Elsie is an experienced pet sitter who knows what to look for in quality cat litter boxes.
World's Best Cat Litter: A Review
Kitty litter has come a long way with the introduction of scoopable cat litter and all-natural, plant-based varieties. Dust-free cat litter is also a revolutionary advancement! There are many kinds to choose from, which can be overwhelming. There are a number of factors to consider when making this choice. To some extent, your cat has just as much say in the matter as you do. Kitty litter certainly isn't one-size-fits-all.
In this article, I will review World’s Best Cat Litter and delve into the pros and cons of the product.
I have worked in shelters, been a pet sitter for at least 100 cats, and most importantly, been a cat owner my entire life . . . so I've had a lot of experience with kitty litter! Here's how all the unsavory time I've spent cleaning out cat boxes is worth it: I have a lot of experience and recommendations to share in my cat litter reviews. Naturally, I'm the official “scooper" in my house—I've only had a brief sabbatical from that duty while I was pregnant due to the risk of Toxoplasmosis.
- If you care about the environment, as I do, this is the best cat litter choice. They are flushable, biodegradable, and organic.
- It doesn’t have any strong perfume smells. Some cats really don’t like a lot of artificial odors emanating from their litter.
- It’s a totally dust-free cat litter. Really, it is! There are a lot of cat litter brands that boast of being 99% dust-free, but still seem to kick up an awful lot of unhealthy dust.
- It does do a good job of clumping. However, you really need to scoop the clump quickly or it dries out and crumbles.
- It lasts a long time and a little goes a long way.
- It’s not heavy like many of the clay litters. You won’t have to break your back or enlist the help of a neighbor to bring it in and pour it.
- The negative aspect of World’s Best Cat Litter’s light weight becomes apparent if you have a cat who likes to perch on the edge of the litter box while doing her duty. I've discovered many cat boxes overturned as a result, with a disastrous aftermath.
- It’s average to below average in the odor control department. I’ve found I really need to frequently clean it out to keep the odor under control.
- It’s pretty spendy, but I do have to admit it lasts a long time.
- It's not as easy to find as the more commercial brands of cat litter.
Ingredients: What to Look and Look out For
World’s Best Cat Litter is among the new generation of clumping, dust-free cat litter, and certainly the least environmentally offensive of all. Toxic litters are made from a variety of ingredients: corn, corncob, cornhusks, wheat by-products, wheatgrass, beet pulp, oat hulls, and kenaf. World’s Best Cat Litter is made from corn—whole kernel corn, in fact.
I would stay away from wheat-grass and beet pulp litters, as they don't control odor very well. Kenaf is what's used to make tree-free paper and is related to cotton. I've had the privilege of using many of these and have been quite pleased with their clumping ability. Like the crystal litters, these don't weigh very much, which is a definite advantage for some.
Questions to Ask When Purchasing Cat Litter
Obviously, cat litter prices vary according to type, brand, and where it's purchased. You will need to comparison shop by asking yourself these questions.
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- How well will it work with your cat pan? Some litters won't work well with automatic litter boxes.
- Is it biodegradable? Clay-based kitty litter is not biodegradable and has a huge impact on the environment. Sadly, more than 2 million tons of cat litter are dumped into our landfills yearly. Most of the litter isn't biodegradable.
- Is it flushable? Some of the new plant-based litters can be flushed right down your toilet. Not only is it convenient, but it is also environmentally friendly.
- How well does it control odor? Not all litters are equally as efficient at controlling odor. Clumping litters have become the most popular since actually removing the offending smell is one of the best odor control methods. However, there are alternatives as I will discuss below.
- Is it a dust-free cat litter? Many commercial brand cat litters are quite dusty, posing health issues for both owners and cats alike. Look for ones that say dust-free cat litter.
- Is it full of chemicals and perfumes? Many kitty litters have unhealthy amounts of additives in them. In addition to the health concerns, a lot of cats simply do not like the strong smell emanating from their litter boxes. They might choose another, quite unpleasant place to defecate.
- Is the texture one that's pleasant for your cat? Cats are funny about their paws. Many don't like the new crystal cat litters. They find them irritating on their sensitive paws. One of my cats would have nothing to do with the crystal litter (she looked like she was walking on hot coals in the pan).
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
cookies4breakfast from coastal North Carolina on March 17, 2012:
Voted UP! Good review on WBCL. I've used it for several years. We tried the pine litter, and one of my cats developed a urinary tract infection. So, back to World's Best. I have to say that, for us, the odor control is very good, but we always remove soiled litter and feces daily. One drawback is that it doesn't last nearly as long as the bag says it could, though. We don't live near a large pet chain store, so we have to buy it at our local grocery store at 9.50 a bag (small size). The reason why we continue to pay this crazy price is because it really is dust-free. I'd love to find a dust-free alternative, but for now, it's totally worth the price.
Elsie Nelson (author) from Pacific Northwest, USA on January 01, 2012:
Hi homesteadbound, thanks for coming by. They really can be picky about their litter, can't they? And what is it about them liking to use beds as their own little potties? Anyway, good to see you.
Cindy Murdoch from Texas on January 01, 2012:
You are so right about the decision being ours and the cats. We have changed litter before and watched a cat jump out quicker than they jumped in because of the difference in consistency. She chose to use our bed instead. Needless to say, we learned our lesson quickly!
Elsie Nelson (author) from Pacific Northwest, USA on January 07, 2011:
yenajeon, so sorry you're dealing with cat litter allergies. There are lots of perfumes and dusts in many commercial cat litters. I'd try one of the plant-based litters (like Integrity or S'Wheat or World's Best Cat Litter). The pine alternative is also a good one, although I think they fail in terms of odor control (scooping litters are better in this regard). Good luck and let me know how it turns out!
Yena Williams from California on January 07, 2011:
Thanks for the help, I'm currently looking for a non-allergenic cat litter. Perhaps one made from pine or newspaper. Any advice?