Organic Cat Litter
This article lists organic cat litter alternatives that you can use for manual scooping as well as with most cat litter boxes.
- the first one could harm your cat seriously, even causing death,
- and the second one shows evidence that it is best avoided since there are alternatives.
Neither is biodegradable and both add to landfills. The process of strip mining adopted to extract the main component of most clay based cat litter mutilates the surface of the earth.
Both are best avoided since there are organic cat litter alternatives.
Our homepage (Overview) has a comprehensive write-up on Cat Litter in case you are interested in getting all the details in one place.
We have never used any of the brands listed below in our cat shelter. Our litter is a mix of sawdust and raw wheat chaff and the combination clumps well and is very effective in odor control. Our personal recommendation, therefore, would be Swheat Scoop since it comes closest to what we use.
Organic Cat Litter Brands
For each cat litter brand, only features that are not debatable are listed. For example, ‘unbeatable odor control’ or ‘better than any other cat litter’ is invariably left out.
We have also avoided litter brands that do not explicitly state the components, as well as brands with baking soda, just to be on the safe side.
(You might also want to read our comprehensive post on Flushable Cat Litter; all of the brands mentioned there use renewable resources to make their litter and are completely biodegradable).
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Oxbow Eco Straw Litter
This is not cat litter per se. Instead, it is a straw based litter for small animals. However, its odor absorption capacity is reportedly awesome, and definitely worth a try.
Some of our readers have talked about their success with alternative litters such as this one – who knows, this might be just right for your cat.
If you are allergic to straw, this could make your hands itch. However, it is always recommended that you handle litter with gloved hands, so that shouldn’t be a problem if you otherwise find it useful.
Yesterday’s News Original Formula Cat Litter (Unscented)
Chemical free and safe for your cat; 100 percent natural and organic cat litter made from recycled newspaper.
Has excellent odor control properties and is recommended by veterinarians especially for post-operative care.
As if recycled newspaper pellets weren’t eco friendly enough, this organic cat litter brand comes in recyclable packaging as well (unlike some brands who still use plastic).
User reviews also indicate that it is dust free and with low tracking, but we have found observations with regard to these aspects of cat litter highly subjective and frequently contradictory!
ökocat Natural Wood Cat Litter – 100% reclaimed wood
All natural and pet safe; no chemicals, silica dust or fragrances.
ökocat is not really a new brand. It has been a leading natural litter brand in Europe for the last 15 years under the label ‘Cat’s Best’. Currently, it is also manufactured in the USA.
Apart from reclaimed wood, ökocat also uses paper which is made by processing the same reclaimed wood.
The company does not use recycled paper on purpose since newspaper and other printed paper would invariably contain ink and dyes. They aim to make a completely safe and natural litter for cats and if you can get over the tracking issues, this could be The Organic Cat Litter you’ve been looking for.
Van Ness Zeolite Replacement Filter for Cat Litter Boxes
We have listed this replacement filter because it uses Zeolite, a volcanic rock that has superior odor absorption capacity (it releases the odor when kept in the sun after which it can be used again). Plus, it is non-toxic and biodegradable.
Yes, it needs its own enclosed cat litter box which you can check out by clicking here.
We are thinking of using zeolite for odor elimination in our shelter. If we do, a review shall be in order!
Swheat Scoop Multi Cat Natural Clumping Cat Litter
This one is made from wheat, is completely biodegradable and non-toxic.
Of all the organic cat litter brands, we recommend Swheat highly not because we have used it but because raw wheat chaff has worked for us. However, some consumers have reported finding bugs (mostly harmless, but bugs…!!) inside sealed packets and bugs crawling around in used litter. It is gross, yes, but not really a cause for concern if you scoop out the used and clumped parts of the litter everyday (which is what you are supposed to do – you don’t flush your toilet once a week, do you? ).
As for bugs inside sealed packs, well, some people have all the (weird) luck!
Also, here’s the scoop on Swheat Scoop: It was instrumental in causing an explosion that prompted the US Government to shut down a nuclear waste facility with 15 years of perfect record !!
World’s Best Cat Litter
There are four varieties to choose from: Clumping, Multiple Cat Clumping, Forest Scented and Advanced Pine Blend (made with real pine)
World’s Best is made from whole kernel corn and 100% natural plant / wood fibers. It is safe for both septic and sewer based toilet systems. It has good odor control and clumping properties. The pine blend was created for people who might prefer that scent but the odor can be too strong for some users and their cats.
The original sales copy is good enough to quote:
World’s Best Cat Litter Original Strength is an all-natural litter made from whole-kernel corn. Why Corn? Corn has a unique microporous structure that provides a large surface area to effectively trap and absorb ammonia. By using Corn, it’s safe for both cats and kittens without worrying of ingestion, dust or allergy problems. World’s Best Cat Litter is 99% dust free, containing no clays, silica, synthetic binding or dust reducing agents found in other litters.
Despite the somewhat pompous name, World’s Best is supposed to be very good, and certainly worth a try. Also, In addition to using renewable methods to manufacture biodegradable and safe litter, World’s Best also has an altruistic side which we do appreciate. Each purchase adds up to a donation of litter to shelter cats. In their own words:
Cats light up your life. When you purchase World’s Best Cat Litter™, you help support GiveLitter™, and make life a little better for thousands of cats in shelters.
Also read our comprehensive guide to choosing a flushable cat litter from among a list of litters that are completely biodegradable and environment-friendly.