low.
It’s also a scented litter, which means that you’re going to further improve upon the odor eliminating properties of the first Yesterday’s News product we mentioned to keep your home smelling even fresher and cleaner.
It’s one of the best eco-friendly options on the market for people who want to use recycled litter but have a fussy cat that only wants clay. It’s a little more expensive than the product above (but not by much), and at $15 for a 26lb bag, it’s still great value.
Okocat Natural Wood Clumping Cat Litter
The final product on our list today is a great wood-based clumping pellet litter from Okocat. Okocat is well known in the industry for creating products of an exceptional quality – but they’re usually a little bit pricey. This is one of their cheaper products yet it still retains the impressive performance you’d expect from an Okocat litter.
Wood pellets are one of the best materials used in pellet based litters – mainly because it’s so absorbent. This litter can absorb up to 500% of its own weight in liquid before becoming saturated! There are also no chemicals, additives, or other bad stuff in the formula and it’s virtually dust free (more or less) which makes it good for sensitive cats and humans alike.
Every pellet has got Okocat’s famous odor shield technology inside of it, which is exceptional at locking away smells inside for long periods of time (up to 7 days). This means you’re going to need to clean the tray less often than you would with some other litters.
It’s a biodegradable litter, and as it’s made from soft all natural materials – you can flush it down the toilet instead of letting it fester in a bin. At around $16 for an 18lb bag – it’s a bargain.
So there you have it, that’s about all there is to know about the world of pellet cat litters.
We’ve mentioned several excellent products today, all of which are worthy of your consideration. They’re all going to keep your kitty happy, your litter tray dry, and your home smelling fresher for longer…
We think you’ll be impressed by any of them.