9 Best Natural Cat Litter Brands in 2023

Best Natural Cat Litter Brands_2023

The nine best natural cat litter brands listed below have been selected based on user reviews, and not according to what their respective manufacturers claim. You will also find a chart comparing all nine of them.

Something we keep repeating about ‘natural’ cat litter or natural anything, for that matter: natural is not invariably good. You’re better off looking for organic, instead. Some of the most effective poisons come from natural resources.

Bentonite clay cat litter, which destroys the earth through its invasive manufacturing process is as natural as they come. Respirable silica is also natural, and some of the silica cat litter in the market are made from it. We don’t recommend those, either – even though we rank for keywords related to both types of cat litter.

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Our Top Picks in the Best Natural Litter Category:

Only Natural Pet Grass Seed Cat Litter

Almo Non-Profit Unscented Clumping Cat Litter

Naturally Fresh Walnut Shell Cat Litter

Casual Home Pine Pellet Non-Clumping Litter

 

We have not included the following popular brands in our list because you’d know of them, anyway. And because we have noticed recent reviews complaining of certain issues (that we have mentioned in brackets).

  • Okocat (inconsistent quality and an excess of dust)
  • sWheat Scoop (new formula doesn’t clump like it used to)
  • World’s Best (too dusty).

Please let us know in the comments if our recommendations were up to the mark or if you have a favorite natural cat litter that you’d want us to include in the list.

The Best Natural Cat Litter Comparison Chart 2023

Casual Home Pine Pellets Clumping: No Dust: No Tracking: No Odor Control: Excellent
Feline Pine Pine Pellets Clumping: No Dust: No Tracking: Minimal Odor Control: Good
Next Gen Pet Wood+Green Tea Clumping: Yes Dust: Low  Tracking: Low Odor Control: Good
Weruva Wood+Green Tea Clumping: Yes Dust: Yes Tracking: Minimal Odor Control: Very Good
Catit Wood Clumping: Yes Dust: Low  Tracking: Low Odor Control: Good
Vetbasis Corn Cob Clumping: Soft Dust: No Tracking: No Odor Control: Good
Naturally Fresh Walnut Shell Clumping: Yes Dust: ?  Tracking: Low Odor Control: Good
Only Natural Grass Seed Clumping: Yes Dust: No Tracking: Minimal Odor Control: Excellent
Almo Nature Plant Fiber Clumping: Yes Dust: No Tracking: Yes Odor Control: Excellent

Casual Home Pine Pellet Non-Clumping Litter

Casual Home All Natural Pine Wood Cat Litter

This one is new for us. And it has rave reviews. Seems to check all the right boxes regarding odor control, tracking and economy.

About economy – currently this one is priced just below $ 1 / lb which doesn’t sound exceedingly cheap, but user reviews indicate it lasts longer than other litters.

The manufacturer website states that it follows sustainable practices. Since they are primarily about wooden furniture (including pet furniture), we are guessing the sawdust they use to make this natural litter is a byproduct of their primary manufacturing process.

Casual Home Sustainable Manufacturing Practices Statement

Casual Home Sustainable Manufacturing Practices Statement (https://casualhome.com/about/)

Especially if you are looking to switch from Feline Pine which does not seem to suit some users, this might be a good natural alternative

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Feline Pine Original Non-clumping Formula

Feline Pine Non-Clumping Natural Cat Litter

Feline pine has been among the best natural cat litters for as long as we can remember. Let’s address the one problem that a lot of users have when using Feline Pine: the litter turns to dust when in contact with cat pee and scooping it out is not something they look forward to.

Feline Pine actually advices customers to gently shake the box so that the dust settles to the bottom and the pellets come to the surface. You should replace everything that is in the litter box once about 90 percent of the litter has turned to dust. This means, you are not supposed to scoop the dust out at all.

Feline Pine is made from kiln dried, reclaimed pine wood shavings from lumber production. No new tree is cut down so your cats can poop!

Feline Pine Sustainable Manufacturing Statement

Feline Pine Sustainable Manufacturing Statement (https://www.felinepine.com/About.aspx)

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Next Gen Pet Clumping Wood and Green Tea Litter

Next Gen Pet Green Tea Wood Cat Litter

Unfortunately, we could not find anything about sustainable practices on the official website. All they have to say is that their products do not contain any chemical additives and are completely biodegradable.

