Posted on June 8, 2010 by
Since my novel, STAY, is coming out this week, and Argo is on the cover, the dogs are getting all the attention. I figured I’d put up a cat post, so the cat doesn’t get jealous and attack me in my sleep,
The good folks at Kitty’s Crumble Pet Litter sent me a bag of litter for me to test (or, more specifically, for the cat to test). It costs me all of a few cents to make my own kitty litter. Anything anyone sends along has to be way better than the litter I make, which performs well and is practically free. That sets the bar pretty high.
Kitty’s Crumble beats free litter hands down. Since this summer is going to be very busy, and I won’t have time to make my own litter, I will be buying this litter once we’ve finished up the bag, and I will feel like it’s money well-spent.
There’s no odor. I scooped solids and left the rest of the litter in the box for TWO WEEKS, and there was no odor. None. Our house didn’t smell like cat AT ALL. I even started to worry that the cat had stopped peeing, but she’s absolutely fine.
Kitty’s Crumble is made from coir. From the website:
Coir, also known as ‘coir fibre pith”, is a natural and renewable resource that is free of any chemicals and toxins. It is produced in the extraction of the long fibres from coconut husks that are used in the making of mattresses and automotive seating.
Uniform in texture, coir is a completely homogenous material composed of millions of capillary micro-sponges that absorb and retain both moisture and odor. It is widely used throughout the horticultural, industrial absorbent and bio filter industries.
The press materials that came along with our bag of Kitty’s Crumble said that coir is used in wastewater treatment. And I love that the litter is made from a manufacturing byproduct. It’s packaged in a “Smart Bag” which allows for the litter to be packed tightly, allowing for less space needed during transit. The bag is plastic, but it’s made from #5 plastic and is fully recyclable.
The litter is moist, and you need to keep the bag sealed to maintain the moisture. The website says that cats prefer moist litter because it better mimics soil. I think the moisture also keeps the litter in the box. There has been minimal tracking and no litter dust.
A 9 liter bag should run you around 7 dollars, and if you scoop regularly will last at least a month. The litter can be used in the garden (with solids removed) but please make sure your cat has been tested for toxoplasma gondii, before you use any litter in the garden. I learned from Fake Plastic Fish that this parasite can pose a threat to wildlife. If your cat tests positive, you’ll need to dispose of their litter in the trash.