Three Cats, One House, and the Search for the Perfect Litter

March 4, 2015

Remember that book Everybody Poops? That includes cats. When you have three cats, you:

  1. Become the crazy cat people
  2. Really know more than you should about cat poo

For us, cat litter has always been one of the purchases that leaves us high-fiving or cringing. In our twelve years of owning cats, we’ve had some litter try-outs go terribly wrong. Cat's Pride-2 There was the litter box that scooped automatically – which our cats refused to use after it started scooping while they were inside. The box with a swing door that became stuck, and we didn’t realize it until our couch smelled awful. The litter that stuck to the cat’s paws, and they spent the rest of the day shaking it off all over the house. Then the litter that, in a few hours, stunk up the entire house because it was scented. Cat's Pride Our oldest cat, Jynx, is highly particular about his litter box. He’s like the little old man that takes a crossword puzzle and newspaper into the bathroom and spends all morning there. Jynx loves his litter – to the point where we have to shut him out of the room while we clean their boxes because he’ll try to get in as soon as it’s poured. He spends time scratching, pawing, going in and out of the box. Cat’s Pride® has a new litter – Fresh & Light® Ultimate Care™ – that fulfills all the things you’d look for in a cat litter. It’s light, no more strained backs hauling 40lbs of litter from the car. Instead of using fillers to change the weight (like paper or wood chips), Fresh & Light Ultimate Care uses a high absorbing clay. Ultimate Care is 99.9% dust free, which makes it easier to pour and scoop. It also is has a Unscented Hypoallergenic formulation (we tried this one). So with three cats, we decided to take a 3-day odor control challenge instead of a full 10-day challenge. Within 2-4 days of buying a litter, we know if it’s going to be a keeper. Fresh & Light Ultimate Care passed the test. If you’re looking for:

  • lightweight
  • long lasting odor control
  • no fillers
  • minimal dust

… then take the Cat’s Pride 10-day odor control challenge and see if it works for both you and your cats.

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192 Comments

  • Tabathia B

    April 12, 2015 at 5:21 pm

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  • Tabathia B

    April 12, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    I think the scent and odor control are important

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  • Jerry Marquardt

    April 12, 2015 at 5:11 pm

  • Jerry Marquardt

    April 12, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    I look for the clumping factor and a nice scent to cover the mess.

  • Sarah L

    April 12, 2015 at 5:01 pm

  • erica best

    April 12, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    lightweight and long last with great odor control

  • Sarah L

    April 12, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    Cat litter should clump well, keep odors down and not track all over the house.
    Thanks for the contest.

  • Kathryn C

    April 12, 2015 at 3:07 pm

  • Kathryn C

    April 12, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    For me it boils down to the dust factor (don’t need that dust!) as well as the price

  • Birdiebee

    April 12, 2015 at 2:38 pm

  • Birdiebee

    April 12, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    The most important quality to me is that the litter controls the smell as I do not want my home smelling like the cat litter box.

  • Rajee Pandi

    April 12, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    I love to keep the cat fresh and clean

  • Claudia Davis

    April 12, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    I need a litter that controls odor over time.

  • Claudia Davis

    April 12, 2015 at 1:40 pm

  • Francine Anchondo

    April 12, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    something that controls the odor.

  • Betty C

    April 12, 2015 at 12:59 pm

  • Stephanie Phelps

    April 12, 2015 at 12:59 pm

  • Stephanie Phelps

    April 12, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    The most important thing to us is to have the least amount of dust

  • Betty C

    April 12, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    I want litter that is trackless and eliminates odor. Being lightweight is a big plus but not the most important.

  • Betty Curran

    April 12, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    Most important is odor control. But a close second is that it should be trackless. I hate seeing and feeling grains of litter through the house.

  • Thomas Murphy

    April 12, 2015 at 12:22 pm

  • Thomas Murphy

    April 12, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    The most important quality is Odor control.

  • Ellie Wright

    April 12, 2015 at 11:33 am

  • Ellie Wright

    April 12, 2015 at 11:31 am

    The most important is odor control. I want my house to smell like I don’t have cats. Or I should say their house since they do seem to own it.