Apart from that, the green tea-wood combo seems to work pretty well for most cat parents. Additionally, this natural litter also clumps. The litter is pelleted and there seems to be no doubt that it is great at odor control.

Regarding the dust and clumping property, we have pretty contradictory reviews. And at $3.74/lb unit price at the time of writing this article, it certainly isn’t cheap.

So why did we even list this litter? Because Weruva has been a tried and tested natural cat litter and this one has pretty much the same ingredients (though not specifically Hinoki wood). And, the manufacturers claim that one 5-6 lb bag should last 4 weeks for one cat. That doesn’t sound half bad, either.

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Weruva Classic Fresh Scented Clumping Wood Litter

Weruva Hinoki Wood and Tea Natural Cat Litter

Weruva was named after three rescued cats (Webster, Rudi, and Vanessa) of Stacie and David Forman who founded this family owned company in 2006. It has since been going strong.

One of the best natural cat litter around, this one is made from sustainably sourced Hinoki Wood and Green Tea, smells good, has excellent odor control, is flushable, clumps well, BUT it is dusty!

The workaround was suggested by a user: sift the litter through a colander before using and that’s it.

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Catit Go Wood Clumping Cat Litter

Catit Go Natural Wood Clumping Cat Litter

Catit is a Canadian company founded in 1999. We have heard many good things about Catit all natural wood litter and thought of including it in our list since it is now available in the US. There weren’t any reviews on Chewy at the time of creating this list. We have a hunch you’ll either love it or hate it.

The reason being, this litter either clumps into a ball when it comes in contact with cat pee, or it sticks to the bottom of the litter box which would definitely be a problem.

The clump looks like this – when it clumps:

Catit-Go-wood-litter-boxes_scoop

Image source: Catit website (https://www.catit.com/products/cat-litter/go-natural-wood-clumping-cat-litter/#high-preforming)

Even though we have not used this litter in our shelter, it seems that a layer of newspaper placed on the litter box before pouring the litter in might just be a solution.

The wood is from lumber waste and the lumber is from sustainably managed fir forests of Italy. The entire production process is solar powered. And there is minimal dust and tracking, with good odor control.

We found the website confusing with not even the customary ‘About’ page in view, but the entire venture seemed to have good intent.

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Vetbasis Herbal Lavender Scented Clumping Corn Cat Litter

Vetbasis Herbal Corn Cob Natural Cat Litter

Vetbasis is a small US based company that makes cat litter from ground corn cob grown in the US. The FAQ page states that it uses sustainable farming practices and that Material Safety Data Sheets are available upon request.

This herbal cat litter solidifies into soft clumps, and is flushable (as reported by users, not claimed by the company). The odor control is good enough and dust and tracking are almost nil.

If you’ve used World’s Best or Swheat Scoop before, you might want to give this a try.

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(Out of stock as on July 8, 2023)

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Naturally Fresh Walnut Shell Cat Litter

Naturally Fresh follows exemplary sustainable practices and all varieties of their walnut cat litter have had consistently good reviews.

Besides, who are we to argue with this cat ~

As far as we are aware, there are no complaints against Naturally Fresh cat litter – you can check out their entire range here.

A word of warning: the clumping variety will clump – if you give it time. If you scoop right away, what may look like a clump will disintegrate immediately.

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Only Natural Pet Grass Seed Cat Litter

Odor control, clumping, sustainable manufacture, and even flushing and practically no dust or tracking, this is, perhaps, the best natural cat litter we have ever come across. It has been our first choice for a while now: it is closest to what (as far as we are concerned) the best litter for cats and their human parents should be like. Please watch the video below to see it in action:

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Almo Nature Unscented Clumping Plant-Based Cat Litter

Almo Nature Non-Profit Best Natural Cat Litter

We were stumped when we first came across this litter because of the claim that 100 percent of the profits are used on projects that protect biodiversity as well as cats and dogs.

Took us a while to realize that this particular natural cat litter, easily among the best of its kind, is manufactured by an ‘activist brand’ owned by Fondazione Capellino. The product range includes cat litter, cat food, and dog food.

The only problem with this otherwise fine litter is that it is, well, too fine in terms of particle size.

Almo Nature Non-Profit Best Natural Cat Litter Fine Texture

The inevitable consequence being that it tracks. And if your fur baby has just the right kind of fur, they will be full of it.

Still, worth a try, we’d say, especially since the brand is trying very hard to save this world of ours.

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