UPDATE: Since this review was originally written, I HAVE CAT received a sample of the Multiple Cat Household World’s Best Litter to sample. It definitely makes a difference. We’ve upgraded our score to 3 paws (up from 2.5) out of a total of 4!
As a cat owner, finding a litter that works for both and the cats can be a challenge. There are many factors to take into consideration: Cost, smell (perfume-y or not), ability to control smell (perfume + urine or just straight up urine?), will your cats use it and if so will they cover their poo, is it too dusty, does it track, does it clump if you want it to clump, is it bad for your health, is it bad for your cat’s health, is it bad for the environment.
I’ll confess. Until recently I never gave much thought to whether or not my cat’s litter was safe (for either of us or the environment). I use generic brand clay clumping litter from my local grocery and it performs well against most of the metric above. Little did I know that clay litter is not only bad for the environment, but can be bad for both you and your feline friend. It wasn’t until I was asked to review “The World’s Best Cat Litter” that I truly understood the importance of what kind of litter I used.
An Education (in litter):
With some online research I learned most cat litter on the market is either made from natural clay, or sodium bentonite. Clay is strip mined in a destructive process that “seems quite silly when you think about what happens to it once it hits the litter box: It is shat upon and then tossed in the landfill, where it will remain for a long, long time. In fact, over the average lifespan of a cat (15 years), you could be dumping almost 2,000 pounds of the stuff.” (grist.org).
But what’s really scary? That when sodium bentonite is moved around (like when you dump it into the litter box, your cat digs in it or you poop-scoop) it releases silicon particles that are a known carcinogen. And imagine what it’s like for cats who use covered litter boxes (un, like me!). Ick!
Okay, so moving on to the actual review part of this post: The friendly folks at the“World’s Best Cat Litter” sent a bag of single-cat-home litter to have my cats test-drive. Given I have anywhere from two-three adult cats at one time the muti-cat may have been more appropriate, but I decided to see how it worked. World’s Best Cat Litter is made from whole-kernal corn – a point will not be lost on you the moment you open up the bag. It definitely smells like corn, but once you pour it into the litter box the smell quickly dissipates.
Check out this video where someone eats the litter (clean litter!) to demonstrate how safe it is for cats!
Overall “World’s Best” doesn’t disappoint:
- Can’t complain about the ability of “World’s Best Litter” in terms of clumping since it did a good job in both the ModKat and LitterRobot
- None of the cats had any issue using it they all jumped in and dug around as if nothing had changed
- Liked that it wasn’t dusty (def less dusty than my clay litter)
- I’m not too price sensitive since everything in NYC seems to costs an arm and a leg so I can’t speak to price point (I buy what I need and try not to look at the pricetag)
- No tracking issues (no powder/dust residue on furniture etc)
- Healthy for you and your cat
The big down side for me was that it didn’t do as good a job with eliminating odor – wondering how much of that is a function of it being single-cat litter versus multi-cat I’m willing to work with it given all that I’m learning about the downsides of other types of cat litters. One website suggests mixing equal part “Nature’s Miracle” with “World’s Best Cat Litter” for optimal results –I will try this and report back.
Currently I HAVE CAT gives the “World’s Best Cat Litter” 2.5 out of 4 paws up. We will report back after trying the multi-cat formula* and trying the half and half mixture!
*Rating upgraded to 3 paws up!
NOTE: I am not, nor will I be receiving payment of any kind for this review (just the free litter, now long gone!).