  • WHITNEY

    April 12, 2015 at 11:14 am

  • WHITNEY

    April 12, 2015 at 11:13 am

    The odor control is definitely the most important to us.. and being able to disguise the yuck

  • Wanda McHenry

    April 12, 2015 at 10:47 am

  • Wanda McHenry

    April 12, 2015 at 10:45 am

    The most important thing is that he’ll use it. It may sound silly, but if he doesn’t like the smell of the cat litter he won’t use it and would rather go outside.

  • April V.

    April 12, 2015 at 8:31 am

    Oops, hit post comment before I was done: …are the most important qualities in our cat litter.

  • April V.

    April 12, 2015 at 8:30 am

    We’ve had similar fails over the years and have learned that low dust and low chemical stink.

  • Heidi Proetz Burns

    April 12, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    It's kind of like toilet paper for us there is a lot of difference in product. Same for my cat, if she doesn't like the feel or her paws she will not use the box.

  • Tracey byram

    April 12, 2015 at 7:24 am

    Low price and no odor are important

  • Amanda Sakovitz

    April 12, 2015 at 7:23 am

  • Amanda Sakovitz

    April 12, 2015 at 7:23 am

    Odor control is the most important!

  • Leela

    April 12, 2015 at 3:50 am

    Clumping and odor sealing.

  • Aurelie Red

    April 12, 2015 at 3:05 am

  • Aurelie Red

    April 12, 2015 at 3:05 am

    My cat litter must clump and mask odors !

  • Annette

    April 12, 2015 at 1:03 am

    I have 3 cats, so the most important quality for me and my cat when it comes to choosing a litter is the ability to control odor. Also, it can’t be too scented, because one has asthma.

  • Richard Hicks

    April 12, 2015 at 6:12 am

    Good odor control is important as is being dust free as much as possible!

  • Jean D.

    April 11, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    The first thing I research when choosing a cat litter is whether it’s safe for the environment for for my kitty. And of COURSE odor control is important. Nothing but the finest for my meow-er and moi.

    Thanks for a great giveaway!

  • Lisa Garner

    April 11, 2015 at 8:29 pm

  • Lisa Garner

    April 11, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    The biggest decision for my in choosing cat little is the way it handles odors.

  • Lauren Goehl

    April 12, 2015 at 1:54 am

    I have two cats, Bean and Butters. The most important quality for us is that the girls actually use the litter in the litter box! Bean went through a faze of "I don't like that litter so I'm going to go right outside of the box", luckily we have found a litter that she likes right now!

  • Lisa Brown

    April 11, 2015 at 7:17 pm

  • Lisa Brown

    April 11, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    I look for low or no dust and one that has low or no perfume or scent.

  • Madison

    April 11, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    Odor control, definitely.

  • Jenna D

    April 11, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    Odor control is the most important quality to me when choosing a litter.

  • CharityS

    April 11, 2015 at 4:51 pm

  • CharityS

    April 11, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    I need a product that maximize odors.

  • Stephanie Larison

    April 11, 2015 at 4:25 pm

  • Stephanie Larison

    April 11, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    The most important thing to us, is that the litter has amazing odor control.

  • Lisa V.

    April 11, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    I like to find litter that clumps and is easy to remove from the box.

  • Michele Bench

    April 11, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    Smell. Period.

  • Kathy Pease

    April 11, 2015 at 2:43 pm

  • Kathy Pease

    April 11, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    What is important to me is odor control our 4 cats can get pretty smelly

  • Shannon

    April 11, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    We definitely need odor control please! 🙂

  • Ed

    April 11, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Odor absorption

  • Kim H

    April 11, 2015 at 5:03 am

    The odor control is the most important to me! ky_grandma40@yahoo.com

  • joe gersch

    April 11, 2015 at 2:49 am

    the most important thing is odor control

  • Tina Reynolds

    April 10, 2015 at 10:43 pm

  • Tina Reynolds

    April 10, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    I cant do the smell so it has to hide it I like guests to not even realize the litter box is in the house

  • Debbie B

    April 10, 2015 at 9:33 pm

  • Debbie B

    April 10, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    odor control is the most important quality

  • Denise Sachs

    April 11, 2015 at 1:09 am

    The most important quality is that it controls odor.
    lazybones344 at gmail dot com

  • Bruce

    April 10, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    Odor control

  • Daniel M

    April 10, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    it must keep the stink down

  • Stephanie

    April 10, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    The most important thing is that my house doesn’t smell bad from the cat so I would say covering up odors.

