10 Best Organic & Natural Cat Litter Brands Safe for Your Cats ( 2018 Updated)
You search for ‘natural cat litter‘ or ‘organic cat litter‘ because the words ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ are reassuring, right?
Well, clay is natural and organic but the ever popular clumping clay litter can kill your cat. The process of strip mining that extracts the main component of clay based cat litter destroys the Earth’s surface.
Read, NOT all organic or natural cat litter is SAFE.
We compiled a list of cat litter derived from natural / organic materials which are safe for your kitty’s health and pose no threat to your well-being, either (as silica based cat litter does). They are also all biodegradable, environment friendly, and manufactured from sustainable resources.
One of our readers has warned us (in the comment section) of the possible dangers of pine oil in cat litter. I will research this later. For now, I’m going to quote her comment here so that everyone reading this article at least has an opportunity for due diligence while choosing organic litter.
Pine oils are toxic to cats! Even though pellets are kiln dried and most oils gone, when wet , it releases dangerous phenol are released. Stop recommending pine litter!!!!!
Pine is toxic to cats. https://articulateanimals.com/blog/2009/10/essential-oils-pine/
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Natural Cat Litter Brands
Brands that do not explicitly state the components, as well as litters with baking soda (with one exception), have been left out.
- Pine + Disposable Box & Scoop – Litter One –(Very Highly Recommended)
- Shaved Pine Organic Cat Litter ~ OnlyNaturalPet
- Grass Seed Natural Cat Litter ~ OnlyNaturalPet
- Grass Seed Natural Cat Litter ~ So Phresh (Highly Recommended – “clumps to perfection”)
- Paper Pellet Cat Litter ~ So Phresh
- Paper Pellet Cat Litter ~ Yesterday’s News
- Alfalfa Meal Reptile Bedding ~ Zilla
- 100% Reclaimed Wood Natural Cat Litter ~ ökocat
- Wheat Based Natural Cat Litter ~ Swheat Scoop
- Corn Kernel Organic Cat Litter ~ World’s Best
Litter One All in One Litter Box Kit
This one deserved the first place in a list of natural cat litters for too many reasons – not the least being that there’s nothing like it to our knowledge.
Each litter box contains 8.5 lbs of Pine litter pellets.
The box measures 19″ x 14″ x 9″ with a front opening of 11″ width and 4.5″ height.
Every Litter One kit comes with disposable waste bags and a disposable scoop.
Don’t know how it can get any better than that.
A lot of natural litters are good at disposing of poop; it is the pee that sometimes pools below and creates a mess (not to mention odor). The pine pellets used in Litter One are engineered to dissolve into sawdust once in contact with urine.
The litter box has a patented false floor, perforated to let the urine-soaked sawdust to fall to the bottom. Being highly absorbent, this dust simply contains the liquid waste and does not let it collect anywhere at the bottom.
In any case, you will not be scooping the dust – because the entire box is disposable and biodegradable.
Once the life-cycle of a litter kit (4 – 6 weeks) is over, you can close it with the disposable scoop thrown inside, pack the entire box in the disposable waste bag that came with the kit and, well, dispose of it, of course!
In case you are worried about adding to landfills, don’t be: everything is biodegradable, as mentioned.
Other biodegradable litters do not degrade readily since they are frequently packed in ordinary plastic garbage bags. Litter one is one complete disposable unit.
From Earth it comes, to Earth it returns!
We strongly recommend that you give this perfectly organic and natural cat litter a try – it will make your life simpler and help you save the planet.
Click here to see if Litter One ships to your location.
(Also Read about completely biodegradable Flushable Cat Litter made from sustainable resources).
Only Natural Pet is a great site to find all natural, sustainable pet friendly products including pet food. We were pleasantly surprised to notice that they have their own range of natural (or organic) cat litter now. Their in-house products are created and packed in the most environment-friendly way – you can find out more by clicking here.