  • Christina Sauve Oliver

    April 10, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    Something that covers up odors!

  • angie

    April 10, 2015 at 8:25 am

  • angie

    April 10, 2015 at 8:24 am

    The most important thing is that my house and cats don’t stink, even if I don’t dip it every day. 😀

  • Susan Smith

    April 9, 2015 at 8:17 pm

  • Susan Smith

    April 9, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    I would have to say that the most important thing to me is odor control.

  • maria cantu

    April 9, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    The odor control is most important.

  • Rosanne Morrison

    April 8, 2015 at 9:11 pm

  • Rosanne Morrison

    April 8, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    Clump control is important to me

  • joni

    April 7, 2015 at 12:15 am

    I like a litter that does not track all over the house.

  • Kerry

    April 6, 2015 at 7:29 pm

  • Kerry

    April 6, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    Odor control!

  • Denise L

    April 6, 2015 at 12:23 pm

  • Denise L

    April 6, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    For me, odor control is the most important quality in a cat litter.

  • Linda C.

    April 5, 2015 at 12:27 pm

  • Linda C.

    April 5, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    Most important is odor control.

  • Kathleen

    April 4, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    The most important quality in choosing a cat little would be odor control.

    kport207 at gmail dot com

  • Janice Cooper

    April 4, 2015 at 4:31 pm

  • Janice Cooper

    April 4, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    I need something that will eliminate the odor when I choose cat litter

  • Shauntea Crutcher

    April 3, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    Cost is very important to me when I choose a litter product.

  • Ashley C

    April 2, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    I want something easy to clean that keeps smells away!

  • Rebecca Graham

    April 1, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    It makes me and my cat both very happy if the litter is a clumping litter.

  • Barbara Montag

    April 1, 2015 at 7:29 pm

  • Barbara Montag

    April 1, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    The litter needs to clump well – that keeps the odors away.
    thank you

  • BusyWorkingMama

    April 1, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    I really like a dust-free litter. I don’t like to smell it on my cats after they use the box, nor do I want them breathing it.

  • Vickie Hedrick

    April 1, 2015 at 6:40 am

    Try 1 house 13 fur babies this liter works for them takes care of all the problems. Might I add that all 13 were rescues.

  • Eduardo Silva

    March 31, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    It has to be dust control. I just bought the ultimate light to try. Have been using Cats Pride for quite sometime. Thank you Cats Pride.

  • Mary W

    March 31, 2015 at 5:38 pm

  • Mary W

    March 31, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    The most important quality for me and my 3 rescued cats is – will they use it and like it? I have been a long time fan of Cats Pride. It has the lowest dust of any we have tried. We all like that it’s not perfumey. And the clumping is always great. No matter what stlye of Cats Pride I buy, the cats approve. We give it 5 paws!

  • Kelly R.

    March 31, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    I also have 3 cats! We need litter that clumps well (for ease of scooping and not throwing out my back) and litter that gets rid of the odors (since half of the boxes are in the laundry room next to the front door). I currently use Nature’s Miracle, but I’m willing to try others if they really work!

  • Chi Shannon

    March 31, 2015 at 1:27 pm

  • Chi Shannon

    March 31, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    For me, it’s the smell that the most important thing. Other benefits are great, but if it smells bad, it’s not worth it! 🙂

  • PuffyBiggler

    March 30, 2015 at 11:57 pm

  • PuffyBiggler

    March 30, 2015 at 11:55 pm

    The most important quality for me and my cat when it comes to choosing a litter is odor control. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Sarah Hirsch

    March 30, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    the most important thing in a litter is the odor elimination

  • HilLesha

    March 30, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    I always look for little that helps control odor. 🙂

  • Kimmy Ripley

    March 30, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    No odor is the most important factor in choosing a cat litter.

  • paige chandler

    March 30, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    It must smell good…PERIOD!

  • Stephanie Vollowitz Light

    March 30, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    natural, toxic-free, and odor control!
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

  • Debbi Wellenstein

    March 30, 2015 at 10:27 am

    If her litter box does not smell perfect, Miss Kitty will not use it. Odor control is most important to both of us!

  • Lataevea Burke

    March 30, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    The most important is odor elimination

  • steve weber

    March 29, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    odor control for me is super important.

  • Stephanie V.

    March 29, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    natural, non-toxic and no odor!
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

  • Margaret Smith

    March 29, 2015 at 4:31 pm

  • Margaret Smith

    March 29, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    I look for a litter that keeps odors away and is also easy to clean.
    Thanks so much.

  • Julia Barnes

    March 29, 2015 at 11:15 am

    Odor control is most important!

  • Tara O.

    March 29, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Odor control definitely the most important to me!

  • Sandy Klocinski

    March 29, 2015 at 8:36 am

    It is important that it has great odor control and of course that the cat likes it and will use it. I detest the smell of cat urine

  • Elle

    March 28, 2015 at 11:28 am

  • Elle

    March 28, 2015 at 11:23 am

    I like litter that isn’t too dusty but my most important needs are that it covers odor and clumps well so it’s easy to just scoop and doesn’t break apart and make a big mess in the litter box.

  • Karin A.

    March 26, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Litter that absorbs and eliminates those pesky smells is what we want!

  • Cynthia C

    March 25, 2015 at 5:55 am

  • Cynthia C

    March 25, 2015 at 5:52 am

    I look for a litter that is dust free and hard clumping.

  • Katherine

    March 24, 2015 at 5:09 pm

  • Katherine

    March 24, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    Odor control and dustless

  • Lisa B

    March 23, 2015 at 11:50 am

    For me, the most important quality in a cat litter is that it needs to control odor, while still being unscented. My two cats reject any litter that is scented.

  • Kristen

    March 22, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    Odor control….and the cat has to approve it!

  • Rebecca

    March 21, 2015 at 11:56 am

    My most important quality would be that it does not smell!

  • Rebecca Ager Weiss

    March 21, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    My most important quality would be that it does not smell!

  • tina m

    March 20, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    odor control!! i want my house smells good.

  • Hitch

    March 16, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    Must clump like magic, so that I can easily scoop it in my twice-daily ablutions for their “toilette.” For both them and me, it must eliminate smell–as, if I can smell it, it must be far too nasty for their nostrils! My younger male is extremely picky about his box; he’s (no pun intended) the “Felix” to my older female’s Oscar–she cares far less, but still…I could not imagine not cleaning the box constantly. And I am NOT a housekeeper of note by any means. But for my furry babies? Only the best.

  • sandra

    March 16, 2015 at 9:42 am

    odor control and clumping ability

  • mummytotwoboys

    March 14, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    We got our first cat six months ago and for us the most important qualities are scent and the ability to clump well

    mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

  • Madeline

    March 13, 2015 at 9:37 am

    The most important quality to me is that it doesn’t spread dust all over our basement. I used to get a litter that clumped well but it really made a mess, so I don’t buy that one anymore.

  • Patricia C.

    March 12, 2015 at 10:25 pm

  • Patricia C.

    March 12, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    For my cats, the most important qualities are the smell and feel of the litter. For me, how well the litter masks the smell of my cats’ business.

  • Natalie S

    March 12, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    I don’t have a cat so I wouldn’t know…but my sister does – would love this for her!

  • donnamarchlewskid

    March 11, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    It must clump and provide excellent smell elimination

  • Natalie

    March 9, 2015 at 12:24 pm

  • Natalie

    March 9, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    The qualities that are the most important in my cat litter are its ability to mask odors and its ability to clump. I hate the smell of urine.

  • Stacey b

    March 9, 2015 at 7:15 am

  • Stacey b

    March 9, 2015 at 7:13 am

    Most important to me is the odor control, most definitely!

  • latanya t

    March 9, 2015 at 7:06 am

    odor elimination

  • ginette4

    March 8, 2015 at 1:42 pm

  • ginette4

    March 8, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    The most important thing for me would be to control the smell of the kitty litter box, cat urine is strong and I would need a litter that can handle such a strong odour

  • Sarah Hall

    March 8, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Odor free and dust free are important to me.