All Natural Clumping Shaved Pine Organic Cat Litter
This natural litter is made out of finely shredded pine wood. It is treated with heat to increase absorbency and reduce dust and allergens.
The clumping property manifests itself differently from that of clay litter. In clay litter, the clumping starts from the top and forms hard, flat, uneven crumbs. Yes, these are easy to scoop out but does nothing to control odor or make the surface of the litter box look inviting.
This pine litter, on the other hand, absorbs from the bottom up from both solid and liquid waste and traps the odor more effectively within itself. The clumped material is both scoopable and flushable.
Having said that, nothing clumps as hard as sodium bentonite clay litter – but we have good reason to strongly recommend you do NOT let your cat use it.
The result is an organic litter that is safe and convenient for both you and your fur babies. The pine itself is harvested sustainably and is USDA certified – which means farmed with zero chemicals and with no negative impact to the environment.
Non GMO Fast Clumping Grass Seed Organic Cat Litter
We don’t know what kind of grass seed they are using but the litter looks promising enough.
This one’s supposed to be good for both single and multi-cat households (like the previous one), with good clumping properties and odor control. Being GMO free is a further guarantee of safety.
As far as we know of grass seeds, they cannot possibly be dusty – well, maybe a little bit. Most litters track, so we wouldn’t be too sure this one doesn’t.
At the time of writing this article, there were no reviews available for this one but since they have a 100% guarantee policy, it probably wouldn’t hurt to give it a try, more so since it was on sale.
So Phresh Extreme Clumping Unscented Grass Seed Cat Litter
In continuation with grass seed based cat litter, this one from So Phresh claims to be 50% lighter than clay litter, is practically dust free and with strong clumping properties (‘clumps to perfection’, according to reviews).
Farmed in the USA, this one looks good and has had rave reviews till date. Customers are loving this in spite of the fact that it tracks and is a bit on the expensive side.
You might want to click here to check this one out for yourself – scroll down a little for customer reviews.
So Phresh Odor Control Paper Pellet Organic Cat Litter
This is also an environment-friendly cat litter but it has two drawbacks – it does not handle urine well and it has baking soda (and zeolite which is harmless as far as we are aware) in it for odor control.
We have included this one in our list because of good customer reviews.
If you have a cat with respiratory troubles, this could be the one for you since it has little or no dust. Also, its odor control properties are reportedly phenomenal.
Click here to check customer reviews (scroll down a little when you reach the page).
Yesterday’s News Original Formula Natural 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.
You should probably go for the SOFTER version of this litter if you do have ailing kitties at home.
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.
Zilla Alfalfa Meal Reptile Bedding
This is not cat litter per se. It is bedding material for reptiles, actually. However, its odor absorption capacity is reportedly awesome, and definitely worth a try.
Do you remember Litter Green? It was, perhaps, the first alfalfa pellet based cat litter, and it was so good that people who used it search for alfalfa pellets even to this day.
Litter Green is no longer available but some of our readers have talked about their success with alternative litters such as this one. It is extremely cheap and with the alfalfa odor absorption legacy of Litter Green, doesn’t look like a bad choice to us.
Here’s a 1971 Litter Green commercial for old times’ sake:
ökocat Natural Wood Cat Litter – 100% reclaimed wood
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. Check out the comparison with clumping clay litter:
All natural and pet safe; no chemicals, silica dust or fragrances and 7 day odor control.
Absorbs 500% its weight but weighs 70% less than clay. The texture is clay-like which should make any transition from traditional clay litter easier for the kitty.
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.
Swheat Scoop Multi Cat Clumping Natural 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!
The odor control part is endorsed by too many customers to be unfounded. And you can flush it too.
World’s Best Cat Litter
At the time of updating this article there were 2836 reviews on Petco with a rating of 4.836 stars.
Still, we might add that some of our readers have complained about World’s Best being exceptionally dusty.
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 renewable whole kernel corn and 100% natural plant / wood fibers.
It is safe for both septic and sewer based toilet systems and 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.