  • Shannon

    March 8, 2015 at 8:40 am

    Odor control is pretty much the only thing I really care about!

  • Jessie C.

    March 7, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    -https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/574443463573295104

  • Jessie C.

    March 7, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    All Day odor control is the most important quality when it comes to choosing a litter.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  • Cindy

    March 7, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    Clumping and it does not stick to the bottom of the litter pan.

  • rachel

    March 7, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Smell is huge! I do not want to smell anything in the litter box.

  • funyunknight

    March 7, 2015 at 4:22 am

  • funyunknight

    March 7, 2015 at 4:21 am

    Good odor control.

  • Erika

    March 6, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    I would think low odor would be most important.

    chambanachik(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Davis Ann

    March 6, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    odor control. fo. sho.

  • Sabrina

    March 5, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    Odor control is the most important thing.

  • Becky Horn

    March 6, 2015 at 1:02 am

    The most important is that it has great odor control and my cat likes it.

  • Nichole

    March 5, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    Clumping and not being tracked all over the house!

  • Tina W.

    March 5, 2015 at 1:23 pm

  • Tina W.

    March 5, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Five cats have adopted us – so something that works well for multi cat households – good clumping and odor hiding!

  • Katie Macarthur

    March 5, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    I want a litter that when my friends come over, they don't know we have a cat. Also the dust some litters create is ridiculous! Oh and my cat's name is Jinx too 🙂

  • Emily Schroeder Zander

    March 5, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    We have two older cats so the clumping pee is important as well as not sticking to their paws and be tracked throughout the house. Since the box is near our bedrooms, masking odor is important too.

  • Jessica To

    March 5, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Odor control is the most important thing to us.

  • Julie Wood

    March 5, 2015 at 11:07 am

  • Julie Wood

    March 5, 2015 at 11:05 am

    What is very important with cat litter is that it has good odor control, is hypoallergenic and clumps good!

  • Joy W

    March 5, 2015 at 10:15 am

    The most important thing for us is to keep the smell factor as low as possible. With two kids and a 2 hour commute for both my husband and I, it is impossible to scoop every day.

  • Mary Happymommy

    March 5, 2015 at 7:35 am

    tweet–https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/573491857197436928

  • Mary Happymommy

    March 5, 2015 at 7:34 am

    Litter that clumps is important.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

  • Amy McKee

    March 5, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    For us it's important that it clumps well

  • Sarah Ladouceur Govert

    March 5, 2015 at 3:13 am

    The most important quality I look for is that it clumps their pee. We have two cats and our younger cat only likes to pee at the front of the litter box causing it to over saturate easily, which is then a mess to clean up, as well as the nasty ammonia smell.

  • Ann Gellina

    March 5, 2015 at 1:18 am

    The most important quality in a litter for me is that it masks odor. I'm not sure what the most important quality for my cats is…maybe litter that doesn't stick to their paws. We use pellets currently and there's never an odor/it doesn't get tracked around.

  • Alissa

    March 4, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    Smell! I think that’s most important.

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  • Jamie Smith

    March 4, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    I definitely think the tracking of the litter s the worst!

  • Shauna

    March 4, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    I have two cats, and the biggest thing I look for is how well it masks odors. If it’s light that is a bonus.

  • Tara

    March 4, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    The mosT important quality for me is that the cat will poop in it. He’s high maintenance. Also that it doesn’t track all over the house.

  • Laura

    March 4, 2015 at 11:48 am

    I’m looking mostly for a strong cat litter that doesn’t get tracked all over the house! I hate getting out of the shower and stepping in cat litter. The tracking with our current product is terrible, but it covers the smell really good so it’s a trade off!

  • Vicky Smith

    March 4, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    I have 5 cats. We have 7 liters boxes that are cleaned daily. Tidy Cat is the liter preferred by 4 of the 5. The 5th cat pees in the box but poops in a spot upstairs where there isn't a liter box.

  • Karis

    March 4, 2015 at 11:25 am

    The most important quality is that it masks the stinkies… We have two cats as well as four kids 4 and under – so realistically, there just isn’t time to scoop every day, so we need something that can last a couple of days. Also, one of our litter boxes is in the dining room, so you can imagine that cat poop stinkies can make dinner inedible 😛

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